Ari Flesicher, former Bush aide and current Bush sycophant, board member of Freedom’s watch, McCain supporter, and all-around scumbag was on Larry King Live last night, prattling on endlessly about… instincts. Got it? The guy who help prop up George Bush for all these years is now worried about Obama’s instincts. At any rate, at a debate a year and a half ago, apparently Obama did not immediately list Israel as an ally, and thus, he has bad instincts. I am serious:
ROSEN: Well, it’s — Ari said something before that must not go unanswered when he said that Barack Obama cannot be trusted to be a friend to Israel. I was in Florida last week, and that is the underground campaign that Republicans are trying to use against Barack Obama. They’re subtly trying to affect the Jewish vote, not so subtly affect the Jewish vote by saying he’s not going to be a friend to Israel, and that is just not true. The United States has always been a friend to Israel.
FLEISCHER: Then why didn’t he identify Israel as one of our three friends?
ROSEN: Barack Obama has committed over and over again that protecting Israel is a top priority for him, and these kinds of smear tactics and rhetorical nonsense…
FLEISCHER: I’m just quoting him from the first debate.
ROSEN: … that’s just trying to address people out of fear, and that doesn’t help American Jews and it doesn’t help Israeli Jews.
FLEISCHER: Hilary, it’s his lack of words. He’s the one who didn’t cite Israel…
ROSEN: You’re wrong, Ari.
FLEISCHER: … when asked.
ROSEN: You’re taking words out of context from two years ago.
FLEISCHER: No, it was a question from Brian Williams at the first debate.
ROSEN: And you’re not listening to everything he has said over the past year and a half. Directly in support of (INAUDIBLE).
KING: Well, all right, let’s ask you simply. Ari, do you think he’s opposed to Israel?
FLEISCHER: No, but I really do worry about his instincts when it comes to Israel. I think that Barack Obama wants so badly to be an accommodationist in the center when it comes to foreign policy.
I do so much love the Jew-baiting every four years. Later, Fleischer tries to spuin this to make Obama look not only anti-Israel, but stupid:
L. KING: Which of the three that he mentioned would you eliminate?
FLEISCHER: I think what I would have said is Great Britain, Israel and Japan. And I don’t think…
L. KING: You would eliminate NATO?
FLEISCHER: NATO’s not a country. He was asked which three countries.
Did he, Ari? To the tape:
Williams: Senator Obama, what are America’s three most important allies around the world?
Obama: Well, I think the European Union as a whole has been a long-standing ally of ours, and through NATO we’ve been able to make some significant progress. Afghanistan, in particular, is an area where we should be focusing. NATO has made real contributions there.
Unfortunately, because of the distraction of Iraq, we have not finished the job in terms of making certain that we are driving back the Taliban, stabilizing the Karzai government, capturing bin Laden and making sure that we’ve rooted out terrorism in that region.
We also have to look east, because increasingly, the center of gravity in this world is shifting to Asia. Japan has been an outstanding ally of ours for many years.
But, obviously, China is rising and it’s not going away.
They’re neither our enemy nor our friend. They’re competitors. But we have to make sure that we have enough military-to-military contact, and forge enough of a relationship with them that we can stabilize the region.
That’s something I’d like to do as president.
Why is Ari Fleischer not in jail or, at the very least, banned from television?