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Media's Boston Meme: It's Bush's Fault

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RUSH:  So recently, ladies and gentlemen, we've been discussing on this program and people have been discussing elsewhere, how did the two terrorists in Boston get radicalized, where did it happen?  Is it still jumping to conclusions to link Islam to this bombing?  It is.  Yes, my friends, and that would be wrong, according to the latest conventional wisdom and the latest consensus.  Islam had nothing to do with this.  In fact, it would be jumping to conclusions to link Islam to this bombing.  And the reason is that Dzhokhar has told the authorities that he and his bro did the bombings because of their faith in Islam.  But we're not supposed to jump to conclusions over that. 

We still have to wait 'til we have more conclusive proof that Muslim extremism might have been a factor.  The fact that Dzhokhar has told the authorities they did the bombings because of their faith in Islam, that's not really why they did it.  We can't believe what they say.  Let's go to the audio sound bites.  This is this morning on Happening Now on Fox, just moments ago, actually. Jenna Lee is talking to the former head of the CIA bin Laden unit, Michael Scheuer about a recent blog he wrote where he argues the Boston Marathon bombers were motivated by -- wait for it -- what the US does in the Muslim world.  Jenna Lee said to Michael Scheuer, "Why do you say that?"

SCHEUER:  Because it true, ma'am.  There's been no evidence since Osama bin Laden declared war on us in 1996 and his followers and those he inspired continued to wage war, that they were bombing us because we had women in the workplace or you or I had a beer after work or because we voted in Iowa every four years.  The description has been consistently, including the young men who bombed in Boston, that their activities are a response to our support for the Saudi tyranny, our invasion of Iraq, our support for the Israelis. Most recently Mr. Obama has invaded two Muslim countries, Mali and Libya.  It seems to me we spend a lot of wasted time trying to figure out what motives these people.

RUSH:  So there you have it.  They said it was their faith in Islam, and we now know that there was this mysterious imam in the mix.  But it had nothing to do with it, no, no, no, it's the United States' fault, policy in Israel, Saudi Arabia, invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan.  Jenna Lee said, "If we pull out of the Muslim world and if we decided that we wouldn't do anything in the Muslim world anymore, would there then be no terror attacks against us in the future?"

SCHEUER:  There'd be much less.  You just have to come to grips with the fact that people don't like to be invaded or bombed by anybody.  And we have been engaged in that.  The Islamists started this war.  They explained to us as clearly as General Giap and Ho Chi Minh explained to us why they were fighting us, and we have ignored it.  Mrs. Clinton has ignored it, Bill Clinton, George Bush, Barack Obama.  The idea that they're attacking us because of our culture is insane.  We are now waging a war against them culturally.  We're trying to impose democracy, women's rights, parliamentary systems on a people who don't want it.  They're going to fight that.

RUSH:  Yeah, these two Boston bombers have made all that very clear.  Yep.  Well, the one surviving Boston bomber, made it all very clear.  So you see, my friends, it's developing now, the consensus, all of this is our fault, even though Scheuer here said the Islamists started this war.  But we nevertheless are guilty.  The idea they hate our freedom, that's insane.  The idea that we don't succumb and agree to Sharia, that's got nothing to do with it.  The idea that we remain independent and that we're infidel, nothing to do with it.  Don't fall for that stuff in the Koran. 

They're doing it because we are provoking 'em.  They're doing it because we're all over the world where they are, and we're trying to force things on 'em they don't like, and if we stop doing that, they wouldn't be doing much more of this.  And, by the way, this meme is now all over the Drive-By Media.  It didn't take long.  It's the fault of the United States for what happened in Boston. 

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RUSH:  So the meme is we did it, the United States.  We are responsible. Michael Scheuer, who... I'll refrain, but to me, no credibility there whatsoever, There's a bias. There's an agenda, but it's our fault.  Islam's got nothing to do with this.  The Koran has nothing to do with this.  Sharia has nothing to do with this.  The fact that we're infidels, nothing at all to do with this.  In fact, do you know that radical Islamists, the jihadists, are attacking people all over the world because of the United States foreign policy?  Well, wouldn't that have to be? 

Why would the jihadists be attacking anybody but us?  Nobody else is supporting Israel the way we do.  Nobody else invaded Afghanistan.  Nobody else invaded Iraq.  Nobody else has such a tight relationship with the Saudis.  Certainly no other country does, no other nation.  And yet the jihadis are all over the world trying to convert people, the infidels.  So what's the excuse?  Why are the jihadis all over the world attacking innocent people?  You think it might have something to do with the fact that they're infidels, that they have not accepted Sharia, that they maintain their own religious independence from Islam?  It has to be that they're all allies of the United States.  It has to be that, boy, if they could have invaded Iraq, they would have. If they could have invaded Afghanistan, they would have.  This is how this works. 

