This morning on CNN, anchor Kiren Chetry discussed Sen. Barack Obama’s (D-IL) current trip to the Middle East with fellow CNN host Glenn Beck. Asked for his thoughts on the trip, Beck said there is never going to be “peace in the Middle East until you wipe out radical Islam.”
When asked if Obama’s meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas “was a bad idea,” Beck said that “it is” because — seeming to lump Abbas in with “radical Islam” — “you cannot bring people together with an extremist ideology”:
CHETRY: So you think that it was a bad move for [Obama] to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas?
BECK: I think it is. [...] But if you’re sitting down and you’re talking to people, as he has said that he wants to do, and try to bring everybody together, you cannot bring people together that have extremist ideology. [...] You do not get into bed with people that want to destroy you and run you into the sea.
So it seems that Beck is taking his fear of “talking to our enemies” to a whole new level. Even President Bush and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) — both of whom have linked direct diplomacy with “appeasement” — haven’t gone that far. In fact, Bush and McCain have not only met with Abbas but they have also lavished him with praise for his efforts in the Israeli-Palestine peace process.
Bush has said Abbas is “a man of courage,” “a man of peace,” and a leader who is “willing to speak out and act on behalf of people who yearn for peace” while McCain has said Abbas is someone capable of settling “differences in a peaceful and amicable fashion.”
Further demonstrating his ignorance of the region, Beck later added that the Palestinians are “being run now by Hezbollah.” Actually it’s Hamas, not Hezbollah.