RUSH: I'll tell you something else that bothered me about Obama's statement on Russia and Georgia is the moral equivalence. He says it's up to Russia and Georgia to engage in a ceasefire. Georgia was sitting there minding its own business! It is a democratic ally. There's no question the Russians are telling everybody that, you know, nations on their borders are not going to be independent. They want to start gobbling it up, and they're making it very clear. This Obama statement is an excerpt from one of his first statements. "The violence taking place along the Black Sea is just miles from Sochi, the site for the Winter Olympics in 2014. It only adds to the tragedy and outrage of the current situation that Russia has acted while the world has come together in peace and athletic competition in Beijing. This action is wholly inconsistent with the Olympic ideal." That is the most-shallow, the most vapid, the most meaningless comment I can imagine. "This action is solely inconsistent with the Olympic ideal"? Folks, it's just amazing who the Democrats have nominated.
One of the problems that we face in the problem with Georgia and Russia is that we're in the midst of a presidential campaign so there are three people speaking. You had McCain speaking, you had Bush speaking, and you have the presumptive president speaking (laughing). Citizen of the world, no boundaries, no nations, no borders! (laughing) We're all just going to love each other. Anyway, let's start in order. This is McCain yesterday in Erie, Pennsylvania.
MCCAIN: This pattern of attack appears aimed not at restoring any status quo ante in South Ossetia, but rather toppling the democratically elected governor of the republic of Georgia. This would be unacceptable to all the democratic countries of the world and should draw us together in universal condemnation of Russian aggression.
RUSH: Eh, condemnation, universal condemnation. Condemn it all we want, and it's not going to stop 'em. They're Russians. It's the KGB. Remember: No one ever leaves the KGB. Here is President Bush yesterday from the White House.
THE PRESIDENT: There's evidence that Russian forces may soon begin bombing the civilian airport in the capital city. These reports are accurate. These Russian actions would represent a dramatic and brutal escalation of the conflict in Georgia. These actions would be inconsistent with assurances we have received from Russia that its objectives were limited to restoring the status quo in South Ossetia that existed before fighting began on August the 6th. These actions have substantially damaged Russia's standing in the world. And these actions jeopardize Russia's relations with the United States and Europe. It's time for Russia to be true to its word and to act to end this crisis.
RUSH: "...jeopardize Russia's relations with the US and Europe"? Europe is beholden to Russia for its energy for a lot of its oil and natural gas. You know, Bill Richardson said one of the stupidest things. In trying to be Obama's VP, Bill Richardson, the governor of New Mexico, went out and said (I'm going to paraphrase; I've got this somewhere in the stack) something along the lines of this just goes to show how the Bush administration has not talked enough with the Russians, hadn't engaged in proper diplomacy with the Bush administration. That's so absurd! The president has practically made Vladimir Putin a blood brother. Putin's been over here at the Texas ranch barbecuing. Bush has been over there. They were yukking it up and laughing at the Olympics while this whole thing was going on Friday night, Saturday night, whatever it was. We've invested a lot of talk with Vladimir Putin. Now, of course, here is The Messiah.
OBAMA: We should continue to push for a United Nations Security Council resolution --
OBAMA: -- calling for an immediate end to the violence.
RUSH: You idiot!
OBAMA: It's a clear violation of the sovereignty and internationally recognized borders of Georgia.
OBAMA: The UN must stand up for the sovereignty of its members and for peace in the world.
RUSH: The UN? Where are you? I thought you had the power to end conflicts like this, Messiah, with the power of your words. Doesn't he know Russia is on the Security Council? They would just veto any resolution. Now, get this. Piece de resistance. Tim Kaine was on Fox & Friends this morning. He is the governor of Virginia. "How would you be advising Obama in this international crisis?"
KAINE: The Senator's goal was to be tough and smart, and so when the action happened on Thursday, he immediately called for a ceasefire, condemned the unwarranted use of force by Russia. It was a bad crisis for the world. It required tough words, but also a smart approach to call on the international community to step in -- and I'm very, very happy that the senator's request for a ceasefire has been complied with.
RUSH: Did you catch that? The governor of Virginia just said, "I'm very, very happy that [Obama's] request for a ceasefire has been complied with by the Russians." I'm speechless.
