Fox News’ resident medical expert Dr. Keith Ablow on Tuesday thought he’d diagnosed the problem behind the Obama administration’s failing to identify Egyptians beheaded by the Islamic State in Libya as “Christians.”
From his perch as the one lucky guy on the “Outnumbered” couch, Ablow acknowledged that he’s previously taken heat for arguing that Obama “can’t embrace America as a force for good in the world” and has trouble “identifying real threats for what they are.”
In light of the latest Islamic State attack, Ablow said that analysis was “coming home to roost.”
“He’s balancing threats. To the President of the U.S., I believe that the United States of America is the bigger threat,” he said. “That he sees that our focus on autonomy, our desire to spread our ideas around the world has been a great plague. He’s really not up for the idea of saying ‘I’m with these guys against them.’ Because he sees ‘them’ as people who have been put upon.”
“That’s where this whole notion comes from — ‘build their economies, get them jobs and then they’ll like us again.’ No, they won’t like us again,” Ablow continued. “They’re fundamentally, in a fundamentalist way, opposed to our very existence.”
Ablow has peddled those two lines, that Obama’s loyalty lies outside the U.S. and that the rest of the globe should bow at America’s feet, for quite a while.
In the midst of the Ebola scare in the U.S., Ablow predicted that Obama wouldn’t attempt to keep the deadly virus out of the country because “his affinities” were with Africa. Shortly afterward, Ablow called for an “American jihad” that would involve encouraging American politicians to run for office abroad and force other countries to adopt laws similar to those of the U.S.
Ablow’s co-host on “Outnumbered,” Andrea Tantaros, then pivoted the conversation to State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf’s suggestion that the U.S. would be better off in the long term by increasing economic opportunity in the Middle East, rather than trying to “kill our way out of this war” with the Islamic State. Harf made the comments to MSNBC host Chris Matthews.
“Outnumbered” co-host and former MTV VJ Kennedy dismissed Harf’s argument right off the bat.
“There’s jobs problems in this country. This is where people need jobs,” she said. “This is where people need to focus on the economy. That’s completely misplacing the focus.”
Co-host Ainsley Earhardt chimed in with agreement, arguing that the Islamic State group “isn’t hurting for money” thanks to its control of Middle East oil reserves.
“It’s not about jobs. It’s not about poor families,” she said. “I was proud of Chris Matthews for actually going up against [Harf] when she gave that answer, because he pushed back. He said we’re going to be dealing with poor families and jobs until eternity.”
Catherine Thompson is a senior editor for Talking Points Memo in New York City. She came to the site in 2013 and reported on national affairs. Previously, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett. She can be reached at email@example.com.