Former Clinton adviser Dick Morris is livid over President Barack Obama’s decision to restrict the use of nuclear weapons by the United States.
Appearing on Fox & Friends Tuesday morning, he called the move “outrageous,” “absurd,” “beyond belief,” and suggested his former boss might be “anti-American.”
“It’s the most outrageous thing, I think, I’ve ever heard a president of the United States say,” he said. “He’s literally saying that if an American city were gassed or hit with a biological weapon and millions were dying in the streets coughing their lungs out, or in hospital wards dying of an incurable disease, we would not use nuclear weapons to reply?
“It is totally absurd,” Morris continued. “It’s beyond belief that a president of the United States would say that and it shows that Barack Obama might be, might be the first anti-American president we’ve ever had.”
Obama’s decision came just ahead of this week’s far-reaching nuclear weapons summit in Washington comprising leaders of dozens of countries. The administration hailed it as an important step to halting nuclear proliferation across the world — the main objective of the talks.
“If a non-nuclear state is in compliance with the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, the U.S. pledges not to use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against them,” Defense Secretary Robert Gates explained.
Morris advocated for middle-of-the-road “third way” policies during the Clinton era, resigning from the administration in 1996 following revelations of his relationship with a prostitute. In subsequent years he “turned on his former boss with a vengeance,” the Washington Post reported, and he has lately settled into a niche catering to disaffected, staunch conservatives in the age of Obama.
Hyping his new book, Morris told the Fox News hosts what he thought conservatives can do to “take back America” and win the next election. “And I don’t mean just be a Fox anchor,” he said.
This video is from Fox News’ Fox & Friends, broadcast April 13, 2010.