'The Credibility of Baghdad Bob': Graham, Rubio, Huckabee, Jeb Tear Apart Obama Address
We've been hearing a ton of reaction on Fox News Channel from the GOP presidential candidates to the primetime address by President Obama, with each expressing dismay at the current approach to the war on terror.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said on "America's Newsroom" this morning that the president outlined nothing new in terms of going after ISIS in Syria, arguing that Obama wants a "new coat of paint" on an old idea that hasn't worked.
Graham, who just made his 36th trip to Iraq, said the situation there is worse than he thought and that there "isn't a snowball's chance in hell" that ISIS will be defeated before Obama leaves office.
"He has the credibility of Baghdad Bob," said Graham, adding that Obama is "misleading the public" by claiming that the current strategy against ISIS is working.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) criticized the president for continuing to bring up gun control, while still refusing to say that we're "at war with radical Islam."
Rubio called it cynical for Obama to spend a significant amount of time talking about "discrimination against Muslims."
"Where is there widespread evidence that we have a problem in America with discrimination against Muslims? ... I fear he may have made things worse [tonight] in the minds of many Americans," said Rubio
Mike Huckabee wondered why the president is so concerned about "the reputation of Islam," calling it "inexplicable" for Obama to refuse to identify the enemy as radical Islam.
“It sounds to me that the President is more interested in protecting the reputation of Islam than he is in protecting the American people from our very clear threat. It’s the most inexplicable thing for a President of the United States not to want to identify. Today is Pearl Harbor Day. Can you imagine FDR going before Congress and saying, 'We were attacked yesterday in Pearl Harbor. I really don’t want to talk about who did it?'" Huckabee argued.
Jeb Bush said on "Fox and Friends" that it seemed like President Obama was told that he "had to" give this speech because the American people are "anxious" about terrorism right now.
"He spent more time telling people what we shouldn’t do rather than what we should. Look, this is a threat to our way of life. They see our freedom as our weakness and they will do everything they can to attack us. We’re at war with radical Islamic terrorism and our president continues to deny that and so does Hillary Clinton," said Bush.
He said America "needs to lead" on a complete strategy to "annihilate" ISIS.