Tonight, as the news broke that the United States had begun airstrikes in Syria, along with a coalition of five Sunni Arab countries, Megyn Kelly did her best to malign President Obama even as her Republican guest, Rep. Peter King, told her that it’s important for us to “come together” and “support the president” now.
Kelly handed King an opening to attack Obama right in her opening question: “Your reaction now because the president came under some criticism for waiting too long to launch the airstrikes that he said he was going to launch.”
Kelly also noted that the coalition consists of five Sunni Muslim countries, without noting that putting together such a coalition is a big win for the Obama administration (which King noted). However, she did pointedly say, “No European allies” were involved, as if that were some kind of diplomatic failure.
King did not bite:
I think it’s a major step by the president. I think it’s important for all Americans to support the president. I and others have been calling for this, really for a number of weeks now, if not months. Bottom line is, it is being done.
…There are these Arab nations involved, Sunni Arab nations. This is a very, very positive step. And I think it’s really important for all of us to come together. Whatever happened in the past, that’s behind us. It’s important now as Americans that we go forward, support the president and urge him to continue this to make sure these attacks continue and go on until ISIS has been devastated.
But Kelly was not about to give any props to the president. She asked King to explain why it matters that the coalition is made up of five Arabs. “Because one gets the impression that ISIS doesn’t much care who we’re with or not with," Kelly said. "They want to kill us all. Is that not true? And even if it is true, does it matter with respect to the rest of the world?”
Yes, it does matter to the rest of the Arab world, King said. He explained, “It makes our case better among other Sunnis, among other Arabs that ISIS can’t say this is an attack by the infidels, this is an attack by the west.” He added that “the main benefit is going to come from the diplomatic end, from the political end, from the fact that this is not a religious war. ...Put it this way: it strengthens the U.S. and it puts us in a better position diplomatically.”
Again Kelly moved to malign Obama, this time to suggest he has already failed in his Middle East efforts: Her voice dripping with seriousness, Kelly said, “Congressman King, here we are. A year ago, the president spoke at the U.N. and he was proud to announce that we had withdrawn all of our troops from Iraq. And here we are re-entering the region in a very robust way, bombing Syria, the thing that we did not do when they used chemical weapons against their own people. Re-engaging in the Middle East in a war that many fear could become a generational conflict. Perhaps it already is. Your thoughts on the big picture…
This time, King bit some of the bait:
I think it’s important for the United States to realize, as the president apparently now realizes, we just cant declare an end to wars in the Middle East. The fact is, Islamic terrorism is out to destroy us, they’re gonna fight us every way they can and the war is only gonna end when they are defeated.
…The president I believe made a mistake, a big mistake in pulling out of Iraq the way he did. I think the same thing is happening in Afghanistan and also by waiting a year to go by before we actually started carrying out these measures in Syria.
The bottom line is, though, that’s really in the past. We can use that as a lesson for the future. But right now, we have to stand with the president and certainly behind our military.
Well, don’t hold your breath on that score. In fact, note that the title of the video suggests nothing praiseworthy from the president: “Rep. Peter King on airstrikes in Syria.” The subtitle is, “Airstrikes being in Syria.”
Watch it below
Oddly, on Hannity tonight, the loathsome Ralph Peters also totally dismissed Hannity’s “concern” about European participants, correctly, as irrelevant. But that was before going on one of his now patented shrieking rants about how the only way to deal with ISIS was to KILL THEM ALL, “acres and acres of bodies,” sez he, before Hannity uncomfortably cut off the segment.
These people need battalions of psychiatrists— ones not named Ablow, of course.
The very first words out of Slanthead’s vile mouth summed up his astute analysis of the latest air strikes: “A day late, and a dollar short.”
Hannity then went on complain that we could be winning this new war, if only Obama listened to his generals, and employed “shock and awe … with boots on the ground.”
Slanthead claimed the U.S. has the equipment and the fighting men who could destroy ISIS, if Obama wanted to. “We won the [Bush] Iraq war!” declared Hannocchio. But hey, he is, after all, Hannocchio. And he has to keep up his reputation as one of the sickest liars in American broadcasting!
In the second half of the first hour, he talked (on the phone) with Mikey Kay, a retired Brit colonel who, at first, agreed that air strikes alone wouldn’t defeat ISIS. But then Kay turned on Slanthead, saying that Bush’s war was “reprehensible,” and began to list all the reasons including the flawed intelligence, the lies about WMD, Saddam’s alleged connection to al-Qaeda, etc.
Hannity frantically tried to interrupt him, finally cutting him off the air.
Don’t ya just love it when any of Slanthead’s guests disagree with him? I could just see the anguish and pain on Hannity’s face, and hear the bile boiling up in his gut!
Anyone taking bets on how soon Peter King will join Seanny?
Except that it was Bush who made the agreement on when to pull troops out of Iraq, and who supported an Iraqi leadership that ultimately did not allow us to leave any troops behind.
Still its nice to see someone actually push back a bit on Fox’s treasonous attacks on Obama.
Maybe in Syria. But France began airstrikes in Irak since 09/19.
And if he continues to support Obama in any way at all, we probably won’t be seeing much of Rep. King on FNC for the duration!