On Wednesday’s “Special Report” on the Fox News Channel, Washington Post columnist George Will criticized President Barack Obama’s address to the United Nations earlier in the day, questioning the rhetoric on the grounds of being on the right side of history, the “voices” of freedom and his tendency to find fault with the United States in speeches abroad.
“The pastiche of his golden oldies it is in one sense,” Will said. “First of all, there is the usual progressive invocation of history, which is a proper noun to progressives and the fact that everyone better get on board on the right side of history as he knows the right side of history and history is going to work out, which makes you wonder what all the urgency is about if history is going to work out the right way anyway. Then something that I would love to hear how Putin responds to this: ‘While small gains can be won at the barrel of a gun, it will ultimately be turned back if enough voices support the freedom of nations.’ So it’s the voices against guns and I’m betting on the guns and bet Putin is also. Then he lectures the Israelis on their need to understand the hard work of peace. This is a country that has not an hour of peace in 66 years. And then he seems to have a metabolic urge to remind us and the rest of the world something that no one doubts, which is that America has flaws. He says, ‘Islamic state decapitates and crucifies and murders husbands and sells their wives, but we have Ferguson, MO.’”
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