Fox News host Bill O’Reilly spent much of his program Monday night tearing down President Barack Obama’s foreign policy credibility — and then complained that the president had little credibility on Iran.
O’Reilly described Iran as “a terrorist nation” that “brutalizes its own people through a vicious secret police and the militant Islamic Revolutionary Guard.”
“Simply put, millions of Americans do not trust President Obama to protect us from the deranged mullahs who have committed atrocities for decades,” O’Reilly said.
Even so, O’Reilly said he trusted Iran and its “deranged mullahs” more than Fox News’ media competitors.
“I don’t trust the press,” he said. “I think I trust Iran more than I trust the American press. I don’t want the American press interpreting this (nuclear agreement) for me. I want to see it in the committee hearings on television, (and) I want to see the debate. If Obama tries to shut it down by saying, ‘Hey, I’m not going to do it – I’ll veto anything you guys do,’ I think that would be horrible.”
He cited a recent Quinnipiac poll that found just 42 percent of Americans trusted Obama to make decisions, compared to 47 percent who trusted congressional Republicans.
“That’s because the president has not done much to persuade non-liberal Americans that his policies are good for them,” O’Reilly said.
He said U.S. foreign policy was “a mess,” complaining that Obama “generally seems confused by evil in the world.”
“So in a very vital situation, stopping iran from developing nuclear weapons, the president finds himself with little credibility,” Obama said. “Therefore, when he says the deal is good, many Americans – perhaps most – simply don’t believe him.”
O’Reilly backed a measure proposed by Republican lawmakers, many of whom recently warned Iranian leaders against entering a nuclear deal with Obama, to require congressional approval of any new treaty with Iran.
“If president Obama defies congress on the Iranian nuclear treaty, that’s going to be a disaster for America and for the president himself, even though he may not know it,” O’Reilly said.
Watch some of O’Reilly’s remarks in this online video clip: