So, when I saw that the hosts of Fox & Friends tried to evoke the incompetence of George W. Bush to attack President Obama on Tuesday morning, I wasn’t at all surprised.
They were discussing the intelligence briefs presidents get concerning various threats from around the world. Well, all three hosts speculated whether or not President Obama actually read the intelligent reports on ISIS – or just had someone brief him on what they said.
Mind you, they speculated on all of this without a single shred of evidence outside of their blatant attempt to try to bash the president.
Co-host Brian Kilmeade said, “I want to make sure he’s reading it. Because the president usually gets briefed, someone telling him from the CIA directly, like Michael Hayden, this is what’s going on. Evidently the president said, ‘Leave the document, I’ll read it.’ And he never had follow-up questions. Was he reading it?”
“Evidently the president said…”
Wait, so now Mr. Kilmeade knows what the president said to one of his intelligence advisors? Not only that, apparently he “knows” that the president never asked any follow-up questions.
He knows – though he has absolutely no evidence to support that claim. It’s completely absurd.
Well, as to not be outdone, Steve Doocy followed that up by saying, “That’s a great question. Remember before 9/11, the presidential daily briefing, apparently there was some passage talking about the rise of Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda? So they went back and they pinned that on the George Bush administration, saying, ‘It was right there in it. Did he read it?’ We don’t know if this president has read it. You would hope so. Everybody is talking about it. We’re talking about it.”
I made sure to highlight that one section of his comment, because that part is really important. In fact, that one part shows how worthless this whole segment was.
Kilmeade is out there tossing out “factual” sounding conjecture, when it’s based on absolutely no facts. While Doocy tried to use Bush’s incompetence leading up to the 9/11 attack as a way to try to link that tragedy in with Obama’s response to ISIS.
And to even try to compare the 9/11 attacks to what ISIS is doing makes absolutely no sense. We’re not dealing with the potential of a group of terrorists planning an attack on American soil. This is a well-funded, and organized, radical Islamic army trying to establish a caliphate. And there’s a huge difference between guarding against a potential terror threat – and starting another war.
Though let’s be real about another thing: If it weren’t for the incompetence of the Bush administration, we wouldn’t be dealing with ISIS invading Iraq right now.
Heck, we might not be dealing with ISIS at all.
Also, had Bush not gotten us into two wars (one of which we’re still fighting) Americans might be a little more open-minded about using military force against ISIS militants. Because right now many Americans just flat-out have “war fatigue.” And even though ISIS is a definite threat, the last thing many Americans want to hear from a president is, “We’re sending 20,000 ground troops into…”
Even if they know deep down it’s a threat we probably need to address.
But this was just another clearly staged anti-Obama propaganda segment for which Fox & Friends, and the entire Fox News network, has become infamous.
Watch the segment below via Fox News: