During an appearance on Fox & Friends Wednesday morning, retired US Air Force general and current Fox News contributor Tom McInerney claimed “political correctness” caused the terror attack on the Charlie Hebdo headquarters in France and New York City’s “communist mayor” would set the stage for another one in the United States. McInereny was brought on to provide his ‘expert’ opinion on the tragedy that led to 12 deaths in and around the satirical magazine’s building. Instead, what he provided was a word-salad filled with fear-inducing and liberal-blaming buzzwords.
Immediately after being brought on by host Steve Doocy, McInerney started attacking liberals and “political correctness” for causing this strike, claiming Muslims haven’t been dealt with in a severe enough fashion. Essentially, the retired general painted the entire religion of Islam as being evil and blamed the Western world for not holding Muslims “accountable” for the actions of Islamic terrorists. He also stated that Islam is “not a religion.”
After Doocy had mentioned, without any legitimate basis in fact, that most cops in Paris “choose not to even carry a gun,” the conversation switched over to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. The Fox & Friends host said he was thankful that NYPD officer are all armed. McInerney then interjected, saying that is only the case right now. However, the ‘military expert’ said that things may change in the near future due to “the communist mayor you have up here,” implying that de Blasio’s policies will directly lead to a terrorist attack by Islamic radicals.
As with all things Fox, eventually the conversation had to steer itself to blaming Obama in some way. In this instance, McInerney claimed that the president had made this all possible when he said ISIL isn’t Islamic. This was after he made the claim that 20% of France’s population was now Muslim and they are taking over the country due to the lack of will to denounce Islam. Of course, the Islamic population of France is nowhere near that high, but what do facts have to do with anything? Especially when you have to blame Obama and Muslim-loving liberals for an awful tragedy, right?
Below is video of the segment, courtesy of Raw Story:
The general’s claim that liberals’ “political correctness” led to this assault is laughable considering the magazine that was attacked is a left-wing satirical publication that revels in its disdain for all religions, not just Islam, and consistently pokes fun at right-wing politicians and groups. Of course, McInerney wants to somehow place the blame on progressive commies for trying to promote a message of peace rather than endless war. When the general claims that we must “hold the Muslim world accountable,” that is exactly what he is proposing — an open-ended war between religions without any mission or goal other than convert or die.
Thankfully, McInerney is a retired military officer and has no real say in anything. All he can do now is go on Fox News and peddle fear and hatred. That is all he seems to know at this point. However, it is a good business to be in for a conservative. Make sure all of the rabid right-wing news consumers are sufficiently scared stiff. and you get brought back to sell fear again and again.