Rep. Michael Waltz, a retired Green Beret and Republican from Florida, expressed his misgivings on Saturday about Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s stance regarding the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas, suggesting it could lead to Israel’s surrender.
“I think that will be a green light for Hezbollah, for the militias in Syria and their masters in Iran to realize their dream before they even get a nuke, of genocide in Israel and wiping Israel off the face of the Earth,” Waltz said in an interview with Fox News.
“I have sat across the table, whether it’s the Taliban, ISIS, Al Qaeda or Hamas, they all see the world the same way — And what they understand are bullets and bombs on foreheads, period,” he added.
Waltz also criticized the Biden administration for what he perceives as pandering in a disgraceful manner, particularly in response to Israel’s actions following the October 7 civilian massacre by Hamas. He highlighted the difference between attacks on civilians by Hamas and the collateral casualties caused by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in Gaza.
During a meeting with Israeli officials, Blinken reportedly warned that Israel does not have much time to continue its war, facing pressure from the Biden administration and other western entities. Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant responded by affirming Israel’s commitment to its mission against Hamas, regardless of the timeline.
Mark Levin, host of “Life, Liberty & Levin” and former Reagan Justice Department chief of staff, recalled the late Sen. John McCain’s criticism of Blinken. McCain, during Blinken’s confirmation for then-President Barack Obama’s deputy secretary of state, called him “not only unqualified” but “one of the worst selections of a very bad lot [Obama] has chosen.” McCain expressed his concern about Blinken’s potential impact on America and its service members.
McCain’s past remarks resurfaced in light of the U.S.’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, with critics citing his warning about Blinken’s reported claim that Afghanistan’s war would end by 2014. McCain feared a repeat of Iraq’s situation if the timetable was adhered to, a concern that critics say was realized in 2021.
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