Bill O’Reilly: Saving the Libyans He Wanted to Starve

On September 17, 2001, Fox host Bill O’Reilly gave his list of countries the United States should attack, including Libya:

Target three is Libya and Qaddafi. Again, he either quits and goes into exile or we bomb his oil facilities, all of them. And we mind the harbor in Tripoli. Nothing goes in, nothing goes out.

We also destroy all the airports in Libya. Let them eat sand.

A decade later, O’Reilly supportsthe airstrikes onLibya because Qaddafi is attacking civilians (3/21/11):

O’REILLY: But Qaddafi’s carpet bombing guys who are driving around in old Chevys with pistols, he’s killing them. You know he’s going to wipe out the opposition. So you’re not willing to go in even on that basis and stopQaddafi from doing that?

REP. DENNIS KUCINICH: Our intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan has been a disaster. This intervention in Libya is not going to turn out the way you think it will. It’ll be another disaster. We have to stop spending the treasure of the United States in these military adventures and start taking care of things here at home, Bill.

O’REILLY: So you are willing to be–to sit by and watchQaddafi slaughter his opposition and you know he would.

So Qaddafi has killed people–and could have killed other people–that O’Reilly wanted tostarve a decade ago.

About Peter Hart

Activism Director and and Co-producer of CounterSpinPeter Hart is the activism director at FAIR. He writes for FAIR's magazine Extra! and is also a co-host and producer of FAIR's syndicated radio show CounterSpin. He is the author of The Oh Really? Factor: Unspinning Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly (Seven Stories Press, 2003). Hart has been interviewed by a number of media outlets, including NBC Nightly News, Fox News Channel's O'Reilly Factor, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday and the Associated Press. He has also appeared on Showtime and in the movie Outfoxed. Follow Peter on Twitter at @peterfhart.