During Monday night’s episode of The O’Reilly Factor, Bill O’Reilly lashed out at comedian Stephen Colbert for lampooning his idiotic plan to create a 25,000 private mercenary army to take on the world’s problems, specifically radical Islamist terrorists. Last week, during a segment of The Colbert Report, Colbert destroyed O’Reilly by comparing his plan to one that Colbert had when he was in grade school. Colbert brought out his old 4th-grade notebook, which contained ‘Stevie’s Sooper Soljer Sqwad’ made up of double mutant ninja super soldiers with laser nunchucks. Colbert also played clips of Fox News personalities criticizing O’Reilly’s plan.
Below is the clip from The Colbert Report:
As one would guess, O’Reilly didn’t take too kindly to Colbert viciously taking him down. In O’Reilly’s ‘Tip of the Day,’ he explained to his viewers that you need to run away when dealing with”dumb people,” claiming that Colbert has no idea how to fight a jihad. (Obviously, only brilliant military tacticians like the former Inside Edition host truly know how to solve the wold’s ills.) Before chastising Colbert “and his ilk,” O’Reilly showed poll results claiming that 70% of people are in favor of his plan. Of course, the poll was only of the show’s audience and not a scientific poll.
After bragging about his poll numbers and hyping his mercenary plan once more, O’Reilly then went after Colbert.
“Mr. Colbert and others of his ilk have no bleepin’ clue how to fight the jihad. They don’t know anything. And when somebody gets beheaded, their reaction is ‘Oh, that’s bad!’ But by being completely vacant, it doesn’t stop these people from mocking ideas that might have some value, might solve some complex problems.
Because in the world of the ideologue, where Colbert lives, solutions don’t really matter. They feel about things. So, in your life when you confront a person who criticizes you with nothing constructive to say, you run fast.”
Below is video of the segment, courtesy of Fox News:
For all his bluster and faux-toughness, O’Reilly is as thin-skinned and sensitive as it comes. The fact is, he has been lambasted left and right over his stupid mercenary idea ever since he first brought it up. The only people he can claim support him on it are the former CEO of Blackwater and Henry Kissinger. Basically, a guy who would profit greatly from a large-scale mercenary operation and another guy who was Nixon’s Secretary of State when Nixon was illegally bombing Cambodia. Meanwhile, everyone else has viciously mocked O’Reilly for this cuckoo bird scheme, regardless of ideological bent.
I guess O’Reilly, living in the bubble he does, really thought people would embrace his master plan. He obviously thinks of himself as one of the world’s great minds and that the world will go down the drain unless he shares his wonderful visions with all of us. Per O’Reilly, it is absolutely shameful that he is held up to ridicule by “dumb people” like Colbert and Jon Stewart.
Justin Baragona is the Managing Editor at Politicus Sports as well as Senior Editor at PoliticusUSA. He was a political writer for 411Mania.com before joining PoliticusUSA. Politically, Justin considers himself a liberal but also a realist and pragmatist. Currently, Justin lives in St. Louis, MO and is married. Besides writing, he also runs his own business after spending a number of years in the corporate world. You can follow Justin on Twitter either with his personal handle (@justinbaragona) or the Sports site’s (@PoliticusSports).