RUSH: Holy cow, folks. Barack Obama is morphing into Dick Cheney on Gitmo. I can't tell the difference between the two now. Barack Obama, Dick Cheney on Club Gitmo. I'll tell you what. Obama owes Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld an apology here. And I am due a lot of huzzahs. I am due a lot of attaboys. I am due a lot of, "Way to call it, Rush," on this whole Gitmo business.
RUSH: I'll tell you what, folks, watch now for the uptick in terrorist recruiting all around the world. Remember Obama said that Gitmo and Biden, the Democrats all said that Club Gitmo was one of the largest terror recruitment things that we could have done. Keeping it open, why, it just shows how unfair we are.
Remember all that talk about America denying its own values? I never got so damn sick of hearing a bunch of drivel as I heard about how America was sacrificing its values or diluting its values by having Club Gitmo open as a prison and all it was doing was recruiting terrorists. Obama said he's not gonna close it now. He said he wasn't gonna close it. I want to take you back to January 16th. This was even before he had the signing ceremony with Greg Craig. Now, if you remember the signing ceremony had an executive order announcing that Gitmo would be closed within the next 12 months. And he's reading the executive order, and he gets lost in the process of reading it, and there's some things he's reading he doesn't obviously understand, so he turns to Greg Craig, the White House counsel at the time who actually wrote the executive order, "What do we mean by that here, Greg?" And Craig steps in and explains what Obama means. "Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah, so we're gonna close it, executive order," and January 16th is before the immaculation. January 16th is before Gitmo, before Obama's inaugurated. And this, ladies and gentlemen, is what I said on January 16th.
RUSH ARCHIVE: Don't deal in things that aren't real. Don't get yourself worked up about something that isn't gonna happen. We got real things to get worked up about here. But closing Gitmo isn't gonna happen. It is not gonna happen. It is not going to happen. They're not gonna close Gitmo.
RUSH: There you have it, plain and simple.
RUSH: How did I know they weren't gonna close Gitmo? My answer is not gonna satisfy anybody, but it's not complicated. They're liberals and they lie. They're liberals and they lie, and they were talking about this all through the war in Iraq. It was simply a campaign talking point. It was simply a bone they were throwing to their base. What I knew was that once power transferred to them, they were not going to openly preside over defeat. They would more than happily saddle defeat around Bush's neck. If they could have secured defeat in Iraq while Bush was still in the White House, they woulda done it. If they could have succeeded in a humiliating United States military defeat in Iraq or in Afghanistan while they were not in power in the White House, they would have done it.
By the way, did I also not tell you, I don't care what the exit date he says for Afghanistan, don't believe that, either. Well, yesterday they announced we're gonna be there long past the 2014 drop dead get out of there date. It's this summer, by the way, this summer, later part of this year that we're supposed to begin the drawdown of troops in Afghanistan. It's not gonna happen. All of these dates thrown out, once they are in charge of this they are not going to openly secure defeat when that defeat ultimately would fall on their shoulders. They're just not gonna do it. And another reason I knew they weren't gonna close Gitmo is because I also knew that everything they were saying about the war on terror was a lie, everything they were saying about Gitmo being a recruitment tool, all it was was political posturing. They didn't really believe any of it. You go back and find these people when they really believe something, go back to 1998 when Clinton's president. These guys, the Democrats were the first to stand up and excoriate Saddam Hussein for having weapons of mass destruction. They were the first to support Clinton's call for military action to get rid of him. It's not complicated and it's not difficult.
Another reason is because they made such a big show of it. Because they made such a big show of it, I knew it wasn't going to happen. All they were doing was trying to buy off their base, which they didn't care about servicing for the next four years with an immediate attempted policy directive designed to satisfy 'em. So for three, four years all during the Bush bad years, all during the campaign against the Iraq war all they had done is campaign against Gitmo, and they had their lawyers out there trying to sabotage what was going on and portray the United States as the focus of evil in the world. Well, they had to do something once they're immaculated. Okay, that's off the table for a while. I'll deal with the problems of it not closing later on when it happens. Guess what? He's doing it right now, announcing that it's not gonna close, as we ramp up the presidential election year, and he knows that his base, ah, where else they gonna go? They might get ticked off at him for not closing Gitmo, but when it comes down to reelecting him they're gonna be right there. (interruption) Who? You doubted me, H.R.? I did not know this. My chief of staff is admitting for the first time here over the IFB that he doubted me on both of these.
When you say the war, what else are you saying that you doubted me on? Hm-hm. Hm-hm. Hm-hm. Hm-hm. Hm-hm. Right. Got you, okay. I also said the Iraq war would not be an election issue in the campaign of 2008. H.R. is telling me he didn't believe me on that, and he didn't believe me when I said Gitmo was not gonna close 'cause I was the only guy saying it. I'm going to resist calls to fire the chief of staff. Some people are already saying that I can't have such dissension and doubts in the ranks. I'm gonna resist the immediate -- these are just emotional calls to fire the -- (interruption) Snerdley is sitting here saying, "You don't understand how huge it is." I really don't. This is my problem. I guess 'cause I live in Literalville, I don't know why anybody believed him in the first place. That's the big thing, why did anybody believe him? The entire world was not on our butt about Gitmo. You are falling prey to all the gunk that was in the media. If the rest of the world was on our tail about Gitmo, how come when it came time for rest of the world to take some of the prisoners they didn't take 'em? Don't think Obama didn't try, by the way. He tried to get some of these guys expatriated. Their home countries don't want 'em. Other countries do not want these detainees.