So it's all our fault.  Our natural state, the way we exist vis-a-vis our foreign policy is why they're doing this.  And furthermore, if we pulled out of Israel, and if we pulled out of Saudi Arabia, and if we pulled out of Club Gitmo, and if we pulled out of Afghanistan, pulled out of Iraq, they'd stop, says Scheuer.  And this theme is now being picked up in the Drive-By Media.  We have a montage last night from NBC, CNN, CNN, ABC people, and here's their thought on this.

PETE WILLIAMS: They believe the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were an attack on Islam.

PIERS MORGAN:  The suspects may have been motivated because of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

WOLF BLITZER: The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were motivating factors.

ANDERSON COOPER: Motivated in part by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

BRIAN ROSS: US actions in Iraq and Afghanistan, which the younger brother said, became their motivation to attack.

JUDY WOODRUFF: US involvement in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars were motivating factors.

BRIAN TODD: The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have been cited.

ERIN BURNETT: The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were the reason he and his brother decided to set off the deadly bombs.

RUSH:  So there you have it, ladies and gentlemen.  Have you noticed how studiously the news media have avoided reporting that Dzhokhar appears to have been an Obama supporter?  That's right.  Dzhokhar Tsarnaev celebrated Obama's reelection on Twitter.  It's Obama that's still in Afghanistan.  Obama that has not gotten us out of Iraq.  Well, not 'til recently.  It's Obama who is continuing the policy of invading Libya, Syria, continuing to do business with Israel.  It's Obama with the kill list and the drones.  And Dzhokhar Tsarnaev celebrated Obama's reelection on Twitter, and yet Dzhokhar did what he did because he doesn't like Obama.

Or maybe it's the Limbaugh Theorem.  Maybe Dzhokhar doesn't know that Obama's doing all this.  Maybe Dzhokhar thinks Obama's trying to stop it all, like all the low-information voters in this country believe that Obama's got nothing to do with anything that's happening.  He's trying to stop it.  Judging from Dzhokhar's other tweets, he's also pro-pot, pro-rap, he's a 9/11 truther.  Now we hear that the entire Tsarnaev family was on welfare.  How could he not be an Obama supporter?  Have you heard that?  The Boston Herald has managed to force out of the local authorities that the whole Tsarnaev family has been on welfare as recently as last year.  The parents, the brothers and sisters, the aunts and the uncles, probably.

Tamerlan and his bride and their three-year-old daughter all have been on welfare as recently as last year.  Isn't that wonderful?  I was wondering where they got the money to buy all this stuff.  The whole family's on welfare.  So we have another great example of your tax dollars at work. Your tax dollars helped to pay for the explosives, as well as Tamerlan's at least two trips back to Dagestan, his late-model Mercedes, his $900 shoes.  No wonder this guy hated America.  Yep, it's no wonder the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq motivated this guy. 

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How could welfare pay that much money?  How can welfare pay for all this?  Okay, let's say welfare didn't pay for all of it.  If they're able to get this other stuff, what are they doing on welfare in the first place, is the question?  The question is not how did welfare pay for all this.  The question, what are they doing on welfare in the first place in this country?  And they did use tax dollars to fund some of their activities.  That's unavoidable.  Now, he lost his benefits last year, Tamerlan, gonna be very honest here, Tamerlan lost his benefits last year, but according to people who've called the show, once you get an Obama phone nobody checks up to see if you still qualify for an Obama phone. He might have had an Obama phone. 

But really, folks, it may be a mistake to be so concerned about Tamerlan and Dzhokhar, because it turns out now -- and I've got stories in the stack here detailing all this -- it turns out now the real killer is a mysterious American with a long red beard named Misha.  I kid you not.  The Tsarnaev clan are now claiming that Tamerlan met Misha at the Cambridge mosque, and it was Misha who radicalized him.  They say Misha stole Tamerlan's brain.  So what is it now?  Either this Misha guy in the mosque stole Tamerlan's brain, or Tamerlan and Dzhokhar were sitting around smoking pot and tweeting in his late-model Mercedes bitching and moaning about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, "We gotta do something about that." 

But the story is that this long red bearded guy named Misha turned Tamerlan against the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.  He's the one that did it.  He made him come to hate America.  Red beard Misha.  Could be a Harvard professor, could be a Democrat congressman, could be any run-of-the-mill Cambridge liberal.  Well, who is he?  He could be a professor, a member of Congress.  Think about it, seriously.  Isn't it odd how we are supposed to believe that these Muslim clerics are so influential, even the ones on the Internet, here you have these young, innocent men, young boys, their entire futures bright and ahead of them, and somehow they end up becoming radicalized by these Muslim clerics, even the ones on the Internet, or the Misha guy, the professor, whoever he is from Boston. 

