More: "We need to get real on Lebanon...Hezbollah’s militia, which represents 40 percent of Lebanon, the Shiites, can’t be wiped out at a price that Israel, or America’s Arab allies, can sustain — if at all.
"You can’t go into an office in the Arab world today without finding an Arab TV station featuring the daily carnage in Lebanon. It’s now the Muzak of the Arab world, and it is toxic for us and our Arab friends."
Syria, he notes, "is a largely secular country, with a Sunni majority. Its leadership is not comfortable with Iranian Shiite ayatollahs...One top Syrian official said the door with the U.S. was 'not closed from Damascus. [But] when you have only one friend, you stay with him all the time.'"