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In What Was Called an "Interview," Neil Cavuto Enabled George Bush, the Simpleton

Reported by Melanie - July 31, 2006 -

Neil Cavuto held an "exclusive" interview with George Bush today (July 31, 2006) and it was not a pretty sight. Cavuto spent 25 minutes talking about the Middle East, the "death tax," Hugo Chavez, the economy and immigration but he did not ask Bush a single questions about Iraq. What a good dog Cavuto is. He wouldn't want to remind viewers about THAT disaster, now would he? The thing that was downright frightening was listening to Bush's description of what he believes is going on in the Middle East. The guy's historical understanding of the situation between Israel and Lebanon doesn't seem to extend farther back than two weeks. All in all, the "interview" was a testament to the very sorry state of both our media and our president.

Here's a summary. If you want to watch the video, here it is. Click on the link and wait for it to load in the gold-colored screen.

Cavuto's first question was about the Middle East. He wondered what Bush thought about Israel's "renewed" hostilities after the very short cease-fire, but never mind the Middle East, Bush had Iran on the brain:

I think, first of all, I think your viewers ought to focus on the fact that the UN Security Council passed a resolution about Iran and the world is coming together and making it clear that, to the Iranians, their nuclear weapons ambitions are not acceptable. Secondly, I do believe that we have an opportunity to work with our partners and allies to put a Security Council resolution in place that obviously reduces violence but also addresses the root causes of the problem which are terrorists attacks from Lebanon into Israel.

Bush went on to say that we need to "strengthen the Siniora government."

Cavuto asked if Bush thought that, "in light of what happened in Cana that now there is more pressure on Israel to stop?"

Bush said he thinks there has, "been a lot of pressure on Israel to stop" but, "Israel's a sovereign nation and she will defend herself." We have to, "put pressure on the world to help create conditions for a lasting cease-fire." Bush said, "the root cause of the problem is armed militants firing weapons from a sovereign nation into another sovereign nation." But we'll, "work with our allies" in the Security Council to put together a resolution, "that hopefully will work but it will work for a sustainable peace."

Cavuto wondered if Hezbollah isn't completely disarmed, "it's fair to say that Hezbollah has won?"

Bush said, "No." If we, "can get a Lebanese force down there with some help from other nations," we'll "begin the process of implementing the 1559."

Cavuto wondered if the U.S. would provide troops. Bush said, "Probably not, but we would be glad to help through logistics and/or command and control."

Seems to me that the logical next question should have been: Why not? Have we over-extended ourselves in Iraq? But, like a dutiful poodle, Cavuto continued on the Iran theme: "You know, Iran has paid no attention to the latest UN-imposed deadline [wrong again, Neil] where sanctions could kick in. Do you think they're looking at the Hezbollah-Israel situation as an excuse to sort of, give excuses?"

Bush said he thinks, "they sponsor Hezbollah," but that this is a, "clash of governing styles." As, "democracies begin to grow you find terrorists groups trying to stop their advance. That's what's happening in Iraq. That's what's happening in the Palestinian territories. Prime Minister Olmert reached out to President Abbas. That must frighten these terrorists. They can't stand the thought of democracies." This is "the real challenge of our time." So today, "the world sent a clear message to the Iranians," that, "they're not going to have a nuclear weapon."

Segueing to his most recent obsession, the threat posed by Venezuela's Hugo Chavez (next in line to bomb after Iran?), Cavuto asked:

Let me ask you Sir, I'd be remiss, speaking of Iran. Hugo Chavez was meeting with President Ahmadinejad. What did you make of that and what did you make of his travels to countries and leaders who are no fans of yours and the US?

Bush chuckled and sighed and said, "What I care about is the Venezuelan people." I'm "deeply concerned about a government that would undermine the basic fundamentals of democracy [me too George] and I would hope that the President of Venezuela invests in his people."

Cavuto: "I wonder what he's doing with all the weapons he's buying."

Bush: "I have no idea. The biggest threat that he faces under my, the biggest face we threat [sic], the biggest threat we face in the neighborhood is undermining democratic values and institutions." (Look in the mirror George.)

Cavuto wondered if Chavez is, "a military threat to the United States. Is Hugo Chavez a threat?"

Bush said, "No. He's not a military threat. We've got a very strong military and we can deal with any threat to the homeland there is, and will, if we have to." Bush said he viewed Chavez as a, "threat of [sic] undermining democracy." Bush said, again, that he wished Chavez would, "invest his petrodollars with [sic] the people of Venezuela."


