Rosie O’Donnell, the new host of "The View," restrained herself for exactly one week before letting fly with her extreme liberalism. On the September 12 edition, in response to fellow co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s comment that militant Islam is a grave threat, O’Donnell stated that "radical Christianity is just as threatening as radical Islam in a country like America." The comedienne also attacked America’s response to 9/11:
O’Donnell: "We were attacked not by a nation. And as a result of the attack and the killing of nearly 3,000 innocent people we invaded two countries and killed innocent people in their countries."
The segment, which aired at 11:16AM EDT, saw Ms. O’Donnell open up and, for the first time as a ‘View’ host, express her true outlook. The piece began with Rosie inquiring as to whether anyone watched President Bush’s address to the nation. She then read from the speech:
O’Donnell: "He had one sentence that I thought struck me. I thought, what did everyone think? ‘The safety of America depends on the outcome of the battle in the streets of Baghdad.’ And I would say the outcome, really, of America really depends on the battle in the streets of New Orleans, that that city is still decimated and $303 billion have been spent fighting this war. If, literally, a third of that money was put into Katrina and facilitated with honest people who knew how to do it, we wouldn't be in the situation we're in."
O’Donnell may be unaware of this, but $110 billion has been designated for the Gulf Coast clean-up. My math could be wrong, but I believe that’s at least a third. Co-host Joy Behar, a fellow liberal, chimed in with this question:
Behar: "Don’t you think it’s clear at this point that they don’t care about New Orleans? If they cared about it, they would have fixed it already."
The fact that she believes New Orleans should be completely "fixed" in a year is besides the point. ‘The View,’ a program that is supposed to represent the perspectives of women, is now almost completely in the control of Move-On-type liberals. Elisabeth Hasselbeck, the show’s token Republican, meekly submitted to the liberal onslaught. She replied simply, "They should give more."
O’Donnell saved her harshest comments for the war on terror. After Hasselbeck had the temerity to mention the threat of extreme Islam, Rosie responded with her slap at Christianity:
O’Donnell: "And just one second, radical Christianity is just as threatening as radical Islam in a country like America."
This proved too much for even Behar. She replied, in a somewhat bewildered manner:
Behar: "But, but Christians are not threatening to kill us. There’s that difference. This group is threatening to kill us."
Hasselbeck also appeared surprised by O’Donnell’s comment. She maintained, "We are not bombing ourselves here in the country." The comedienne had a clever retort for this:
O’Donnell: "No, but we are bombing innocent people in other countries. True or false?"
There are two points to be made here. First, apparently Rosie believes that the federal government is a branch of "radical Christianity." Secondly, has she never heard of World War II and the innocent civilians that unfortunately died in the struggle against Nazism? Was that war wrong? Showing a loose grasp on international politics, O’Donnell stated that "Iraq and Afghanistan never threatened to kill us. Ever." Again, perhaps Ms. O’Donnell is unaware of exactly where the Taliban trained and plotted. Finally, on the subject of terrorism, no Rosie segment would be complete with out left-wing, bumper sticker rants. She informed her audience of these grand pronouncements:
O’Donnell: "We will never bring peace at the hands of war....As a species we have to rise above it."
O’Donnell: "But in life, you have two choices always, faith or fear. A government should lead by faith, never by fear."
O’Donnell quickly added that, when she said faith, she didn’t mean Christianity, but faith in "humanity" and "equality." It appears as though the honeymoon is over. Viewers should expect more hard-left, blame- America comments from Rosie O’Donnell, "The Queen of Nice."
Update 18:07 by Matthew Sheffield. "I love how she acts like Elisabeth Hasselbeck is the dumb one, when she's spouting this crap: 'Afghanistan never threatened to kill us...We will never bring peace at the hands of war.'" Mary Katherine Ham adds.