Brian Williams refers to this Pentagon video of missiles going to kill people as "beautiful" 3 times in 30 seconds pic.twitter.com/KBb3tP8qHT— Trevor Timm (@trevortimm) April 7, 2017
Someone please tell Brian Williams, there’s nothing remotely beautiful about war – about missiles hitting people.
The MSNBC anchor went completely bonkers on his show as he described the first missile strike against Syria since the civil conflict began in the Middle Eastern country in 2011.
In fact, as noted by Trevor Timm, a Guardian columnist and executive director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, Williams referred to the Pentagon video of Tomahawk cruise missiles being launched from a Navy destroyer, aimed at a Syrian airfield, as "beautiful" at least three times in 30 seconds.
“We see these beautiful pictures at night from the decks of these two U.S. Navy vessels in the eastern Mediterranean. I am tempted to quote the great Leonard Cohen, ‘I am guided by the beauty of our weapons.’ And they are beautiful pictures of fearsome armaments.”
Granted, the segment was handed over to Williams while breaking into Rachel Maddow’s show and perhaps there wasn’t enough time to prepare a script; however, billing weapons of deadly precision being launched into a war-ravaged country “beautiful” is indefensible.
The outrageous comments from Williams, whose fall from grace happened in 2015 after soldiers proved he lied about being on a Chinook helicopter that went down during the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, prompted intense backlash on Twitter:
Brian Williams just now:— McBlondeLand (@McBlondeLand) April 7, 2017
"Wow, the beauty of our military weapons. What a sight."@MalcolmNance "Not beautiful for the victims, Brian."
Like Ted Koppel in the Iraq desert mouthing Shakespeare, Brian Williams waxing on the 'beauty' of Tomahawks 'til @MalcolmNance educates him.— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) April 7, 2017
Rachel Maddow would never refer to a Tomahawk launch as "beautiful". What in the ever living hell is Brian Williams doing on her air time?— Charles Clymer (@cmclymer) April 7, 2017
You'd think Brian Williams would have learned his lesson about speculating about military matters.— Jesse Berney (@jesseberney) April 7, 2017
brian williams retire bicth— ned ludd (@chickenpaprika) April 7, 2017
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