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Hannity, FOX News Producers And John Bolton Endorse Lieberman’s Warmongering

Reported by Ellen - June 12, 2007 -

Sean Hannity and the FOX News producers jumped at the chance on last night's (6/11/07) Hannity & Colmes to promote Senator Joseph Lieberman’s advocacy for military action against Iran. The sole guest for a discussion on Lieberman’s remarks was former U.N. Ambassador and now FOX News contributor John Bolton. The choice of Bolton as a guest nearly guaranteed that a strongly hawkish perspective would predominate. However, Alan Colmes did a great job of confronting Bolton and Hannity on their warmongering. With video.

Bolton’s motto seems to be, “Whatever it takes to start a war (just don’t expect me to do the fighting).” Congressman Henry Waxman has laid out a pretty darned persuasive case that Bolton played a role in the inclusion of the false statement that British Intelligence had determined Iraq attempted to procure yellowcake uranium from Niger in President Bush's 2003 State of the Union Address. More recently, Bolton flim-flammed unrest in Lebanon into a terrorist threat from Iran. One can’t help but suspect that’s exactly what endeared him to the FOX News Human Resources department.

Predictably, Bolton said about Lieberman, “I think he’s right on target... This is just basic.”

Sean Hannity is just as gung ho for more war - and just as unlikely to do any fighting). Hannity said, “I worry that the world is in denial about (President Ahmadinejad).”

Bolton agreed that “many in Europe simply don’t see the threat the same way that we do.” Maybe because we cried wolf over the “threat” of Iraq? Or is it because Nobel Peace Prize winner and IAEA head Mohammed ElBaradei, who has since been proven right over WMD’s in Iraq, has said that the jury is still out as to whether Iran even wants nuclear weapons?

ElBaradei has also recently said that nuclear terrorism poses a greater danger than Iran getting the bomb. But I have yet to see that issue discussed on Hannity & Colmes. It certainly has not received the same kind of relentless hype that Iran has.

As usual, the FOX News chickenhawks didn’t just lay out their case for attacking Iran, they tried to both scare us into it and denigrate any doubters – just as they did in the run-up to the Iraq war. For the umpteenth time, Hannity falsely analogized the situation to Hitler in the 1930’s (without bothering to note that unlike Hitler, Ahmadinejad has not invaded any countries) and complained about “the world in denial.” Hannity asked Bolton the leading question, “Do you think the world understands how evil this regime is?”

In a condescending voice, Bolton said that when you do strategic analysis, you look at capabilities and intentions, “and in the case of Iran, both are clear.” I suspect he just as condescendingly disagreed with ElBaradei before we invaded Iraq.

In an optimistic voice, Hannity asked if Bolton would support a pre-emptive strike. Bolton said “It’s certainly not the first choice… but I think we have to be prepared to do it.” Of course, what he really meant was that other people should be prepared to do it for him.

An upbeat Hannity suggested that maybe “we should be willing to take out now” Iran’s oil refinery.

Bolton said there are lots of options, bashed Europe for not being more bellicose, then said, “Time is really growing very short here. I don’t think sanctions have much of a chance.”

Then Alan Colmes stepped in and nailed Bolton. “This continued warmongering on the part of Joe Lieberman and I’ve interviewed you about this…”

“Warmongering?” Bolton asked, in a “Who, me?” voice.

“Warmongering?” Hannity asked.

“It is warmongering!” Colmes said. “It is outrageous!”

“You are out of your mind!” Hannity said.

Colmes responded, “Mr. Hannity, Mr. Bolton, it’s warmongering! And isn’t this going to drive Iran to do what we wouldn’t want it to do in the first place, by this overheated rhetoric?” Colmes pointed out that the CIA and the DIA, along with the conservative think tank Heritage Foundation, have concluded that military action against Iran is not a viable option.

“It’s never an attractive option,” Bolton said. “But the fact is, Iran with nuclear weapons would be the most unattractive option of all.”

Colmes noted that both Lieberman and Bolton spoke as though military action were the first, not last, resort, and that it should be done “sooner rather than later.”

Significantly, Bolton did not deny that. “(Lieberman’s) talking about the need to go after Iranian forces that are engaged against ours inside Iraq and I think that’s very important,” Bolton replied. “That may be a lesson that Iran learns that dissuades them from continuing to pursue nuclear weapons. In any event, it’s important for self-defense so our own troops are not being killed.”

Colmes said, “Iran, if they’re helping anybody, it’s the Shiites. Isn’t that what’s going on?” He could have added that by removing Saddam Hussein, we did a favor to Iran by removing their big enemy right next door and helped found a government allied with theirs.

Bolton then provided his latest war flim-flam, by making the dubious suggestion that Iran would be aiding the Sunnis and the Shias. “I don’t doubt that (Iran) would be opportunistic enough to aid anybody they thought would be prepared to kill American troops.”

Hannity ended by once again distorting Ahmadinejad’s comments about Israel. Hannity said it’s Ahmadinejad, not Lieberman, who has the “aggressive rhetoric… “It’s not Joe Lieberman that’s threatening to wipe an innocent country off the map and denying the Holocaust… I think your insights are very keen, sir, as are Senator Lieberman’s.”

Obviously, Colmes’ remarks got under Hannity’s skin. Keep at it, Alan!

If you’d like to commend Colmes for his work, you can reach him at colmes@foxnews.com. You can also reach Hannity at hannity@foxnews.com and FOX News at comments@foxnews.com.