‘That’s a Fable’: O’Reilly Slams Carney’s Defense of Obama’s ISIS Strategy
In tonight’s Talking Points Memo, Bill O’Reilly discussed the president’s ISIS strategy and slammed former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney’s defense of it.
In a contentious debate with Sen. John McCain on CNN following the speech, Carney said the world was “stunned at the rapidity with which ISIS was able to move into Iraq and take territory, and the subsequent brutality that they’ve demonstrated.”
But O’Reilly said not everyone was stunned at the ISIS ascent.
“That’s a fable,” he said, arguing that many others in media and in government were warning about rising Islamic terror threats in Syria and across the Middle East.
He noted that the president was "advised explicitly" about the chaos that would follow if he pulled all U.S. troops out of Iraq.
O’Reilly said the speech last night was “OK,” and that he supports Obama's decision to finally confront the ISIS threat.
“I hope the USA can destroy these killers,” he said.
But O’Reilly asked: does the administration really understand what’s happening in the world?
“That’s debatable,” he said, adding that Obama is "through" if there is a terror attack on U.S. soil because his decisions will be blamed.
James Carville and Kate Obenshain joined O’Reilly to discuss whether or not Obama understands the nature of the threat.
“I think he understands the nature of the threat, but I think he also knows what the truth is, and the truth is we’ve been at war for 13 years and we’re gonna be at war for another 13 years,” Carville remarked.
“I believe he does understand the threat, Bill, he’s just minimizing it,” Obenshain said.
O’Reilly said he doesn’t think Obama is nearly aggressive enough.
“You don’t tell the enemy you’re not gonna put boots on the ground. You don’t. You show ‘em pictures of Navy SEALs […] you don’t diminish the threat that you’re, you know, telling the world. Why would you do that?”
Watch the memo and the debate above.