Now, in the meantime, he has shut down a number of Citgo facilities in the United States. More could follow. Is he playing economic blackmail?

Bush said, "He is an indication that we've got to make sure we've got wise energy policy in the United States." The "faster we can reduce our dependency [sic] on oil the more secure the nation will be economically and from a national security perspective." That's why "we're trying to encourage people to be ah, you know, use less gasoline. It's a good policy and at the same time finding new sources of energy."

Now on to a theme Cavuto has been hammering for months: That the economy is in fantastic shape, it's just that the "liberal media" refuses - yes, refuses (it wants to undermine Bush) - to cover it:

Are you amazed, Mr. President, in light of all the turbulence in the Middle East, the ongoing Iraq war [this was the only mention of Iraq in the entire interview], threats from Iran, threats from Syria, threats from Hugo Chavez, the economy's been doing extremely well. The markets have held up extremely well. Americans are still buying. McDonald's' numbers have never been higher, so they're still eating. So, what's going on?

Bush said, "I think the entrepreneurial spirit is strong. America is the land of entrepreneurs and small business and people have responded. Particularly, they've been encouraged by tax cuts." He said, "We've got a lot of things we've gotta overcome," like doing "something about energy." We've, "got to keep taxes low, we've got to do something about the lawsuits that make it hard for people who risk capital. Health care's an issue we've got to confront and the problem of unfunded liabilities when it comes to Social Security and Medicare, which is a long-term problem for our economy."

Cavuto didn't stop there:

But, like the economy, as you said, doing very well. The job growth is respectable. I mean, we had numbers that were akin to what they were ten years ago. And yet, when polls come out on Americans' attitudes, six out of ten, I think the Wall Street Journal survey, Mr. President, said they're nervous, they're anxious. They don't think times are good. Why is there that disconnect?

Bush said because, "We're at war." He said, "War is a difficult period." It's a, "clash of, between terror and democracy." There's, "worry about competition. People look at China and are concerned about the competition."

Cavuto asked Bush if he's worried about a recession and Bush said he wasn't. He said, "People have got more money in their pockets" now. Cavuto wondered if Bush thought the Federal Reserve was , "risks killing housing" by raising interest rates. Bush said he has, "confidence in Ben Bernanke and his team to be able to balance inflation with growth."

Cavuto raised the issue of the House bill that raises the minimum wage but also cuts the "death tax" and asked Bush if he would be "open to decoupling" the two. Bush said, "I think the strategy is to get the senators to vote on the bill as presented." He said the House is, "trying to get the death tax eliminated particularly for smaller estates." I, "strongly believe we need to get rid of the death tax." It's, "unfair to tax somebody's assets twice."

[If you're unfamiliar with this issue please research it. Bush is feeding the audience a line of total bull and of course, Cavuto let it all stand because he feeds the audience the same crap.)

Cavuto again asked if it was "fair" to link the "death tax" reduction to a "hike in the minimum wage," and Bush said, "If it achieves the objective," he supports it.

Turning to immigration, Cavuto said New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently said that if immigrants were barred from his city, the economy there would collapse. He wondered what Bush thought of that. Bush responded by saying that, "If you ask any of the entrepreneurs here in Miami they'll tell you one of the biggest problems is finding workers." He said we need to "enforce the border" but people "are coming here to do jobs American's aren't doing" and there "ought to be a way for them to come temporarily, on a legal basis."

Turning to 9/11 and terror, Bush's and Fox's favorite topic, Cavuto asked Bush if he thought people were forgetting about that day and becoming complacent. Bush said, "My job is to do two things. One, to remind people about the war on terror and remind them that we're doing everything that we can to protect them" so they can "go about their lives." Bush said he wasn't "surprised" that some forget we're involved in a war, but he said, "I think about Al Qaeda every day." He said that even if the American people, "don't think that we're still at war, I do, and therefore will deploy the assets of the federal government to protect us here at home."

Going back to the "clash" scenario, Bush said what people are "seeing today," is a "clash between those who advance freedom and those who have an ideology based upon hate." He said Al Qaeda, Hezbollah, and Hamas all have "this same attitude, same desire to stop the advance of democracy." The "long-term peace for Americans will come when liberty is unleashed in the Middle East." Bush said he spends, "most of" his time, "thinking about how to protect the American people in what is a dangerous world."

Comment: This "interview" was nothing more than a well-trained propagandist - posing as a "journalist" - enabling his pitiful, simple minded client, who just happens to be the "leader of the free world."