Maher: 'They hate us for our airstrikes'
David Edwards and Stephen C. Webster
Published: Thursday September 18, 2008

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During an interview with MSNBC host Rachel Maddow on Wednesday, comedian and political commentator Bill Maher took issue with the infamous George W. Bush assertion that terrorism is somehow caused by a hatred of Americans' freedom.

"They don't hate us for our freedom," said Maher with a laugh. "They hate us for our airstrikes. In Afghanistan, that seems to be the problem. It's that, we keep killing people with our airstrikes, and then those people tend to have a grudge against us, and they will join the Taliban, or be sympathetic to the Taliban."

Maher likened a plan to send two more combat brigades to Afghanistan as killing flies "with a fly swatter made of raw meat."

Maddow noted that in 2004, Sen. John McCain had claimed the appearance of an Osama bin Laden video tape near election time was good news for the GOP. "Why is it that terrorism, war, the continuing existence of Osama bin Laden ... Why is this politically advantageous for Republicans?" she asked.

"John Kerry said the same thing," said Maher. "... It's perverse to think that people, the American people, would use this logic of, 'Oh, let's reelect the guy who didn't get him the first time.' But that seems to be what happens in this country.

"I keep going back to this cynical view I have, and people jump down my throat, but the underlying problem we have in this country is that the people are too stupid to be governed."

This video is from MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show, broadcast September 17, 2008.

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