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Hannity & Colmes Guest: Without Joe Lieberman, The Toughest Man In The Democratic Party Is A Girl

Reported by Ellen - July 7, 2007 -

Once again, FOX News used the same tactics to drum up war with Iran that it did for war against Iraq: by ridiculing and denigrating those less hawkish. who disagree. Last night (7/6/07) on Hannity & Colmes, guest Jed Babbin was greatly amused at his own wit after he told Alan Colmes, "You have a problem with Joe Lieberman because without him, the toughest man in your party is a girl." With video.

The panel consisted of two guests with, essentially, the same opinion. FOX News military analyst Bill Cowan expressed his views about the threat Iran poses to our soldiers in Iraq (no discussion, though, about the dangers posed by an invasion that removed Saddam Hussein, Iran's enemy next door, and installed a pro-Iranian government in its place). Guest Jed Babbin, former deputy undersecretary of defense during the first Bush administration, spent most of his time attacking anti-war Democrats.

Babbin laughed at his own "toughest man" joke and claimed that he wasn't saying a woman wasn't qualified to be president. But, with a preening sneer, he added, "Hillary Clinton is no more qualified than Baby Obama to be president and neither of them is qualified.”

Babbin insisted "We have a lot of military options" against Iran. But while many feel otherwise, there was no opposing expert on the "fair and balanced" network.

Rich Lowry, subbing for Sean Hannity, enthusiastically seized upon the opportunity to smear Democrats. "Democrats in this country never seem to be particularly outraged that the Iranians are helping kill our troops in Iraq but they do get outraged when anyone has the temerity to point it out... a lot of liberals want to deny this reality because they find it inconvenient."

Lowry went on to claim, "We are beginning to make serious progress against Al Qaeda... because the Sunni tribes are swinging to our side and you have every single Democrat and a lot of Republicans, unfortunately, looking away from those encouraging signs, and just wanting to abandon the whole effort when we’re really starting to get the upper hand against Al Qaeda."

With the panel stacked the way it was and with the show's convention that neither host intrude on the other's time, nobody raised the inconvenient report released by the Pentagon a few weeks ago saying that overall levels of violence in the country have not decreased, as attacks have shifted away from Baghdad and Anbar, where American forces are concentrated, only to rise in most other provinces.

Babbin said, “The problem we have with the Democrats is they don’t want to win wars."