Bill Maher Compares US Mission In Libya To Newt: ‘We Leave When You’re In Trouble’
The usually controversial Bill Maher appeared with Eliot Spitzer tonight and did not disappoint with at least one reference that pushed the envelope. Regarding President Obama’s actions in Libya though, Maher largely agreed that Obama took the correct steps since “we should stop the bloodbath that was probably inevitable.”
Maher argued “when people are about to be slaughtered, there is a case to be made that the talking has to stop and you have to kind of do something,” and was at least happy that America is not taking the lead in the operation. Spitzer questioned whether the American military objective should be expanded to include the removal of Libyan’s leader Muammar Gaddafi, since he felt we shouldn’t be encouraging revolution and then not continue to help those who actually stand up.
This enabled Maher to squeeze in a random jab at likely Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich regarding his multiple marriages. Maher suggested America has a horrible reputation for abandoning its friends around the world, just like Gingrich, “we leave you when you’re in trouble.” Yet Maher ended on a more serious and optimistic note, suggesting that now there is a real chance for change in the Middle East because these rebellions are organic, unlike what took place in Iraq.
Watch the clip from CNN below:
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