Birther Donald Trump was a Fox News go-to guy about the Chattanooga shooting for The O’Reilly Factor last night.
Donald Trump doesn’t have a national security credential in sight despite his hilariously lengthy, self-promoting biography. And, of course, nobody should ever forget his utterly bogus birtherism – or the fact that he has yet to reveal the results of his big investigation in Hawaii on the subject. But on Fox News, that’s no reason not to promote him as a ready-for-prime-time voice of wisdom on the Chattanooga shooting
“There’s no question that terrorism will be a major campaign issue in the upcoming presidential race,” host Bill O’Reilly said in his introduction. Then, mentioning that Trump is “leading the GOP pack” in a new Fox News poll, that seemed to be all the credentials he needed to play an expert on in the “no spin zone” on The O’Reilly Factor. Even though Trump’s lead probably means nothing in the long term.
Not surprisingly, Trump had no policy ideas beyond hot-air platitudes. He declared it “absolutely ridiculous” that the Marines shot and killed in Chattanooga were not armed. Trump complained that showed a “total lack of respect” for “our country, for our officials for our leaders.”
Not surprisingly, “no spin” O’Reilly did not challenge Trump as to whether sham attacks on our president's citizenship showed respect for our country or our leader.
Instead, O’Reilly asked, “Do you have any solution to ‘lone wolf’ stuff?”
No, he didn’t. Trump called for “better intelligence” and “stronger protection": without giving even a peep of a hint that he knows what the state of our current intelligence or protection is.
Oh, and sure enough, America-respecting Trump attacked President Obama for not using the phrase “Islamic terrorism” and “nobody can quite understand why.”
Now, O’Reilly was ready to probe. “Well, I’m sure you have a theory on it, Donald,” he said.
“I think I won’t say my theory right now,” Trump said. But “we have to start maybe being not so politically correct.”
“Can you restore respect for the police? Can a politician do that?” O’Reilly asked.
Yes, Trump thought so. “You have to restore law and order. …You have to bring back the word ‘intelligence’ …because a thing like this shouldn’t happen.”
In other words, Trump may be running on a national security platform of semantics.
Watch it below, from the July 16, The O’Reilly Factor.
I don’t care, let’s see some. Pony up, Trump.
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The propaganda ploy that Obama “panders” to Islamists reflects the same excruciating ignorance that GW Bush voiced in declaring a “crusade” in the immediate wake of 9/11. It is more valid to say Fox is pandering to “Islamic terrorists” by accepting their claim that they are Muslims. Our most essential allies against extremists who call themselves Muslims are moderate Muslims. Allying with them is more important than satisfying neocons’ rhetorical preferences. Moderate Muslims don’t see Obama as pandering to terrorists but rather respecting their own faith. What Fox wants Obama to do is analogous to calling the KKK “Christian terrorists”.
In the wake of this attack, I’m not necessarily against arming soldiers in vulnerable posts, but not all soldiers all the time. By definition, terrorists attack people in places “where they are supposed to be safe”, hence the gun lobby concept that everyone should carry a gun all the time. But, considering the increased chances of accidents and the increased freedom for terrorists as well as the rest of us to go around openly armed, it’s not at all obvious that would make us safer. That will not take the crucial element of surprise away from terrorists, nor will it much discourage terrorists who are suicidal anyway.