RUSH: Now, let's go to back to the last debate. I've also been thinking about the interest here, because tonight's debate's on foreign policy, and Obama by all rights ought to be a sitting duck tonight. On Benghazi and on foreign policy in general. Now this mess with Iran. Don't forget what's been reported.
What's been reported about Iran is there was a leak over the weekend that Obama had made a deal, unilaterally, nobody else talking, no French, no UN, no Israel, just Obama and Iran and a deal was struck, the Iranians would stop nuclear development in exchange for us canceling sanctions. After that sat there for an hour or two, the regime then sent this guy Tommy Vietor out who said, "Nope, no, no, not true, not true." Then after that we learned that the discussions are ongoing but that there's no resolution yet. So the latest information is that Obama is talking to the Iranians about this, but with nobody else. No French, no UN, no Brits, no Israel.
We also know -- and I went back and I found it. It was in his Cairo speech in one example, where Obama said, (paraphrasing) "It's not right for one nation to tell another they can or can't have nukes." He said that in his Cairo speech. Here it is. Obama on nukes, remarks by the president, Cairo University, June 4th, 2009. This the WhiteHouse.gov website. "I understand those who protest that some countries have weapons and others do not. No single nation should pick and choose which nation holds nuclear weapons."
Now, in my mind, Obama ought to be a sitting duck today. He has no second-term agenda. We don't know what his foreign policy is because he hasn't said so. He's a sitting duck on his ideology. He blames America first. Romney should go there, but be careful how he does it. We've got this Benghazi disaster that Sharyl Attkisson of CBS News -- grab number seven. This is Sharyl Attkisson. This is Saturday morning, CBS This Morning. She's their investigative reporter, and it's a report about news that a drone aircraft was flown over the consulate in Benghazi during the attack.
ATTKISSON: Some in Congress are asking why US military help from outside Libya didn't arrive as terrorists battered more than 30 Americans over the course of more than seven hours. CBS News has been told that hours after the assault began, an unmanned predator drone was sent over the US mission in Benghazi. It and other reconnaissance aircraft apparently observed the final hours of the lengthy battle. The State Department White House and Pentagon declined to say what military options were available.
RUSH: Let me ask you a question. If on the real 9/11 of '01, remember when that was ongoing? Bush ordered the scrambling of jets and, per Dick Cheney, that any of those jets that were thought to be hijacked were ordered to be shot down. Do you remember that? 'Cause it's true. That was the right thing to do. We're in the middle of an attack, Bush, per Cheney, ordered the scrambling of jets and that any thought to be hijacked be shot down. As a matter of sovereignty, a US diplomatic mission in Benghazi is no less sovereign US territory than the World Trade Center.
Now, to me, it is shocking that we had a mission in such a dangerous place without adequate on-site security from the Marines. What possible explanation can there be for not having a contingency plan to send in forces in the very foreseeable event that there was trouble? It's the 9/11 anniversary. Why was there not a contingency plan? And then B, when trouble happened, what possible explanation is there for not sending in forces regardless of whether there was a contingency plan in place or not? What do we have 'em for? Why do we spend more money on defense than virtually the rest of the world combined if they're not gonna be called on to protect our own people when an act of war is underway? Why was there no response to this?
I'll tell you why. I don't expect Romney to say this at the debate, but I'll tell you why. Primarily because we didn't want to offend the Libyans. You see, our world, the Obama worldview is the US is guilty, US superpower. We have to have one arm tied behind our back at all times to make it fair for the rest of the world. It's not fair that we are the world's superpower. And so these little nations like Libya, we can't just wipe 'em out, we have to be fair here. Besides, it's our fault. In Obama's world, it's our fault. So we don't want to offend the Libyans and we don't want to offend anybody else by having this show of military force, particularly when the line from the regime is that we've just made the place safe. We got rid of Khadafy. We have made the world safe. We got rid of Bin Laden. We got rid of Al-Qaeda.
The United States being attacked by Al-Qaeda simply doesn't fly, so we can't launch a countermeasure because that would acknowledge that we're being attacked. We can't do that. That's why it had to be the video. It's why it had to be some out-of-control bunch of ragtag protesters that were mad about what was going on in Cairo and mad about a video, but I'm telling you, this is an utter disaster, and it's Obama's ideology -- John Bolton's right about this -- that has shaped a foreign policy which has the United States running around the world with one arm tied behind its back because that's what we have to do to make it appear fair, in their world. In Obama's worldview, it's not fair that we're a superpower. It's not fair we have more power than everybody else. Plus, all this stuff, we caused it anyway, we made 'em mad in the first place. It's only right that they would attack us. I'm not kidding you. That's how Obama looks at this.
RUSH: Did you know that Libya has been a totally botched Romney operation? Well, I didn't know that, either, until I saw the latest Reuters story. Now, wait! Now, wait! Wait. You want to hear the Reuters headline? Reuters headline: "After Libya Misfire, Pressure on Romney in Foreign Policy Debate." Who knew? Who knew? What they're talking about is when Romney went out the next day and made a statement as president criticizing what we were doing.
That was a huge "gaffe," like every "gaffe" he made every day on his European trip. Here is the lede on the Reuters story: "When President Barack Obama and [Governor] Mitt Romney face off on Monday in their third and final debate, it will be the Republican challenger's last best chance to recover from his botched 'Libya moment' and exploit vulnerabilities in his opponent's foreign policy record."
So Romney "botched" Libya, and this is his last chance to fix the mess. I kid you not. That's Reuters. You want to talk about (laughing) corrupt media? Romney "botched" Libya! Really? What Romney policy led to the death of four Americans? What Romney policy led to lying about the cause? What Romney policy was involved at all in Libya? There hasn't been any Romney policy in Libya.
But Romney "botched" Libya. Romney's remarks were about the reaction to the Cairo circus. Romney's remarks were about what the embassy in Cairo did in apologizing in advance of anything happening. Romney was not even talking about Libya. The thrust of Romney's comments were about Cairo, and this is Reuters lying to everybody who reads them.
By the way, the Suffolk University poll in Ohio is now 47-47. It is Suffolk University that's pulled out of Virginia, North Carolina, and Florida. They've stopped polling there because Romney's won them all. Same outfit has Ohio tied 47-47. Every other poll has Obama up a point or two in Ohio.
RUSH: Sharyl Attkisson. We just had that sound bite from her on the fact that we didn't do anything militarily to respond to the terror attack. She ends her piece this way: "Sending the military into another country can be a sensitive and delicate decision. CBS News has been told Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did seek clearances from Libya to fly in their airspace, but the administration won't say anything further about what was said or decided on that front."
In other words, we were waiting for permission to protect our own people and our sovereign property.
We were waiting for permission from Libya.
See, we didn't want to embarrass the Libyans, and we didn't want to cause any more trouble with them. I'll tell you, folks, it is Obama who's a sitting duck on foreign policy. And it would be so easy for Romney to deal with this if he would just look at Obama ideologically. He doesn't do that to the extent that I do. And he is who he is, so... But it would be so easy to knock Obama down tonight. He's an utter disaster.
He's an absolute utter disaster and failure.
All he's got is Bin Laden's dead and they had to talk him into that three different times!