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An Interview That Didn't Quite Go as Planned

Reported by Melanie - August 31, 2005

On Tuesday (August 30, 2005), a World War II veteran named Tom Mahoney put the kibosh on Fox's attempt to use him to draw parallels between WWII and Iraq.

Fox was champing at the bit to promote Bush's latest war rationale. It opened the segment by airing video of Bush speaking in San Diego that morning (Bush Likens Situation in Iraq to WWII). Bush stood in front of a gray aircraft carrier while a menacing-looking gunboat bobbed in the foreground. Fox moved on to video of Bush greeting the crowd and Cavuto opened with, "World War II, the war in Iraq. Any similarities? Well, the President certainly seems to think so."

Cavuto then introduced Mahoney, a darling 80-something World War II veteran who survived Pearl Harbor and fought in Japan. Mahoney sat proudly in the studio wearing a VFW cap decorated with medals and pins. Cavuto asked Mahoney about the "impatience on the part of this generation," but Mahoney ignored the question and dove right in: "When you try to compare our war to another, you can't do it ... this was supposed to be over a couple months ago." There's "no comparison to any part of World War II," he said.

Cavuto wondered if Mahoney thought, "most of the men and women who are in Iraq right now are doing a noble thing and are doing the right thing?" Mahoney said, "No, I really don't." Cavuto, "Really!" Mahoney, "I'm against it."

Cavuto said that if we leave Iraq, "the feeling seems to be" that the "insurgents will take over." Mahoney reminded Cavuto that we eventually left Vietnam and Korea and he said, "Are they doing all right?" They, "can take care of themselves," we've "pulled out of a lot of places."

Comment: Oops! Unfortunately, the camera was on Mahoney most of the time so I didn't see the color drain out of Cavuto's face. (I wonder if there's a newly unemployed booker roaming the streets of New York right now.)

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