But at the same time, while these two young men were so easily influenced, we're told that listening to, say, Reverend Wright for more than 20 years, "No, no, no, that wouldn't have any influence anybody. You can separate those things out."  No, no, no, just because one of your best buddies happens to have blown up the Pentagon, that doesn't mean anything.  But this Misha guy, long red bearded Misha guy, yeah, he's the culprit, he turned 'em against the country because of Afghanistan and Iraq.  Reverend Wright doesn't influence anybody.  That's just Reverend Wright being Reverend Wright.  It's no big deal. 

Pro-Obama, pro-legalized pot, pro-rap music, 9/11 truther, that's Dzhokhar.  Typical Obama voter.  And yet supposedly upset with Obama.  So you can see where this is going now.  It's already there.  Tamerlan only turned to Islam, only became radicalized because of the debauchery of the US, because of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. 

By the way, a Republican congressional report, there's proof, or as Lanny Davis would say, there's "poof" that Hillary lied about Benghazi.  That probably ticked 'em off, too, you know, that video and the guy that's in jail for doing the video, that probably ticked 'em off, too.  They'll get to that, you watch, they'll get to that.  The video, no, they probably did see it.  They're probably the two that did see it.  The Tsarnaev boys, they're probably the two people that did see that video, for whom the producer is still in prison.

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RUSH: If all these acts and actions by the United States are responsible, then, ladies and gentlemen, who is it that killed Osama Bin Laden?  That would be Obama, right?  And wouldn't that tick these guys off?  I mean, Osama is the grand pooh-bah, big sheik, head honcho.  How come Scheuer didn't mention that?  How come all these people in the media aren't mentioning that?  These guys cite the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and, by the way, both of these are George W. Bush escapades.  You see what's going on here.  These guys are being portrayed as angry at Bush.  That's what the theory is.  Bush is the reason why they bombed the Boston Marathon. 

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Yeah, they're all Democrats.  Well, of course they're Democrats.  Dzhokhar, with a tweet, celebrating Obama's reelection.  I've got the tweet.  Of course they're all Democrats.  You think these guys are voting for Romney?  And if they don't vote, you think they're out there supporting Romney or McCain?  I mean, take your pick.  Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sent pro-Obama tweets on election night.  He retweeted: "Thanks to Obama" and one that said, "Barack, you my dawg," d-a-w-g and hailed how America is impervious to the F-bomb here.  At any rate, you know, they say the same thing about the Israelis. "If you guys would just give this up and give that up, then the Palestinians would stop attacking you."  It's the same stuff.  If you guys would just quit being who you are, then we'll leave you alone. It's your fault.  Get out of our lives. 

Here's Rachel in Manhattan as we start on the phones.  Rachel, I'm glad to hear from you.  Hello.

CALLER:  Hi, Rush.  It only took a few days to blame the Jews.  They blame tiny, tiny Israel, seven million Jews living there, and 15 million Jews living across the entire world they started blaming.  Let me tell you something.  This Michael Scheuer is a big anti-Semite. For years he's been blaming Israel, just like the liberals do at MSNBC with Brzezinski, you know, the father, a big anti-Semite, and all of MSNBC.  They're the worst.  They're the haters of Jews and Israel.  And the most friendly, the greatest are our friends the Christians, like you. The Republicans and conservatives are pro-Israel.  But this is unbelievable.  Everyone knows that these Muslims want everyone to be on Sharia law, besides the caliphate, their entire world.  If Israel was gone tomorrow, they'd still be attacking us. 

RUSH:  I know.  That's the point.  That's where Scheuer knows better.  Jenna Lee asked him point-blank (paraphrasing), "So if we pull out of Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia, stop our influence there with the Saudi royal family, if we pull out of Iraq, do all that stuff?"  "Yep, there will be a lot fewer attacks."  That's just crazy.  I don't know why Scheuer would want to so obviously call into question his credibility, but he is with comments like that.

By the way, there are quotes in today's reports from friends of Tamerlan who claim that Tamerlan didn't hate Americans.  He hated the American government.  He hated the American government.  Now, they didn't attack the American government; they attacked Americans.  I wonder if these friends of Tamerlan and Tamerlan know that Obama's part of the government.  'Cause they love Obama.  They hate the government.  It's the Limbaugh Theorem again, even affecting these jokers. 

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