Dick Cheney got a pass on The O’Reilly Factor both for his war crimes and his misbegotten Iraq war under false pretenses. Instead, he was treated like an elder statesman.
Bill O’Reilly warmed up the audience for Cheney and his daughter, Liz, with a Talking Points commentary about the Iran nuclear deal. “No sane person thinks this Iranian nuke deal benefits the west,” O’Reilly said, setting the tone in advance.
When the Cheneys came on, immediately following the Talking Points segment, Dick Cheney bragged about his own Middle East mojo that he suggested Obama should copy:
DICK CHENEY: I’m saying (Obama's) weak. He conveyed that sense of weakness…
Remember, Bill, how we have dealt with proliferation of nuclear weapons in the Middle East before. 1981 Saddam Hussein had a program going …the Israelis took it out, military force. 1991, we went in with Desert Storm, we shut down his nuclear program then: military force. When we went in in ’03 and took down Saddam Hussein, himself, one of the byproducts of that was Muammar Qaddafi saw what we did to him and he immediately surrendered his nuclear materials. …And then we went and we got A.Q. Khan because he’s the guy who had supplied the Libyans with the nuclear materials.
…The fact of the matter is there’s a well-established pattern in the Middle East of dealing with these problems through the use of force or the realistic threat.
So there you go. Rather than give peace a chance, Dick Cheney would rather start another war, or at least threaten one.
O’Reilly never said a word about the 500,000 needless deaths caused by Cheney’s last war. Nor the fact that Cheney is a convicted war criminal over the Bush administration's torture program. Maybe that's because there were too few fetuses.
Watch it below, from the September 2 The O’Reilly Factor.
I don’t know why any military persons would support Cheney and his fellow chicken hawks who simply use the military to fatten the wallets of the military suppliers and to bolster their political fortunes. The right wing is the enemy of a successful military.
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Harvard trained, no-spin journalist Bill O’Reilly naturally is fair and balanced. Which explains why during his encounter with Jorge he rattled off the Republican ideas on immigration of building a border fence and mandatory minimum sentencing on returning felons. Bill is so no-spin and fair before Jorge could explain his objection to mandatory minimum sentencing O’Reilly started shouting “outrageous.”
In fairness to Bill, in this context he dropped his pretense of being a reporter – I’d say journalist (but, like art, its vague definition is open to interpretation). Obviously, in another context he’ll start boasting again of being ‘your humble correspondent/reporter.’ Or is his frequent ‘your humble’ shtick Bill expressing intentional satire versus unintentional? Hard to tell. ;^)
What triggered my connection in context with Bill softballing his buddy big Dick Cheney, was Jorge defended his reporter cred by saying he could be tough interviewing President Obama. Bill countered he’s “100 times” tougher. Which is likely true. Not as much an indication of Jorge being soft on liberals but O’Reilly’s strong dislike of Obama (yeah, I know Bill constantly defends his bias claiming he’s “fair” to the president – usually following a Talking Points rant against him).
So we have the perfect circle here. Bill raging against Jorge for being an advocate then pretty much stumbling on the truth: He’s tough on liberals while giving his buddy conservatives like Cheney a complete pass. Not that I expect anything but hypocrisy from his lips. ;^)
That’s some impressive “journalism” Bill. You had a chance to ask the architect of the Iraq debacle about his “war crimes” and instead, brought the liars on to help them sell there crappy book of falsehoods to your drooling crown of head-nodders.
Please never accuse anyone else of giving softball interviews. It makes you look stupid(er).