RUSH: Yeah, it is kind of unbelievable out there, folks. You've got all of this turmoil in the credit markets; you've got people losing asset value of their homes; you got Charles Schumer causing runs on banks. By the way, if you're worried about your bank, I suggest that you call Charles Chuck-U Schumer, senator in New York, and ask him, since he's in charge of which banks go south and which don't, apparently. We have the Federal Reserve chairman testifying before Congress, the president out making a speech, and then, lo and behold, what happens, The Messiah, Lord Barack Obama, shows up somewhere to make a speech on Iraq, which is on nobody's mind today, zilch, zero, nada. Iraq, for all intents and purposes, is a victory, the president's talking about accelerating our withdrawal of troops from Iraq. So what is The Messiah doing making a speech on Iraq? By the way, in this speech, The Messiah, Lord Barack Obama, once again -- how many flip-flops is this now? This has to be ten or 11 flip-flops. Now he's back to saying unequivocally, (paraphrasing) "I'm getting us out of there, don't doubt me, I'm getting us out of there. It's been a mistake. It was a mistake to go there," and so forth. Obviously they're troubled at The Messiah's campaign over the fallout that's occurring on the kook-fringe left, 'cause that's the only people that care right now what Obama or anybody else happens to be saying about Iraq.
But the thing that really, really frosts me when I watch Obama talk about Iraq, and he has this messiah attitude, he says he's always been against it, and he's always done this, what has he done? What has he contributed? Name one thing Barack Obama has contributed to the effort of this country to fight the war on terror, be it in Afghanistan or Iraq? And listen to this Reuters story. This is a story that was a prelude to his brilliant speech that he just concluded. "Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said on Tuesday a 'single-minded' focus on Iraq was distracting the United States from other threats and he renewed his vow to end the war." It was just last week that he said he would meet with the chief joints of staff and he would demand that the chief joints of staff present him a plan to end the war. He was refining his position, doing the policy pirouettes, but he illustrated he doesn't know what the jobs of the chief joints of staff are. The chief joints of staff have nothing to do with operations. Commanders at CENTCOM, for example, like Petraeus, they're the ones that make these decisions. By design, the chief joints of staff cannot get on the phone and tell commanders to do anything. He doesn't even know that.
At any rate, he said, "this war," meaning Iraq, "diminishes our security, our standing in the world, our military, our economy, and the resources that we need to confront the challenges of the 21st century." This war diminishes our security? Hey, Lord Obama, how many attacks have there been on the United States since we went to Iraq and Afghanistan? And how many, sir, did you have anything to do with preventing? How many votes did you make in the Senate that might have made it easier for terrorists to attack this country, sir? Not by design, don't misunderstand me, I mean through full-fledged incompetence. Diminish our standing in the world? See, we're in a constant state of decline, folks. This country's in a constant state of decline. The left has to always be unhappy and miserable, they've gotta find a demon. When things aren't going well there's gotta be one person, one entity, somebody that's responsible for why they're miserable when all they would have to do is look at the mirror. My gosh, if I woke up every day and knew I was a liberal I'd be miserable, too, miserable by design.
Back to my question, what has The Messiah, Lord Barack Obama, done, name one thing that has contributed to the United States military effort in the war on terror. I'll tell you, there is one thing. He took off his American flag lapel as he was defining patriotism, that's his contribution, to take off his flag pin. That's what he did, that's the sole contribution Barack Obama, the Lord Messiah has made. This speech he gave today is proof positive that there's trouble in paradise out there with the kook fringe. I don't even think the reporters care about it anymore. The news is so good over there they're not even reporting it. They don't want a report.
RUSH: Oh, no. Tell me that's not true, Mr. Snerdley. You actually got a call from a military man wanting to correct me, thinking I do not know that it is the Joint Chiefs of Staff? You had a caller who actually thought that I believed the title of that group is the Chief Joints of Staff? I guess I should explain it because that was Rita X back when Rita X called from Detroit. She was a big supporter of Calypso Louie. This was years ago. I remember Rita X talked about the "mother plane" up there that was going to beam all of Calypso Louie's supporters and followers up when the time was right, and she kept talking about Colin Powell and the chief joints of staff, talking about the Obama messiah, he doesn't know what it is, either! He doesn't know what they do. So why shouldn't I call it the Chief Joints of Staff? He probably wouldn't understand the difference if that was said. By the way, we have a little sound bite here from Obama from his speech. There are two things about this. Let's see if you catch both of them.
OBAMA: I will focus the strategy on five goals essential to making America safer.
OBAMA: Ending the war in Iraq responsibly.
OBAMA: Finishing the fight against Al-Qaeda and the Tal-ee-ban.
OBAMA: Securing all nuclear weapons and materials from terrorists and rogue states.
OBAMA: Achieving energy security.
OBAMA: And rebuilding our alliances to meet the challenges of the Twenty-First Century.
RUSH: Wow! And he's going to do this how? Why, we shouldn't ask. He is The Messiah! They just happen. Doesn't he realize that he just spelled out the rationale for the war in Iraq? (laughing) He just spelled out the rationale for the war on terror: "to make America safer. To end the war responsibly," that means with a victory. "Finishing the fight against Al-Qaeda and the Taliban" (which he called the Tal-ee-ban) "and securing all nuclear weapons and materials from terrorists and rogue states." That's what this is all about! He just endorsed the Bush policy, while thinking he was articulating some sort of a change.