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|"As we told you last night, Mr. Obama should change his approach to dealing with the Muslim world, it's obvious the 'soft power' strategy is not working. The jihadists don't care what Mr. Obama says and any sign of sensitivity will be seen as weakness. That's not to say we should antagonize Muslim governments, but we have to hold them accountable when Americans are harmed. Apparently President Obama read the riot act to President Morsi and the Egyptians are finally protecting our embassy. Today the head of the House Intelligence Committee said that everyone in Cairo knew trouble was brewing before our embassy was attacked. If Mubarak had still been in power, there would have been soldiers all around the embassy. In Libya the situation is different; the assassination of Christopher Stevens and three other Americans was a planned terrorist attack and the weak Libyan government simply can't stop stuff like that. President Obama and Governor Romney, if he wins the election, must understand that any attacks on Americans anywhere have to be punished. Egypt should lose all aid for the rest of the year and no American should travel to that country in the same time frame."|
The Factor spoke with Washington Post correspondent Michael Birnbaum, who reported the latest from Cairo. "The anti-Islamic video was certainly a topic of conversation here in the days leading up to the protest," Birnbaum said. "There were ultra-conservative parties calling for protests and the United States Embassy knew the protest was coming and told its staff to go home early that day." Birnbaum added that the ruling Muslim Brotherhood is walking a fine line, saying, "They're trying to play to their very conservative base here in Egypt while presenting a friendlier face to the rest of the world." The Factor denounced the Brotherhood for its role in the attack: "Logical thinkers know that this was a cauldron of hatred and you don't just stand by and let it happen. But the Muslim Brotherhood did that."
|The President committed a major gaffe this week when he said Egypt, officially an American ally, is neither an ally nor an enemy. Former NATO commander Gen. Wesley Clark entered the No Spin Zone with his take. "Egypt is considered a major non-NATO ally," Clark stated. "There is no mutual defense treaty but we coordinate with them very closely. I think there's still cooperation going on; a lot of their military has been schooled in the United States and we share information and perspectives. We don't want to make an enemy out of Egypt." Clark advised against punishing Egypt by withholding aid, saying, "There is an internal power struggle between the very radical elements and the moderates and most people in Egypt have nothing to do with these people who stormed the embassy." But The Factor argued that the United States must send a strong message to the Egyptian government: "They were complicit in that attack on the embassy and that's a disgrace and a violation of international law."|
|Thursday's Tip of the Day urged Americans to send a message to the Egyptian government by steering clear of that country. The Factor invited Geraldo Rivera to opine. "There are many American students who go to Egypt to study," Rivera said, "and I would absolutely not have them out and about right now, we have to take seriously the threat of kidnapping. This is a society that stood by and even incited some of the violence against our embassy." But Rivera was not prepared to endorse a total tourist boycott. "When you say 'punish Egypt,' you have to understand that you're punishing Egypt from the bottom up, not the top down. You don't want to push Egypt into anarchy." But The Factor insisted, "for three months there should be no tourism, which sends a message to the Muslim Brotherhood."|
|A new CBS/New York Times poll shows President Obama with a three-point lead nationally, while a Rasmussen poll has Governor Romney up by three. The Factor asked Fox Business anchor Lou Dobbs to crunch the numbers. "The race is where it was a month ago," Dobbs said, "and it's extremely tight. The Rasmussen poll is the outlier, but it was the most accurate poll in 2008. And because of its record of accuracy, the others are worried about not being lined up with Rasmussen." The Factor questioned the worthiness of any poll taken in September: "I don't believe the polls really matter until the debates begin. Ideology won't drive the vote, the wallet will drive the vote, and Mitt Romney is making an enormous mistake by not concentrating on gas prices. People are getting hammered at the gas pump!"|
|The Factor introduced a new segment called "What the Heck Just Happened," featuring "The Five" co-host Greg Gutfeld and radio producer Bernard McGuirk, and laid down three strict rules: "No obscenities, no defamatory personal attacks, and no irresponsible behavior." Operating under those tough constraints, Gutfeld tackled the chaos in the Middle East. "The root cause is they don't like us," he said, "and there's nothing we can do about it. I don't care that they're mad, these people are going to hate us no matter what. They hate us because they're insecure in their own religious beliefs. You can make fun of Mormonism and Christianity and we take it, but they can't!" McGuirk put forth a slightly different take. "They hate us because we're there, but the hell with them. We're there to protect the state of Israel and that's the way it should be. They have the emotional maturity of a 10-year-old spoiled child and they need strict parenting."|
McGuirk and Gutfeld also commented on the odd photo showing Joe Biden in a very close encounter with a biker chick in Ohio. "He's preparing for the White House Christmas party," Gutfeld quipped, "where he is going to be Santa. I love bikers, they're either taking teddy bears to hospitals or giving meth to my uncle." McGuirk pointed out that the woman's two biker pals didn't seem amused. "If he didn't have Secret Service protection they would have had to scrape him off the floor after this. This picture was taken after Obama was picked up by the deli owner, so maybe Biden didn't want to be upstaged." Finally the duo turned to actress Kathleen Turner, who has become a political activist. "She reflects the mindset of a feminist that young conservative women have to go up against every day," Gutfeld observed. "If you don't think like her, you're not really a woman. They are the most intolerant toward their own sex."
|Kristin Decker, Palmdale, CA: "Bill, the clear logic you used with Congressman Ellison was irrefutable. He does not know what to do with Egypt."|
Samuel Rosenfield, Newport Beach, CA: "Looks like Romney's not the only one who shoots first and aims later. Ellison one, O'Reilly zero."
Chris Dikmen, Carrollton, TX: "We have removed all Nile-Egypt cruises from our website CruiseReport.com."
Leonard Jufko, Costa Rica: "Bill, you have no problem paying $16 minimum wage? What business model supports that?"
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