For some unfathomable reason, Charlie Rose apparently had John Mellencamp of all people on his show to talk about the US reaction to terrorism after 9/11. What followed, was the pacifistic, left-wing view of foreign policy at its worst. Read it and weep (I transcribed this from the video).
Charlie Rose: So, After 9/11 what was inappropriate for you…
John Cougar Mellencamp: It was inappropriate from the beginning.
Charlie Rose: Afghanistan was inappropriate?
John Cougar Mellencamp: Everything was inappropriate.
Charlie Rose: If we knew where Osama Bin Laden was, to have bombed his hideout would have been inappropriate?
John Cougar Mellencamp: Yes.
Charlie Rose: What would have been appropriate? Turn the other cheek?
John Cougar Mellencamp: No, I don’t think so. I think what would be appropriate is exactly what we’re going to have to do right now?
Charlie Rose: Talk?
John Cougar Mellencamp: Go talk to people. Go talk to people.
Charlie Rose: Now, who would we go talk to? Would we call him up and go, “Osama, can we talk about this? We’re not really happy about this. Can we talk about this?”
John Cougar Mellencamp: No…
John Cougar Mellencamp: …You’d have to talk to the Muslims. You would have to talk to people and say, “Why are we so far apart here?”
I made an analogy that made a lot of people mad four years ago. I said, “If you were in a family and the little brother did something to the big brother and you beat the hell out of the little brother, they’d put you in jail. They would put you in jail for being a bad parent.”
Charlie Rose: I’ll make the question easy. Suppose they had not gone to Iraq and had just limited it to Afghanistan. Would that have been OK for you and your definition of pacifism? The answer is, “no.”
John Cougar Mellencamp: The answer is, “no.” Because you have to be diplomatic until there is no other way and then you fight. That didn’t happen. That didn’t happen. That never happened.
Charlie Rose: And that would that have been true after Pearl Harbor for you?
John Cougar Mellencamp: Perhaps.
Charlie Rose: What do you mean perhaps? What’s different?
John Cougar Mellencamp: Well, I don’t have enough information…