Sean Hannity hosted his pal Ralph Peters last night for a torture-loving, Obama-hating discussion about the forthcoming report on CIA torture during the Bush administration. But Peters didn’t just endorse torture, he thought it should be commended.
Hannity had sense enough not to talk up torture, though he certainly has in the past. But his latest argument seems to be that releasing the report puts us in danger. Or as Hannity put it with hyperbole, “Why don’t we just take a baseball bat and wake up every sleeping terrorist and terror cell in America and say, ‘America’s a bad country, this is what we did?’”
Nobody explained how releasing the report would bring about such a thing.
But Peters nonetheless announced that releasing the report “amounts to nothing less than providing aid and comfort to the enemy.”
That’s the kind of talk we’ve come to expect from “strategic analyst” Peters. But then came this jaw-dropping exchange:
PETERS: My bottom line on this is very simple. The CIA deserves commendation. The officers who went through this kept us safe. They deserve medals, not betrayal. …I’d give those CIA officers medals, not reprimands.
HANNITY: You know, here we have the Bush administration and they used enhanced interrogation techniques against terrorists and we get intelligence, actionable intelligence, some of which led to the courier, which led to Bin Laden. Then we got the Obama administration. They release terrorists.
But wait, there’s more. According to Peters, the only mistake “we” (meaning Bush) made was bringing too many detainees to Guantanamo. “We should have killed them on the battlefield,” Peters argued.
But for some reason, Peters segued into an attack on Hillary Clinton for saying that the U.S. should try to empathize with our enemies’ point of view. Clinton was not saying we should adopt or endorse those views but see things from their perspective.
But Peters announced, “My God that woman is not fit to be president. She’s demented.”
Peters has turned into a caricature of himself.
Apparently, he’s had a change of heart.
Watch Peters love torture and the people who engage in it, below.
Courtesy of the really NSFW song “Short D8ck Man” by 20 Fingers. The line is “What in the world is that thing? Do you need some tweezers to put that thing away?” (A “clean” version called “Short Short Man” exists but the fully explicit and unedited version is *so much better. Another fun line is “Isn’t that cute? An extra belly button.” Of course, that one only works for guys with “outies.”)
I saw Mike Rogers on the Wolf Blitzer programme last night and – although I already considered him to be pure evil – I was still appalled at the blatant recourse to fear-mongering. Violence and death! he repeated with dire emphasis (all caps and at least 15 underscorings).
Rather than say much that is new, the report seems to confirm what was already common knowledge outside the country. By releasing the report, the Obama administration has pulled one carpet from under the feet of the terrorists.
To quote Steve, “Releasing the report shows that we’re a strong enough nation to admit we were wrong.”
- Hannity’s response to Peters is another fine example of Fox propagandizing: “the Bush administration and they used enhanced interrogation techniques against terrorists and we get intelligence, actionable intelligence, some of which led to the courier, which led to Bin Laden. Then we got the Obama administration. They release terrorists.” Giving Bush credit, but none to Obama. Sean, I think your timeline is a little bit off. We got the Obama administration before being “led to Bin Laden” (and maybe before being “led to the courier” – I don’t know). So the Obama administration, not the Bush administration, is the one that got Bin Laden. Get that through your thick little head.
And then the segue to Hillary Clinton. Not really relevant to the story, but Fox can’t miss yet another chance to attack the next presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. Besides, what she said made sense, although “empathize” was a really BAD choice of words on her part. Still, it helps to understand where the enemy is coming from.
Bottom line: deliberate distortion of reality to advance their point of view. They’ve got a lot of f@*king nerve calling themselves a news station.