Video: Former ambassador Ed Peck defends Hezbollah

posted at 2:59 pm on July 27, 2006 by Allahpundit

“A terrorist organization is in the eye of the beholder.”

“We’re opposed to [a ceasefire] because we want to give Israel a chance to kill as many people as they can.”

Not surprising. Not surprising at all.

Ed Peck, chief of the U.S. mission to Iraq under Jimmy Carter — and deputy director of the cabinet task force on terrorism under Ronald Reagan.

We’ll always have guys like this in the government, I guess. How you vote depends on whether you want them setting policy or leaking to the New York Times.



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This brain dead yo-yo is digusting and disturbing but totally irrelevant.

rplat on July 27, 2006 at 3:18 PM

This guy isn’t merely stupid, he’s maliciously stupid.

thirteen28 on July 27, 2006 at 3:18 PM

I’m sure Hezbullah always loves having infidels like this who are uspportive

Defector01 on July 27, 2006 at 3:23 PM

Was wondering when someone was going to post this.

Jackass of the highest order.

The Ugly American on July 27, 2006 at 3:30 PM

First off, great screencap. You really captured the crazy on that one.

I wonder if we’ll see this guy sitting next to Michael Moore at the next DNC event.

Slublog on July 27, 2006 at 3:33 PM

I like for him to say that again in front of all the widows and parentless children of 9/11.

Kokonut on July 27, 2006 at 3:41 PM

You really captured the crazy on that one.

It’s his eyes! His goo goo googly eyes!

ScottG on July 27, 2006 at 3:45 PM

Also did you notice when he made this outrageous statements the audience was laughing at him?

ScottG on July 27, 2006 at 3:46 PM

Here we go with moral equivilency arguement.” Isreal is trying to wipe out Hezbolla” This guy should be deported, striped of his government pension and made to go stand in the corner!!!!!!!!!!!!

DOPE!!!!!!

dallas94 on July 27, 2006 at 3:58 PM

Also did you notice when he made this outrageous statements the audience was laughing at him?

I did, and I could hear someone say “Jeez” and various moans and groans at this guys statements. Seriously…how can someone honestly say and believe that Hezbollah isn’t the villianous terrorist organization that it truly is.

American_Pride1701 on July 27, 2006 at 4:11 PM

Another one of Jammy Cahrters cronies a former UN Ambassador is endorsing Cynthia McKinney, although curiously he couldn’t be there in person. While reading the article see how many campaigning stereotypes you can spot.

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — Facing an unexpected election runoff, Representative Cynthia McKinney held a rare news conference on Thursday to announce the endorsement of civil rights icon Andrew Young and tout her outspoken work in Congress.

Flanked by clergy, McKinney played an audio recording of Young’s endorsement and urged voters not to stay home for the August 8th runoff. She faces challenger Hank Johnson, a former DeKalb County commissioner.

In the July 18 primary, voter turnout in McKinney’s district east of Atlanta was extremely low and she led Johnson by less than 2,000 votes.

Because of a third candidate in the primary, McKinney did not receive enough votes to avoid a runoff.

Young did not attend the news conference.

In the recorded endorsement Young said, “Congress needs controversy. The last thing we need in a democracy is people who don’t think for themselves and people who go along with whatever any leadership seems to say.”

LakeRuins on July 27, 2006 at 4:24 PM

We seriously need more people like this guy on the TV.
When people like him begin their inchoherant rants it wakes up the smart americans. When his type start running with their particular brand of diaharea of the mouth and insulting the average Americans inteligence it wakes more people up.
When the craziness is exposed to the light of reason people get a good look at it, which gives them perspective.
The insane left, helping proove the conservative point o view for 30 years and counting.

Wyrd on July 27, 2006 at 4:26 PM

What in theee hell. A former American diplomat equating American WWII paratroopers with terrorists?

Frack me, the moral equivalence movement just sank to an all-time low. And that’s saying something.

Anwyn on July 27, 2006 at 4:39 PM

” Isreal is trying to wipe out Hezbolla”

That’s not a bug–it’s a feature.

nukemhill on July 27, 2006 at 4:44 PM

No, folks.
It’s getting time that we need to deal with these weasels.
Time to confront and force them to capitulate.
Otherwise, we are going to allow them to control our destinys, both culturally and economically, and maybe physically.
Surely, we can deal with these idiots!

there it is on July 27, 2006 at 4:45 PM

The ambassador looks and acts like he can’t find his way back to the nuthouse he escaped from. Place him next to Howard Dean at the next convention.

Cynthia McKinney is getting desperate and Mr. Young is ruining his reputation at this late stage in life, reluctantly.

If it gets tight before Aug. 8, Mrs. Clinton will support Ms. McKinney, while Mr. Clinton will support Hank Johnson, to cover all bases…watch.

Entelechy on July 27, 2006 at 5:00 PM

That guy belongs on PBS talking to 4 year olds.

Wait.

Strike that.

venmax on July 27, 2006 at 5:18 PM

How did I know when I saw the headline that this guy was a Carterite? Geez. The pacifist terrorists-are-freedom-fighters-too legacy lives on.

CP on July 27, 2006 at 5:20 PM

I saw this idiocy earlier today. The audience laughed AND asked him ” when are you going to understand” or “What does it take for you to get it?” Statements very similar to these were made on the show throughout his ‘appearance’.
Peck didnt even get the fact he was being laughed at.

