Although ABC’s The View was the only show on the network to recognize Obama’s plummeting approval ratings, the segment also featured the show's token conservative, Nicolle Wallace, going out of her way on Thursday to express her faith in the Obama administration. The former Bush aide, who sunk into Republican infamy for claiming that she did not vote for John McCain in the 2012 election, stated that Obama’s reluctance to engage ISIS was actually a virtue as he “will be more targeted than someone who was [sic] a less reluctant warrior.”
Surprisingly, Whoopi Goldberg was outspoken in her belief in American intervention, and claimed that “if we don't take this stand, we're going to be afraid all the time.” While she acknowledged that no one “want(s) to send any more of our sons and daughters back into war,” she concluded that the U.S. cannot sit back idly as terrorists “try to scare us” into submission.
True to form, Rosie O’Donnell argued that ISIS represents a “generalized philosophy as opposed to a nation.” According to her, no nation can go “to war with a thought process unless you go to what created those thoughts initially.” Of course, when Rosie said, “What created those thoughts initially,” the 9/11 truther was not referencing the violent doctrines of radical Islam, but rather the United States.
According to O’Donnell, “we have harmed people in the last ten years” and “as a country we need to own that.” Once America “owns” up to “harming people,” ISIS will realize the error of its ways and stop beheading innocent civilians in the name of jihad.
Wallace ended the discussion by concluding Obama has been a "very reluctant warriror," but that Republicans "only have one fair critique" of Obama, that “in the past he hasn’t always said he's going to do.” However this time, Wallace affirmed, “I think he is deadly serious.”
11:20 a.m. Eastern
September 18, 2014
WHOOPI GOLDBERG: And look, he's between a rock and a hard place. All he wants to do is get out of there. And now we are faced with the possibility of having to go back in there and we do. Because if we don't take this stand, we're going to be afraid all the time. I don't want to send any more of our sons and daughters back into war but damn it, I'm getting tired of these people trying to scare us and say you know, be scared of me, give me money. No, man. Thank God this is not 50 years ago where the options were much more limited and much more crazy. All you have to do is luck at Hiroshima and say “hey, we don't do that.” So we’re trying to figure out how to do it and I don't understand why we're having such a hard time with it.
ROSIE O’DONNELL: Well, I think because it is a generalized philosophy as opposed to a nation. So I don't think how you go to war with a thought process unless you go to what created those thoughts initially.
NICOLE WALLACE: We’ve got to do both, Rosie. Right? I mean we’ve got to do both. We’ve got to be in the region being clear we don't wish to harm people because they disagree with us--
O’DONNELL: But we have harmed people in the last ten years. And I think as a country we need to own that and we need to own that we will be harming people in Syria as well--
WALLACE: Everyone should trust this president is a very reluctant warrior and the only fair critique that Republicans have is that in the past, he hasn’t always said he's going to do. I think he is this time, I think he is deadly serious. I think the beheadings has solidified his resolve to go after these guys. And I think he will be more targeted than someone who was a less reluctant warrior.