RUSH: Grab audio sound bite number four and play this again. You gotta listen here to the last line. This is the brilliant Governor of Virginia, Tim Kaine, on the phone with Gretchen Carlson this morning on Fox & Friends. Gretchen Carlson, a former Miss America, said, "How would you be advising Obama if in fact you were his pick as vice president with this international crisis? Do you think Obama's response was the right one?"
KAINE: The senator's goal was to be tough and smart, and so when the action happened on Thursday, he immediately called for a ceasefire, condemned the unwarranted use of force by Russia. It was a bad crisis for the world. It required tough words but also a smart approach to follow the international community --
RUSH: Now, listen. Listen.
KAINE: -- and I'm very, very happy that the senator's request for a ceasefire has been complied with.
RUSH: That's just the audacity of audacity. (laughing) This is just unbelievable. What a prostitute. He'll do anything to be picked as vice president. This is the biggest suck-up I have ever heard in politics! Not even Obama buys this. Not even The Messiah thinks he had anything to do with it, because it hasn't stopped over there. So the Russians, according to Tim Kaine -- and, by the way, speaking of the Russians, guess whose side of this Gorbachev is on? The Russians! Gorbachev is out there saying that the Georgians provoked this. Well, how did they "provoke it"? They provoked it by being a democratic, free nation, about to join NATO, going back and forth on that. So the liberals' favorite communist, Mikhail Gorbachev, sides with Russia -- which will stand him in continued good stead with the American left, which is now going nuts over the prospect of the Soviet Union coming back because that will "stabilize" the world.
That will eliminate the threat posed to the world by us and our nuclear arsenal. But back to Obama. So the Russians, apparently, according to Tim Kaine, heard Obama call for a ceasefire, and then they complied. Tim Kaine says that was both the strong and smart position on Obama's part. Well, then didn't Russia ignore Obama's declaration in Berlin, that we are all global citizens? Obama goes to Berlin, makes a speech: We're all one world, we're all one citizen, we're all global citizens, conflicts are over. Apparently the Russians didn't listen then, but now all of a sudden with Obama on the golf course half a planet away in Hawaii, all of a sudden Putin and Medvedev heard what Obama said, and started biting their nails and said, "Uh-oh. Oh God. We're caught! Pull back. Ceasefire!" Don't make me barf. See how powerful Obama is even from a golf course?
Now, ladies and gentlemen, we have awakened to the reality here that despite what an inexperienced street activist said in Berlin a few years ago -- and that's what Obama is. He's had 140 days in the Senate, seven weeks as a "street activist." He's a street activist, and despite what an inexperienced street activist said in Berlin a few weeks ago that we are global citizens, there are borders, nation states. We're not global citizens after all. None of what he said is true. Also the United States is not the cause of the world's ills, although wait for the left to try to twist this. "If we hadn't meddled in Georgia's affairs and made 'em democratic, that would not have teed off Putin and the boys." Look, if these guys can massage the way they covered Obama and not covered Edwards... You know how easy it is for them to blame the United States for things. You watch. Give it time. Just give it time.
So, I guess we're going to have to at all times be prepared to confront hostile regimes, despite Obama's activism speech in Berlin. All this baloney about global citizens and one world and diplomacy, it all sounds wonderful. It sounds so progressive; it sounds so hopeful! But what it is is dangerous, naive rhetoric. How do you think the Russians view Obama? How do you think they viewed his speech? Do you think they liked what they heard from the street activist in Berlin? Of course they did! They love Obama. The Russians and most of our enemies would love nothing better than to see the election of Obama. They view him as weaker and even more incompetent than Jimmy Cater -- and don't forget they have money now, and don't forget they beat us into space, and don't forget they beat us with satellites. They had nukes; they just ran out of money. They have money now, and they've obviously been retooling and rebuilding their military, and they've been repositioning it -- and we've seen all this.
Putin's been flying the bear bombers all over the world, or reinstituting those exercises, coming close, you know, playing little war games, dangerously flirting with the international borders in the sky. The warning signs have all been there. They love the fact that The Messiah does not want America to build up its own energy sources. They love it. Folks, you know, the United States is a great nation at risk in a dangerous world -- and as our enemies here, Democrats and the liberals talk about not developing our own energy sources and resources -- they love it. They absolutely love it. They love his rhetoric about the age of oil being over. Tell them. The age of oil is what has led to their revitalization, 'cause they know -- Putin and the boys of the KGB, they know -- what we know, which is that a prescription for American economic and national security disaster awaits if the election turns to Barack Obama. We have nothing to replace oil and gas. There is nothing. There are no "alternatives." There are no "renewables."
