RUSH: All of a sudden, ladies and gentlemen, there is some hesitation at the White House on releasing these abuse photos, these torture photos, these interrogation photos. As you know, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals has ordered the photos released. All the Obama people would have to do is appeal it to the Supreme Court. Punt it down, kick it down the road for a year or two, half a year or whatever. But they've made this big noise: "We want to release the pictures! We want to get the pictures out," and everybody is going, "No, no, no." See, Obama... My friend Andy McCarthy's got a great way to describe Obama. For Obama, there are two Americas. There is the America that began upon his ascension to the throne, and then there's the America prior to it -- and the America prior to January 20th this year is an immoral, unjust, imperfect mess.
But now, with the ascension of The Messiah, America is perfect. And in this mind-set, Obama wants to cleanse all of the filth of the previous 200-plus years of America by releasing all the filth and apologizing for all the filth wherever he has to go, around the world or in his own country. Apologize for America here; apologize there. Admit that we're evil. Admit that we are not what we once were. Admit that we torture. "Not only are we going to release the memos, here are the pictures!" and then somebody somewhere got them to thinking at the White House. Actually, I think the justice department may be involved in this. Somebody got them to thinking, "You know, we still have soldiers in battle, and if we're going to go out there and if we're going to say," like the Democrats did for six years, "that the Bush policy of interrogation and its techniques 'created more terrorists' and ruined our self-esteem and ruined our image in the world, well, wouldn't these pictures do the same thing?"
I mean, we're going to put out pictures of supposed torture and obscene interrogation techniques. Wouldn't that cause just as much damage to the world? Obama says, "Well, yeah, but that will be America before I ran it. Go ahead and do it!" Somebody said, "No, no, no, no! We've got soldiers out there, and Afghanistan is your war now -- and Afghanistan may become Pakistan," or Pok-ee-stahn, as he says it, "and it's your war now. You don't do this." They're rethinking this. "The Obama administration signaled yesterday that it may be rethinking its promise to release several dozen photos depicting abuse or alleged abuse of detainees held in U.S. custody abroad." Gibbs kind of let the cat out of the bag yesterday at the press briefing.
He said Obama "has 'great concern' about the impact that releasing the photos would have on soldiers fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq. Asked whether the Justice Department's decision might be reversed, Gibbs declined to reaffirm the government's intentions." The CIA is not happy about this. "Democrats charged [yesterday] that the CIA 'has released documents about congressional briefings on harsh interrogation techniques in order to deflect attention and blame away from itself.'" The Democrats think "the CIA is out to get us." Now, all this was brought about by Nancy Pelosi lying about what she was told regarding waterboarding and other forms of torture. And speaking of Pelosi -- and I'm going to delve into this in a little bit more detail as the program unfolds, but my keen sense of insight and my highly tuned radar tell me that something might be brewing regarding Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House.
I mean, she leaves the country and she's out of the country and in Iraq and so forth. Steny Hoyer yesterday says (paraphrased), "Yeah, you know what? We should have congressional hearings on what Pelosi knew." Hoyer and Pelosi are not buds. I can get the news stories from '06 and '07, if you want, to back this up. Hoyer's number two in the House, but Pelosi wanted Murtha. Murtha's her ally. Hoyer is not. Hoyer and Rahm Emanuel are buds. They are tight. You know, nothing would surprise me, as power crazy is these people are. For Rahm Emanuel and Obama to get hold of the House, hold Pelosi out to dry... I know you think Democrats wouldn't do that to each other, and it may not happen. It may not even be in the cards. But I'm looking at this because they're hanging her out to dry on this. I mean, they're using words like "Clintonesque" in the Drive-By Media to describe the way she's handling all these stories and evidence about what she knew and when she knew it, and what she didn't say about torture.
