Sen. John McCain was on hand to help Don Imus with the debut of Imus in the Morning on the FOX Business Network (FBN) today. McCain spoke about Iraq saying that he thought it was no longer a threat to our national security: “… Iraq no longer poses a threat to the United States of America,” and he also felt that Afghanistan is “the same way,” and that providing a functioning government and environment of security for the people of Afghanistan will result in it a lesser risk of al Qaeda re-establishing a base in Afghanistan.”
“Anybody who believes that you can hand over the country or significant parts of the country to the Taliban and not have to worry about al Qaeda returning and working with them and becoming a base for attacks against the United States of America has no understanding of the region or the nature of the enemy,” he said.
McCain wanted to give George Bush a pat on the back for the fact that there have been no more attacks on the USA since Sept. 11, 2001: “Maybe we might give George Bush a little credit for the fact that we’ve not had another attack on the United States since 9/11. We blame him for everything else.”
It’s been 2-1/2 years since Imus lost his show on CBS Radio and MSNBC for his infamous and vulgar “nappy headed ho’s” remark about the Rutgers University women’s basketball team. Imus shrugs off questions about the racial flap and has said he doesn’t think it was wrong that he was fired. He said that the 4-hour talk he had with the girls and their family was “life-changing”. He feels he has done what he could to reverse the damage his remarks caused by advancing racial conversation when he returned to WABC (770 AM) in December 2007. During Glenn Beck’s segment, Imus and Beck discussed their battles with alcoholism. Beck’s controversial statement that President Obama is a racist was alluded to when Imus said “When you were on the Fox morning show and you made the remark about the president, they didn’t get blamed for it. If you were to say that here, I would’ve gotten it.” Glenn Beck laughed and said he was going to start saying all kinds of things on the Imus show. Other guests included author, Debra Dickerson and Rolling Stone writer, Matt Taibbi.
Another recent development in Imus’s life is the revelation that he has prostate cancer, which he is treating holistically. The 69 year old Imus said when he got the diagnosis, his knees buckled. “Cancer is a scary word,” he said and when asked how long he will keep doing what he does, added “I’m just thinking about getting through today.”
Should we expect more controversy from Don Imus? We’d be remiss not to. Imus is and has always been an outspoken guy. Last week he had this to say about David Letterman and the “sextortion” scandal: “I’ve worked at CBS, they make you watch a film, human resources, you’re not supposed to have sex with the staff whether you’re married or not. And this is just the beginning of this. … [Letterman’s] a punk.”
Don Imus on Letterman, NJ Star Ledger, Vicki Hyman, 02 Oct 2009
Don Imus sees big bonus, NY Daily News 05 Oct 2009
Imus in the Morning: McCain’s Reveille, Swamp Politics, Mark Silva, 05 Oct 2009