Lately Megyn Kelly’s on a streak of at least appearing to provide a semblance of true journalism on Fox News for a change. She attempted this a few days ago as she appeared to drill Dick Cheney (only to then offer his daughter Liz a chance to promote her fake grassroots group).
In this spirit, Kelly went on to grill Fox News Contributor John Bolton and Andrew C. McCarthy, a former federal prosecutor, author of “Faithless Execution: Building the Political Case for Obamas Impeachment,” and former US ambassador to the United Nations.
Kelly began by asking McCarthy where he currently stood on Iraq. He was an avid supporter throughout, gave the typical neocon-type answer, and continued to conflate the war in Iraq with terrorism. He claimed that there were terrorists in Iraq, and Bush was fulfilling his promise to hunt them down wherever they were.
Megyn Kelly then asked John Bolton if sending 300 soldiers/advisors to Iraq is worth it, citing Americans’ concerns about mission creep — like what occurred in Vietnam. As usual, John Bolton started with a snarky attack on the President:
“I have no idea what the President’s policy is and. I am not sure he does either.”
Bolton likely evaded the real question because he — like many Tea Party Right Wingers — has no further interest in fighting in Iraq now.
Bolton went on to say that either ISIS nor the Nouri al-Maliki government should be of interest to the United States. But John Bolton’s real concern is that supporting the Iraqi government means supporting the Shias. Support for the Shias implicitly means fighting on the side of Iran and the current government of Syria.
Nor did John Bolton have any interest in talking about the last ten years. Megyn Kelly then pressured both guests. She wondered forcefully whether President Obama should be ‘tarred’ by the war in Iraq at all. As the interview went on, Megyn Kelly appeared visibly upset when John Bolton dismissed the concerns of many Americans — for having lost thousands of lives and trillions in treasure in Iraq — as irrelevant.
Kelley replied to Bolton:
“It is relevant, to a lot of people who are out there wondering how did we get here. Is it not relevant to ask how did we get here?”
John Bolton continued to show disinterest for engagement in Iran. Megyn Kelly reminded John Bolton he was one of the avid supporters of the Iraq war. She said that may be the reason he did not want to discuss the last ten years.
Watch Megyn Kelly interview pro-Iraq war neocons John Bolton and and Andrew McCarthy.
h/t Talking Points Memo.