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The Collective
Sunday, July 23, 2006
By Dr. Steven Taylor

“If [Hezbollah] wants to be a political party, it needs to act like a political party and not have in its arsenal things like antiship cruise missiles. Most political parties don’t have that kind of weaponry.” -US Ambassador to the UN, John Bolton on FOX News Sunday earlier today.

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7 Comments

  1. Silly comment by Bolton. Hezbollah is already a political party in Lebanon, with MPs and a couple of cabinet ministers. But I guess that’s the kind of comments that Faux News viewers like, full of truthiness, short on truth.

    Comment by Sonny — Sunday, July 23, 2006 @ 5:48 pm

  2. I don’t know. I think there are politicians in both of our political parties who are as destructive as any cruise missile. Self-inflicted wounds only, of course.

    Comment by Dave Schuler — Sunday, July 23, 2006 @ 5:55 pm

  3. Sonny,

    Come now, you have to admit that “Most political parties don’t have that kind of weaponry” is at least mildly amusing.

    On a more serious note: yes, Hezbollah is already a political party in Lebanon, but one has to acknowledge that their co-status as a militia group is problematic. (And that is true whether one watches Fox News or not).

    S

    Comment by Dr. Steven Taylor — Sunday, July 23, 2006 @ 6:59 pm

  4. [...] of weaponry.”
    –John Bolton,US Ambassador to the UN, on FOX News Sunday.
    HT: PoliBlog

    Published Monday, 24 July, 2006 7:16 AM
    by
    Right Mind

    [...]

    Pingback by Right Mind : If Hezbollah wants to be a political party... — Monday, July 24, 2006 @ 9:16 am

  5. Poliblogger seems to be in his element lately

    I don’t just mean he’s spot on in his blogging about Colombia, his oeuvre, as he does here http://www.poliblogger.com/?p=10390 (where one almost wishes Colombian paramilitaries were challenging Columbia’s rebels until one recalls th…

    Trackback by Pros and Cons — Monday, July 24, 2006 @ 11:06 am

  6. Also note: Bolton said that most political parties don’t have those things - and he’s right. And I think we can safely say that there’s a good reason most political parties don’t have anti-ship missles.

    Comment by B. Minich — Monday, July 24, 2006 @ 11:16 am

  7. Ah, there was a time when the Whigs and Tories would have given their right arms for something like a cruise missile to use on their opponents. Neil Stephenson touches on this in his Baroque Trilogy novels, if you’d rather not slog through the history.

    Comment by Antiquated Tory — Tuesday, July 25, 2006 @ 9:07 am

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