Katrina vanden Heuvel, Bill Kristol Face Off Over Iraq

"The Nation" editor calls out "armchair warriors"
2:12 | 06/29/14

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You do need a legislative branch that asserts its authority. Not to say that one doesn't have problem with executive authority when it comes to drones or NSA surveillance. The balance is out. The balance is off. The president should go to congress if he's going to take military action in Iraq. That was a part of your interview. I think we're siting here at a moment talking about John Boehner. The central question of war and peace, there is no military solution to Iraq. And I have to say, sitting next to bill kristol, man, I mean, the architects of catastrophe that have cost this country trillions of dollars, thousands of lives, there should be accountability. We should not, if there are no regrets for the failed assumptions that have grievously wounded this nation, I don't know what happened to our politics and media accountability. But we need it, bill. This country should not go back to war. We don't need armchair warriors. If you feel so strongly, you should, with all due respect, enlist in the Iraqi army. That's a cute line. A million Iraqis have been displaced. Humanitarian aid. What we have done to that country is a crime. We have done to that country? What we did to that country? Let him respond. Yeah, let me respond. The president of the united States, president Obama, said at the end of 2011, we have a stable and peaceful Iraq, thanks mostly to the sacrifices of American soldiers and Marines. We did. President bush made mistakes. He was punish I had for those in 2006 and perhaps in 2008. He had the courage to order the surge in 2007 that made up for those mistakes. And left things peaceful. This president pulled out of Iraq in 2011. He left the Syrian civil war explode. And now we have a terrible situation. The president signed an agreement in 2008 with the Iraqi government to withdraw. President Obama tried to negotiate with Al Maliki. The issue now, and we were talking earlier, this country cannot pour more men, women, money into it. It needs diplomacy. Tough political resolution and

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