Guess who gave this harsh quote about the war:

"No goal, no objective, not until we have those things and a compelling case is made, then I say, back out of it, because innocent people are going to die for nothing. That's why I'm against it."

That's right ... the one and only SEAN HANNITY, back in 1999, concerning Clinton's war in Kosovo!  (April 5, 1999, FOX News)

Hannity likes to paint Democrats as lilly-livered, America-hating knee-jerk critics of the war.  Thanks to Lexis-Nexis, I've found quite a few gems of Hannity's that show he was just as "America-hating" (har har) back in 1999.  Here's some of my favorites below the fold...

During the lead-up to the War in Kosovo...

"Why should one U.S. airman give up his life when our national security is not in imminent danger?"
- Hannity, March 24, 1999

"Congressman Moran, a couple of things that are in my mind. Number one is the president has really failed to lay out before the American people the reasons why we need to be involved militarily. That's number one.

And then we go back to Henry Kissinger's test, which is number one, is there a vital U.S. national interest? And do we have a plan to disengage? What's the exit strategy? I don't see that we've met that test either. And why does it have to happen this second, this hour? Why don't we have a national debate first?"

- Hannity, March 24, 1999

"But you know what? There's a lot of massacres going on in the world. As you know, 37,000 Kurds in Turkey, over a million people in Sudan. We have hundreds of thousands in Rwanda and Burundi. I mean, where do we stop?"
- Hannity, March 24, 1999

On Hitler analogies...

"My question to you is from all reports that I have been able to dig up, 2,000 killed in Kosovo in the last year. We keep hearing the president refer genocide, ethnic cleansing, comparisons to Adolf Hitler. Is the president purposefully using propaganda and hyperbole to garner the American public for support?"
- Hannity, March 26, 1999
"And we are having a president compare this to Adolf Hitler. Granted, 2,000 in a year is disgusting, despicable, if we can stop it. But let's arm the Kosovo Liberation Army instead of putting U.S. troops in harm's way."
- Hannity, March 26, 1999
"HANNITY: All right, Lucian Truscott, aren't you being disingenuous? Every day now with the president and vice president this Hitler analogy. You know what? That's all propaganda. That's misinformation.

Now, I'm not minimizing the fact that 2,000 lives have been lost in the last year. But you can't make the comparison in terms of the raw numbers and the brutality of Hitler to Milosevic. Is that not correct, Lucian?"

- Hannity, April 5, 1999

An ill-conceived war...

"Colonel, I guess this is why it's so ill-conceived from the very beginning. You know, they didn't anticipate that his popularity would rise. They didn't anticipate that he would beef up his reign of terror, if you will, against the ethnic Albanians. They didn't anticipate the refugee problem, and they didn't anticipate that they would also run out of bombs.

So 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, March 31, 1999

We could possibly be the enemy...

"HANNITY: So they are looking at America, the United States -- we've seen the instances of flags being burned and so on. We are their enemy, you're saying, in the people's minds, and they support him."
- Hannity, March 31, 1999

There's no exit strategy...

"But if you know - every mistake we've made up to this point, 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, April 1, 1999

We've hurt them...

"We've hurt the people we thought we were going to help."
- Hannity, April 1, 1999

Failed mission...

"Senator, let me ask this, here, because by all objective analysis and accounts -- we're going to have Colonel Hackworth out here in mere moments, right after the interview that we have with you here tonight -- this mission is failing."
- Hannity, April 1, 1999


"Colonel Maginnis, I want to turn it over to you because we have to ask ourselves some question here. What is our stated goal, our mission, our objective? How do we get out of here? and I want to go back, and this is a point that I made -- you know, even in "The New York Times" just two days ago -- you know, what is phase 4, now that phase 1, 2 and 3 have failed? There isn't a phase 4. The president with the Italian prime minister, when asked "What's next?" if the bombing doesn't work -- he didn't have an answer for this!

So it's a matter of -- well, maybe we can debate being in there, or debate arming opposition, which hasn't been discussed. But what are we doing there? And if we don't know what's next, we have no business being there!"

- Hannity, April 2, 1999


"HANNITY: Colonel, let me bring you back in here -- 28,000 troops, 40,000 are already dug in. They do have the military equipment to blow these guys out of the sky. You want to make a prediction how many dead soldiers...

HACKWORTH: Well, it would be a disaster.

HANNITY: ... are going to come back?

HACKWORTH: And Frank hit it right on the head. There's a little thing in the military called "prior planning prevents poor performance."

HANNITY: Right."

- Hannity, April 1, 1999
"Joint chiefs doubted the strategy from the very beginning. And the outline, they didn't think the air campaign would work.

And they turned out to be right. They didn't prepare for the refugee problem. They didn't prepare that Milosevic would up the ante against the ethnic Albanians, none of this. There was no preparation at all here."

- Hannity, April 5, 1999

Sure, Milosevic's a bad guy...but that doesn't mean we should go to war...

"Slobodan Milosevic is a bad guy. He's an evil man. Horrible things are happening. I agree with that. Is Bill O'Reilly then saying we go to Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia, Sudan? Where does this stop? And when you look at sheer numbers, 2,000 -- and I'm not minimizing death. It's horrible. What this man is doing with ethnic cleansing is abhorrent, but sheer numbers -- 2,000 killed in the last year versus hundreds of thousands, millions in some cases in other parts of the world. Are you saying the United States should go to all those places?"
- Hannity, on "The O'Reilly Factor," April 5, 1999

My, what an America-hating extremist!  Saying our commander in chief is a poor planner, a propagandist, and asking for our immediate withdrawal of troops because there's no exit strategy!  

Is there any doubt Hannity version 2004 would hate Hannity version 1998?

Originally posted to wackyguy on Thu Feb 03, 2005 at 05:28 PM PST.

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