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3 More Revolting Fox News Segments Lauding Trump's Bombing of Afghanistan

Geraldo Rivera has plenty of noxious company.

Photo Credit: Fox News/YouTube

The crew of "Fox & Friends" was positively rapturous after the Trump administration elected to drop the "mother of all bombs" along the eastern Nangarhar Province of Afghanistan, but they were hardly the only ones rejoicing. The network has been praising Trump's potentially unlawful action almost continuously since the bombing campaign Thursday.

Here are three more disturbing moments from Fox's coverage.

1. Total 'Meltdown'

"We've got a geopolitical meltdown on our hands, and that's what having the most inexperienced, incompetent president in the history of the United States on foreign policy does for the country," Besieged author Gen. Anthony Tata told "Fox & Friends" host Brian Kilmeade. The object of his derision? You guessed it, Barack Obama.

2. 'Rubble doesn't make trouble'

No civilians have yet been reported killed by the MOAB, and Jim Hanson, executive VP at the Center for Security Policy, felt the need to parrot a slogan coined by the National Review’s John Derbyshire at the height of the Iraq War. 

"Rubble doesn't make trouble," Hanson asserted.

New York Sun reporter Mark Steyn would disagree.

"[Derbyshire] overlooks the very obvious point that rubble causes quite a lot of trouble," Steyn wrote in 2006, outlining a few examples:

The rubble of Bosnia is directly responsible for radicalizing a generation of European Muslims, including Daniel Pearl's executioner; the rubble of Afghanistan became an international terrorist training camp, whose alumni include the shoebomber Richard Reid, the millennium bomber Ahmed Ressam, and the 9/11 plotters; the rubble of Grozny turned Chechen nationalists into pan-Islamist jihadi.

3. Bush's Bomb

"When I was there, in 2007, under Bush, we were able to drop bombs whenever we saw fit [whereas] under Obama, there was an approval process," former Navy Seal Carl Higbie explained

The MOAB was developed during the Bush administration, but used neither by Obama nor his predeccessor for fear of "collateral damage concerns," Marc Garlasco, a former senior targeting official in the Bush-era Pentagon told The Intercept. (Although it bears mention that Obama, who won the Nobel Peace Prize, actually bombed more countries than Bush did.) 

Higbie, a spokesman for the pro-Trump super PAC Great America, was last seen arguing on behalf of a Muslim registry this past November.

Alexandra Rosenmann is an AlterNet associate editor. Follow her @alexpreditor.

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