O'Reilly Schools Obama On Churchill & Torture (Video)
When you rely on an emotional Far Left crank for your history talking points sometimes you get burned.
Conservative Express reported:
Bill O’Reilly did some research and uncovered some facts about Churchill’s policy. “Enough with the platitudes, Mr, President,” says O’Reilly “it is not against American values to protect ourselves!”
He wanted to use poison gas on Germans, but was stopped by his advisers.
The Royal Air Force routinely bombed non-military targets.
The British operated interrogation centers where Germans were beaten, sleep deprived and threatened with death.
President Obama was so impressed with what he read about Winston Churchill (although he sent his bust back to Britain) that he quoted the great British leader as saying, “We don’t torture.”
As reported earlier, the president must have forgotten about these German prisoners at Bad Nenndorf, near Hanover:
For almost 60 years, the evidence of Britain’s clandestine torture programme in postwar Germany has lain hidden in the government’s files. Harrowing photographs of young men who had survived being systematically starved, as well as beaten, deprived of sleep and exposed to extreme cold, were considered too shocking to be seen.
While it’s nice to hear the President invoke Sir Winston, the quotation is unattributed and almost certainly incorrect. While Churchill did express such sentiments with regard to prison inmates, he said no such thing about prisoners of war, enemy combatants or terrorists, who were in fact tortured by British interrogators during World War II.
The word “torture” appears 156 times in my digital transcript of Churchill’s 15 million published words (books, articles, speeches, papers) and 35 million words about him–but not once in the subject context. Similarly, key phrases like “character of a country” or “erodes the character” do not track…
Churchill spoke frequently about torture, mostly enemy murders of civilians. His daughter once told me, “He would have done anything to win the war, and I daresay he had to do some pretty rough things–but they didn’t unman him.” But if Churchill is on record about “enhanced interrogation,” his words have yet to surface.
Power Line added:
Obama apparently relied on left-wing internet crank Andrew Sullivan for the fake Churchill quote, which is a bit worrisome in itself.
Sure enough. Obama got his Churchill talking points from Far Left crank Andrew Sullivan.
Last night, Bill O’Reilly gave Obaam a history lesson.