Businesswoman and failed GOP senate candidate Carly Fiorina didn’t let a little detail like having no credentials in international issues stop her from lecturing President Obama to "stop talking to President Putin" and about the "very, very troublesome" way he has gone about ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Today’s Fox News Sunday topics covered the conflict between Israel and Gaza, the MH17 crash in Ukraine, Iran and the border crisis, as the transcript indicates. So why on earth was Fiorina chosen to join the panel? The other panelists were AP White House correspondent Julie Pace, veteran political columnist George Will and former U.S. Senator Evan Bayh. Bayh served on such relevant Senate committees as Armed Services and Intelligence.
Whatever your politics, there’s no denying that Carly Fiorina is an impressive woman. But in her own extensive resumé, she nowhere lists any experience even remotely related to the subjects discussed. Heck, she never even served in the military.
In any event, host Chris Wallace was more than happy to help her play an expert in these areas. On Fox, that means bashing President Obama - whether you know what you’re talking about or not.
Wallace all but fed Fiorina her attack lines against Obama. In the first panel discussion, this was Wallace’s first “question” to her:
WALLACE: But Carly, in his news conference on Friday we didn’t exactly hear the blaring of a trumpet, a call to arms, and pressure on the Europeans. In fact, he started talking about, well, the effect on the global economy has been minimal. I mean is that the right way to get the Europeans off the dime?
Not only did Fiorina not think so, she sounded awfully certain of herself as she scolded Obama over his handling of Russia:
FIORINA: No. It is not. And in my view, Obama should be doing three things. First, he should immediately stop talking to President Putin. And John Kerry should stop talking to his counterpart. In diplomacy, silence is a meaningful message as well. The only thing that Russia can do now is change its behavior. All of this talk, talk, talk. Second, unilateral sanctions that are as punishing as we can make them should be employed now as a signal of our resolve. And yes he should ratchet up the pressure on the Europeans.
…Now I happen to believe that the U.S. should have imposed some unilateral sanctions when it might have made a difference way back when Russia went into the Crimea. However, now we must do something. He must do something because all of this rhetoric, grave concern, the equivalence that he put in those remarks you played between Ukraine, the separatists and Russia. They are not equivalent in terms of the damage they are causing. All of that signals a lack of resolve.
How does Fiorina know all that? Has she been studying Russia lately? Chatted up Russian president and GOP icon, Vladimir Putin? Wallace never asked. Apparently, we were supposed to just accept Fiorina’s opinions as authoritative.
Later, in another panel segment, columnist Will cautioned against “narcissistic policy disorder,” i.e. “the belief that everything in the world is about us.” But Fiorina knew better: It’s Obama’s fault!
WALLACE: You know, I want to pick up on George’s point, Carly, about narcissistic policy disorder. It is a messy world. Russia was always going to want some involvement and some control over Ukraine, once you saw the civil split there, the Arab spring, the turmoil in the Arab world is greater than ever. Is it really fair to blame President Obama for much of this?
FIORINA: Yes, it is fair. Because American leadership matters in the world. American strength matters in the world. And it particularly matters where things are going wrong. I think President Obama has made two crucial errors. First, he confuses ending a war with securing the peace. And unfortunately, the way he ended the wars in Iraq and is attempting to end the war in Afghanistan are making both of those situations very, very troublesome.
Secondly, he continues to believe that his words matter. And his words matter less and less because both our friends and our allies as well as our enemies have figured out that words do not signal intention. There is no execution behind them. And that creates a situation in which our allies believe they cannot count on us and our enemies believe they can ignore us.
Fiorina’s appearance today suggests she’s considering a run for national office. Clearly, Fox News is happy to donate a little image enhancement.
“I have a lot of faith in the American public. Elections like this one verify that view.”
Very true David. Unlike Carly Fiorina, there still ARE lots of THINKING Americans (including you and me) who still abide by this ancient proverb:
“FOOL ME ONCE, SHAME ON YOU — FOOL ME TWICE, SHAME ON ME”
Yet, at the same time, the million $ question is the following: WILL ENOUGH THINKING AMERICANS STILL CONTINUE TO VOTE ON A CONSISTENT BASIS?
“FIORINA: Yes, it is fair. Because American leadership matters in the world. American strength matters in the world. And it particularly matters where things are going wrong. I think President Obama has made two crucial errors. First, he confuses ending a war with securing the peace. And unfortunately, the way he ended the wars in Iraq and is attempting to end the war in Afghanistan are making both of those situations very, very troublesome.”
Hey Carly Fiorina: I have a proposition: if you’re THAT concerned about the situations in Iraq and Afghanistan HOW ABOUT YOU SENDING YOUR MILITARY AGED LOVED ONES OVER TO BOTH OF THOSE HELLHOLES? I’m sure the line at your local armed forces recruiting center is not long. It’s WAY past the time for perennially pampered bloodsucking B**CHES like YOU to PUT UP OR SHUT THE HELL UP!
When Fiorina ran the last time, she got beat soundly.
I have a lot of faith in the American public. Elections like this one verify that view.
“Like Allan West, Rick Santorum, etc., she is unelectable because the overall voting public is much smarter than it gets credit for.”
Hmmmmmmmmmmm, with all due respect, I’m not so sure about that assessment Dave. That’s why I have this bumper sticker on my car:
“NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF STUPID PEOPLE IN LARGE GROUPS”
Because like them or not, these misguided and VERY IGNORANT people do one thing consistently regardless of circumstances: THEY VOTE — and remember Dave, these are the people who helped George Dumbya Bush (aka Der Fuehrer II) get not one, but TWO TERMS in the White House.