RUSH: Yeah, John Kerry must not want to be heard. Whatever he's gonna say on Syria, he must not want anybody to hear it, because he's gonna speak at 12:30, about 25 minutes from now. That means that nobody's gonna hear what he says. That doesn't matter, my friends, because I am gonna tell you everything you need to know about Syria -- and really the only thing you need to know is that Bashar Assad's kid, the 11-year-old Hafez Assad Jr. ...
Bashar Assad's kid (if this doesn't say it all), 11-year-old Hafez al-Assad, I guess Jr., 'cause Hafez al-Assad was Bashar's dad. So Hafez al-Assad, 11 years old, has posted on Facebook a taunt of our president, daring him to attack. An 11-year-old kid! Now, as you read this, you do have to wonder whether the 11-year-old kid actually wrote it, but it doesn't matter. It has been posted in his name, and the story's in the New York Times.
"Facebook Post Said to Be by Assad’s Son Dares Americans to Attack -- 'Hafez Assad: 12 hours we waited... 48 hours, they said, we're waiting... [T]hey may have said the best army in the world, maybe the best airplanes, ships, tanks than ours, but soldiers? No one has soldiers like the ones we do in Syria[;] if you ask me what rank would I rank American 'soldiers,' I wouldn't rank 'em in the worst because the worst are soldiers[.]
"[B]ut America doesn't have soldiers, what it has is some cowards with new technology will claim themselves liberators, they said they supported 'revolution' but actually they made it, right now we're all syrian (sic) it doesn't matter if your (sic) with or against because that's democracy, the ability to express yourself in your own way so when people...'" Can you imagine be lectured to on democracy by an 11-year-old punk kid in Syria taunting our president?
This kid obviously is a little racist, too. He's a little racist bigot, taunting our president like that. I'm not making this up -- and, furthermore, Assad's kid's Facebook post has been "'liked' or commented on by several people who appear to be the children and grandchildren of other senior members of Mr. Assad’s government..." This is funny. It's hilarious. I'll tell you what else. I'm sorry. The United States is paramount, of course, but there's...
Look, when Obama took office, what's one of the first things he did? He called the Brits... I don't even know if he called 'em. They had gifted to us a bust of Winston Churchill, and it was I think George W. Bush had it in the Oval Office, and one of the first things Obama did was get it the heck out of there. Now, I I'm gonna have to go back to the news archives. I think Obama didn't just move it out of the Oval Office. I think he didn't just move it out of the White House; I think he sent it back to the British embassy.
We're gonna look it up. By the way, there's not one comment on this New York Times Web page on Hafez al-Assad Jr.'s taunt of Obama. Apparently, New York Times readers don't care. Not one comment on it. I mean, you would think that your typical New York Times reader would respond with, "You punk kid, what do you know? You don't know anything. Who gave you a computer?" You know, some childish thing like that.
(interruption) Okay, a Churchill bust is outside the Treaty Room. I have been in the Treaty Room. (interruption) What do you mean "outside the Treaty Room"? That's a hallway. (interruption) Okay, well, the Treaty Room is up there in the residence. I have had cigars in the Treaty Room. It was George W. Bush's last year, and it was August. (interruption) No, it wasn't a Churchill cigar? No. I forget what kind of cigar it was.
But we're all smoking cigars in there. President had nonalcoholic beer, Diet Coke or something like that. I spent an hour and a half in there, and then we went in and had dinner. And it is exactly what it is. The Treaty Room is where treaties been signed and so forth. There are other artifacts in there now. It's a museum room now, but it is off the residence. That's where Political says that the Churchill bust is.
But the fact check site at the White House says the story is false. The claim is there were two busts, and the one still in the White House is not the one in question. The point is Obama took it out of the Oval Office and gave it back. He didn't want it, and we know why. And then when it came time for the Queen to be given some gift, he put some of his own speeches on an iPod and gave that to the Queen.
So the Brits said, "No, we're not going into Syria with you, bud." So now Obama's gotta go it alone. What do we have, the French? The French are with us at least in spirit. The Germans have said no. The irony here is delectable, but, folks, I just want to remind you that all during the 2008 presidential campaign all we heard from the media and the Democrats was how the nation was despised.
America was no longer respected because George Bush the cowboy had ruined our reputation. George Bush had made everybody hate us. George Bush is the guy that had a coalition of 50 or more nations to go into Iraq. Obama can't even put together two, and what happened in Iraq is the same thing going on in Syria. We had the Butcher of Baghdad, which was Saddam Hussein. Obama has called Assad a butcher.
We've got chemical weapons, weapons of mass destruction, and we've got Obama big-footing it around ripping into Bush. Now he can't get any of these countries that supposedly were going to love us, supposedly were gonna respect us again, supposedly gonna join us again in a worldwide everyday and utopia once we got rid of the hateful cowboy Bush. I know that some of you might think that I'm a little bit too gleeful over this because this is, obviously, foreign policy, US national interests.
I understand that, but there's part of me, folks... Well, I don't know that it's in our interests. This is another thing. Syria, in and of itself, I don't know what our national interest there is, but Syria as part of the region is important. I mean, if Syria goes, so does Jordan. If Al-Qaeda takes over Syria, there are some concerns here. Still, despite that, I can't stop laughing. Here we have this Nobel Peace Prize winner, all of this smoke and mirrors. It was all a mirage.
Everything about Obama was phony baloney, plastic banana, good-time rock 'n' roll. Here he is now becoming obvious and apparent... (interruption) Yeah? The program observer has a question. What's the question? (interruption) "What is President Obama's foreign policy?" I don't know. It depends on the issue. It's issue by issue. (interruption) Yeah, it's kind of like the law. If he likes it, he obeys it. If he doesn't, he does an executive order.
