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Chickenhawks Coulter, Breitbart and Bolling Strut Their National Security Mojo By Calling For Racial Profiling And Showing How Much They Hate Their Fellow Citizens

Reported by Ellen - December 31, 2009 -

Eric Bolling substituted for Glenn Beck yesterday (12/30/09) for a segment that would have made Glenn Beck proud for the lengths to which it used the foiled terrorism attack on Christmas to a) attack the Obama administration, Democrats and the left; and b) call for racial profiling. It’s hard to know which Beck would have liked better. Never mind that none of the three panelists has any military or national security credentials. In fact, both Andrew Breitbart and Ann Coulter misrepresented the Obama administration’s positions. Bolling either didn’t know or didn’t care about correcting the record. UPDATED: Coulter also revived the falsehood that Obama attended a madrassa as a child. With video.

In a segment titled, “Terror and Politics,” Bolling began by asking the laughable question, “Are some politicizing this attack?” Then he and the rest of the panel spent the next 15 minutes or so doing exactly that. Of course, there was no Democrat to offer another opinion.

Bolling, whose specialty is business, set the tone early by saying, “Can’t we all just get along? Gets people killed, does it not?”

Two-time voter fraud suspect Coulter is hardly a poster child for what I like to think of as American values. And, like everyone else on the panel. She has never served in the military and has no national security credentials. Wearing more eye makeup than ever, she predictably wasted no time blaming the Obama administration for the Christmas attack. She said it’s “not a surprise that we’ve already had in his first year in office three terrorist attacks on U.S. soil.” Coulter acknowledged that there were “a bunch of them” right after 9/11 under Bush, “but then it was pretty quiet on American soil for the next years, certainly when we invaded Iraq. It wasn’t just a talking point to say we want to fight them there rather than here.

News flash for “Boombox” Coulter: We’re still fighting them over there so why are they here? Because we’re not racially profiling? You might think so, based on the rest of the segment.

Andrew “I’m going to blackmail the Obama administration” Breitbart said, “It’s a selective, politically expedient brand of political correctness where only Americans and red state Americans are looked upon, to be looked upon suspiciously.” Breitbart went on to accuse Obama and the “MoveOn.org left” of doing “everything… in terms of trying to keep America not safe from radical Islam and radical jihad.” So what are Breitbart's credentials? He's, basically, a political blogger.

Breitbart soon proved just how faulty his understanding of national security is: First, he claimed that one of Obama’s chief campaign talking points was that Bush did not protect us from 9/11. “One of (Obama’s) primary motivations was arguing that Bush did not protect us from 9/11, that there was a seven and a half month period in which Bush didn’t change the system." Breitbart continued, "And one of the main arguments was – and again this was before 9/11, before we recognized the degree to which radical Islam is a threat to the United States.”

Breitbart is plain wrong that we did not recognize the degree to which radical Islam was a threat until after 9/11. As the 9/11 Commission report states in its section called, “The System Was Blinking Red,” “In the spring of 2001,the level of reporting on terrorist threats and planned attacks increased dramatically to its highest level since the millennium alert. At the end of March, the intelligence community disseminated a terrorist threat advisory, indicating a heightened threat of Sunni extremist terrorist attacks against U.S.facilities, personnel, and other interests.” Furthermore, I did a lot of looking into Obama's foreign policy statements before he was elected and could not find any instance where he accused Bush of not protecting us from 9/11.

Coulter said, “(Obama) is in a position even stronger than George Bush to do what ought to be done and that is to start looking for passengers that look like the last three dozen terrorists to attack airplanes. He could engage in whatever you want to call it, racial profiling, ethnic profiling, looking for young Muslim males (as usual, she pronounced it “Moose-lim”), foreign born Moose-lim males. Um, but no, to the contrary, what we have is his Homeland Security coming out and saying ‘the system works.’”

That’s quite a distortion from what really happened. Janet Napolitano made an unfortunate choice of words when she said “the system worked,” but she was clearly talking about what happened after the attack. In fact, her exact words were, “Once the incident occurred, the system worked." Second, as Coulter must know, and even if she didn’t Bolling should have, that was far from the only response from the Obama administration. Obama said on Monday, “I've directed my national security team to keep up the pressure on those who would attack our country. We do not yet have all the answers about this latest attempt, but those who would slaughter innocent men, women and children must know that the United States will more -- do more than simply strengthen our defenses. We will continue to use every element of our national power to disrupt, to dismantle and defeat the violent extremists who threaten us, whether they are from Afghanistan or Pakistan, Yemen or Somalia, or anywhere where they are plotting attacks against the U.S. homeland.”

Coulter continued, “The objective of airport security seems to be to just make it more and more unpleasant for Americans to fly and to make it easier and easier for radical Moose-lims to fly.”

She also wrongly claimed Democrats “want to release everybody from Guantanamo.” What Obama wants to do is close Guantanamo and try those who should not be freed.

Then the three chickenhawks did their part on behalf of torture – as part of their assault on Democrats, of course. Coulter said the “legitimate” attack made by Republicans on Democrats is, “They don’t care about national defense. However long it takes a president to come out and comment on something like that (a foiled terror attack), you didn’t have any fear that George Bush wasn’t willing to send terrorists to secret prisons, to put them in Guantanamo, water board them. We know this president won’t do that… They’re all whining about water boarding.”

Bolling suggested that upholding the rule of law and not abusing prisoners was making us more vulnerable to attack. “Next month… we have three Navy Seals who are going to go to trial and try not to be court martialed for punching a terrorist, a guy who we’ve known has killed up to four Americans, four contractors, punching him in the stomach, giving him a stomach ache. And then this happens. Where are we? Where are we on this?”

I'd like to think it means we're following the rule of law. But on Fox News, upholding the law is somehow un-American.

Breitbart added, “That’s two sides of the same coin of political correctness… It is our enemy at a time of war.”

Update: Somehow I missed what Crooks and Liars caught, that Coulter falsely said that Obama went to madrassas as a child.

You can contact Coulter at tom@anncoulter.org and Bolling at glennbeck@foxnews.com. Breitbart doesn't seem to have a public contact email. But he seems to have a Twitter account at http://twitter.com/andrewbreitbart (check out the obsession with Media Matters!)