F&F Goes “Nuclear”

Kaboom! As Fox & Friends co-anchor Gretchen Carlson Tweeted (after her Obama arms restrictions plan debate segment), “Whew….[T]hat’ll wake u up!” In a segment that promised to be prosaic and soporific, Carlson interviewed both Richard Grenell (former advisor to four U.S. ambassadors to the U.N.) and Joseph Cirincione (former director for nonproliferation of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace) as to whether Obama’s proposed agreement with Russia’s President Medvedev would make Americans safer. However, fireworks quickly ensued and did not abate thereafter.

Moderator Carlson asked if the “whole point” was that the U.S. was trying “to stop these rogue states” and whether Iran and North Korea’s presidents would suddenly “get it” and “not…do nukes anymore.” Grenell posited that Obama’s announcement was “based on the erroneous assumption that if we Americans will lay down our weapons first, that others are just going to follow suit”: He added that the U.S. could deal with Iran and North Korea separately but that “the real problem is with non-state actors…[who] are not just going to lay down their weapons.” Cirincione countered, “That’s a phony argument [Carlson’s] and Rick’s argument is totally naive: He continued that Obama’s plan was to get the world on board and to isolate the rogue leader(s).

Before Cirincione concluded his comments, Grenell interjected, “That is a left-wing fantasy. That is a left-wing fantasy!”* Enraged, Cirincione retorted, “Hey, man! Don’t smear me! Who the hell do you think you are talking to me like that!” Then, after subsequently citing the support of the Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he agitatedly added, “You don’t know what you’re talking about, man!”

When the allotted time had elapsed and the polemics battled still, Gretchen interjected, “Guys, I gotta wrap it up, unfortunately. Joseph and Rick, thank you very much for your very spirited debate. Appreciate it, especially, so early in the morning.” Arching his eyebrows, pursing his lips, and feigning a backhand through the camera, Cirincione disdainfully snarled, “Spirited? This was insulting!” Not satisfied, he then stared at Gretchen with deadly daggers until he disappeared off-screen.

Raw must-see F&F.

UPDATE: Vid (courtesy of  Johnny Dollar’s Place)

*Fox & Friends – 04/07/10 (@6:18 a.m. ET)

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