Greg Gutfeld is supposed to be what amounts to comic relief at Fox News. The only problem is, when Fox News attempts to be funny, it’s not, and when they attempt to be “serious,” they’re hilarious. Sorry Greg, you just can’t compete with the comedy of the likes of Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, and the whole crew of “Fox and Friends.”
When Gutfeld decided to editorialize about defeating ISIS and “radical Islam” on his weekend comedy show, it wasn’t really clear whether his intent was to be funny. Hopefully not, because what he said wasn’t funny at all. Gutfeld thinks that the way to get rid of terrorism is to promote something he calls “radical Americanism.”
What is this radical Americanism of which he speaks? Gutfeld describes it as
a forceful return to patriotism, a radical defense of our way of life, and a fearless vocal championing of our freedoms.
But isn’t that what got us into this mess to begin with?
Gutfeld thinks we can defeat ISIS by thumping our chests even harder, invading more countries to “Americanize” them, and taking even more opportunities to tell the rest of the world just how much better Americans are than anybody and everybody else. And what exactly does he mean by “a forceful return to patriotism?” Mandatory flag displays? A government mandate that citizens learn all the verses of the Star Spangled Banner?
Gutfeld’s monologue actually starts out with a bit of the truth when he says that ISIS prefers to hit “soft targets” and would likely fall apart if facing organized military opposition. “These are not brave fighters, just bullies with machetes,” Gutfeld observes.
But right after making that statement, Gutfeld goes off the rails. He hypes the threat from ISIS, saying that he is a “war monger” but also a “global survival monger.” Then he volunteers the U.S. military for another Middle East war by claiming that they are fine with the idea of getting into a ground war against ISIS, which he says is “inevitable.”
During the two-and-a-half-minute rant, Gutfeld is long on jingoism, but short on specifics. And he ignores every single one of the root causes that saw the creation of ISIS.
First, George W. Bush blew up the entire Middle East with his Iraq War. Saddam Hussein was never going to win any humanitarian awards, but Iraq was a functioning country where terrorists and terrorism largely didn’t exist. Now Iraq is another failed state with a terrorist group, ISIS, filling the power vacuum.
Second, if by “a radical defense of our way of life” Gutfeld is suggesting that we return to the idea of forcing democracy on other countries, we need to look at how well it has worked for us in the past. That is to say, it hasn’t. And a “vocal championing of our freedoms?” Gutfeld plays to the ignorance of the Fox audience, most of whom have probably never ventured outside the borders of the United States, and have no idea that people in a good portion of the rest of the world enjoy the same freedoms that Americans do.
Finally, for the record, America and Americans are not terrorist targets because “they hate our freedom,” as Bush once famously said. The main reason our country is a terrorist target was explained in one of the most ignored documents ever written — Osama Bin Laden’s letter explaining why the U.S. was attacked on September 11. In that letter the terrorist “godfather” posed and answered this question:
As for the first question: Why are we fighting and opposing you? The answer is very simple:
(1) Because you attacked us and continue to attack us.
Americans just want terrorists to leave us alone. Apparently a lot of Americans, like Greg Gutfeld, have never stopped to think that maybe that’s exactly what the terrorists want, too.
Here is the video of Gutfeld’s commentary, via Fox News:
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