Remember, we were told that they were just a harmless bunch of falsely imprisoned, falsely charged young people that were plucked from unfortunate socioeconomic circumstances in the desert, in the depths of poverty, there was no just cause. We had no legal reason to charge 'em, no legal reason to hold 'em, yet we won't let 'em go. If they're so harmless why wouldn't anybody else in the rest of the world take 'em when we wanted to get rid of 'em? They know what's in there. There's another thing going on here. I'm sorry, the Peter King hearings. Now, folks, how many decades has this country been under assault from terrorists acting in the name of Islam, in the name of Allah? How many decades have gone by, and Congress is just now getting around to having hearings on the problem and people are upset that there are going to be hearings? They're not upset at how long it's taken to address this subject, but there are going to be hearings is what has 'em all ticked off? Now, this is crazy. Everything's 180 degrees out of phase. These hearings should have been done decades ago. We're just now getting around to it and we're upset that the hearings are even taking place.
I would say to you, like Snerdley said, "How did you know? This is a bigger deal than you were even admitting to." Why does anybody believe 'em? What did they not lie about when it came to the war in Iraq? They were calling our troops terrorists. It was just unconscionably horrid what these people were saying. Why would anybody believe them? Why does anybody believe liberals? That's my question. The question is not what big secret did I know. They lie. How did I know global warming is a hoax? 'Cause of who's behind pushing it. Liberals. They lie. Now we got two satellites, two years to the day, same problem, fails to open. Satellite's, instead of being in orbit now at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean near Antarctica. You know what they were up there to do? You know what they were up there to study? They were up there to study whether or not there are naturally occurring events that might cause climate change. Well, now, they can't find whether or not there are naturally occurring things, meaning also they were there to investigate whether there is a manmade component to climate change. Well, can't find that out now. Well, who benefits? I don't want to go getting off into conspiracy stuff here, but two satellites, two years to the date apart, both end up in the same spot? Who benefits?
One of my old axioms, always follow the money. One of the reasons that there is this big, never ending push for manmade global warming is 'cause that's who gets the money. When the grant money comes around, if you believe manmade global warming, you get your share of it. Well, the last thing that bunch needs is scientific proof that man has nothing to do with it. If there ever is scientific proof -- and see, I don't need scientific proof because to me the people who are promoting manmade global warming are a bunch of frauds. They are liberals. They lie. It's not a generalization. It is an Undeniable Truth of Life. So whereas you might find it odd that I would be so confident that Obama did not mean it when he said Club Gitmo is gonna close, I turn right around to you and ask, why did you believe him in the first place?
Why does anybody believe Obama when he talks about caring about private sector jobs? Why does anybody believe him? Why does anybody believe Obama when he talks about wanting economic growth? Where's the evidence? Why does anybody believe him? Why does anybody believe anything Obama says about his stated goals and intentions? Because, folks, if he had been honest he wouldn't have been elected. And if he was being honest since he's been elected, he would have been impeached because none of it is what anybody bargained for when they went to the polls in 2008. And it's not just Obama. The Democrat Party at large, liberalism at large, why does anybody believe 'em? The safe bet is to never believe 'em. You'll be wrong a lot less than if you do believe 'em.
RUSH: By the way, the AP story -- I'm looking for it here -- on the closure of Club Gitmo is amazingly forgiving. Oh, yeah! Folks, they don't hold Obama accountable here at all. Now, they're not happy at the Washington Post (Dana Milbank is not too crazy about it) but the AP is amazingly forgiving. Yeah, yeah. Oh, oh! Here it is. Let's see. Yeah. "Obama Restarts Guantanamo Trials -- President Barack Obama reversed course Monday and ordered a resumption of military trials for terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, making his once ironclad promise to close the isolated prison look even more distant. ...
"Obama made the change with clear reluctance, bowing to the reality that Congress' vehement opposition to trying detainees on U.S. soil leaves them nowhere else to go." So, you see, it's not even his fault! It's the fault of the Republicans in Congress. Now, you remember, don't you, that story from way back when the Associated Press explained that it was Congress' fault that George H. W. Bush reneged on his "Read my lips: No new taxes" promise? Oh, yeah, I remember that story! Bush said, "Read my lips: No new taxes," and all of a sudden changed his mind, he raised taxes, and the AP had a story: "Don't blame Bush! It was Tom Foley in Congress. They were responsible! They gave him no wiggle room."
You don't remember that story? Well, good, 'cause that story didn't happen. But here is the AP, blaming Republicans in Congress. Republicans in Congress refused to allow Obama to conduct military trials on U.S. soil. So poor old Obama, our young, poor man-child president sadly (sigh) had no choice. No choice whatsoever! He had to break his promise. Ho-ho-ho. (sobbing) That's so sad. It's just sad! We have done his dand. It was a meddling impress, ladies and gentlemen. Poor Obama. So I guess Gitmo is no longer the source of terrorism recruitment, right? Month after month, year after year, story after year, repeating the liberal mantra about Gitmo -- even McCain took the bait, for crying out loud! -- and now Obama "reverses course." He's not closing it. Now, what about all those terrorists there who will be held indefinitely against their will? Let me tell you it's another reason, Snerdley, they're keeping Gitmo open.
Someday they're going to need a place to put all of us, folks.