Juan Williams had a bad day on Fox News Sunday. At least, I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt by calling it a bad day.
Here are two videos of Williams saying outrageous things. The first, I think he may not have even realized he was saying. He characterized the killing of Osama Bin Laden as “murder.” I hope that’s not what he meant, because the killing of Bin Laden was in a time of war, and against a man who has the blood of thousands of Americans on his hands.. It was not “murder” of an innocent person. NewsBusters has more.
The second video is more disturbing. This time he is opposing “enhanced interrogations” such as waterboarding, but he raises the specter of the United States “pulling out teeth and eyeballs,” when he knows very well that is not what the United States has done in terms of “enhanced interrogation methods.” He knows that with waterboarding, it only happened to three detainees, and it was done under a doctor’s supervision and no physical harm came to any of the detainees. It’s just wrong for him to make that kind of specious statement as a way to cloud the issue over enhanced interrogations. Gateway Pundit has more.
I’ve always considered Williams to be a sane liberal. But these statements are ridiculous, and Juan Williams knows better.
Here is video of Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday interviewing President Obama’s National Security Adviser, Tom Donilon about the U.S. Navy SEAL raid that took out Osama Bin Laden last week, and the broader War on Terror.
I thought Donilon was an outstanding interview. He’s more impressive than just about anybody I’ve seen working for Obama. He gave a rundown on the mission and how it came together. He said President Obama had met with the actual “operators” of the raid – meaning the SEALs and others directly involved in the mission – and received a “minute by minute” account of what happened.
On the treasure trove of information captured form the Bin Laden compound, Donilon said it is the largest amount of information ever obtained from an anti-terrorist capture or raid. To give an idea of the size, Donilon said it is the size of a “small college library.” But he would not say whether there have been any capture of terrorists or other hits since obtaining the information. “We’re still going through it,” he said.
Donilon hedged on whether any of the intelligence obtained following “enhanced interrogation” was a part of leading us to Bin Laden. He spoke of it being a “mosaic” of intelligence rather than one piece of information.
Chris Wallace asked a brilliant question in the middle of the interview, after first stipulating that Osama Bin Laden “was a monster”:
“Why is shooting an unarmed man in the face legal and proper, while enhanced interrogation – including waterboarding of a detainee under very strict controls and limits – why is that over the line?”
Wallace was not criticizing the killing of Bin Laden – he made that clear. But he was asking about the inconsistency of President Obama opposing enhanced interrogations when he approves of “shooting Bin Laden in the head.” Donilon said enhanced interrogations are “not consistent with our values,” and pointed out “we were at war with Osama Bin Laden.” Wallace responded with, “but we are at war with Khalid Sheikh Muhammed.” Donilon would only continue to repeat that enhanced interrogations are “against our values.”
He refused to comment on the Obama Justice Department pursuing the possibility of prosecutions against CIA operatives who conducted enhanced interrogations.
Here is video of Dennis Miller on with Bill O’Reilly last night where he was in rare form!
Just a taste – On the burial at sea of Osama Bin Laden:
“I think Al-Jazeera is putting a new cartoon show on called, “SpongeBomb SquarePants,” and that’s why they put him down there. I hope they didn’t shave the beard. It’ll make for a nice coral reef down there. . . . I think I’ve watched Animal Planet enough to know that’s what SEALs do with their leftovers – they drop them to the bottom of the sea. And I hope he rots down there till Bob Ballard and Jimmy Cameron dive on him on an IMAX cam and do a PBS Special about it on the ‘RMS Satanic.'”
On Khalid Sheikh Muhammed giving up key intelligence that led to Bin Laden after being waterboarded:
“All they had to do was come near him with an eyedropper full of water, and all of a sudden he started pulling Amelia Earhart out of a hat. He was a monster – and he was a monster who cracked – and he cracked because of waterboarding. Case closed.”
Here is video of Bill O’Reilly tonight in a heated shouting match with Alan Colmes about whether enhanced interrogation techniques helped to get key information that led to finding and killing Osama Bin Laden. O’Reilly said he agrees with Rep. Peter King that it did, after he independently checked out King’s claim. Alan Colmes argued it did not, and incorrectly used Donald Rumsfeld as his justification for denying it. Rumsfeld said tonight that he has never said waterboarding played no role. He only said no detainees were waterboarded BY THE U.S. MILITARY at Guantanamo Bay. He told Sean Hannity that of course a great deal of important intelligence was obtained through enhanced interrogation.
