The Nation’s Katrina Vanden Heuvel on Sunday bashed Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol as one of the architects of the Iraq War, blaming the current crisis in the country on America’s decision to go to war in 2003.
Heuvel argued that there’s no military solution to the current situation in Iraq, pointing her criticism at Kristol.
“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,” she said on ABC’s “This Week.”
“Because this country should not go back to war,” Heuvel continued. “We don’t need armchair warriors, and if you feel so strongly, you should, with all due respect, enlist in the Iraqi Army.”
“That’s a very cute line,” Kristol responded.
The two then got into a heated argument about the Iraq War and the current situation in the Middle East.
“A Million Iraqis have been displaced,” Heuvel said. “What we have done to that country is a crime.”
“What we have done to that country?” Kristol hit back. “President Bush made mistakes, he was punished for those mistakes electorally as he should have been in 2006, and perhaps in 2008. He also had the courage to order the surge in 2007, which made up for those mistakes, and left things peaceful.”
Kristol then blamed the current situation on President Obama.
“This president pulled out of Iraq in 2011, he let the Syrian civil war explode, and now we have a terrible situation,” he said.
Heuvel then told Kristol that Bush agreed to pull out in 2008 and that Obama was unable to get Iraq to sign a status of forces agreement in 2011.
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