Bill Kristol Goes Bonkers On MSNBC After Guest Calls Him Out For Wanting To Bomb Iranians
During a panel discussion on MSNBC Tuesday, conservative commentator Bill Kristol tried to position himself as a champion of the Iranian people while addressing the protests that are rocking the middle-eastern country. It didn’t go well.
Kristol, who has long been an advocate for using military force against the government of Iran, said that the “root cause” of the protests were not economic, but rather because “the Iranian people don’t have freedom.” He then chastised a fellow panelist — National Iranian American Council President Trita Parsi — for supposedly not wanting to see the Iranians live in a free society.
“Let’s respect the Iranian people’s desire for freedom,” the Weekly Standard editor said to Parsi.
Parsi responded by hitting Kristol over his past advocacy for a U.S.-led “regime change” in Iran similar to the one he advocated in Iraq.
“With all due respect, Bill, you’ve been arguing to bomb Iran for so long that I don’t know if you’re really respecting the Iranian people,” Parsi said. “You’ve been advocating killing Iranians.”
At this point, Kristol grew visibly angry and started shouting at Parsi.
“It’s not about me, it’s about the Iranian people!” Kristol yelled. “Do you stand with the Iranian people against the regime?”
“Of course I do!” replied Parsi, who said that he hoped that Iran could become a more democratic government without using the U.S. military to kill people.
Watch the exchange in the video below: