• This is a partial transcript from "Your World with Neil Cavuto," August 3, 2006, that was edited for clarity.

    NEIL CAVUTO, HOST: All right, Jonathan Hunt, not the kind of news my next guest wants to hear. In fact, he says, enough of this fighting once and for all. The time has come for a cease-fire.

    He is, of course, Democratic Congressman Charlie Rangel of New York.

    Charlie, good to see you.

    REP. CHARLES RANGEL, D-N.Y.: Good to be back, Neil.

    CAVUTO: So, you're saying enough is enough?

    RANGEL: Come on. There's no way to justify the atrocities that's been committed on the Israelis or the retaliations, after the Hezbollah, what, we're talking about women and children and innocent people.

    And I don't know why we never consider bringing in the heads of these Arab states to say, "Hey, this is your problem, too."


    CAVUTO: But they're not doing squat.

    RANGEL: They're not, but they run in and outside of the Crawford ranch — the — the — the crown princes, the president of Egypt. We give billions of dollars to Egypt. Why can't we tell them, "Hey, we're here to help, but this is your problem."

    CAVUTO: But aren't you feeding their — their army, so to speak...

    RANGEL: Who?

    CAVUTO: ... by saying, "Go ahead," if you let Hezbollah stop the way it is now? It had proof today with pretty sophisticated rockets that penetrated deep into Israel today, killed close to a dozen people today.

    RANGEL: Let me make it clear...

    CAVUTO: Is that a good thing to do?

    RANGEL: Let me make it clear, I want that cancer of Hezbollah cut out of Lebanon. And I want to be able to help.

    CAVUTO: Well, an automatic cease-fire, Charlie, keeps them armed, right?

    RANGEL: Not if we get — I want a force there. I don't want to just say, "Quit," while they're able to just rearm themselves. Hell no. What I want is that world to know this is not just a U.S.-Israeli problem, that the Hezbollah is dangerous to the world, but, more specifically, to this region. What makes...

    CAVUTO: But isn't Israel saying that?

    RANGEL: Oh, no. Israel says: "Let me do it. I don't want a cease- fire until I wipe this thing out."

    I'm saying, hey, let Israel take a breath and be assured that Hezbollah will be wiped out.

    CAVUTO: Can you blame them when they've had prior instances, when they've hoped for that to be the case, that it has never been the case?

    RANGEL: I am saying that we should have a cease-fire. I am not blaming them. I am saying there's another way to do it. They don't have to bring their army. There should be an international force in there, and they should go after Hezbollah. And then the only...


    CAVUTO: Now, the president — the president, earlier this week, said that, if there is an international force there...

    RANGEL: Yes?

    CAVUTO: ... the U.S. would not and should not be part of that. What do you make of that?

    RANGEL: I think — this is a heck of a time for him to decide that. I mean, we're now part of the civil war in Iraq. And what the heck do we know about the strifes with these different tribes over the years?

    CAVUTO: Well, would you be for or against having U.S. forces there?

    RANGEL: There's no need for it. We have so-called friends. And I don't think they're friends.

    CAVUTO: Not a one has volunteered.

    RANGEL: They're not supposed to volunteer. Leadership means that you get people to do it.

    CAVUTO: All right. Well, it's...

    RANGEL: They're not — so, we ought to wait for the Saudis to come up and volunteer?


    RANGEL: Forget about it.

    CAVUTO: You think the Saudis would be part of that?

    RANGEL: You bet your life. They have to be a part of it.

    CAVUTO: All right. Well, let — let me switch gears and...