by Jack Hunter
Sean Hannity is often praised for being a "great American" by his fans, who undoubtedly consider the talk show host patriotic. While patriotism can be defined in many ways, supporting the brave men and women who serve in the U.S. military is undoubtedly one of them. As he constantly reminds his listeners, Hannity believes it is impossible to support the troops without supporting their mission in Iraq. To question the president, his motives, or the wisdom of our current policy is unpatriotic, says Hannity. At least that's what he says today.
But it might be worth remembering what Hannity said in 1999 about U.S. military action in Kosovo: "It seems that we're talking about a very ill-conceived military action here. And now the question is, do you go in further and deeper, or do you pull back and rethink what the strategy's going to be here, because there has really been no stated goal, mission, or objective."
Hannity clearly questioned then-President Bill Clinton's military wisdom. Hannity continued, "There's no stated goal. There's no definition of success. All these important things. There's no exit strategy. One mistake after another. Why would you go in deeper when we have not been successful up to this point? That seems to me to be folly."
Hannity further explained his position: "I say, back out of it, because innocent people are going to die for nothing. That's why I'm against it." It seems that once-upon-a-time, Hannity was concerned that American soldiers might die in vain.