There really is no limit to the hypocrisy of Bill Maher.
Despite having gotten fired by ABC shortly after the 9/11 attacks for calling America cowards due to our use of long-range cruise missiles, the host of HBO's Real Time on Friday raved about President Obama's deployment of unmanned predator drones to kill people from thousands of miles away (video follows with transcript and commentary):
BILL MAHER, HOST: Since 2005, I think, the number of drone missions has gone up by something like 1200 percent, and for good reason. You know, we can do it a lot cheaper. It’s cheaper, we can get closer to the target and therefore kill less civilians. They can stay up longer. I'm sold. I'm going down to the dealership tomorrow. I'm hoping they have a hybrid.
JOSHUA GREEN, BLOOMBERG: It was apparently a drone that got Gaddafi, or got Gaddafi’s convoy and sent him scurrying, scurrying into a hole.
MAHER: And I’ve heard people say, “Well, this is not good because, you know, this is like a video game.” Good. Why is that a bad thing that it’s like a video game? I don’t understand why it’s a bad thing. I know the argument is, “Well, you know, it makes us more likely to go to war if we don't have to, you know, risk our troops.” How could we be more likely to go to war than we've already been?
So when a President that he likes is killing our enemies from thousands of miles away, that's just fine.
But days after our nation was attacked on September 11, 2001, Maher thought we were cowards for using cruise missiles while our enemies were the courageous ones:
MAHER DAYS AFTER 9/11: We have been the cowards. Lobbing cruise missiles from two thousand miles away. That's cowardly. Staying in the airplane when it hits the building. Say what you want about it. Not cowardly.
When he contradicts himself this way, do the heads of HBO and parent company Time Warner care?
Or is all fair in love, war, and ratings?
As for Maher, you have to wonder whether he actually remembers what he says from one day to the next.
In a July installment of Real Time, he completely misrepresented this entire episode from 2001.
And people like him say pot doesn't cause brain damage.
Quite the contrary, he appears to be walking proof it most certainly does.