While Bill O’Reilly definitely isn’t someone I would call “moderate,” I’ll at least give him credit for sometimes (though it’s rare) calling out radical right-wing nonsense. And while he didn’t technically “call out” Andrea Tantaros during a segment on The O’Reilly Factor, it was fairly clear by his body language and reactions to what she was saying that he thought she was being ridiculous.
During the segment Tantaros essentially stated her belief that President Obama is anti-American, anti-western culture and sympathizes with the plight of the Islamic terrorist.
Tantaros said, “He [President Obama] has a world view that is very anti-American.”
“He has basically apologized for the west to the Muslim community in Cairo,” she continued. “He believes we’ve been an oppressor and this is why he’s fundamentally not able to protect the U.S. – because he has disdain for the west.”
But she wasn’t done. She finished her comments by claiming that President Obama is “allowing” ISIS to build this caliphate because he feels that we have been oppressive to Muslims.
Even O’Reilly clearly wasn’t buying this nonsense. While he let her speak mostly uncontested, his body language and demeanor during the segment made it pretty clear that he thought she was being absurd.
And she absolutely was.
I think that’s what’s annoying me most about this whole situation with ISIS. Instead of putting aside partisan politics to work together to decide the best way to handle this group, conservatives have done just about everything they can to exploit this situation. They’ve used it as just another staging ground for their usual fear mongering and anti-Obama propaganda.
But the thing is, I still never hear any of these conservative pundits really say what they think he should do. Sure, some might say “bomb Syria,” but you don’t just bomb another sovereign nation. And that still won’t solve the problem.
The only way we’re really going to be able to deal with ISIS is by using ground forces to essentially fight another war against them. And it’s my belief that President Obama is trying to exhaust every other possible option before committing thousands of our men and women to fight in another war where many of them will probably die.
Will he ultimately have to use ground troops? It’s very likely. But if it comes to that, at least he’ll be able to say that he did everything possible to avoid putting the lives of our men and women in uniform in harm’s way. Which is exactly how a president should act when determining whether or not to put our military into dangerous situations.
Because this isn’t a game. Even if most Republicans seem to treat war like it is one.