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Little Challenge To Fox Guest Blaming Obama For Christmas Terrorism Attack

Reported by Ellen - December 28, 2009 -

Co-authored by Brian

On yesterday’s (12/27/09) Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace asked guest Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-MI) about his comments blaming the Obama administration for the near terror attack on Christmas. Wallace asked Hoekstra if it was fair to blame Obama but didn’t mention all the reasons it might not be fair, such as the fact that the suspect, Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab, had been known to have terrorist ties for two years (i.e. during the prior Bush administration) and yet had never been placed on the “no fly” list. But predictably, Hoekstra blamed only Obama, without any significant challenge from Wallace. With video.

Hoekstra said, "Yeah, I think it really is… Connecting the dots here… over the last 11 months, over the last 8 years… The Obama administration came in and said, 'We're not going to use the word ‘terrorism’ any more, we're going to call it ‘man made disasters.' …Homegrown terrorism, the threat to the United States, is real. I think this administration has downplayed it. They need to recognize it, identify it, it's the only way we're going to defeat it."

There was no further challenge from Wallace, no mention of the counter terrorism gains that Obama has made. Nor did Wallace question the odd suggestion that Obama's real blunder had been his choice of words, not anything his administration had actually done or not done.

Near the end of the segment, the other guest, Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) made a disturbing statement: “Iraq was yesterday’s war, Afghanistan is today’s war. If we don’t act pre-emptively, Yemen will be tomorrow’s war.” What did Lieberman mean by acting “pre-emptively?” We don’t know because the segment was over.

Is there any doubt Hoekstra will be one of many guests in the near future on Fox to blame Obama for this incident?