Bill O’Reilly on Putin: ‘Long Past Time to Deal With This Thug’
“Taking a play out of the Hitler playbook, Russian President Putin has invaded Ukraine,” Bill O’Reilly said in tonight’s Talking Points Memo.
O’Reilly said that Putin is claiming that Russian nationals are in danger in Ukraine, which is the same thing that Hitler did back in the 1930s with Czechoslovakia.
“There is no question that Putin’s invasion of Crimea is a clear international violation,” O’Reilly said, adding that Putin is punishing Ukraine for wanting to enter the European Union.
O’Reilly said that the Obama administration must punish Putin by suspending Russia from the G-8 and moving against Russian banks.
Last September, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) urged Obama to slap sanctions on Russian banks because they were propping up the Assad regime in Syria. The president didn’t do that, and Assad continues to kill innocent people today, O’Reilly said.
“The U.S. has the power to crush the Russian currency, the ruble, which is already in trouble. Freezing Russian assets and boycotting Russian banks would badly damage the Russian currency. That’s the play,” he said.
O’Reilly said it is "long past time to deal with this thug. He’s a menace to the world, a killer who could not care less about international law or human rights.”
O’Reilly said that given the situation in Ukraine, U.S. military budget cuts won’t be approved. He also said the administration must approve the Keystone XL pipeline because Russia is blackmailing Europe over energy. Russia supplies one-third of oil and natural gas to the European Union.
Watch the full Talking Points Memo above.
Col. David Hunt and former State Department senior advisor Christian Whiton responded to O’Reilly’s Talking Points. Watch the video below.
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