Fox News Proves Once Again that No Matter What President Obama Does, They’re Going to Complain (Video)

fox-friends-obama-warAs most people know, no matter what President Obama says or does conservatives are going to criticize it. I’ve joked many times that if he cured cancer tomorrow, the leading headline on Fox News would be President Obama Declares War on Oncologists. It’s utterly ridiculous how they literally can’t give him credit or praise for anything.

Take the fight against ISIL, for instance. For months all you’ve heard from the Republican party and the conservative media is how he’s “not doing anything” to combat the terrorist group. It’s an absurd premise considering we’ve carried out well over 2,000 airstrikes in just the last few months. But I guess that constitutes “doing nothing.” Though conservatives were in no short supply of praise for Jordanian King Abdullah for his tough talk following the brutal execution of one of his nation’s pilots – even though all he’s done is carry out airstrikes against the radical Islamic group as well.

Funny how that works, right? Two leaders of two different nations, both ordering airstrikes against a terrorist organization, yet conservatives see one as a “strong leader” and criticize the other as “weak” – when they’re doing the exact same thing. Wait, no, that’s not totally true; the “weak” one has ordered far more airstrikes than the supposedly “strong” one.

Well, if you haven’t heard by now President Obama submitted a proposal to Congress for authorization to use military force (including some ground troops) to fight ISIL.

Now, you would think that this would be one of the few things Fox News could get behind, but then you’d be wrong. Naturally, the hosts of Fox & Friends couldn’t help themselves from proving that they’ll criticize President Obama no matter what he does.

“It seems it comes with a ton of restrictions,” Elisabeth Hasselbeck said. “Restricting the war fighting discretion of the president. Specific limits seem to be put in language of this agreement on ground troops. A limited time, really saying this is going to be done in three years. What does it say to the enemy? Pretty much outlining all we won’t do.”

Yes, because why should a president have a plan, right? I guess she believes we should just do what George W. Bush did and start two wars without any sort of plan, exit strategy or even an outline on how we plan to achieve any of our goals.

“Can you please tell us what we’re going to do and not tell us what we’re not going to do?” Brian Kilmeade stated. “It seems like the president’s caught up in 2008. He’s not George Bush! He wants to tell us every other day.”

“Or tell the enemy how long to wait us out,” Hasselbeck responded

This is absurd. Here we have a president learning from the mistakes we’ve made in the past as it relates to going into war – and these idiots are criticizing him for it? Clearly he drafted this proposal as a means to give us specific limits on what we can do so that we don’t end up in a perpetual war, and it also sets it up to where we have to continue to authorize the use of our military every couple of years if we end up in a full-blown war against ISIL.

I can pretty much guarantee you that had President Obama submitted a proposal for use of our entire military, with no timeframe put in place for when we’ll possibly withdraw our attack, these same hosts would have been bashing him for “going back on his word” of no ground troops and for not having a “precise plan.”

But make no mistake about it, no matter what he had ultimately ended up doing, they would have criticized him for doing it.

Watch the clip below via Fox News:

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  • Jim Bean

    Telling the enemy what you WON”T do to defeat them is beyond stupid. No one who takes a mission seriously would ever do that. Its clear by this and other things that he thinks the mission is a big joke and what he does, he does for political reasons. Sensible people will continue to criticize him for that.

    • Suppose the President is dis-informing them? No, we’re not going to use troops and one morning the bad guys wake up with the ace of spades on their foreheads. It should scare them enough to start behaving better.

      • Russell Neefe

        But Obama does not do that. He said “under not circumstance would we ever have boots on the ground in Iraq, again”. Opps, that is what he is wanting to do now. Why??? He pulled US Troops out early. Why??? The Iraqis would not agree with his demands, so he pulled out all US troops before the Iraq Troops were trained to 70%. They failed just as our Generals said they would, but Obama knew better than the Military Experts. Now we have to go back into Iraq with very strong ‘Rules of Engagement’. What ‘Service Person’ would want to go???

      • Pulled out on President Bush’s timeline because Iraq refused to change President Bush’s status of forces agreement.
        So you guys *are*for boots on the ground until the President is and now you’re against it.

      • eddie mcmurray

        No idiot he said that he was bringing them home and now he is sending them back, minus the 20,000 that he moved over to track down OBL who was vacationing in Pakistan for the last three years you f moron.

    • Eric Lilly

      Seriously? Our news sources have told the “enemy” what we have planned for decades.

  • Jim Valley

    Today’s conservatives are an embarrassing stain on America. I wish they would all be Raptured away like they said they would be.

    • Wiley Victor

      They didn’t all say they would be raptured. That’s an unbelievably stupid statement by you, Jim Valley.

