I love watching a video in which the content doesn’t match the title. I clicked on the above video last night. It’s been floating around Facebook for quite some time, and I’ve intended to watch it for awhile. The following ten minutes and fifty-eight seconds were the most hypocrisy-filled, deceptive, ridiculous ten minutes I have ever experienced. Unsurprisingly, this one comes courtesy of Fox News, and a “judge” named Jeanine Pirro, who I’ve never heard of until now. The basis of her no doubt alcohol-induced rant is the crisis in Syria. Granted, we reached a diplomatic solution with Russia two days ago (huzzah for avoiding military action), so it’s not exactly the same situation now. That notwithstanding, her arguments are still relevant, so I can still point out how much of a conceited moron she is for making them.
Jeanine, we need to talk. I have a problem with this. It’s not that I have a problem with you opposing action in Syria, because I oppose it too. No, my problem is with the insane amount of hypocrisy and arrogance that you managed to cram into an eleven minute segment. There’s a lot to go over here, but I’ll try to hit the important bits so you can keep up. Don’t worry, I’ll try to go slow and use simple words. Follow along if you can.
Let’s start at 32 seconds into the video (which is a new record for quickest self-inflicted stupidity, by the way):
“Now you want the American people, after all they’ve been through, to take you at your word and blindly follow you into yet another Middle Eastern conflict?”
First of all, no. We’re not “taking Obama at his word” on action in Syria, and we’re not blindly following anyone. We have clear evidence that chemical weapons were used, we’re getting approval from Congress, and the Senate even gave the action a 60-day limit. There’s almost no ambiguity here, unlike the Iraq War. And for the record, “after all they’ve been through” is a great lead-in, but you left out the part where most of the tribulations we’ve faced came under Republican leadership. But I guess some things aren’t that important, are they?
Moving on, Jeanine points out that the U.S. stood by for two years while the Syrian Civil War unfolded, and over 100,000 civilians have died during that time. She questions our action now that chemical weapons have been used:
“Mr. President, why is killing one way more heinous and worthy of our response than another? And why now?”
I’ll tell you “why now,” you snarky sycophant. Yes, over 100,000 people have been killed. But that’s spread across more than two years of fighting and conflict. On average, that’s 137 deaths per day caused by old school missiles, guns, and bombs. Assad’s chemical weapons killed 1,400 people in one night. Do you see the difference here? I get that 1,400 is a small number compared to 100,000, but you have to look at it in context. I know that isn’t exactly your favorite thing to do, but just try. If Assad starts using chemical weapons on a daily basis, that 100,000 will quickly shoot up into the millions in a tenth of the time. THAT’S why Obama wants to intervene. Not because we’re suddenly opposed to a civil war; that’s none of our business. Our issue is not with the regime or the war unfolding there. Our issue is with the use of weapons of mass destructions (you know, the kind we didn’t find in Iraq). Still with me? Good. Let’s continue.
As much as I hate to admit it, she does make one good point at around three minutes into the segment. She points out that Obama made claims last month that he didn’t set a red line, when in fact he did.
“A lie is a lie is a lie. You said it, the world heard it, and the world heard you say it. Syria heard you say it, and they paid you no mind and they did it anyway.”
Okay, I’ll give you that one. He did set a red line and then say he didn’t. That’s a lie, and you’re right. But that’s the problem with a lot of the hosts on Fox News. They fail to realize that most Americans know that Obama isn’t perfect. He’s going to make mistakes, step on some toes, and say something stupid every now and then. It’s important that we call him out when he does these things, to keep him on his toes. But don’t stand up there on your pedestal and act like you’re the only one calling him out. You’re not. Contrary to what you might believe, the rest of the country is not worshipping Obama. We’re just happy with the job he’s done (for the most part).
Here’s my favorite part of the video, at around 3:45. Jeanine decides to go after our credibility, and blame it all on Obama.
“No one respects us. No one fears us. YOU’VE done this to us. Why draw red lines when everyone knows that your red lines are nothing more than green lights, over and over again?”
Riiiiiggghhhttt… Because the international community suddenly stopped respecting us as soon as the black man came into office. Because the previous administration didn’t allow 9/11 to happen, then retaliate by attacking the wrong country, fail to find weapons of mass destruction, cut taxes on the wealthy, and plunge this country into debt and an economic recession. All of that pales in comparison to Obama, who has given millions of Americans affordable healthcare, fought for equal rights, and pulled us out of the unnecessary war that the previous president got us into. But just go with your whole “Obama is the worst president in history” thing. It’s worked pretty well so far, other than Mitt Romney losing the election.
