Skip to comments.Joe Scarborough: Opponents of Obama's India Trip Are 'Idiots; '
Posted on 11/08/2010 1:56:17 PM PST by My Favorite Headache
Anyone critical of President Obama being in India right now is an "idiot," MSNBC's Joe Scarborough bluntly served on his morning show, which prides itself on being a safe haven for different views. India is "exactly where [President Obama] should be" right now, he opined.
With Council on Foreign Relations president Richard Haass on as a guest Monday morning, Scarborough clamored that President Obama "needs" to be in India right now for the sake of U.S. foreign policy. "I would send my President to India, like once a month, if I could, for long weekends," he emphasized.
Scarborough hit left-wing bloggers earlier on the show for helping push President Obama's agenda too far to the left. Now he took the chance to slam the far right for what he considers unfair criticism of the President. "I was just going to say, any right-wing bloggers out there that are critical of the President being in India anybody is an idiot," he stated.
"They have their head in the sand, they are intellectually feeble, they have no idea about...how important India is to the United States as Richard said economically, politically, militarily, strategically."
Of course Scarborough's sweeping indictment of the far right seems to counter his insistence a few weeks earlier that his show is a safe haven for different voices in public policy debate to be heard. "This show is a safe house where people can come and talk whether they are on the right or the left," he glowered, calling the show "Switzerland" in a polarized news world.
In addition, last month the show ran a theme on consecutive days titled "Keep Calm And Carry On," a message meant to foster calmer debate and discourage fearmongering and hyper-partisanship.
And last week, Scarborough praised the "Rally to Restore Sanity" in Washington, saying that "Morning Joe" shared with it the sentiments of "a show where people who really disagree with each other can come on, have a fun, tough debate, and be friends at the end."
However, Scarborough insists there is only one side to the India debate and that anyone who disagrees with him is an idiot.
The "Morning Joe" co-host agreed emphatically with Haass' reasons for the need to send Obama to India. "Strategically the 800-pound gorilla in the room that noone's talking about is China," Haass posed.
"One of the ways you ultimately manage or help steer the rise of China is with a close-strategic relationship with India. Secondly, economically. India's this enormous market, 1.2 billion people. Politically, the world's largest democracy. Plus it neighbors on the volatile parts of Asia."
A transcript of the segment, which aired on November 8 at 6:14 a.m. EDT, is as follows:
JOE SCARBOROUGH: Richard Haas, I-I've been talking about left-wing bloggers this morning right-wing bloggers ginned up a funny controversy about the President going to India, and there's been a lot of noise on the far-right about him going to India. That's exactly where he should be. I would send my President to India, like once a month, if I could, for long weekends.
Could you explain why India a country we don't think about very much is one of our most critical allies on the world stage, and why it's important the President's there?
RICHARD HAASS, President, Council on Foreign Relations: It's important for so many reasons. Strategically the 800-pound goarilla in the room that noone's talking about is China. One of the ways you ultimately manage or help steer the rise of China is with a close-strategic relationship with India. It's the baseline.
Secondly, economically. India's this enormous market, 1.2 billion people. Politically, the world's largest democracy. Plus it neighbors on the volatile parts of Asia.
SCARBOROUGH: I was going to say, Afghanistan
HAASS: Exactly, Pakistan. So for so many reasons, economically, strategically, China India ought to be at the center of American foreign policy. It was actually one of I think the real breakthroughs of this administration, to create a strategic relationship with India. This administration's been slow to do it. But finally they are doing it, and this whole trip actually this emphasis on Asia, at a time where China's throwing its weight around is very, very healthy.
SCARBOROUGH: I was just going to say, any right-wing bloggers out there that are critical of the President being in India anybody is an idiot. I don't mean to be that blunt, it is the truth they are they have their head in the sand, they are intellectually feeble, they have no idea about how important, Mark Halperin, how important India is to the United States as Richard said economically, politically, militarily, strategically
MIKA BRZEZINSKI: International security
SCARBOROUGH: Yeah, the balance against China in that region it is critical that the President of the United States is there right now.
MARK HALPERIN: And I'd add one more thing to that list, which is this is a country where the people actually want closer ties with the United States, where there's no real tension, you've got a lot of Indian-Americans, you've got a lot of people in India who would like to come here and trade with the United States, Indian companies people talk about outsourcing, a lot of Indians want to invest in the United States it is all upside for us, and it's important for the President that's why he's spending three days there, which is a lot of time.
SCARBOROUGH: Well, he really needs to do that. And also, historically, and we'll talk to Richard some more about this, because the President's speaking before the Indian parliament --
BRZEZINSKI: 7:00 Eastern
SCARBOROUGH: 7:00 Eastern Time. But also, we have good relations with India. September 11 came, and our shift dramatically went over to Pakistan and adversary for a very long time. This is important, as Richard said, George W. Bush quietly built the relations up there, but we we need to we need to keep pushing.
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Maybe they will give him Keith times lot ?
The point that you don’t seem to understand Joe, is that you don’t just run off to some foreign country right after a major election.
You do if your party took a drubbing because of you, but you're too self-involved to address the issues. Even better, you *stay* in the foreign country, indefinitely. I'm sure Zero and Michelle could live quite comfortably in India, especially compared to most Indians.
" Anybody who disagrees with right-wing bloggers out there that are critical of the President being in India anybody is an idiot,"
There. Fixed it.
STFU, Joe Scumbag!
Does the Scab really believe any of that crap he spouts?
Joe’s just making sure that he will get invited to all of the holiday parties put on by his buds at MSNBC.
I always forget. Is Joe Scarborough the one who had a staffer mysteriously found dead in his office and nothing ever came of it?
Joe who had the dead girl found in his office?
"They have their head in the sand, they are intellectually feeble, they have no idea about how important...India is to the United States as Richard said economically, politically, militarily, strategically. It seems that they would know better how to act in an international setting.
He could have done this without spending billions. He should have flown over in AF1 with a fighter escort, made an appearance at the Indian Parliament, then flown home. It would have been 2 million dollars worse case.
*I always forget. Is Joe Scarborough the one who had a staffer mysteriously found dead in his office and nothing ever came of it?*
From the way Joe is speaking, it would appear that HE died, his brain shut down, but his mouth just kept on talking...
Well, either way, you don't suppose somebody might have information about that whole situation that they are using to keep, oh, I don't know, keep Joe in line? Keep him on the plantation so to speak?
I'm just sayin'.
Every one of these democrats in power sound like Snookie on Jersey Shore.
He’s Stoooo-pid. Ya know, Stoooooo-pid like dat.
Their ability to get past the words stupid, dumb, ignorant is lacking. Maybe Snookie can teach them a few more words.
I’ll wager that if security was the need for all of this expense, we could have had them fly here instead for far less.
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