Last night Brian Williams appeared on Letterman, usually a good time.
But things got serious in the second part of the interview they talked about the current situation in the Middle East, specifically Egypt and Libya.
Dave (sort of jokingly) said that he believes that he “believes the United States is behind this. That the CIA has found a way to overthrow governments. We know invading Iraq didn’t work. We know invading Afghanistan didn’t work. So now they’ve figured out a way to get these guys out of there so we can cut a new deal for foreign oil.”
Unsurprisingly, Williams was not really convinced.
“I say this to people who think we bought down building seven at World Trade. It’s such an awful, terrible thought. We can’t get to Washington in less than three and a half hours on Amtrak. Do you really think we’re controlling all these governments overseas?”
An excellent point. Someone should point out to Glenn Beck. Williams also seemed less than optimistic about what will happen once these governments fall, telling Dave to be “careful what you wish for” in terms of those countries getting democracy.
“We better hope Saudi Arabia is not on the list for the next round of let’s topple the leader. Because that could give us… that is 10% of the oil. That could give us, not to be alarmist, but that could trigger a global recession. We could be in a heap of trouble.”
His outlook was not all grim though, and he mentioned Germany as a case where a country with a toppled government was able to thrive.
“Today, it’s the most vibrant economy in Europe. You go to Berlin, it’s all one people. It’s a fantastic international city. Everyone should know, though, it’s going to take time. United States of America, it took us six years to elect a president after we decided we wanted to stand on our own two feet. In this era, we’re going to want all these democracies sprouting up in two, three weeks after the revolution. It may take a long time. and we may have some false starts.”
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