The Fox News twosome of Bill O’Reilly and Laura Ingraham, two right wingers, love attacking President Barack Obama and praising former president George W. Bush. This is especially true when it comes to the issue of national security. O’Reilly and Ingraham come from the school of thought that Bush has kept us safe for so many years. But, through the O’Reilly Ingraham Bush-colored sunglasses, the safety is sense the terrorist attacks of 9/11. To most conservatives those attacks do not count. Many conservatives try everything in their power to blame former president Bill Clinton for those attacks. It doesn’t fly. O’Reilly and Ingraham do not count the terrorism against our troops and loss of life in Iraq … a place we should never have been.
Listen to this from Ingraham:
We want to understand here, Bill, if America is safer today or less safe than she was on January 19. And I think anyobjective review of what’s being done — and you’re right, he promised to do these things and he’s doing them — shutting down the military tribunals temporarily, a 120-day pause, closing Gitmo by 2010, and doing away with [scare quotes] “harsh interrogation methods” — I think you can make a pretty compelling case that we’re less safe today. And Barack Obama apparently is willing to roll the dice on that. Because he made these promises and — he campaigned on them.
President Obama has been in office for less than two weeks and Ingraham is starting to claim that the country already is less safe. Obviously, conservatives like Ingraham are not cutting President Obama the same kind of slack they were cutting Bush. To say you can “make a pretty compelling case” is a stretch and should be even by her standards. Extremist conservatives laugh at most talk of diplomacy and seem to favor torture … excuse me “harsh interrogation methods” for prisoners and other detainees (methods that have severely damaged the reputation of the United States worldwide. This is why President Obama, when he was a candidate, was so well received all over the world … particularly in Germany. People want to see the United States of America re-assume the high moral authority ground to have that complement our military and economic prowess. President Obama is taking steps to make this a far more peaceful world where we’re all working together toward a common goal: peace.
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