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O'Reilly: Tape Shows Obama's Flip-Flop on Missile Defense

Saturday, 19 Sep 2009 08:54 PM

Fox News host Bill O'Reilly has video proof of President Barack Obama flip-flopping on his promise to maintain a missile defense shield in Poland.

On his show Friday, O'Reilly addresed Obama's stunning announcment that he was scrapping plans for a defense system based in eastern Europe so the United States could focus on the threat posed by Iran. The system would've included ground-based interceptors in Poland in addition to a radar site in the Czech Republic.

Russia hailed the move, but not O'Reilly.

"The problem with analyzing President Obama is that many of you don't like him and don't want to hear much good about him. ... Let's take the European missile deal, for example."

That's when O'Reilly played a video of him interviewing Obama in September 2008. In that interview, Obama said he would keep the maintain the missile shield because the Russians were "playing a game" and that a message needed to be sent.

"But now the president has changed his mind and will move defensive missiles away from Russia and closer to Iran," said O'Reilly. "So I could easily make the argument that President Obama folded to the Russians, as some critics are saying. But what about [Defense Secretary] Robert Gates? He's an honest guy. Do I ignore his expertise?

"President Obama may be making a mistake with his new missile strategy, it's certainly possible, but I don't know for sure. I also don't know what the Russians are going to give the USA in return. They're already meeting with American CEOs like GE's Jeffrey Immelt, an Obama friend, so you gotta figure some deal has been made. But the cold truth is I just don't know what's best for the country in this case. That admission separates us from those who always promote their ideological side. ... There are few places Americans can go these days for honest reporting and analysis. I believe Fox News is one of those places, and our ratings prove it."

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