He says he finds fault with Obama’s plans especially on the heels of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington.
Smiley voiced his opinion on the matter in a Sunday TV appearance on ABC’s “This Week” with George Stephanopoluous.
“At the risk of being the odd man out, let me just add some broader context,” Smiley said. “Just days ago, we were celebrating fifty years since the March on Washington. President Obama stood where Dr. King stood fifty years ago, and we honored Martin with our words in Washington. Now here we are days away from dishonoring him with our deeds in Syria.”
“There’s the issue of violence. War, Dr. King would say were he here, is not the answer. We cannot worship at the altar of retaliation,” Smiley said. “It’s either non-violent co-existence or violent co-annihilation, Dr. King would say were he here.”
Smiley also said on roundtable that whatever the U.S. decides to do, “This is connected to Iraq, it’s connected to all of our history and we can’t honor him with our words and then dishonor him days later.”
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