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Dick Morris: Potential Of Terror “The Only Thing Bush Is Really Good At”

Reported by Ellen - August 1, 2006 -

Dick Morris came on Hannity & Colmes last night (7/31/06) to discuss Guantanamo Bay prisoners in the only terms that FOX News producers really care about: Spinning it into good news for Bush. “Fair and balanced” FOX News has largely ignored allegations of prisoner abuse and demands that the prison be shut on its prime time debate show but now that instances of prisoners attacking guards has been made public (coincidentally, less than a week after a UN report slamming the United States over its procedures), FOX was ready to talk. But it seems like the network got less than it bargained for when Dick Morris said that “People understand that (the potential of terror) is the only thing Bush is really good at.”

Alan Colmes started the discussion, though he was interrupted by breaking news about Castro. Colmes brought up the mistreatment of the prisoners by US guards and said something to the effect of, “When you’re treated like an animal, you act like an animal.”

Morris dismissed that with the statement, “They were animals long before anybody did anything to them.” So much for innocent until proven guilty, the Geneva Conventions and compassionate conservativism. Then, in a statement very reminiscent of an earlier one he made on Hannity & Colmes about the results of Hurricane Katrina on Bush’s public approval, Morris said the Israeli-Lebanon war, including the bombing in Qana, “is ultimately going to be very helpful to President Bush.”

Last year, Morris predicted that Bush's ratings would soar in the aftermath of Katrina. “The people who said this storm is going to hurt Bush's presidency are just wrong," Morris said during his September 15, 2005 appearance on Hannity & Colmes. He wrongly foresaw the hurricane clean-up as “a huge positive for Bush. That will be a second-term legacy.”

But last night, Morris was far less sanguine. “People look at this ratcheting up of this crisis. They look at this Israeli strike. They look at the global community shifting. And they say, ‘Wow, this is going to hurt Bush and help the Democrats.’ It’s the opposite of what’s gonna happen. Because the more people understand we live in a dangerous world, the more people understand the potential of terror, they’ll understand that that’s the only thing Bush is really good at (my emphasis). And they’ll want Bush to continue and they’ll be very happy that he’s there.”

Sean Hannity pounded on the desk as he asked Morris why it took a Freedom Of Information Act request to have the information come out about the Guantanamo prisoners' behavior. “Why wouldn’t (the Bush administration) make this public in defense of all the attacks they’ve been under? This seems like PR suicide to me.”

Morris claimed not to know why. But Alan Colmes suggested at the end of the segment that the Bush administration didn’t publicize the reports of prisoners' attacks because the administration is “answerable for prison abuses at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo, as evidenced by UN groups have been there and observed it. Maybe it’s not in their interest to bring up the whole story because they have to be responsible for some of what’s happened there.”

“No, I don’t think that,” Morris answered. Either he was being disingenuous or shockingly ignorant. For an interesting reporter’s account of the Bush administration's secrecy about Guantanamo Bay, I recommend this article by Carol J. Williams of the Los Angeles Times.

Meanwhile, the faint praise of President Bush continued when Neil Cavuto visited Hannity & Colmes to discuss his earlier interview with Bush. Predictably, Cavuto had nothing but approval for Bush but it seemed to lack a certain kind of enthusiasm. Rather than admiration for any of Bush’s policies or actions, Cavuto gushed over the fact that Bush stayed dry in the Miami heat. “The president not a drop of sweat… this guy’s as cool as a cucumber.” Cavuto’s other plaudits were that Bush has grown more comfortable on television. “He’s very comfortable in his shoes… When it comes to things he feels very passionate about… he does not doubt his position.” Comment: Hmmm, there’s a crisis in the Middle East and that’s all Cavuto has to say about our president?

Hannity, on the other hand, was keen as ever. “I think history will be kind to him because of his principles, especially in dealing with the war on terror.”