MRC‘s Brent Bozell was on last night’s Hannity & Colmes to discuss Ted Turner’s treacherous remarks about the War on Terror. At the end of the segment Bozell got in a somewhat heated argument with liberal co-host Alan Colmes concerning whether Turner was speaking about Iraq or the War on Terror.
Colmes, as you can expect, claims Turner’s remark was about Iraq, not the War on Terror. Colmes said Turner “made the mistake” of saying with us or against us. Since when did he become Ted Turner’s press agent? Everyone knows that the “with us or against us” remark is in reference to the War on Terror. More on this below.
ALAN COLMES: The question, was whether the Iraq war, Brent, was a good idea.
BRENT BOZELL: Look, it doesn’t matter what the question was, his answer specifically twice referenced the War on Terror, not Iraq.
COLMES: Not specifically.
BOZELL: His answer referenced the War on Terror.
COLMES: He made the mistake of saying ‘with us or against us’ pertains to Iraq.
BOZELL: — on the War on Terror.
COLMES: But the question was about Iraq.
BOZELL: No, no.
COLMES: He clarified what he meant.
BOZELL: He specifically talked about the War on Terror, Alan. And look, you show me where Ted Turner has ever rallied American support around the War on Terror.
Here’s what Turner said:
TED TURNER: There are a lot of things about this war that disturb me and one of them is the attitude, that you know, that was well expressed by our President. He said it very clearly, he said either you’re with us or you’re against us. And I had a problem with that because I really hadn’t made my mind up yet. You know, what if you haven’t made your mind up? You know, what if you’re thinking about it, doing some studying, doing some reading because it’s an important decision to go to war or whether or not to go to war. I mean, you’re either with us or you’re against us, that’s pretty black and white.
The “you’re with us or you’re against us” quote that Turner butchered was referring to the War on Terror, Iraq. The real quote is: “you’re either with us or against us in the fight against terror.” President Bush said this in November of 2001, seventeen months prior to the invasion of Iraq, as noted in today’s Vent.
Newsbusters has the entire video.