Can Bill O'Reilly possibly be any more ignorant?
As evidence of this, on The O'Reilly Factor last night, he seemed to be claiming that it was the U.S. Army that committed the infamous Nazi war crime of the Malmédy massacre. This massacre occurred during the Battle of the Bulge on December 17, 1944, when elements of Waffen-SS Kampfgruppe Peiper fought the American 285th Field Artillery Observation Battalion and defeated the Americans after a brief battle. About 150 of the American P.OW.'s were disarmed and made to stand in a field near the crossroads. A tank and a truck pulled up, and an SS officer pulled out a pistol and started shooting prisoners, after which other German soldiers joined in with machine guns. No one knows why. Some American soldiers ran and managed to escape into the nearby woods, but around 72-84 of the prisoners were killed. Some of the prisoners feigned death, but German soldiers moved among the fallen, shooting or beating to death with rifle butts any who showed signs of life. An American patrol discovered the massacre that night, and news of it spread quickly among Allied troops and shocked the conscience of the civilized world; that is, until the liberation of the camps revealed the full extent of Nazi crimes to all. It also served as a rallying cry for U.S. troops as they drove back the Germans in the Bulge.
Via McCarthy.vg, here's the transcript of O'Reilly interviewing General Wesley Clark on October 3:
CLARK: No, I don't know what it's about, Bill. Because the United States Army that I served in proudly for 34 years, we did not beat up and torture prisoners.
O'REILLY: General, with all respect, there were atrocities in Vietnam.
CLARK: Yes. And they were trials and they were punished.
O'REILLY: And World War II and World War I and the Civil War and the Revolutionary War.
CLARK: They were not by the chain of command.
O'REILLY: Yes, they were.
CLARK: No, they weren't. No they weren't.
O'REILLY: Lieutenant Callie and Medina in Vietnam?
CLARK: They were not condoned by the chain of command. Those guys were court martialed.
O'REILLY: With all due respect...
CLARK: ... all the way up the chain of command.
O'REILLY: General, you need to look at the Malmady (ph) massacre in World War II and the 82nd Airborne.
General, you need to look at the Malmedy massacre in World War Two, and the 82nd Airborne that did it!
The sad thing is, O'Reilly probably doesn't realize how idiotic his statement was and, in his insufferable arrogance, would probably would never admit his error even if it were definitively pointed out to him. (Or, if he did admit his mistake, he would probably still manage to attack and blame those criticizing him.) He probably thought that the Malmédy massacre was something different, perhaps Americans massacring German soldiers, but, through his mind-numbing ignorance ended up, in essence, accusing the U.S. Army of massacring its own men during the Battle of the Bulge in World War II!
How's that for supporting our troops? What a guy. Kinda makes me feel all choked up--mainly because it makes me feel like vomiting.