Bill O’Reilly’s attacks on President Obama’s handling of ISIS sounds a lot like his complaints about President Obama’s handling of the Ebola outbreak. Which O’Reilly was proven very, very wrong about.
Armchair General O’Reilly makes three basic points in his declaration of holy war against terrorism: 1) President Obama is endangering Americans through negligence and/or unwillingness to take the problem seriously enough; 2) O’Reilly urges Americans to “rise up” and force President Obama to do what O’Reilly has deemed necessary; and 3) O’Reilly connects Obama’s failure to properly protect America to Obama’s “otherness,” or in this case, his over-concern for Muslims, with a suggestion that Obama’s not properly Christian:
President Obama’s unwillingness to engage the ISIS savages on the ground is becoming a very serious story.
…The utter brutality that faces this country and the world today has to be confronted. And somebody has to lead that effort. …There is only one leader with the cache to lead the fight. That reluctant warrior: Barack Obama.
…The holy war is here. And unfortunately it seems the President of United States will be the last one to acknowledge it. (February 17, 2015)
“Talking Points” believes that Americans of faith and goodwill must demand our federal government begin to take the holy war seriously. That means developing an aggressive strategy to stop groups from slaughtering people. Stop them, not contain them.
…I ask all religious leaders, including Muslim imams, to address their congregations this weekend. Once the American people rise up, President Obama will be forced to take the holy war seriously. (February 18, 2015)
President Obama is a reluctant warrior, not willing to define the jihadist atrocities as anything other than criminal actions. The President does not even use the words “Islamic terrorism” for fear of offending good Muslims around the world.
…President describes himself as a Christian. However, once again the President does not say who is persecuting people for their faith. That would be the jihadists primarily. (February 18, 2015)
If we look back on O’Reilly’s Ebola editorials. we see the same three lines of attack. Then, O’Reilly demanded restrictions for travelers from West Africa, despite the opposition of medical professionals. Check out O'Reilly's Talking Points from October 24, 2014:
O’Reilly accuses Obama of endangering Americans because he doesn’t take the problem seriously enough
From the very beginning, the Obama administration has screwed up the Ebola situation—from the very beginning.
…A month earlier, June 23rd, Doctors without Borders declares Ebola out of control in West Africa. On August 2nd, American doctor Kent Brantly, who was treating Ebola patients in Liberia, was flown to Atlanta for treatment of Ebola. He gets the disease. On August 5th, a second U.S. citizen, Christian missionary Nancy Writebol, flown to Atlanta from Liberia for Ebola treatment. Still—still no public statement from President Obama. No coordinated strategy to protect Americans—nothing.
…The Obama administration simply cannot handle the Ebola situation. The airport screenings are a joke. The lack of a West African visa ban is negligence. That’s the truth.
O’Reilly urges Americans to “rise up” and force Obama to protect America
It is long past time for the American people, you, to rise up and demand the federal government do its job which is to protect us.
… The longer the Obama administration delays these common sense protections, the angrier you, the American citizen, should get.
From the very beginning of this horrible story, “Talking Points” has called for effective restrictions. Now I’m demanding them. Give your Senators and your Congresspeople an earful. Tell them to do their jobs.
O’Reilly suggests Obama’s ethnicity is why he won’t properly protect America
The countries involved are poor and largely comprised of black Africans. That’s why the Obama administration and the liberal press do not want a travel ban.
It’s not just that Obama turned out to be completely right and O’Reilly completely wrong about Ebola (which I have yet to hear O’Reilly acknowledge), it’s that O’Reilly is engaging in the very same demagoguery over yet another very serious situation.
Isn’t it time that Americans recognize this pattern, rise up and call it out for what it is?
Watch O'Reilly's Ebola attack and his Holy War on Isis attack below and you'll see the similarities.
Graphic by Nina Brodsky.