RUSH: Democrats think "the CIA is out to get us." The CIA's out to get anybody that wants to throw them under the bus. It doesn't matter if their party is Republican or Democrat. And the Democrats want to release these pictures, and the Democrats want to release these memos, and the Democrats are doing all this stuff. The CIA is going to fight back. Now, the document CIA has released that the Democrats are all upset about: "The 10-page document, which was prepared after an April 20 request by Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-Mich.), lists 40 instances in which the CIA briefed members of Congress between September 2002 and March 2009. But they provide a vague description of the briefings, giving just enough information to fuel claims that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other top officials have long known about waterboarding and other tactics but did little to stop the techniques from being used."
So the Democrats are still trying to dump on George W. Bush. CIA said, "Wait! Wait! Wait just a second here." They're dumping these document because Hoekstra asked them for it, and so the Democrats now think the CIA is out to get 'em. Now, it's amazing the finger pointing going on regarding memos pertaining to enhanced interrogation techniques, when you consider the results. Here again, we are ignoring results -- in this case, successful results -- and trying to besmirch people on the basis of intentions. Regardless who released the memos and what the motivations were, it's hilarious to see Congress blaming the CIA when one of the outcomes was that Los Angeles was saved from a terror attack.
That's right! One of the bits of info we get from interrogations at Club Gitmo was information helped to stop a terror attack in Los Angeles. The Democrats are pointing fingers at the CIA, and the CIA is pointing fingers everybody else, and Pelosi is trying to get attention focused anywhere but on herself. Meanwhile, it all worked. How convoluted is this? In the old days, everybody would be rushing to take credit for this. Now, Nancy Pelosi has lied her way into a corner. It's gotten to the point here where a responsible American would have praised these interrogations and pinned medals on everybody involved. So convoluted is the American left that success, as a result of these interrogations, is now part of the crime!
Los Angeles ought to have proclamations, keys to the city, and tickertape parades for the people that prevented the attack occurring there. But because Pelosi and others tried to politicize and demonize Bush's incredible national security accomplishments, we have people in Washington running around like chickens with their heads cut off. This paragraph from The Politico story is interesting: "Intelligence Committee member Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) said it appears that 'members of the committee or their staff were not in any way involved in (the release of the document). It appears to come from the executive branch itself. ... I think it's unbelievable.'" So the Senate Intelligence Committee is looking into this behind closed doors.
They get all this information, but it's been released outside the bounds of the intelligence committee. The CIA is considered the executive branch. Now, is this story...? A question for you: "Is this story getting more coverage than Obama kneecapping the CEOs at the White House?" Remember when he brought them in there and said, "I'm the only one standing between you and the pitchforks"? Is this story getting more play than the Chrysler-secured creditors having their Fifth Amendment rights trampled on? Is this story getting more play than the corruption associated with TARP money? If so -- if this story is getting more play in the Drive-By Media than all these other evidences or stories involving White House corruption -- you can damn well rest assured the White House is encouraging this story.
You can damn-well rest assured that the White House is dictating this story to the Politico and the Drive-By Media. The executive editors of this story are in the White House. This is aimed... Folks, I don't know this, but the ultimate target of this is Nancy Pelosi. She's the only one of them that's worried about it. She's the only one of them twisting in the wind here. She's the one parsing her statements, changing her statements. They're saying that she's sounding "Clintonesque" about this. And then there's this story that subtly appeared last night from the AP: "The House majority leader [Steny Hoyer] reluctantly agreed Tuesday that congressional hearings should investigate Pelosi's assertion that she wasn't informed, more than six years ago, that harsh interrogation methods were used on the Al Qaeda leader.
"Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., called Republican challenges to Pelosi's assertion a diversion from..." See, the Republicans are the ones demanding this, and Hoyer could say, "Go to hell!" The Republicans don't have the votes or the power to "demand" anything. They're "demanding this," and Hoyer says, "Oh, well, okay." This is sort of like Tom Foley back in 1990. Remember when that stupid book came out accusing George Bush of being involved in an October Surprise ten years earlier? There was no evidence of it, and Tom Foley, Speaker of the House, said, "Well, it's exactly and precisely because there's no evidence that we must investigate. The seriousness of the charge is so grave, we must look into it."
