The ‘Enemy Camp,’ Chris?

Yes, that video clip showed MSNBC’s pride and joy, Chris Matthews, describing the United States Military Academy at West Point as the “enemy camp” following yesterday evening’s prime time presidential speech on war policy. Then again, at West Point the Cadet Honor Code states that “a cadet will not lie, cheat or steal, nor tolerate those who do,” so it’s only natural that the president would feel perhaps a little uncomfortable.

Perhaps the resentment that Matthews picked up on was a result of the 80 days it took President Obama to come up with a strategy at all. Heck, the original ouster of the Taliban following the September 11, 2001 attacks took nearly half that time. And perhaps the skepticism comes as a result of this president’s habit of apologizing for America at venues across the world, or because of his admitted problem with the very concept of victory.

That room last night was filled with Americans exhibiting the kind of bravery that people like Barack Obama look down upon. They’re the people derided by John Kerry, condescended by Barbara Boxer, and vilified by Jack Murtha. They’re the ones who aren’t important enough to be placed ahead of political expediency on this administration’s priority list.

While I doubt there was true resentment in that room for the Commander in Chief, I’m certain that the prospect of being sent off to war by a president who would prosecute our own intelligence officials or Navy SEALs while simultaneously giving terrorists the benefit of the doubt cannot be confidence-inspiring. Too often, Barack Obama looks at America as the problem and not the solution; the brave men and women of our armed forces want desperately to be the solution. They bleed for the solution. They die for the solution. And yet they’re being undermined even before they graduate, not only by the president of the United States, but by those in the media and beyond who blindly support him.

Which brings me back to Mr. Matthews and his enormous mouth, to whom and to which I pose only one question:

If the cadets at West Point are the enemy, Chris, what does that make the Taliban?



  1. Anonymous says:

    If the cadets are the enemy, what does that make the Taliban?

    Wow, Jeff. Just wow.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Never in a million years would I have thought that I could agree with any statement that came out of Obama's mouth. He is correct in that victory against the Taliban and Al Qaeda would be an inaccurate and misleading goal. I prefer the term annihilation, although Obama would be loathe to do that.

  3. Boston Blackie says:

    Matthews is also the arze that asked after the Ft Hood massacre if contacting Al Quada is against the law. These brave soldiers and marines do more in a day than he will ever do in his lifetime.

  4. Anonymous says:

    The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

  5. GEN. DISTASTE says:

    If thrills don't run up your leg, YOU are the enemy.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Leave it to you to take something Obama said that we can actually agree with and turn it into the Chris Mathews show. Geez….

  7. Chuck in San Diego says:

    Speaking of the "enemy"…

    For years and years I've been asking the question, "Why do liberals seem to support Islam? and "Why do liberals hesitate to condemn Muslim violence?"
    and "Why is it that liberals tend to be apologists for radical Islam?"

    I simply could not figure out why there was this strange "alliance" between liberals and Muslims. I was baffled, because on the surface I could see nothing in common between western liberals and Muslims.

    Finally, someone has figured it out. It's complicated, but it rings true and it adds up.

    In my opinion, this guy nails it on the head:

    ==========excerpted header=================
    The Left's love affair with Islam
    By Chuck Hustmyre

    The union between the American Left and fundamentalist Islam seems like a marriage made in hell.

    The Left hates religion, particularly Christianity, and has succeeded in ripping nearly all vestiges of it from American public life. Through the legal machinations of its lapdog, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Left has banned Christmas from public schools, nativity scenes from City Hall, and the Ten Commandments from courthouses.
    Continued at:

  8. Amy says:

    Chris Matthews certainly knows how to draw the ire of conservatives. I guess he's proud of that.

    Yesterday I heard a man talking on the radio whose son was at the military academy when Clinton spoke there. He said the cadets treated Clinton with the proper respect but after the speech was over, they went back to their rooms for a "ceremonial washing of the hands" after they had to shake hands with Clinton.

    I wonder what the cadets did after having to listen to and meet Obama.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Endless war in Afghanistan, or an endless war of our towers falling and civilians dieing….. a slightly tough call. Either way sucks.

  10. D.A.Gust says:

    Yeah, Chris Matthews is nothing more than a tool, and he would like to thank the five of you for watching…

    - – -

    I loved the way Obama paused for nothing…

    Several times during his speech the president paused, awaiting the roar of applause, and there was nothing but silence in the room.

    - – -

    All Obama said, or all I heard was: "If Bush woulda" – "security blah blah" – "sacrifice blah blah" – "we will put more in, and then pull out" – "we must support the government of Afgan, and it's corrupt"…

    Listening to him was like watching someone perform a dance without the right music. A contradiction seemed to followed every point?

  11. Anonymous says:

    Is this the same Chris Matthews who gets a tingle in his leg from Obama? He's something….

  12. Let us move forward says:

    This is an off topic idea.

    The Senate health care bill, which is titled something like mortgage benefits for vets, will probably come up for a vote when Congress adjourns for the Holidays.

    By past actions, a vote on the health care bill is likely on adjournment day, which will probably a Saturday. People could hold vigils on adjournment day at the Senators' state offices and in Washington to reinforce how strongly the public feels about this monster bill. Many people, I am afraid, are needed in highly visible areas, people that are willing give up time at this very busy time of year to make an impact.

    What a great gift this could be to give your children and grandchildren.

  13. Jack in Denver says:

    I suspect that Matthews would have felt better if The Anointed One had given his speech at an annual meeting of ACORN or before an adoring crowd at Berkeley.

  14. Gail B says:

    "If the cadets at West Point are the enemy, Chris, what does that make the Taliban?"


  15. goddessdivine says:

    Earth to Chris: Some people (a.k.a. our brave military) don't take too kindly to America apologists….or people who don't believe in victory….or people who take 80 days to respond to their generals and then only give them half of what they ask for. Chris Matthews ought to be booted for a comment like that.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Mr. Schreiber

    You have on many occasions asked for your readers to support one thing or another and they have done so because of the goodwill you have shown in presenting the news as you saw it. Calling West Point the 'enemy' strikes me as a point of no return that you should start to call for Matthews to be taken off the public airwaves. His conduct would be more aligned with radical islamist and since America is at war with radical islamist I think Americans should take up the cause to defeat this clown from ever having the oppertuinity to spew this nonsense again. What ever clount you may have I urge you and all you reader to contact NBC and have Mattews start a new career. His journalism days are over and he should not be given any more air time. Your critic of Glenn Beck when he found singing up for the military counter productive now to be trivial when compared with Matthews assement. Glen Beck was right and you were wrong. Redeme yourself by getting Matthews off the air.

  17. Anonymous says:

    West Point cadets, I stand and applaud YOU. Salute!, and thank you so much for your service. George Washington looks down from above and smiles. His army still has all the right stuff.


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