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Hannity's Iraq Victory Plan: Keep Attacking The Democrats

Reported by Ellen - December 6, 2005

Sean Hannity turned his entire portion of a discussion about the trial of Saddam Hussein into an attack "on the leaders of Alan's party" who "want to cut and run." Hannity often says that Democratic criticism obscures and impedes success of the mission yet Hannity never seems to miss an opportunity to skip talking about what's actually happening in Iraq in order to hype his usually-exaggerated claims of what Democrats say. Last night was another example.

Guest General Paul Vallely (the same military analyst who claimed in contradictory statements, two years into the investigation, that he was told by Valerie Plame's husband that she worked for the CIA while he and Vallely were in a FOX News green room) agreed with Hannity that Democratic criticism of the handling of the war is "mind-numbing." But in his next sentence, Vallely said he thinks the troops "see through it."

Hannity said, "Good." But I'm willing to bet that tonight Hannity will be claiming once again that Democratic criticism hurts morale.

Vallely added "morale is high" and "they're winning each and every day."

Comment: So what's the problem?

Alan Colmes started his portion of the interview by saying nobody put down the troops and that nobody said cut and run. Hannity, with his most sincere expression, "quoted" Rep. John Murtha by saying, "pull 'em out," "cut and run."

"No, he didin't."

Comment: Colmes, as usual, is right. Hannity, as usual, got his facts wrong.

Here's what Murtha said:

My plan calls:

To immediately redeploy U.S. troops consistent with the safety of U.S. forces (my emphasis).
To create a quick reaction force in the region.
To create an over-the-horizon presence of Marines.
To diplomatically pursue security and stability in Iraq.

Colmes finally got to the issue of Hussein's trial. He and guest Frank Rubino raised a number of questions about the possibility of holding a credible trial in Iraq, an issue one might expect would be a concern to Hannity.

But no. To listen to Hannity, you'd think the single most important battle in the war is the one over Democrats. He concluded by saying, "Bottom line, general, these troops are winning the war, they're not committing an act of terrorism and for John Kerry to say that is outrageous."

Vallely said, "Outrageous and borders on treason to me.'

Comment: Hannity's strategy doesn't seem to be working very well. According to a new Quinnipiac poll, 60 percent of voters favor withdrawing from Iraq and 54 percent believe going to war was wrong. Bush posted his lowest Quinnipiac poll rating since taking office, with 40 percent of voters saying they approve of the job he is doing.

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