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Penetrating Hard News Analysis

June 17th, 2010

You’ve probably heard this already, especially Jon Stewart’s take on it. Still, this is the quality of news analysis on Fox:

CARLSON: You have this country, that is in the middle of a huge war, BUT… there’s money to be found there, so who is going to now suddenly want to take over Afghanistan? What about the Taliban? What about China?

DOOCY: Sure. Because China is not too far away, and it’s a great big country that needs a whole bunch of stuff.

A great big country. They need a whole bunch of stuff. My god–he’s channeling the Pakleds. “China is not far. China is big. China needs a bunch of stuff to make them go.”

Had one been walking through a graveyard populated by the late greats of journalism just at the moment Doocy said that, one would have heard the muffled, collective slap of foreheads directly through six feet of soil.

Then the other guy in the interview gets in almost as dumb a statement:

KILMEADE: They can be transformed into the mining center of the world. So there you go. All right, now they can pay for the war, perhaps.

Wow. You just have to stand in awe of the arrogance of that statement. “Everything they have is ours, we can just take it.” Then, when you recover from that, the sheer stupidity strikes you. Seriously, remember when Republicans were all like, “hey, the war in Iraq will pay for itself because the oil is there”? Same thing here: if anyone gets the goodies, it’ll be the business interests. Not one cent will go back to the U.S. taxpayer. But hey, whatever helps put our troops in the line of fire so profits can be made, right?

Can Fox News be any more dumb? (Note: yes, I am aware of the answer to that question. It’s just simply hard to believe sometimes.)

  1. Troy
    June 18th, 2010 at 01:04 | #1

    Draft Memorandum from McNaughton to Robert McNamara, “Proposed Course of Action re: Vietnam,” (draft) 24 March 1965


    1. US aims:

    70% –To avoid a humiliating US defeat (to our reputation as a guarantor).
    20%–To keep SVN (and then adjacent) territory from Chinese hands.
    10%–To permit the people of SVN to enjoy a better, freer way of life.

  2. Tim Kane
    June 18th, 2010 at 08:57 | #2

    The whole Afghanistan thing was flubbed from the start because the Republicans were at the helm when 9/11 happened. Specifically Bechtel and Haliburton Republicans – the kind that have never seen a third world nation that they didn’t want to exploit. They totally screwed the whole entire pooch and set the world back 150 years.

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