Paul vs. Hannity – Priceless

First let me post the very brief but telling clip of Alan Colmes and Sean Hannity interviewing Dr. Paul after the last Republican presidential debate.  Here you go.

Ok.  So Sean thinks it is immoral for, I presume the US Government, to let immoral things happen…ummm, well, I guess anywhere in the world?

From www.orat.blogspot.com,

Hannity: “Are you saying then that the world has no moral obligation in the first Gulf War, when an innocent country is being pillaged and people are being raped and murdered and slaughtered, or in the case of Saddam, he’s gassing his own people, are you suggesting we have no moral obligation? … You stand by and let that immorality happen? You support that? … You would stand by and do that, I would not. I think that’s immoral.”

Oh really? What most astute readers may or may not be aware of are Hannity’s previous statements regarding just such circumstances in the past. I’ll let Hannity speak for himself regarding Kosovo:

“Why should one U.S. airman give up his life when our national security is not in imminent danger?”
March 24, 1999 “Congressman Moran, a couple of things that are in my mind. Number one is the president has really failed to lay out before the American people the reasons why we need to be involved militarily. That’s number one.

And then we go back to Henry Kissinger’s test, which is number one, is there a vital U.S. national interest? And do we have a plan to disengage? What’s the exit strategy? I don’t see that we’ve met that test either. And why does it have to happen this second, this hour? Why don’t we have a national debate first?”
March 24, 1999

“But you know what? There’s a lot of massacres going on in the world. As you know, 37,000 Kurds in Turkey, over a million people in Sudan. We have hundreds of thousands in Rwanda and Burundi. I mean, where do we stop?”
March 24, 1999

“Slobodan Milosevic is a bad guy. He’s an evil man. Horrible things are happening. I agree with that. Is Bill O’Reilly then saying we go to Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia, Sudan? Where does this stop? And when you look at sheer numbers, 2,000 — and I’m not minimizing death. It’s horrible. What this man is doing with ethnic cleansing is abhorrent, but sheer numbers — 2,000 killed in the last year versus hundreds of thousands, millions in some cases in other parts of the world. Are you saying the United States should go to all those places?”
on “The O’Reilly Factor,” April 5, 1999

But, gentle reader, lest you be mistaken, there is one key difference between the Iraq war and Kosovo that renders Hannity’s “nuanced” view valid. The difference? Kosovo was undertaken by a Democrat President, Iraq under a Republican.

But even that cannot let him off the hypocrisy hook, as his statements to Congressman Paul were not just specific to Iraq, but were broader blanket statements that it would be immoral for the US not to intervene and “fight for freedom wherever there’s trouble” (as GI Joe would put it).

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4 Responses to “Paul vs. Hannity – Priceless”

  1. Sean Hannity’s a punk.Plain and simple. His inconsistencies are just too much for me to bear. He does this type of bullying with anyone who disagrees with him on their show. He never let’s anyone finish their answer.Never.

  2. I know. I wish Dr. Paul had more time. Man. He would have just made Hannity look foolish.

  3. http://www.2008horserace.com/

    Ron Paul is behind on this one. Go and vote!

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