Fox's Ablow: Obama Sees America As “Bigger Threat” Than Terrorism

From the February 17 edition of Fox News' Outnumbered:

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ANDREA TANTAROS: We begin with fierce new reaction to how the Obama administration is handling that mass beheading of ISIS -- or 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians by ISIS, I should say. This as day three as a White House summit gets underway countering what the administration calls 'violent extremism.' ISIS releasing the video of those beheadings on Sunday. The White House also issuing a statement saying, “the United States condemns the despicable and cowardly murder of 21 Egyptian citizens in Libya by ISIS-affiliated terrorists.” That's right. Citizens. The administration, for some reason, does not call them Christians and refers to the Islamic fighters as “ISIS-affiliated terrorists.” Omissions that sparked this reaction from Fox News contributors George Will and Charles Krauthammer:


GEORGE WILL: At this point it is, it's beyond burlesque. It's pathological. It's clinical, their inability and unwillingness to accurately describe things. The secret of decent, strong communication is specificity.

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: This is a genocidal movement. You kill Christians, you kill Jews, you kill Yazidis, but you may in certain circumstances enslave them. That's what we're up against, and we have an administration that will not even admit that there's a religious basis underlying what's going on.


TANTAROS: Even Pope Francis is claiming the men were executed over their religious beliefs, asking his followers to pray for those “whose throats were slit for the sole reason of being Christian.” OK, I want to go to you first, Dr. Ablow. The bite of George Will that we just played, where he called it “clinical,” what was the first thought that came to your head on that?

KEITH ABLOW: Well, the first thought that came to my head is better he say it than I say it, because I get so much heat when I say that the president has something about his way of being that's deeply rooted inside him that does not sit well with this country and with the notion of joining forces for autonomy and freedom and identifying real threats for what they are. There's something deeply engrained in our president that can't embrace America as a force for good in the world, as a leader for good. And I've said it again and again and now it's coming home to roost.

TANTAROS: Dr. Ablow,  is that -- OK, some people have said that the president is delusional, that he doesn't understand the threat. But for your analysis to be correct, he understands the threat, but something's preventing him from identifying it, and is it his childhood? And again, I go back to that Cairo speech, where, if he just doesn't acknowledge the threat, and he takes his mind back to where he was as a child when he remembers a peaceful Islam, the threat won't exist if he doesn't acknowledge it.

ABLOW: It's that he's balancing threats, and to the president of the United States, I believe that the United States of America is the bigger threat. That he sees that our focus on autonomy, our desire to spread our ideas around the world has been a great plague. And he's, you know, 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, you know, build their economies, get them jobs, and then they'll like us again. No, no, they won't like us again. They're fundamentally in a fundamentalist way opposed to our very existence. 


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