Brian Williams calls images of U.S. missile launch ‘beautiful’
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Brian Williams calls images of U.S. missile launch ‘beautiful’

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    The guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) launched a tomahawk land attack missile, Friday, in the Mediterranean Sea.

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    Brian Williams spoke at the 8th Annual Stand Up For Heroes, Nov. 2014, presented by New York Comedy Festival and The Bob Woodruff Foundation in New York.

NEW YORK >> Brian Williams is facing online criticism for waxing poetic about what he called “beautiful pictures” of U.S. missiles launching during an attack on a Syrian air base.

Video released by the military shows Tomahawk missiles targeted for a Syrian airfield launching from the decks of U.S. warships in the Mediterranean Sea on Thursday.

During his MSNBC program, “The 11th Hour,” late Thursday night, Williams said the “beautiful pictures at night” tempted him to quote a line from a Leonard Cohen song: “I am guided by the beauty of our weapons.” He went on to call the images “beautiful pictures of fearsome armaments.”

Williams was quickly mocked and criticized on Twitter for the remarks, with some users suggesting they were insensitive to the realities of war.

MSNBC didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment today.

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