Colmes and O’Reilly got into a heated back and forth, with O’Reilly telling Colmes that he is blinded by his ideology instead of putting the security of the nation first.
NOTE: CIA Director Leon Panetta tonight admitted grudgingly that “waterboarding” was among the enhanced interrogation techniques used to get key information from detainees.
Here is video of CIA Director Leon Panetta talking to NBC News’ Brian Williams tonight about the spectacular raid by U.S. Navy SEALs that resulted in the killing of Osama Bin Laden.
Leon Panetta said that “ultimately a photograph” will be released to the public to prove that Osama Bin Laden is dead. He said he has seen the photos and Bin Laden is without question dead.
Panetta confirms that the orders they had were to “kill” Bin Laden – although he said the SEALs rules of engagement allowed them to take Bin Laden alive if he were to “raise his hands” in surrender. Panetta said “that opportunity never” presented itself.
Williams also tried to pin him down (begins at around the 3:50 mark) on whether the intelligence that led to Bin Laden was obtained through waterboarding. Panetta tried skirting the question first. He said there were so many different pieces of evidence that it was hard to settle on one piece as the deciding factor. Williams then tried asking Panetta if he was denying that waterboarding helped to obtain the key intelligence that led to Bin Laden. Panetta then said, “NO,” and went on to say that it was used on some of the detainees that gave up information – but that there is no way to know if the same information could not have been obtained through other techniques. He then directly confirmed at the end that “waterboarding” was used to gain information from the detainees that supplied intelligence which led to Bin Laden.
That’s as close as you will ever get from the Obama Administration to an admission that the very interrogation techniques they oppose enabled Osama Bin Laden to be found and killed. Panetta essentially made the admission by arguing that there is no way to know whether the information could have been obtained some other way. That may be true. But we do know that “Enhanced Interrogation Techniques” worked.
Here is more video of Obama’s Press Secretary – Jay Carney – who is absolutely dismissive when asked if Obama has reconsidered his opposition to “enhanced interrogation” in light of the role it played in leading the United States to find Osama Bin Laden. He answered very curtly, “Absolutely not.”
In fact, he went on to try and deny that “any single piece” of intelligence led the U.S. to Bin Laden, but it was clear he was trying to talk his way out of an uncomfortable truth. U.S. Rep. Peter King has said flatly, along with other reports, that the nickname of the courier that led them to Bin Laden was obtained through waterboarding Khalid Sheikh Muhammed. While other pieces of information enabled them to find the courier, it was fairly key to know the existence of the courier and how to begin looking for him.
The bottom line is that if Barack Obama and the Democrats had their way as far as their policies against waterboarding and other “enhanced interrogation techniques are concerned, Osama Bin Laden would likely still be alive.
Here is video of Judge Andrew Napolitano grilling former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld last night. From the outset of the interview, Napolitano peppered Rumsfeld with questions as if Rumsfeld was on trial for something. But Rumsfeld handled himself very well.
Several times, Rumsfeld told Napolitano that he was flat wrong about his assertions, including the bizarre question to Rumsfeld on whether he had helped Saddam Hussein acquire Weapons of Mass Destruction when he served as President Ronald Reagan’s Mideast Envoy. Rumsfeld was clearly floored at the question, and said to the Judge – “Absolutely not! Where would anyone think that? I’ve never heard that!” Rumsfeld reminded the Judge that Saddam had already used Chemical Weapons against Iran and against his own people before Rumsfeld had ever met with him.
Napolitano also questioned Rumsfeld on whether he had authorized “torture” of enemy combatants. Rumsfeld very forcefully let the Judge know that the U.S. Military never used waterboarding on any prisoners. He also reminded the Judge that the CIA waterboarded a grand total of three people.
Napolitano asked multiple questions about the Iraq War as well, including the ridiculous and over-used, “If you had known Saddam did not have WMD, would you have still supported the war?” Quite rightly, Rumsfeld slapped Napolitano down by reminding him that you can only make decisions in the moment, based on the information you have AT THAT TIME. It is pointless to ask what you would have done if you had known something you did not know.