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  • MSNBC Suddenly Remembers Obama Wasn’t Elected to Engage in Wars

    The truth hurts, doesn’t it? MSNBC’s Chris Matthews asserted on Tuesday night that “President Obama is now a wartime president — a remarkable transformation from the dove we elected, the Nobel Peace Prize winner we inaugurated.”

    Gee, really? Ya think?

    To be fair, the “Lardball” host has never seemed fully on board with Obama’s strategy to combat ISIS, and at least he’s finally pointing out the hypocrisy here. Conservatives had a field day with that Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the president without having done anything, but not even Barack’s most strident critics could have imagined the large military footprint he’s been leaving all over the place these days. Chuck Todd pointed out to Chris that we’re witnessing “the seventh different nation that this president has bombed or ordered an air strike on at some point.” Peaceful!

    Still, Obama will always have his supporters and spinsters to bail him out of this one. “I think he did a wonderful job deflecting any real significant criticism from the Democratic left by building that stealth coalition,” insisted former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell. “Not just a coalition that’s cheering for us — a coalition that actually dropped some bombs. I think it was very impressive and I think he’s off to a great start.” Really? Let’s check in with Fast Eddie again once it becomes obvious that there’s no “end” to compliment that “great start.”

    Meanwhile, the rest of the president’s defenders have been out there attempting to explain why he didn’t arm the Syrian rebels two years ago. “We didn’t know where the arms would end up,” explained David Axelrod, as if to imply that we magically know where they’ll go now.

    The whole thing is a big game, and the fact that even liberal media figures are now referencing Obama’s Peace Prize is proof that they’re aware of how hypocritical this all is. Still, most of the time they bite their tongue in service of the upcoming midterm elections. Isn’t it interesting that this president needed to take a slightly more conservative stance on foreign policy in order to try and better position his party for winning a contentious election cycle? What does that tell you about where the country is politically right now?

    There’s really no easy way out of this for Democrats, other than to say it was awful when George W. Bush started a war but fine when Obama does the same thing. As Matthews himself posited in a separate segment, Obama’s fight against ISIS isn’t an “ideological war of choice like Dubya’s Iraq war.” Ah, that explains it. Thanks for the clarification, genius.


    Matt Fox

    Senior Editor

    Fox has history in broadcasting that spans two decades. From his early days as an FM host and club DJ in the mid-90′s to his later experiences in political talk radio, he has always had a knack for combining topical news with his love for popular culture. Those experiences culminated in his position as executive producer for several radio shows featured in the TALKERS Heavy 100. Originally from New York, Fox has made the great pilgrimage down to sunny south Florida.

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