As if she hasn’t pushed Fox News off the cliff enough, she goes on..
“You’re right, your credibility is not on the line. With all due respect, Mr. President, you have no credibility. To be credible, one must be clear and constant. Your actions must be swift and certain. You lost credibility when you left Americans on that rooftop in Benghazi, but fired up Air Force One to go to your Las Vegas fundraiser. That was a clear signal to the world that it’s open season on Americans.”
I’m so sick of hearing about Benghazi that it’s just sad at this point. Stop using it as your failsafe when you’re losing an argument, it got old months ago. You’re making claims that Obama intentionally left Americans to die for his own political purposes, as if that’s definitely what happened. They’ve held hearings and trials on the Benghazi attack. Countless members of the military and state departments have testified, and they found nothing out of the ordinary. Nothing. Nada. Zilch. I think Bill Maher said it best when he described Fox News as a “knowledge condom.”
Questioning Benghazi is one thing, but when you say that Obama has no credibility, you just look like a dumbass. You’re telling me that the man who pulled us out of Iraq and Afghanistan, bombed the hell out of the Middle East, and killed Osama Bin Laden, has no credibility? Are you kidding me? This guy makes Bush look like a kid who threw sand at Bin Laden on a playground.
This video is the ignorant, hypocritical gift that just keeps on giving..
“We are tired of spilling the blood of young Americans in a part of the world that despises us. And to add insult to injury, you don’t even take care of the vets when they come home, many of them with fewer body parts and certainly more demons than when they left.”
This one hit closer to home, given my recent post about the V.A. I won’t deny that they’ve got a lot of work to do, and their system sucks. But if you’re going to talk about “taking care of the vets,” why don’t you mention the billion dollar jobs bill for veterans that was introduced into the Senate last year? Yes, I’m talking about the one that would’ve put hundreds of thousands of veterans back to work, helping to lower the 11% unemployment rate among vets. Why didn’t you talk about that one?
OH RIGHT, Republican Senator Tom Coburn buried it in committee, because he didn’t want to pay for it. He and many other Republican Senators had no problem spending $800 billion to make those people veterans, but he doesn’t want to pay for them to get employed and be able to support themselves and their families. So if we’re going to argue about taking care of veterans, Obama isn’t even close to your conservative heroes on the “insult to injury” scale.
There are so many more quotes I could pull from Jeanine that are just asinine and impertinent, but this post is long enough as it is, so I’ll end it with this one:
“And now you wanna hide behind Congress, so you can blame them for your inaction. It’s amateur hour at the White House.”
No, Jeanine. No. Obama is not hiding behind Congress, he’s enacting the democratic process that got him elected. If you had an ounce of sense in that thick skull of yours, you’d realize that. I’m sorry that he’s not handling the situation the way you want it handled, or the way that Bush would’ve handled it. I’m sorry that Obama isn’t going to invade the wrong country, overthrow its government, commit thousands of troops to it for reconstruction, and spend trillions of dollars we don’t have, all without the approval of Congress. I’m sorry that you’re such a poor judge (it scares me to think that you were ever in charge of a court of law) that you don’t understand how a military act works in the legislative process. The President has to ask for the approval of Congress to launch military strikes against another country. Period.
Jeanine’s segment is full of idiocy and the kind of hypocritical bias that I expect from Fox News at this point. I understand opposition to action in Syria, I really do. But we have to oppose things for logical and fair reasons, and hold ourselves accountable in the same way we hold elected officials accountable. If we criticize one president for taking a certain action, but we don’t criticize another president for the same action, it’s hypocrisy. And hypocrisy on its own is bad enough, but when your network’s motto is “fair and balanced,” you’re really dropping the ball.
So since you’re a judge, I’ll have to give a verdict. I find the defendant, Jeanine Pirro, guilty of hypocrisy by reason of insanity and ignorance. I sentence you to one week of watching Real Time with Bill Maher, in the hopes that it will pop the fact bubble you’re living in over at Fox News. And because I’m such a nice person, I’ll give you a word of advice: next time you decide to make an argument, try harder. If an amateur college journalist can disassemble it, you didn’t try hard enough.