Perino: ‘Where Is The Proof’ That Bush ‘Alienated’ People Around The World?

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"Perino: ‘Where Is The Proof’ That Bush ‘Alienated’ People Around The World?"

In an interview with CNN earlier this week, Vice President Biden responded to former Vice President Cheney’s criticism that the Obama administration has made America less safe by saying that “the last administration left us in a weaker posture than we’ve been in any time since World War II.” Biden added that when Bush left office, America was “less regarded” and garnered “virtually no respect in entire parts of the world.”

Former Bush Press Secretary Dana Perino responded to Biden on Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor last night, claiming it was “absolutely not” true. “I actually think that we are respected in the world,” said Perino.

Asked by O’Reilly if it was “a valid point” that the Bush administration “alienated” allies with “its swaggering” at a time that “we need cooperation to defeat terrorists,” Perino replied, “Where is the proof of that?”:

O’REILLY: But they feel — the Obama administration says look, we need cooperation to defeat terrorists. And we weren’t getting it because the Bush administration alienated so many people by its swaggering and its cowboy and the Dick Cheney stuff . Isn’t that a valid point ?

PERINO: Where is the proof of that?

O’REILLY: There isn’t any proof. It’s total speculation.

PERINO: Right.

Perino then asserted that the Bush administration “had allies all over the world helping us,” so Biden is either “not being honest about the briefs that he has gotten, or he just doesn’t know.” Watch it:

In fact, there is no doubt that the Bush administration lowered America’s standing in the eyes of much of the world. In December 2008, the Pew Global Attitudes Project released a report showing that “the U.S. image abroad is suffering almost everywhere“:

Opposition to key elements of American foreign policy is widespread in Western Europe, and positive views of the U.S. have declined steeply among many of America’s longtime European allies. In Muslim nations, the wars in Afghanistan and particularly Iraq have driven negative ratings nearly off the charts. The United States earns positive ratings in several Asian and Latin American nations, but usually by declining margins.

The problems created by Bush’s “swaggering” were evident in Europe last week when President Obama convinced NATO allies to send roughly 5,000 more soldiers to Afghanistan. One analyst noted that while the troop increase was modest, Obama was able to secure “a lot more than Bush could have gotten.”

Transcript:

O’REILLY: And in the impact segment tonight, a controversy raging between Vice President Biden and former Vice President Cheney, who has said the Obama administration’s policies will make America less safe. Now, this has been going on for a while. The Obama team criticizing the Bush administration, Mr. Cheney replying. Throughout history, this kind of stuff usually did not happen, but it is occurring now.(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: How many terrorists have actually been brought to justice under the philosophy that is being promoted by Vice President Cheney? It hasn’t made us safer. What it has been is a great advertisement for anti-American sentiment.

JOE BIDEN, VICE PRESIDENT: The last administration left us in a weaker posture than we’ve been in any time since World War II. Less regarded in the world. Stretched more thinly than we ever had been in the past. Two wars underway. Virtually no respect in entire parts of the world.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

O’REILLY: All right. Joining us now from Washington to reply, the former spokesperson for President Obama, Dana Perino. So virtually no respect in parts of the world for the USA. Do you buy that?

DANA PERINO, FMR. WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: Absolutely not. I think that that is — just perpetuates a myth that isn’t good for America. And it’s hard to believe that the vice president of the United States, no matter who he or she is, would ever say such a thing . I actually think that we are respected in the world. We might not always be liked, but when it comes to fighting terrorists, I’ve never seen it as a popularity contest. And I would hope that the new administration doesn’t either.

O’REILLY: But they feel — the Obama administration says look, we need cooperation to defeat terrorists. And we weren’t getting it because the Bush administration alienated so many people by its swaggering and its cowboy and the Dick Cheney stuff . Isn’t that a valid point ?

PERINO: Where is the proof of that?

O’REILLY: There isn’t any proof. It’s total speculation.

PERINO: Right.

O’REILLY: But.

PERINO: Well, absolutely.

O’REILLY: .wait, wait.

PERINO: .but (INAUDIBLE).

O’REILLY: .that’s an excellent question. That’s an excellent question you just asked me. You should be doing The Factor, Dana. The Dana Factor.

(LAUGHTER)

Excellent question. It’s just speculation. That’s what Biden is saying. Total speculation.

PERINO: And it’s not true.

O’REILLY: But Cheney says the Obama policies are making America less safe. That’s speculation, too, is it not?

PERINO: Well, if you just look at the proof, for seven and a half years after 9/11, President Bush led the charge to make sure that we did what the 9/11 Commission suggested. Break down the barrier to make sure that intelligence in law enforcement can talk to one another.

The other thing we did is try to disrupt terrorist financing. We didn’t do that on our own. We had allies all over the world helping us, people that they wouldn’t even suspect. And so either he is not being honest about the briefs that he has gotten, or he just doesn’t know. and I don’t know which one is worse.

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