      Liberals like you think Obama is above criticism, somehow. And you forget that you and liberal media and especially MSNBC criticized Bush for everything he did, every day of his 8 yr term.

      • FD Brian

        no president is above criticism, but what Fox does is absurd. They cry wolf at every moment.

      • ddconn

        No President is above criticism. I have not agreed with everything our current President has done, but I do not crucify him on EVERLYTHING he does. He and his family have endured such blind hatred.

      • BobJThompson

        They said THEY would be raptured. For about 160 years now. Perhaps it’s time for them to act like they are going to be stuck on this rock with us and let Jesus worry about when or if he decides to come back.

      • worrierking

        No one is saying he’s above criticism. What they’re saying is that Fox is and has been 100% against everything that this president has ever done or said.

      • Michael Joseph

        That might be because Bush failed to prevent 9/11 though he had credible evidence on his desk that might have prevented it, then lied to us and mired us in a pointless, expensive war in Iraq, which, in addition to killing over 100,000 people, is fundamentally to blame for the destabilization of Iraq and the rise or ISIL, punted away the economic surplus, shifted funds into the coffers of the ultra-wealthy, tried to privatize Social Security (which would have been bankrupted by the recession of 2008), indiscriminately tortured non-combatants while again lying about it, fumbled relations with foreign countries friend to the US, embarrassed the US with his clownish antics and general buffoonery, famously misjudged the intentions of Premier Putin, and oh yes managed to sit on his thumbs while Hurricane Katrina devastated parts of Louisiana and New Orleans. Any criticism Bush received–and he received precious little from the mainstream press–he deserved for mendacity, wooden stupidity, greed, and a shallowness of affect bordering on psychopathy.

      • BobJThompson

        Meanwhile the media (led by Fox “news”) has no problem heaping the scorn on Obama for doing very similar things as Bush. Fox is a tumor on the brain of America. One that some welcome because they like the narratives, half-lies, and deceit they peddle. All won’t be right in the world once Obama is out of office. He is republican lite.

        PS: No I’m not a libertarian. I just see that every right wing talking point about building up America has failed. Miserably. Repeatedly.

      • Eric Lilly

        People who ignore the scientific method are failed to repeat the same failed experiments.

      • BobJThompson

        And unfortunately too many of us are enthusiastic about going along for the ride.

      • GenerallyConfused

        No. Not one president is above criticism. But I’m very convinced that if Obama said breathing is good for you, most fixed “news” watchers would faint from lack of oxygen.

      • JanMutcher

        No we did not. We couldn’t, because to do so would subject us to being called unAmerican, a traitor or treasonous. In my eyes, the only thing this president is guilty of is being honest and Fox news can’t stand it!

      • GenerallyConfused

        Didn’t call em freedom fries for nothin

      • And/or fenced off 4 blocks away.

      • Jim Valley

        Well, could SOME of them be Raptured away, preferably the most devout and extreme? I am SO ready to be Left Behind! Please.

      • Eric Lilly

        “Liberals” didn’t say Obama was above criticism Wiley, That’s an unbelievably stupid statement by you. My laptop displays 256 shades of grey… why does yours just display black and white? Time to upgrade.

      • Avatar

        You’re like 50 Shade of Grey movie… Meaning? Get off this planet.

  • BobJThompson

    Idea. How about we stop bombing people on the other side of the planet and start building things in America? ISIL has absolutely no capacity to harm us at home. We just don’t like them touching “our” oil. Get off that gunk already will ya?! The 20th century is over.

  • strayaway

    “You know I say what I mean and I mean what I say – I said I’d end the war in Iraq, I ended it.” President Obama.

    Actually, he said he would end it immediately. “If we have not gotten our troops out by the time I am President, it is the first thing I will do. I will get our troops home. We will bring an end to this war. You can take that to the bank.” -Senator Obama, 2007

    Seven years later the president did take them out and a full month before the Iraqi parliament had demanded that they be out.

    “Everything that American troops have done in Iraq, all the fighting and all the dying, the bleeding, and the building and the training and the partnering – all of it has led to this moment of success….we’re leaving behind a sovereign, stable and self-reliant Iraq.” President Obama.

    Maybe not but at least if Congress authorizes acts of war, president Obama will re-enter Iraq on a sounder Constitutional basis than did Bush.

  • lauralth

    Just not in the mood to be polite this morning….f$ck them.

  • melvin

    This country needs to take a new stance a new direction and a new view of how both party’s have failed all of us and all religions and all creeds . the two party’s need the be removed from all government offices we need to vote for a third party to get the changes we the people need and want .the future looks very bleek if we don’t vote all these self centered thieves out of office we need a peoples party .the third party or our grandchildren are doomed.