O’Reilly: U.S. may have to “level cities like Tehran”

From the December 5 edition of Westwood One’s The Radio Factor with Bill O’Reilly:

O’REILLY: “The United States will never be conquered by Muslims — ever. But you don’t want it to reach the point where, we have to, example, you know, level cities like Tehran, kill hundreds of thousands of people, which we may have to do — which we have already done in Germany and Japan. OK? We have already killed hundreds of thousands of people on one day. Now, do we want to do that again? Of course not, but we may have to.

Example: If Iran takes over Iraq and then fosters a revolution inside Saudi Arabia, which Iran wants to do, and overthrows that kingdom and gets control of all the oil and says we’re not selling to the USA, we are going to level that country, because you, [caller], need gasoline to live. See? Now that’s the biggest example I can give you.”


7 Responses to Wowza

  1. laurafern says:

    My question is, are we really that cynical?

    It’s interesting that O’Reilly, unlike many conservatives, actually admits the truth, that we are essentially in the Middle East right now because of oil.

    If we were really interested in “liberating” nations, we had better get to Darfur and North Korea asap, because those people have some real, far more serious problems than Iraq ever had under Saddam.

    Yet, I can’t help hating the current state of America when I read stuff like this. And I’m not talking about Bill O’Reilly, I’m talking about the this attitude that we should be able to bomb whoever we want in our own interest, or perhaps, the interest of our rampant, out of control consumerism.

  2. lois bruss says:

    Sad to say but I believe you’re starting to see the real truth in the American Dream.
    It’s taken me many years to be able to see some ot these realities. It’s easier just to go along with it & not THINK to much. It’s not just America though – it’s in many other countries.

    The bad thing here is that we have the power & means to go into other countries. We use it to supposedly help people but in reality it’s for our own political & economic gain. We have the power to cause havoc in the name of good. Then brag about how we’re the most powerful country in the world. So Sad. That’s why some people hate Americans and scoff at us.

    People talk about WWII & stopping Hitler & how we did the right thing there. The sad truth I believe is that the US knew for a long time about the concentration camps & killing of the Jews and did nothing. We only stepped in when we were forced to after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

  3. Jack says:

    Laura, I didn’t the O’Reilly quote in it’s whole context, but I believe you are totally missing his point. I’m sure what he was saying was that in the run up to WWII we and France and England waited too long to go to war. We (England and France mostly) tried to avoid war by appeasing Hitler, talking nice to him, trying to negotiate with him, all the while letting him gradually build up his strength and power to the point that when we finally did go to war, it cost literally millions of lives. If England and France and the US too had been tougher with Germany and stopped it from it’s aggression early on, the cost of winning that war would have been much less.

    There are a lot of similarities today in the way we are dealing with or not dealing with the Islamic threat to the world. I’m sure O’Reillys point was that if we don’t fight the war (overall war on terror) now, it will be a much more costly war that we will have to win 5, 10, or 20 years from now.

  4. laurafern says:

    “I’m sure what he was saying was that in the run up to WWII we and France and England waited too long to go to war.”

    Let’s try sticking with what he actually said, not what you are sure he was saying.

    Besides, I am not attacking Bill O’Reilly. I am attacking the cover-up of good old American values – anything is justified in the name of self-promotion.

    We bomb whoever we want for our own interest. Dad, do you believe that North Korea and Iran are any less of a “threat” to U.S. national security than Iraq was five years ago? We go after the weakest link thinking we would control some of the oil, in order to stimulate the pockets of big companies that make billions on gov’t contracts “rebuilding.” It’s laughable.

    And I repeat, if we are working in the best interest of others, we better get in to Africa asap.

    It’s all out there – we, the consumer, want our gasoline. We don’t want inconvenience, we don’t want poverty, we want pretty, shiny crap as cheaply as possible. That is what America is about – the government creating an environment where our ruthless business practices can financially benefit the richest people in our country and trickle down to lots of cheap, yet unnecessary goods for the U.S. consumer.

    Again, I’m not attacking O’Reilly; it’s pretty obvious what he is saying, and it’s nothing new, it’s simple a concise statement of what this war and our foreign policy is really about.

  5. Jack says:

    Wow, Laura! Having a bad day? Are we in Iraq for our own self interest? Of course! Are we there because we want cheap oil? Of course not! We are there because President Bush and his advisors have decided that the best strategy for dealing with the Islamic threat that we (and the world) face today is to help cause a stable democracy to develop in the Middle East, in a country which happens to be right next door to Iran.

    I happen to agree with that strategy, and I would guess that the 8 million or so Iraqi’s who voted also want democracy and some choice in how they live their lives. Various thugs, killers, and terrorists inside and outside Iraq do not want that, obviously.

  6. laurafern says:

    Islamic threat? How do you mean that?

  7. Right before the elections, Bush himself conjured up the specter of $300 or $400-per-barrel oil as a justification for staying in Iraq.

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