Williams was quickly mocked and criticized on Twitter for the remarks, with some users suggesting they were insensitive to the realities of war.
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— The Listening Post (@AJListeningPost) April 7, 2017
U.S. launches surprise missile strike on Syria
All that time #BrianWilliams spent in war zones has left him delusional. You idiot. There’s nothing "beautiful" about weapons OR war.
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.”
— Sarah Miller (@Saraheamiller) April 7, 2017
#SyriaStrikes pic.twitter.com/apn6Kkparl Watch: MSNBC host Brian Williams describes US missile launch against Syrian targets as "beautiful". War as media spectacle?
missile strikes against Syria Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada fully supports U.S.
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.
Brian Williams is under fire for his comments on the #SyriaStrikes.
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.
MSNBC didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment Friday.
— Elizabeth 🌹 (@BasedElizabeth) April 7, 2017
He was literally under fire. This is of course, an eyewitness account. pic.twitter.com/Yc4mz1hOfT
Brian Williams calls DOD video of missile strikes "beautiful", unironically quotes Leonard Cohen, "Im guided by the beauty of our weapons"
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— Adam H. Johnson (@adamjohnsonNYC) April 7, 2017
In this Nov. missiles launching during an attack on a Syrian air base as “beautiful.” (Photo by Brad Barket/Invision/AP, File) 5, 2014, file photo, Brian Williams speaks at the 8th Annual Stand Up For Heroes, presented by New York Comedy Festival and The Bob Woodruff Foundation in New York. Williams is facing online criticism for saying on MSNBC Thursday, April 6, 2017, for describing video of U.S.