CNN's Christiane Amanpour was quite critical of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech before a joint session of Congress this week, calling it "Strangelovian" and going after him for his continual fearmongering over Iran's nuclear program. So of course that meant Fox's Bill O'Reilly just had to attack her and do his best to undermine her criticism due to the fact that she was raised in Iran.
God knows you're not allowed to criticize St. Bibi if you're one of those terrorist lovin' I-ranis:
Fox News' Bill O'Reilly used CNN's Christiane Amanpour's childhood in Iran to undermine her reporting after she criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to the U.S. congress.
On the March 4 edition of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor, O'Reilly highlighted Amanpour's childhood in Iran, stating that "Amanpour, herself raised in Iran, did not think much of Netanyahu's speech," to undermine her critical reporting of the Israeli Prime Minister's speech to the U.S. congress. O'Reilly emphasized Amanpour's childhood in Iran a second time, saying, "Ms. Amanpour was raised in Iran until age 11 and apparently does not believe the mullahs would act unilaterally with the nuke":
O'Reilly posted the entire transcript of his Talking Points Memo at his site, and it doesn't get any better when there's more of it: The Trust Factor:
It is quite clear that Israel does not trust President Obama to make a deal with Iran that protects the world from nuclear weapons.
It is also apparent that many Republicans, perhaps most, do not trust the president's leadership on just about every issue.
And finally, U.S. allies in Europe and around the world are not exactly rallying to Mr. Obama's call for a coalition to fight ISIS and the jihadists.
Charles Krauthammer believes our allies don't trust President Obama to do what is necessary to defeat the jihad, so they are reluctant to step up with more than token assistance.
The world is a dangerous, nasty place. Villains are running wild.
Putin is a menace. ISIS, al Qaeda and other jihadis are simply savages with no agenda other than destruction.
North Korea is run by a loon, and the Chinese are quietly plotting to dominate South Asia.
If America ever needed a true leader, it is now.
But trust in President Obama is almost rock bottom.
The reason is that Mr. Obama is not a terror warrior, not a person comfortable with confrontation.
Also, he is a man of the left who sees gray, not black and white.
Generally speaking, liberal America does not want to right wrongs overseas, preferring to concentrate on social justice and income redistribution here in the USA.
Mr. Obama relishes that, but does not want to police the world.
Therefore, the danger grows even if some on the left will not admit it, choosing to attack the latest messenger, Benjamin Netanyahu:
CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR, CNN CHIEF INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: “It was a very dark, Strangelovian speech, painting a picture of a really dystopian world, raising the specter of a genocidal nation -- a genocidal regime -- spraying nuclear weapons to annihilate the whole world and the whole region. Now obviously many people are very concerned about Iran, and there is a deep lack of trust. But surely, the same was said of the Soviet Union all those years ago.”
Ms. Amanpour was raised in Iran until age 11 and apparently does not believe the mullahs would act unilaterally with a nuke.
She does, however, use the phrase "deep lack of trust" and that is the crux of the matter.
Many Americans and Israelis will oppose any deal the president makes because they don't trust him and they don't trust Iran.
The only thing Mr. Obama can do is lay the terms out there so everybody can see them.
But some in his party oppose that:
REP. EMANUEL CLEAVER (D-MO): “We don't know what is being developed in that agreement, that's one thing we don't know for sure. And so we're having a lot of discussion about something that we don't know anything about and the parts that may be most difficult, I don't think we should know about right now.”
So let me get this straight, congressman. We the people should not know what America is proposing to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon? Is that what you're saying?
This is not some economic treaty. This is a matter of mass destruction in the hands of crazy zealots.
Time for clarity Mr. President; time for straight talk.
And that's the memo.