What on earth was Dennis Kucinich thinking last night when he helped Fox News’ efforts to make Libya Hillary Clinton’s Iraq?
Kucinich appeared on Justice with Judge Jeanine to discuss, as host Jeanine Pirro put it, “a bombshell report” from the Washington Times that supposedly contradicts Hillary Clinton's and the Obama administration's stated reasons for U.S. involvement in the Libya civil war. “Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is accused of pushing a narrative not based on facts on the ground,” Pirro said.
If you think Fox News would give a fig about this issue were it not an opportunity to undermine Clinton’s likely 2016 presidential run, I’ve got a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you.
Pirro predictably tried to use Kucinich to nail Clinton. And he seemed fine with it.
PIRRO: When you talk about the fact that there was no bloodbath and there was none of this other stuff that had been claimed by the State Department, that was being used as a reason – almost like the weapons of mass destruction – but this time promoted by Hillary Clinton as to why we needed to go into Libya and take out Qaddafi. Is that correct?
KUCINICH: That is correct, Judge.
I don’t know if there is more to this story than Fox – which got it from The Washington Times (complete with WMD references and all) - is telling us. But assuming that it IS true, why on earth would a liberal Democrat go on Fox and help promote it without having made any apparent effort to get another side to the story?
Instead, Kucinich made a point of validating Fox’s view. “Here’s why I think that’s so significant,” he said to one of Pirro’s comments. He claimed that Qaddafi had been ready to step down without war. “Why push for regime change which involves killing a lot of innocent civilians as collateral damage and leaving a failed country which now Islamic radicals have basically taken over?” Kucinich continued.
Even worse, Pirro asked, “Do you think this set the stage for Benghazi?” Now, we know – and Kucinich should know – that Benghazi, as tragic as it was, was not the scandal Fox keeps trying to make it. But rather than out Pirro's self-serving question, Kucinich said, “Well, you don’t get to Benghazi if you don’t try to knock off Libya.”
A big smile came across Pirro’s face. She said, “Exactly,” and interrupted the rest of what Kucinich tried to say in order to end the segment.
Watch it below from last night's Justice with Judge Jeanine.
Kucinich was just being his usual anti-war self.