Co-host Rachel Campos-Duffy also suggested that President Obama has deliberately destabilized the Middle East.
Campos-Duffy, wife of Republican Congressman Sean Duffy, has been a guest co-host this week on Fox’s Outnumbered show. I’m sure it’s just a coincidence that she’s there during the week that House Republicans are working to undermine President Obama’s nuclear negotiations with Iran. You can’t say she hasn’t been a willing helpmate.
The discussion was about the death of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah. Coupled with the collapse of the government in Yemen, co-host Harris Faulkner said, Abdullah's death was “kind of a worst case scenario for the U.S.”
Campos-Duffy doesn’t seem to have an iota of foreign policy, national security or Middle East experience in her background. Unless you count being the wife of a Congressman. But hey, Fox has amply demonstrated of late how little it cares about facts. In any event, Campos-Duffy didn’t let her lack of credentials hold her back from opining on the situation in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East:
CAMPOS-DUFFY: I don’t think there’s a problem with (King Abdullah) dying. …I mean, they prepared for that. I think the biggest threat to Saudi Arabia is the administration negotiating with Iran without consulting them. And yes, there is great upheaval right now. And one has to ask, you know, is this just, you know, with (Obama’s) policies failing, is this just negligence and incompetence or is it intentional negligence? I mean, he said he wanted to transform the United States of America. We see the Middle East transforming before our eyes. It’s unrecognizable from what it was six years ago.
The silence from the rest of the hosts spoke volumes about Campos-Duffy’s believability. But it also spoke to Fox’s tradition that almost no anti-Obama opinion should be overtly discounted, no matter how outlandish.
Instead, co-host Harris Faulkner gave Campos-Duffy implicit credibility by saying that Saudi Arabia has “kind of been a firewall” with Iran.
Co-host Andrea Tantaros piled on, albeit by using the Saudis to smear Obama. “This is a really unique position for the Saudis, right?” Tantaros began. “Because we consider them to be an ally. However, they have this long history of anti-western Wahhabism that they spend millions and millions of dollars to fund.” Noting that Saudi Arabia doesn’t recognize Israel, she added, “What is the White House saying today? We’re not gonna meet with Israel.”
As if Obama’s response to the Republicans’ collaboration with Israel’s Prime Minister to deliberately undercut and sabotage him is akin to not recognizing Israel as a state. Oh, and by the way? What Fox never revealed is that King Abdullah presented a peace plan for Israel that was adopted by the Arab League in 2002 – and he was reportedly offended by the tepid response of the U.S. Guess who was president then?
Tantaros continued, “The Middle East is burning, it is a mess and at some point we start to have to ask the question, whose side are we on?”
That’s a great question, Andrea. You’re the one who asked your radio listeners to “do me a favor” and punch an Obama supporter in the face. You and your Outnumbered pals jumped at the chance to exploit the Charlie Hebdo massacre to malign Americans. And you’re the one who smeared Malia Obama in order to go after President Obama’s contraceptive policy. Just whose side are YOU on, Punchy?
Watch it below, from today's Outnumbered.
The ME is complicated and hard. As Obama reportedly tells his staff repeatedly, “Hard things are hard.”
Campos-Duffy has apparently heard some of that conventional wisdom analysis and remembers a few key words from it, but she also obviously hasn’t got a clue what it’s all about.