In an era of rare bipartisanship, President Obama’s drone program is unique in at least one, major way: Republicans actively and consistently support it. What is not unique: Fox News analysts’ endless capacity for generating moronic soundbites. The latest comes from Ralph Peters, the network’s resident “strategic analyst,” brought aboard The O’Reilly Factor Monday night to comment on reports that the U.S. had killed al Qaeda’s second in command, Abu Zaid al-Kuwaiti.
“The inevitable blowback isn’t from Pakistan, they’re not making noise about this one,” Peters told host Bill O’Reilly. “The blowback is always from the extreme left in the United States that won’t be happy until we give terrorists food stamps.”
Both Peters and O’Reilly agreed, however, that Obama “deserves credit” for the approximately 2,000 alleged terrorists killed by the drone program, and on its continued need in the future.
This is hardly the first time Peters’ hyperbolic excess has emerged on Fox News. Commenting on the attack in Benghazi, and Obama’s “indecisive, fearful” response, Peters said, “in this part of the world, the only thing these radical Islamist fanatics understand is brute force. They kill four of ours, you kill 400 of theirs. Nothing else works. … When our people are killed, you kill them in large numbers.” For a collection of Peters’ more outrageous quotes, head over to Media Matters’ ”A History of Inflammatory Rhetoric.”