COMMENTARY | NBC has denied that they had brought in a shrink to try to examine why David Gregory has driven the one great Sunday morning show “Meet the Press” into the ratings toilet. However the way he savaged Tony Blair should serve as a clue.
“Blair appeared on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ Sunday to advocate for a stronger Western response to the burgeoning threat of Islamic fundamentalism in places like Syria, Yemen, Iraq and North Africa.
“But Gregory pushed back. ‘Isn’t the legacy of your leadership, and that of President Bush, in part responsible for the reality today?’ he asked, noting that many in both the United States and Britain believe interventions in places like Iraq emboldened and inspired Islamic radicals and took resources away from the fight against al-Qaida in Afghanistan.”
The former British prime minister was having none of it, fortunately. He noted that the weapon of mass destruction who went by the name of Saddam Hussein is gone and Iraq is having free elections. It can also be said that the terrorists were already “emboldened and inspired” having perpetrated 9/11 long before the liberation of Iraq. Blair also noted that the terrorism has hardly stopped in Iraq now that the allied forces have withdrawn. If anything, thanks to Obama administration blundering in not getting a status of forces agreement, the situation has gotten worse. Obama may have snatched defeat out of the jaws of victory that was won by the surge.
Gregory, for his part, needs to have a greater understanding of Middle Eastern politics and the nature of the world-wide terror network before he deigns to ask elder statesmen like Blair inane questions. He might as well had asked Churchill, had been be reachable in the afterlife, whether the invasion of Normandy emboldened and inspired the Nazis and took resources away from the fight against Japan in the Pacific.
Better yet, Gregory needs to be replaced as host of “Meet the Press” with someone who is less annoying.