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Now That Bush Wants To Capture Bin Laden Again, Hannity Attacks Nancy Pelosi For Thinking It Might Be Too Late

Reported by Ellen - September 14, 2006 -

Once again, it was open season on Democrats during last night’s Hannity & Colmes (9/13/06) as Sean Hannity attacked Nancy Pelosi for saying, essentially, the same thing Dick Cheney and other Bush Administration officials have said, that capturing or killing Bin Laden would not end the threat of terrorism. But Hannity theatrically denounced Pelosi’s remark, “Even to capture (bin Laden) now, I don’t think makes us any safer.” He Hanctimoniously added, “She actually made that statement yesterday.”

Of course, I can’t remember a single moment of criticism for President Bush having said, during a 2002 press conference, “So I don't know where (Bin Laden) is. You know, I just don't spend that much time on him, Kelly, to be honest with you.” In fact, I can’t remember Hannity ever expressing a word of concern about Bin Laden being on the loose. But on Monday, Bush said, “Osama Bin Laden and other terrorists are still in hiding. Our message to them is clear: No matter how long it takes, America will find you, and we will bring you to justice.” As Bush goes, so goes Hannity.

Although any criticism of Bush is treated as un-American on Hannity & Colmes, no criticism of a fellow American who happens to be a Democrat ever goes too far. Guest Newt Gingrich piled on the attacks and the demonization. “Well, but it’s nice that she knows his name… It’s a start,” he said sarcastically. He later said, “9/11 drives home and reminds you, all of this kind of Lamont weakness, appeasement and withdrawal talk in this world with these kind of enemies, I think it’s harmful.”

I give Colmes credit for posting on the screen a photo of Iraqi Prime Minister Al-Maliki together with Iranian President Ahmadinejad and asking about their relationship, “Is this making us safer?” But he never addressed the fact that high-ranking Republicans have said, essentially, the same thing Pelosi said without any H&C opprobrium for it. Nor did he address the fact that it was recently reported that the CIA unit responsible for hunting bin Laden had been closed.

Gingrich responded to Colmes, “It’s better to have Iraq and Iran talk to each other than to go back to the war they had in the 1980’s.” It’s funny how Gingrich developed such a sudden fondness for diplomacy when he has been steadily beating the drums for the US to go to war against Iran (with other people doing the fighting) for quite some time. But Colmes did not confront him on that.

When he puts his mind to it, Colmes can really out-argue Gingrich and leave him speechless. Unfortunately for us, that’s not where Colmes put his mind last night.