O'Reilly on Syria Airstrikes: 'What Took So Long?'
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In tonight's Talking Points Memo, Bill O'Reilly asked why it took President Obama so long to authorize airstrikes against terror groups in Syria and reiterated that a "rapid deployment force" with combat troops on the ground will eventually be necessary to defeat the Islamic terrorists.
This morning, in a brief statement from the White House, the president said, "The overall effort will take time. There will be challenges ahead. But we're going to do what's necessary to take the fight to this terrorist group, for the security of the country and the region and for the entire world. Thanks. God bless our troops. God bless America."
Tonight, O'Reilly wondered why it took Obama so long to make that decision and suggested the reasons could be two-fold.
"First, the president is fearful of creating a wider war because that will diminish his legacy of ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan," "The Factor" host asserted. "The president sees himself as a peacemaker, a civilizing force in a brutal world. He is much more interested in fighting global warming than some killers in the desert."
But when the American people began demanding action in the wake of ISIS brutally beheading two U.S. citizens, the president had no choice but to act, according to O'Reilly.
"Second, for some reason America's intel system is not working properly," O'Reilly said. "The USA was caught by surprise when ISIS invaded Iraq, again caught unaware when Putin took Crimea."
"Overall, Washington seems befuddled by the danger we the people face."
"But now, the fight is on, because ISIS is so barbaric, so dangerous that it can no longer be ignored or allowed to prosper because politics impedes action against it," O'Reilly said.
O'Reilly reiterated his plan for dealing with ISIS that he laid out in last night's Talking Points Memo, which involves raising a permanent "anti-terror army."
"The idea is to have a rapid deployment force, capable of confronting Islamic terrorists anywhere in the world without the chaotic political nonsense that prevents effective action against these killers," O'Reilly concluded.
"But hear me on this: that force will eventually have to happen."
Watch the full Talking Points Memo above.