How To Spew Utter Nonsense: The Fox News Edition
Headline at Fox Nation today:
“Fact: Bush Had 2 Times More Coalition Partners in Iraq Than Obama Has in Libya”
Pretty impressive stuff, eh? They then list the coalition partners for each conflict:
Coalition Countries – Iraq – 2003
[Source: US State Department]
Coalition – Libya – 2011
United Arab Emirate
Now let’s look a little closer. Here are a few of those critical allies we’re missing in Libya:
Remind me what possible difference it makes if Macedonia or Eritria is a member of the “coalition”? What are they going to do, lend us their two rowboats and a canoe? It’s a great example of desperately finding anything at all to throw against the administration simply because they’re on the other side. You can object to our involvement but at least try to have a reason.
Update: I should also be noted that Fox’s list (which has no citation) for some reason does not include the members of the UN Security Council who explicitly voted for the No Fly Zone: Bosnia, Colombia, Gabon, Lebanon, Nigeria, Portugal, and South Africa.