There is nothing to replace it. The world knows it. Obama and his cultist followers, ladies and gentlemen, are delusional. Their attitudes are not based in reality but rather their based in arrogance and self-aggrandizement. They don't learn from history other than what they were told at Harvard about how bad and rotten America. They never forget that. They've been taught that, and they've lapped that up and they love it. They believe the world can be remade as they want it to be should they come to power, and the world will begin all over again when that happens. I'm about to share with you a profundity, my friends. People who don't know what they don't know, are fools. People who are in power and don't know what they don't know, are very dangerous -- and Obama doesn't know what he doesn't know. Recklessly dangerous. By the way, the Communist Party US has come out and endorsed Obama. We have details on that coming up.
See, Obama, like most liberals, hides a genuine contempt for the military. He has contempt for America's superpower status. We are no different than any other superpower. In fact, we're more guilty in his eyes and this is the mind-set that he would bring to any diplomacy with the Russians or others. In other words, Barack Obama would be operating from the position that any pretext or grievance asserted by our adversaries or enemies, have at least some merit. He echoes them already! He's already echoing criticisms of this country on foreign soil and to 7-year-old kids in this country. So when the person in charge of protecting our society is of Obama's ilk, he is incapable of acting in our best interests. This is the problem with the Democrats nominating such a radical, inexperienced street activist for the office of the presidency. It is utterly irresponsible what they have done. So, as it is always, it is up to us. It is up to society in general in the election in November to fix this, to fix the Democrat nominating process, by rejecting the outcome of Obama as president.
And I, by the way, my friends -- I'm not saying this as somebody who's cheerleading for the McCain team. I say this as somebody who sees the world in its stark reality and cares about his country's well-being, and I fear for it in the hands of Obama and the people he would surround himself with. He's now out in Hawaii playing golf. Don't get me wrong. I like Hawaii; I like golf, too. But haven't Republican candidates and presidents come under fire for playing golf while big events are occurring in the world? But that's okay. That's okay, because the brilliant governor of Virginia, Tim Kaine, has just credited Obama with solving the crisis in Georgia and South Ossetia by saying that Medvedev listened to Obama's words. Meanwhile, the fighting still goes on, the bombing still occurs. Not much of a ceasefire has actually taken place.
RUSH: Mike in Omaha, you're up first as we go to the phones. Hello, sir.
RUSH: Yeah, hi.
CALLER: Mega dittos.
RUSH: Thank you very much.
CALLER: Hey, I think we should stand up with the Georgians because if we don't stand up with them, where are the Russians going to go next? I think this is just the way the Russian -- it's just like football. The Russians are picking on the Georgians right now to warm up their armies, to get them to see what the world response is.
RUSH: How we gonna stand up for Georgia, what are we going to do?
CALLER: I'm not sure. Military force is the only thing I can think of.
RUSH: Well, we're not going to send ground troops in there.
CALLER: I know.
RUSH: If we send air power in there, it's dicey.
CALLER: I know.
RUSH: We are standing up for the Georgians, at least McCain and Bush are. Obama's not.
CALLER: I know.
RUSH: Obama's blaming the Georgians as well as blaming the Russians.
CALLER: I know.
RUSH: But we are standing up for the Georgians. There's one thing we can do. What has Russia battled to beans is NATO. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization. All of their former client states, the satellite states, desperately want in NATO, and the Russians do not want that to happen because, I'm telling you, the dream of Putin and the KGB that's obviously running the country is to recapture all that territory. So there was a message in this. The Russians were sending a message. Okay, you heathens, you want to distract yourself with a bunch of worthless BS at the Olympics, fine, I'll go there, and I'll yuk it up. At the same time I'm going to go in and retake Georgia. And you can't do anything to stop me and you're going to see what I can do when I put my mind to it. That's Putin's message along with Medvedev. So he went over to the Olympics, too, and he's having a yuk-up good time while all this is going on. The message is, "We can do it." The message is we can go as far as we want because we know you aren't going to stop us. The Russians know the Europeans can't stop 'em. The Europeans long ago gave up their own defense, and NATO, that's the arena right now, and they're upset. We're going back and forth on putting Georgia in NATO. If we put Ukraine -- that's what they really want. If they could get Ukraine back, that's the place to keep an eye on.