Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Ralph Peters called President Obama “a total pussy” during a live interview Monday for what he views as his impotent response to the threat of Islamic extremist terrorism.
Peters, a Fox News military analyst, appeared on Stuart Varney’s Fox Business program to respond to Obama’s Sunday night Oval Office address on the threat of terrorism, a speech that was widely panned. Peters, a fierce critic of Obama’s national security policies, was visibly angry as he blasted the speech.
Peters said he was taken aback by Obama’s continued references to Americans not giving into their fears.
“Mr. President, we’re not afraid! We’re angry! We’re pissed off! We’re furious!” Peters said. “We want you to react. We want you to do something. You’re afraid! I mean, this guy is such a total pussy, it’s stunning! We, the American people, who he does not know in any intimate sort of manner, we want action. We want action against Islamic State.”
Peters went on to say that Obama had done more damage to American police departments than to the Islamic State and had restrained the U.S. military.
“This is a president who doesn’t want to hurt our enemies,” Peters said. “This is a president who cares more about thugs in Guantanamo or thugs in Ferguson, Missouri, than he does about law-abiding American citizens and their right to live in safety and peace.”
Varney tried to cut in a couple times after Peters used the foul language.
“I can tell you are super angry, and I asked you what your reaction was, but I’ve got to call you … you can’t use language like that on the program, OK?” Varney said.
Peters muttered, “I’m sorry.”
Later on, Varney again admonished Peters for using “very strong language about the President of the United States,” and Peters again apologized.
“Yes, Stuart, I do apologize for giving into my anger … but I feel the American people understand where I’m coming from on this,” Peters said. “My choice of words was incorrect, but my sentiment, I think, is shared by many.”
The clip was first noted by Media Matters for America, a left-wing media watchdog. We appreciate them flagging this important piece of commentary.
Peters wasn’t the only Fox commentator to use vulgar language about Obama on Monday. Outnumbered panelist Stacey Dash said Obama didn’t appear to “give a shit” about terrorism during her appearance on the daytime show. Fox announced later in the day that both Peters and Dash would be suspended for two weeks for their comments.
“Earlier today, FOX contributors Lt. Col. Ralph Peters and Stacey Dash made comments on different programs that were completely inappropriate and unacceptable for our air,” Fox programming executive Bill Shine said in a statement. “FOX Business Network and FOX News Channel do not condone the use of such language, and have suspended both Peters and Dash for two weeks.”
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