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March 9, 2011 / sadhbhanu

The Right Word: Fox News’s fighting talk


As the crisis in Libya escalates, Fox News hosts are growing increasingly concerned that America’s leadership role in the world is being diminished and they are counting the days until the next election.

Bill O’Reilly is frustrated with the President’s “dithering” over the crisis in Libya and wonders if America’s reputation as the world’s strong man is suffering as a consequence (view clip).

He discusses the Libya situation with Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume, who thinks that Obama should stop making threatening statements and start taking concrete steps by bombing Libyan aircraft batteries and establishing a no-fly zone over Libya right away, preferably with our allies, but alone if necessary. In fact, at the time of writing, the UN has completed a draft resolution authorising a no-fly zone over Libya and 24-hour air and sea surveillance has gone into effect, but apparently, this has not happened fast enough or decisively enough to please either man. O’Reilly, though, is a little sceptical of the need to launch bomb attacks and worries about the possible repercussions.

You know as well as I do that as soon as we start bombing anything, Gaddafi will trot out the dead babies and “look at America killing Libyan children.” You know that’s going to happen. And around the Arab world, it’s just not worked out well for the US, even when we try to do good things, as we did in the first Gulf war removing Saddam from Kuwait and all that. It just never works out because the people who hate us use that against us.

Hume counters that the people who hate us are going to hate us anyway, and O’Reilly assures him that they are actually on the same page but that he is just playing devil’s advocate because that’s his job.


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