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O'Reilly: who would keep us safe, Obama or McCain?

Reported by Chrish - February 29, 2008 -

Bill O'Reilly analyzed the exchange between John McCain and Barack Obama last night 2/28/08 in his Talking Points Memo, and quel surprise! O'Reilly concluded that Obama was incorrect - "clueless" even.

To Obama's declaration that Al Qaeda in Iraq didn't exist before Bush invaded, O'Reilly said unh-unh-unh! He showed a clip of George Tenet saying that Al-Zarqawi "showed up" in Baghdad in May 2002, and a small group of Kurds (Ansar al-Islam) would be a safe haven in northeastern Iraq for Al Qaeda in the event Afghanistan fell apart.

Question: If that's the case, and we knew it, shouldn't that be where our troops were sent, rather than Baghdad? Those were the radicals opposed to westernization, democracy and secular government - and opposed to Saddam Hussein. Apparently Hussein was more of a threat (to the new oil barons?) than Al Queda.

O'Reilly referenced documents that allegedly surfaced in Iraq in 2006, reported by ABC News, that purported contacts between "Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein" (although the ABC article says the contacts were between OBL and an official representative of Saddam Hussein's government. So if, say, Donald Rumsfeld shakes Saddam Hussein's hand, we can just say that Reagan shook his hand.) This contact was confirmed by the 9/11 Commission, O'Reilly solemnly intoned - as if that seals it as absolute truth.

O'Reilly advises that voters should focus on the future - what will McCain and Obama do to keep them safe? That's the most important thing (to O'Reilly and presumably his followers). McCain will try to paint Obama as clueless (his emphasis) and Obama will paint McCain as the guardian of failed policies.

O'Reilly did say that voters will make the call (we hope) but it's pretty clear who's got his fear-based vote.