So Hoyer's basically saying the same thing, "Well (stammering) I -- I -- I guess we must look into this!" So "Democrats will hold a series of hearings on Justice Department memos released last month that justified rough tactics against detainees, including waterboarding -- simulated drowning -- and sleep deprivation. While Democrats want the hearings to focus on what they call torture, Republicans have tried to turn the issue to their advantage by complaining that Pelosi and other Democrats knew of the tactics but didn't protest," and "Hoyer, asked at a news conference whether Democrats were inviting political problems for themselves by holding hearings, said, 'I think the facts need to get out.'"
Ha! He thinks the facts need to get out. Now, this is one of the rare times they are not circling the wagons around their leader! So, you know, folks, I'm looking at this -- and my highly trained eye, my sensitive Democratdar on this, radar -- sees something happening here. And, oh, by the way, let me add to this. Mister Broadcast Engineer, follow me here as I scour the audio sound bite roster for Ms. Pelosi today at the White House sucking up to President Obama. Let's see. Well, let's see. Let me get to number nine and see if it's what it is. Number nine, number nine. Yes. At the White House today, there was a meeting between Obama and Congress about passing his Obama care, his socialized medicine by July 31st. So when The Messiah was done, when the Bamster had wrapped it up, Pelosi grabbed the podium to speak in praise of The Messiah.
PELOSI: Mr. President, may I say something in addition?
THE MESSIAH: Yes.
PELOSI: It's important to know that under your leadership, since you became president, whether it was signing and -- and, uh, uh, um, taking the lead on the uh, S-CHIP, the Children's Health Insurance [Program], the, uh, HealthIT that is in the recovery package, other legislation as we have gone along, uhhh. You, under your leadership and working with this Congress, have done more to promote health care, to move it along -- prevention, technology, by medical research, children's health, uh, veterans' health -- than has been done in our country since Medicare was established in the fifties. (sic--1965) So already you have a remarkable record. We're down the path. We're going to get the job done. But I thank you for the leadership you have provided already this year.
RUSH: She made a dash for that microphone as soon as he finished, and let me tell you what she was doing at that microphone (kissing sounds) and she was pretending that microphone was a body part of Obama. (kissing sounds) That's exactly what's going on, because she knows. She knows what's what. (laughing) Let's see. We're... (interruption) I know she'd spoken before him. I know that. But after he finishes, nobody else speaks. It was supposed to be over. You know, when the president finishes, it's over -- and she made a beeline back to that microphone. (kissing sounds)
RUSH: "House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer's (D-Md.) office sought to clarify remarks he made Tuesday about the formulation of the so-called torture memos, saying that a number of media outlets incorrectly interpreted his comments. Hoyer's statement at his Tuesday press briefing that 'the information about what was said and when it was said and who said it' should be 'on the record' was not in reference to what Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was told about the use of waterboarding." He's for what he said, he just didn't mean that it was about Pelosi. He's not denying he said it. "I didn't mean Pelosi here," when, of course, he did. I knew this was going to cause the excrement to hit the fan out there somehow, and it has. So muddied waters continue here.
RUSH: It looks like it's official. Obama has changed his mind now, and the detainee photos depicting "horrible torture" will not be released now. The ACLU has sued demanding the release of 44 of those pictures. You know, folks, we're going to have to have to have one option in the mix to explain Obama on foreign policy -- and that is pure, unadulterated incompetence. In addition to all the others things (like apologizing for America, his superiority about himself versus every other president we've had, his not thinking there's anything exceptional about America) we also have to throw in the mix that they just may be incompetent. It was incompetent to even ponder releasing these photos. It was irrational. It was made... It was a total ego thing for Obama to even think about this. 'Cause all he's trying to do is demonstrate how pure he is as compared to the muck and the imperfection of America prior to his ascension to the Oval Office.