So foreign policy, it's missile by missile, coup by coup. (interruption) No, I don't. I don't think there is a doctrine. For example, the Bush foreign policy could be clearly defined. Is this what you're getting at? The Bush foreign policy could be clearly defined. The Clinton foreign policy could be clearly defined, and that is "distract from Monica." The Obama foreign policy? I mean, if I had to say anything, the Obama foreign policy has been rooted in...
I don't want say apologizing for America, but downsizing America's role in the world. If there's been an Obama foreign policy, it's been to deemphasize the US role in the world, particularly in defending freedom and liberty. Just like there is a decline in the US economy, there is a decline in the country overall. So is there a decline in American foreign policy? We have general incompetence running it.
Susan Rice doesn't know what she's doing. Samantha, what's her name, Power, she doesn't know what she's doing. John Kerry is a literal windsurfing joke. He doesn't know what he's doing. And Obama never knew what he was doing here, and still doesn't. But, you know, he alienates the Brits; he alienates the Germans. He's looking down his nose at everybody. You know, believing all this hype...
Let's go back to 2008. It's a little human nature, and the way people react to others who are getting a lot of media attention, a lot of positive media attention. There are many people called hangers-on. If you know somebody who is getting a lot of media attention (it could be good or bad, but there's a lot of media attention), there are a lot of people who want to get in on that. They want to be near whoever's being talked about so they can show up in the photo.
They want to be near whoever's talked about so they can be included in the discussion. There's a name for 'em. They're celebrity intercoursers, star intercoursers. These kinds of people are all around. You go back to 2008, and there was Obama wanting to appear at the Brandenburg Gate. They said no. But he's speaking in Berlin, he's speaking everywhere, and let's face it: Back in 2007/2008, Obama was the closest thing to a superhuman, and everybody wanted to be in that glow.
Everybody wanted to be in that light, particularly foreign leaders. But at the same time there was also a jealousy. This is just human nature. At the same time there's a resentment. I will guarantee you, folks, back in 2008, Blair, Sarkozy, Merkel or whoever, in addition to wanting to be in that glow, there were a lot of people saying, "Who the hell is this guy? This guy's gonna get his.
"This guy doesn't know what he's doing. Who the hell is this? He hadn't been elected to anything yet, and he's running around like he runs the world." They were saying to themselves, "His day's gonna come." This kind of behavior turns around and bites you in the rear end at some point. You live by the photo-op; you die by the photo-op. You live by the messianic glow; you die by it. You live by the reverb microphone godlike echo; you die by it.
So now maybe, as the esteemed Reverend Wright said, "Chickensssssssss are coming home to roost" here, because the guy's all alone. For a measly little one-day strike on Syria, the guy's all alone. He can't put together a coalition. After telling the world that Bush didn't know what he was doing, after telling the world that Bush was a near criminal, after telling the world that Bush was so incompetent, the cowboy of the world, and everybody hated us, and Obama was gonna make us loved and respected and all of that?
The guy can't even put together a three-country coalition for a one-day cruise missile strike on a desert in Syria. This is called comeuppance, and there's a part of me that is delighting in it, and there's another part of me that says, "This is just not good for the United States of America," and then you've got ostensibly an 11-year-old kid taunting the president of the United States in the New York Times, as they republish a Facebook post.
I would love to see, ladies and gentlemen, Joe Biden, Hillary, any top Democrat candidate go to ABC News with Charlie Gibson to explain the Obama Doctrine. You remember Sarah Palin with Charlie Gibson? They were walking around, and Charlie said, "Can you explain the Bush Doctrine?" I would love to see Obama explain the Obama Doctrine. I don't think there is an Obama Doctrine, not what that he wants to admit to.
The Obama Doctrine is deemphasize the role of the United States in the world. Because, in Obama's point of view, the United States has been the problem more than it's been the solution. "The US military is part of the problem, so deemphasize it. Get the US outta here, get it outta there, and the world's gonna be a better place. Get the US outta there and outta there, and get the US stop driving those cars, and the climate's gonna be a better place."
That's what these people believe. I seem to recall that Obama said the Republican sequester, the budget cuts in the sequester meant that our military would not be ready to go to war. Whatever happened to that? Because he's about ready to deploy them. CNN is reporting right now, by the way, that the Syrian rebels say that there's been another chemical gas attack.
RUSH: By the way, CNN's reporting that Syrian rebels say that there has been another chemical gas attack. It was last Monday, five days ago. So it's not now, five days ago, there was another gas attack. NBC has a poll: "80% of the American People Want Congressional Approval on Syria." Obama is not going to go to Congress, 'cause they're Republicans in Congress, and nobody likes Republicans, and Republicans don't agree with Obama. So we just gonna bypass 'em. The hell with the Constitution!
We go back to March 6, 2002, in White House Q&A. NBC correspondent Mike Viqueira is asking Obama about foreign policy intervention.
OBAMA: For us to take military action, unilaterally, as some have suggested -- uh, or, uh, to, uh think that somehow there is some simple solution -- uh, I think is a mistake.
RUSH: That was just a year ago. Was a mistake to do what he's going to do today.
we'll get back to Syria and Obama, and the social media boomerang -- and that's what it is. I mean, you supposedly own the social media. You got together with Sergey Brin and Larry Page at Google, and you own it. You got Google! You get Eric Schmidt, all these guys helping you out. You own Facebook and Twitter. You own social media. And then all of a sudden here comes the 11-year-old son of Bashar Assad taunting you on Facebook, and then it gets reprinted in the New York Times.
Oh, the comeuppance!
I don't think they care. It's just funny to me.