I thought it was a parody at first, then realized this guy was serious. Braindead as Kofi.

shooter on July 27, 2006 at 5:23 PM

Did the Earth pass through some sort of portal to the Bizzaro universe?

journeyscarab on July 27, 2006 at 6:05 PM

This would have been the right guy to ask about this:

Data License Approved, Consignee, and Material Information
08/14/80 (20 each), Ministry of Health for College, Bacteria/
Fungi, not further identified
09/11/80 (45 each), University of Baghdad, Bacteria/Fungi/
Protozoa, Virus/Viroids (15 each), not further identified

http://www.fas.org/irp/congress/2002_cr/s092002.html

09/11/80 was the date that Saddam apparently got his first shipment of anthrax from the Carter administration. It was also the day Saddam declared holy war on Iran.

Perchant on July 27, 2006 at 6:13 PM

I am watching Band of Brothers this week. I would not suggest that the ambassador repeat his remarks at a reunion of the 101st. We were able to talk with the Soviet Union during the Cold War because it was a nation-state. Hamas and Hezballah do not qualify. To paraphrase a line from the movies, “You can’t negotiate with them, you can’t reason with them. All you can do is destroy them.”

mkstach on July 27, 2006 at 7:01 PM

Ewww, crrrrrreepy!! I agree, excellent freezeframe pic. I think he sees all wars being worked out on psychiatrists’ couches.

Coronagold on July 27, 2006 at 7:43 PM

deputy director of the cabinet task force on terrorism under Ronald Reagan

Was this guy advising during the 1983 Marine Corps barracks bombing in Lebanon?

entagor on July 27, 2006 at 8:55 PM

Did the Earth pass through some sort of portal to the Bizzaro universe?

Apparently, and this loon musta forgot his protective tinfoil hat.

speed647 on July 27, 2006 at 10:21 PM

“A terrorist organization is in the eye of the beholder.”

Why should I refuse a gift like that? Hear me: Hezbollah is a terrorist organization. Moreover, perceptual relativists are stupid fucks. The beholder has spoken, so let none dispute.

“We’re opposed to [a ceasefire] because we want to give Israel a chance to kill as many people as they can.”

I’ll just say that “many,” “people,” and “kill” are in the eye of the beholder, and leave it at that. Behold the carte blanche this dickhead has unwittingly given me.

Kralizec on July 27, 2006 at 10:22 PM

[This doesn't appear to have gone through the first time, so I'm risking a double posting.]

“A terrorist organization is in the eye of the beholder.”

Very well, Hezbollah is a terrorist organization. Moreover, perceptual relativists are stupid f-cks. The beholder has spoken, so let none dispute.

“We’re opposed to [a ceasefire] because we want to give Israel a chance to kill as many people as they can.”

Let’s just leave it at saying “kill,” “many,” and “people” are all in the eye of the beholder. Peck’s given us a carte blanche, and I think we should make free use of it.

Kralizec on July 27, 2006 at 10:35 PM

I started laughing as soon as I saw that face. “Expose the Left” usually gets some great expressions-this one is tops!
If Hezbollah is not a terrorist organization, shouldn’t their charter say differently?

Doug on July 28, 2006 at 2:16 AM

I bet you this guy fills his car up at CITGO! If you don’t already know.. CITGO is owned by Petróleos de Venezuela S.A.(PDVSA).. ie.. HUGO CHAVEZ! If that isn’t infiltration I don’t know what is. Who’s checking those trucks???

reflexx on July 28, 2006 at 3:14 AM

All I can say is, “Wow.” I cannot believe how stupid people can be. Hezbollah, et al, want to destroy us, too. This guy is one of those that thinks we are terrorists, and Bush is the biggest one. The more I hear and see people like this, the more scared I get thinking about them being in control of this country again.

StephC on July 28, 2006 at 10:41 AM

Unfortunately what this guy is saying is what our own State Department believes. Clinton, Jimmy Carter and all the foggy bottom people like Madeline Albright all believe the same thing but they do not come out and say it on TV interviews.

Why do you think we gave N Korea 4.5 billion..
Why do you think we give foreign aid to the Palestinians and other terrorists in the ME…
Why do you think the MSM is in lock step with this guy criticizing Israel for its response to the Hezbos and demanding a cease fire.

Moral Equivilency

ScottyDog on July 28, 2006 at 2:47 PM

What a Fool BelievesWe didn’t win WW2 by being cautious with the Japanese and Nazis. In fact that probably caused the war to start by tolerating and therefore encouraging a culture of suicide for the supreme state as honorable.

Unlike what that fool said about winning by negotiating with your enemy, Israel’s negotiations and withdrawls illustrate what the results of such foolishness is.

If we, Us, Britain, Australia, Israel and a few other truly free people are to win the war we must be prepared to do to the enemy what they threaten us with, total obliteration.

It should be their choice, if they want to attack civilians and create terror or harbor those that do, instead they themselves will have thousands burning Arab children and tens of thousands, perhaps millions of Arab caskets along with destruction beyond belief, perhaps even nuclear, brought upon them; or they can disarm and surrender to non violent politcal process.

I bet they make the right choice, but it may take such horrors being done to us before we feel compelled to win the war once and for all. It is immoral to suggest that we should sustain losses and negotiate to spare the enemy.

Reality Check on July 28, 2006 at 6:07 PM

So: according to this yahoo, whether (1) wanton, intentional, and indiscriminate shelling of civilians for the sake of inflicting maximum casualties, (2) vowing to wipe a neighboring religio-ethnic group out of existence, and (3) putting siege to sovereign foreign territory in order to do it, qualifies as “terrorism” depends on whose “side” you’re on?

Not even the Islamists themselves deny that what they are waging is terror. Strange how this piece of Samsonite argues a point of view that’s not even held by his beneficiaries.

(Sure, Hezbollah thinks it’s justified terror, but…)

I’ll leave his gratuitous comments about American paratroopers alone because they speak for themselves…what a nozzle…

RD on July 29, 2006 at 1:23 AM

What an idiot. Saddam must have loved this guy back in the day.

RobCon on July 29, 2006 at 7:22 PM