Fox News host Megyn Kelly blasted former Vice President Dick Cheney when he criticized President Obama over the growing crisis in Iraq.
In the interview, Cheney said, “Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many.” Kelly fired back at Cheney, “Time and time again, history has proven that you got it wrong as well in Iraq, sir. You said there was no doubt Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. You said we would be greeted as liberators. You said the insurgency was in its last throes back in 2005, and you said that after our intervention, extremists would have to ‘rethink their strategy of Jihad.’ Now, with almost a trillion dollars spent there, with almost 4,500 American lives lost there, what do you say to those who say you were so wrong about so much at the expense of so many?”
Fox News viewers must have been stunned at that sharp criticism of former Vice President Cheney. Cheney simply replied, “No, I just fundamentally disagree, Reagan – I mean, Megyn.” Did the former vice president really forget her name – or was that his way of discrediting her for putting him in his place?
President Obama announced that he is sending about 300 military advisors to Iraq to help the Iraqi military stop the militant organization, ISIS, from taking control of Baghdad. But as the President considered his options, the political war was well underway. Is the Bush Administration to blame for the crisis in Iraq for invading Iraq in 2003 – or is the Obama Administration to blame for pulling troops out too soon?
Former VP Cheney has been on a campaign to condemn President Obama’s handling of Iraq. While the Obama Administration has made mistakes, Megyn Kelly was absolutely right when she basically told Cheney that he and the Bush Administration were wrong about the reasons for going to war.
There is evidence that Bush Administration architect Karl Rove wanted the United States to be at war leading to the 2004 presidential election. It appears that Rove’s goal was to make Bush a “wartime” president because that would make him more electable.
The debate over whether the United States should have gotten involved in Iraq in the first place will continue, but unfortunately, many Americans will ignore the truth if that’s what it takes to protect the image of the Bush Administrations.
As the changes in America that I have talked about and written about become more obvious – it is interesting to observe that the Fox News Channel seems to be spreading its ideological wings – even if only a little.
The hard-core right-wing media darlings are fading and accentuating a possible migration away from promoting an all-right-wing agenda was Bill O’Reilly labeling Shepard Smith and Greta Van Susteren “liberals” and saying that Megyn Kelly is a host with no agenda.
Politicians and talk hosts play politics rather than seek the truth and reality and this is a statement about how divisive America has become in recent years. There has always been strong political divide in America, but the vicious efforts to protect a party’s ideology at the expense of the truth and reality demonstrates that what is in the best interest of the American people is secondary to party dominance.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney and others who have been condemning President Obama for pulling our troops out of Iraq before the job was finished fail to accept accountability for their political con job that deceived the American people about the job that needed to be done in the first place.
I applaud Fox New host Megyn Kelly for daring to challenge Cheney’s myopic defense of the Bush Administration on the issue of Iraq. It is also interesting to watch Fox News appearing to deviate from all-right-wing propaganda all the time.
Even if Comedy Central hosts, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert lean left – they do attack the left as well as the right and present hard news with a sarcastic and comic flare.
Why wouldn’t they be the most trusted news source for Americans under 40? And that’s the group that will be deciding the outcome of future elections.