Joe Scarborough Doesn’t Know What the Hell He’s Talking About (Video)
May 2, 2011
(ChattahBox Political News)—It’s getting harder and harder to watch the insufferable Joe Scarborough lately, as he fawns all over loudmouth bully New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), and the very “brave” and “courageous” Ayn Rand fan boy Rep. Paul Ryan (R-MN). But his tone-deaf remarks this morning, hours after President Obama announced 9/11 terrorist Osama bin Laden was dead, were particularly galling. At a time when all of America, red America and blue America, are united with a feeling of pride and patriotism, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough decided to take pot shots at Obama and the hippie liberals. He remarked that Obama’s Democratic base “did not want” Obama to hunt down and kill bin Laden. He wasn’t done. Scarborough went on to damn Obama with feint praise, saying the President only succeeded because he went “against his own ideological leanings.” Hey Joe Scarborough, get a clue. Obama campaigned vigorously on his resolve to capture or kill bin Laden. “We will kill bin Laden. We will crush al-Qaida. That has to be our biggest national security priority,” said Obama in 2008. And Democrats and Independents gave then-Sen. Barack Obama a landslide victory.
Hunting down Osama bin Laden inside Pakistan went against the “ideological leanings” of President George Bush and then-Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), not Obama’s.
Obama said in 2007, “If we have actionable intelligence about high-value terrorist targets [in Pakistan] and President [Pervez] Musharraf won’t act, we will.”
Bush rejected the idea of hunting down bin Laden in Pakistan, saying that the U.S. would have to be invited in, before taking action. When asked during a 2006 press conference, Bush said a special forces operation in Pakistan “would not work,” because “Pakistan is a sovereign nation.”
Prior to that, in 2002, Bush said “I don’t know where he [Osama bin Laden] is. I really just don’t spend that much time on him, to be honest with you.”
John McCain followed suit, responding to a question by CNN’s Larry King in 2008, asking “If you were president and knew that bin Laden was in Pakistan, you know where, would you have U.S. forces go in after him?”
McCain, said “Larry, I’m not going to go there and here’s why: because Pakistan is a sovereign nation.”
Scarborough, is apparently, living in an alternate reality.
SCARBOROUGH: Here, you know, I think Republicans should stand up and certainly salute Barack Obama for making some — again, for making some very tough choices that his own base did not want him to make. That takes courage, that takes leadership, and we saw the results of that courage and leadership saying no to his own base yesterday.[...]
[These are] decisions that he probably did not believe as a candidate he didn’t think he’d have to make…Going against his own ideological leanings to do what he believes he has to do.
By-the-way, it seems fitting that President Obama announced the death of Osama bin laden on the 8-year anniversary of Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” speech.