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The Return of John "Swifty" Kerry

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RUSH: It is apparent, ladies and gentlemen, that General John "Swifty" Kerry has taken over Obama foreign policy. You people who thought you were voting for Obama to change foreign policy were wrong. You know, I still can't get over that last sound bite. President Obama, there aren't Bush troops, and there aren't Obama troops. Those are American soldiers, and you've abandoned them, while claiming to these naval people in Jacksonville yesterday you never -- he's embarrassing. Worse than that, it's dangerous. We got John "Swifty" Kerry, who served in Vietnam, by the way, yesterday afternoon at the Council on Foreign Relations, said...

KERRY: In 1971 I asked the Foreign Relations Committee: "How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?" Thirty-eight years later, chairing the committee, I keep that question very much in mind.

RUSH: Do you guys realize that George Bush is gone? They cannot stop talking about Bush. It didn't help 'em in Virginia with Creigh Deeds, did it? It's not helping them in New Jersey with Corzine, is it? John Kerry, "Swifty" Kerry, said more.

KERRY: After eight years of neglecting Afghanistan as vice president, Dick Cheney has now come out of retirement to criticize President Obama for taking time to examine assumptions before sending troops into war. Make no mistake, because of the gross mishandling of this war by past civilian leadership there are no great options for its handling today. One American officer captured well our lack of a strategy when he said, "We haven't been fighting in Afghanistan for eight years, we've been fighting in Afghanistan for one year, eight times in a row." That is our inheritance.

RUSH: These people are absolutely shameless. They have no guts, nor do they have souls. The Bush-Cheney administration left them with a plan. Robert Gibbs was forced to admit they got the plan and implemented it, in March. You inherited a successful strategy, Senator Kerry, that this man-child president imposed. He implemented it. The gross mishandling of this war by past civilian leadership? There are no great options for its handling? Whatever happened to the concept of winning? There are no great options today? So you are dithering on troops because of Bush and Cheney? This is a party that's lost. This is a party that is dangerous to this country's future and security. These are people who are in a permanent campaign mode, and right now that campaign mode is anti-Bush, and for the simple reason they think that's what will get their irons out of the fire. They get into trouble and they think all they gotta do is mention Bush. And it isn't going to be long before a whole lot of people are saying, "Gosh, I wish Bush was running this."

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RUSH: Ah, isn't it wonderful how history repeats itself, ladies and gentlemen. The North Vietnamese and the Vietcong's favorite Senator, John Kerry, back to undermine another war. He undermined Vietnam; he undermined Iraq, and now he's undermining Afghanistan. So now he's Al-Qaeda's favorite senator, and the Taliban's favorite senator along with the North Vietnamese and Vietcong's favorite senator, and probably the favorite senator of the Khmer Rouge of Pol Pot. He trashed General McChrystal while at the Council on Foreign Relations as well.

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RUSH: I have a question. Here we have General McChrystal urging the president to send 40,000 more troops to Afghanistan to save the operation. We have NATO signing on. We have Anthony Zinni signing on. We have all kinds of people signing on, but General John "Swifty" Kerry has assumed operational control of the mission. And this is what he had to say about General McChrystal.

KERRY: His current plan reaches too far, too fast. We do not yet have the critical guarantees of governance and end of development capacity, the other two legs of counterinsurgency. And I have serious concerns about the ability to produce effective Afghan forces to partner with at the rate that we need to so that we can ensure that when our troops make heroic sacrifices, the benefits to the Afghans are actually clear and sustainable.

RUSH: Were we concerned who would run Germany after Hitler? Did we decide to wait till we figured out what the Germans would do if we get rid of Hitler? My question is this: Where is General Colin Powell on this? General Powell, of course, the ideal Republican who endorses and votes for the Democrat presidential nominee.

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RUSH: I just had the sound bites of John Kerry talking about Afghanistan and McChrystal. John Kerry, 2003, in December to the Council on Foreign Relations again: "In fact, I fear that in the run-up to the 2004 election, the administration is considering what is tantamount to a cut-and-run strategy. Their sudden embrace of accelerated Iraqification and American troop withdrawal dates, without adequate stability, is an invitation to failure. The hard work of rebuilding Iraq must not be dictated by the schedule of the next American election. ... Nowhere is the need for collective endeavor greater than in Afghanistan. We must end the Bush administration's delay in expanding NATO forces and deploying them outside of Kabul. We must accelerate the training for the Afghan army and police. The disarmament of the warlord militias and their reintegration into society must be transformed from a pilot program into a mainstream strategy." So here's John Kerry in 2003 accusing the Bush administration of thinking about cutting-and-running from Iraq and Afghanistan before the prestigious Council on Foreign Relations while we are in the midst of cutting-and-running from Afghanistan under the leadership of President Obama.

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