On Friday night’s edition of “Real Time With Bill Maher,” the venerable host hammered U.S. foreign policy in general, but specifically as it pertains to the crisis in Syria. In the first segment of his show, back from its Augus vacation, known as “New Rules,” Maher wrapped the bit up by excoriating not just President Obama, but all the U.S. presidents who have continued to use military force to intervene in other countries’ conflicts. Perhaps Maher’s most stinging criticism was when he said that American policies in Syria made our country look like George Zimmerman, the recently acquitted killer of young Trayvon Martin.
“We need to have a debate about why we’re always debating about whether to bomb someone. Because we’re starting to look not so much like the world’s policeman, but more like George Zimmerman,” Maher told the audience both in the studio and at home. The political pundit and comedian said we act like Zimmerman because we’re “itching to use force, and then pretending we had no choice.” Those words might be a bitter pill for some in the country to swallow, but with over 60% of the population opposing the use of force in Syria, Maher may be onto something that many Americans on both sides of the aisle are feeling.
“We have to stop bombing Muslim countries if we ever want to feel safe from terrorism in our own.” In the past Bill hasn’t been afraid to make such comments, reminding the audience that in the wake of 9/11 he was crucified in the media for questioning the wisdom of American foreign policy. One thing is for sure, the debate will rage on, but for the most part it appears that if nothing else the chemical weapons scare has found a peaceful resolution, though Maher’s larger points about our insistence to continue to bomb first and ask questions later still stands.
Watch the full segment from Friday night’s “Real Time” below, courtesy of Mediaite: