RUSH: Here's Maria in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, as we head back to the phones of the EIB Network. Hello.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. Quick question for you, sir.
CALLER: Is it too soon to say. "Obama lied, people died; hell no, we won't go; Obama's chickensssss have come [home] to roost"? I say to you, sir, to quote Charlie Rangel, "Resist we mush." (sic)
RUSH: That was Al Sharpton that said, "Resist we much."
CALLER: Yes, sir.
RUSH: And to his audience at MSNBC.
CALLER: Oh, I'm sorry. I thought it was Charlie.
RUSH: No, that was Sharpton.
CALLER: Good old Charlie. It sounded like good old Charlie.
RUSH: Nah, it was Reverend Sharpton. You know, here's the thing. "Hell no, we won't go; Obama lied, people died," those things will never be said. The anti-war left, in conjunction with the media, said and reported those things.
CALLER: Right. Where are they? Where are they?
RUSH: They're not there.
RUSH: We do have... Now, Code Pink showed up at the John Kerry hearing. Let's go to that. I keep talking about this. Maria, thank you so much. You've given me a great idea here. I'm glad that you called. Let me find the numbers. I know it is at the bottom of the Stack here. Okay. Let's see. Where do we start? Let's start with... Well, let's just start at number 14. This is in the category of why I opened the program today.
This whole Syria thing, it really is a national embarrassment. It's the theater of the absurd. We have blithering idiots who have reached the pinnacle of power. I mean, who is this guy? This guy's thrown his medals over the fence. This guy's twice, at least, accused the US military of being rapists, murderers and terrorists. He's now secretary of state! All of these sixties, spoiled brat radicals are now in positions of power and they are unqualified.
They are incompetent, they are inept and they are fools, and it's on display now. It is a low point for this country in terms of stature, respect. So this is yesterday. This is on Capitol Hill, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on possible authorization force use in military force in Syria. This is when McCain was caught playing poker on his iPhone.
You know, I'm saying, "Gee, it would be great if he would draw four queens and think that that means he's now in a Muslim marriage," but it's a dream. So the question came from Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey. Here's another guy. This guy was flying women of questionable repute down to the Dominican Republic on a donor's plane and doing things of questionable repute with these women who were not his wife and it barely caused a ripple in the media.
It was nothing. Not one story of how desperate the women must have been to accept an invitation from this guy. Not one story about using women, abusing women, objectifying women. None of that. And here this guy is asking Kerry this question: "Would you tell us whether you believe that a prohibition for having American boots on the ground, is that something that the administration would accept as part of a resolution? American boots on the ground?"
KERRY: In the event Syria imploded, for instance, or in the event there was a threat of a, uh, uh, chemical weapons cache falling into the hands of, uh, al-Nusra or someone else --
RUSH: It has! It already has, you idiot.
KERRY: -- and it was clearly in the interest of our allies and -- and all of us, the British, the French and others to prevent those weapons of mass destruction falling into the hands of the worst elements, I don't want to take off the table an option that might or might not be available to a president of the United States to secure our country.
RUSH: I don't? "I, the secretary of state, I have no power to do any of this, but I don't want to take off the table an option that might or might not be available to a president?" What is that? A, he doesn't have power over that option. B, how can he take an option off the table that might not be available to the president in the first place? All Menendez wanted to know is, "Are we going to send ground troops in there?"
And we got this circuitous nonsensical meaningless answer, all designed to make everybody think we're listening to somebody brilliant here. Well, everybody had the reaction to that that I just had. You know what that was? That was wandering aimlessly in a vain search of a coherent thought. What you just heard was verbal diarrhea. Kerry had the verbal runs. He had no idea where he was going.
He had no point he was trying to make. He was hoping that every word would make sense when it followed another word, and he was praying that it would end in a way that made sense to somebody. And it didn't. So everybody was talking about how, "My God, the secretary of state, he just blew up this 'boots on the ground' question. What do you mean? He doesn't want to take an option off the table. He doesn't have that power that might or might not be available?"
Boots on the ground might not? It was totally embarrassingly nonsense. So during the Q&A, Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee said to Lurch, "You know, I didn't find that a very appropriate response regarding boots on the ground. I don't think there are any of us here that are willing to support the possibility of having combat boots on the ground there, and I do hope as we move through this that [the regime] can be very clear in that regard."
You know, all Menendez wanted to know... The question was asked so that Kerry could say in five words or less, "No boots on the ground." That's all they wanted. They wanted the secretary of state to say, "No, we're not going to send in ground troops." That's all they want. Instead they got this meandering verbal diarrhea that included things that were just incomprehensible. So, as usual, it's left to a Republican to save the day and give Lurch a chance to do it again.
Didn't this happen?
In 2004 Kerry's presidential campaign, he was doing an interview I think with CBS. He botched the answer so badly that the producer and the reporter said, "You want to do that again?" Rather than airing it as they would have were Kerry a Republican, they said, "Wait a minute, Senator. That was terrible. We're going to do that again. We're going to re-ask you the question and we're going to do it again from the very beginning," and the same thing happened here. He got a do-over, and this is what he said.
KERRY: I don't want anything coming out of this hearing that leaves any door open to any possibility. So let's shut that door now as tight as we can. All I did was raise a hypothetical question about some possibility, and I'm thinking out loud about how to protect America's interests.
RUSH: And that's BS too. He wasn't thinking anything except, "How smart can I sound?" Because he's not qualified for this job. He's dreamed about being secretary of state because he can speak French half-assed. So he wants to run around the world and act like a European, and have the United States government pay for it, and so he's got the job. But he just... He's not qualified for this.
RUSH: Okay. We got more Kerry sound bites sympathizing with the protestor. This is great. But it's time for some more phone calls. We're going to go to Stuart, Florida, right up the road here. Hi, Chuck, great to have you on the program, sir.
CALLER: Dittos. Rush, dittos.
RUSH: Thank you very much, sir. I appreciate that.
CALLER: All right. If I may give some advice to Bashar al Assad, the president of Syria.
CALLER: Be contrite. Admit to some issues in the military that have gotten out of hand. Essentially admit to an Abu Ghraib moment and say that he's looking into it and that everybody should be patient and over the several months conduct an investigation, make some accusations, arrest some military individuals, put them on trial. And by the year 2016 I think we should have this matter wrapped up about this gassing. Now another thing that comes to mind when I heard about this is I think Stalin made the comment, you know, that the killing of five people is a tragedy; when you kill thousands, it becomes a statistic. I think if Bashar uses this method, it will eventually go away for him. And if he would like, he can even accuse the Muslim Brotherhood of complicity in this gassing sometime later in the investigation.
RUSH: You know what I wish Assad would do? And I'm serious here. I wish Assad would blame all of this on some malcontent who made a YouTube video showing how great nerve gas is and it inspired people to use it and he's tracking this guy down. I would just love it if Assad would -- and your idea, too, ramming it right down their throat.
CALLER: I tell you what, it's that theater of the absurd. Let's carry it on to John Kerry and the comparisons with Joe Kennedy who was the ambassador to England in World War II. During the, I think it was the battle of Britain, that air encounter with the Nazis. He said democracy was over and he suggested it was over for America and that's when his ambassadorship ended.
CALLER: But what I find really interesting and just out of how things work in history, later he came down with aphasia, which is the inability to speak. Maybe we could have the same luck with our current secretary of state.
RUSH: Never happen. The guy's in love too much with his own words. I mean, he just is. This guy thinks that he is the smartest, most brilliant, brightest person walking the Earth. I'm telling ya. I'm not makin' it up, folks. He speaks French, sort of. He loves running around pretending to be a European on the US dime. That's why he wanted to be secretary of state. Because Europeans, they're really sophisticated. They're really erudite. They are really upper crust. I mean, we don't have an aristocracy here. I mean, we do but it's not acknowledged. But in Europe they still do, and he's it. I'll bet the guy wears an ascot in private when he and Teresa are sitting around sipping cocktails, you know, pretending to be Europeans. Anyway, Chuck, I appreciate the call. I really do.
Back to the sound bites here. This is John Kerry testifying yesterday on Capitol Hill on the use of force in Syria. During his testimony, the co founder of Code Pink, Medea Benjamin, interrupted the hearing and protested possible military action. Here's a little bit of how that went.
BENJAMIN: The American people (gavel) say no (gavel) to war!
MENENDEZ: The committee will be in order.
BENJAMIN: Ban Ki-moon (gavel) says no to war!
MENENDEZ: The committee will be in order.
BENJAMIN: (unintelligible) says no to war! We don’t want another war!
MENENDEZ: I ask the (gavel) police to restore order.
BENJAMIN: Wait a minute! Nobody wants this war! Cruise missiles -- launching cruise missiles means another war! The American people do not want this!
RUSH: This is all too much for Kerry, the nostalgia overwhelms him, reminds him of the good ole days. He's a little jealous, wishing he could do that again. But now he knows he can't because aristocrats don't do that stuff. But he really feels a bond with Medea Benjamin.
KERRY: You know, the first time I testified before this committee when I was 27 years old, I had feelings very similar to that protestor, and I would just say that is exactly why it is so important that we are all here having this debate, talking about these things before the country and that the Congress itself will act representing the American people.
RUSH: Right. That's why it's so important, Medea Benjamin, showing up and making a spectacle of herself. That's why it is so important to have this debate. That's not why we're having the debate. We're having this debate so we can figure out a way to blame this all on the Republicans. That's all this is. Let's go back April 22nd, 1971. This is what Kerry remembered. This is what he wishes could happen again. This is the nostalgia that surfaced when he watched Medea Benjamin with a hint of jealousy.
KERRY: They told the stories of times that they had personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power. Cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians. Raised villages in a fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan. Not isolated incidents, but crimes committed on a day-to-day basis with a full awareness of officers at all levels of command.
RUSH: That was Kerry in 1971, Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Vietnam. And I was hoping. It may yet happen. I'm hoping that Kerry compares Assad to Genghis Khan.
RUSH: Yes, my friends, welcome back. Rush Limbaugh, having more fun than a human being should be allowed to have. And we have one big, exciting, busy broadcast hour remaining.
These Code Pink people are sitting behind the witnesses at these hearings. They are holding up, their hands are all red made to look bloody and everybody is just ignoring them. It's the funniest thing. I wish I could accurately describe it.
RUSH: I want to return, ladies and gentlemen, to the audio sound bites because, you know, John Kerry in his testimony yesterday was literally embarrassing to everybody involved. All they wanted him to do... The Democrats, all they wanted him to do was to, as best he could, assure everybody that whatever we do in Syria, it isn't going to involve anybody's kids being sent into the country. That's all they really wanted him to do.
But he's so self-absorbed and has to demonstrate his intelligence, his knowledge, and his sophisticated understanding of the ways of foreign policy and blah, blah, that he just started speaking in almost indecipherable ways. Rand Paul actually decided to cross the T and dot the I on this. Basically, Rand Paul told Kerry, "You're making Congress into a joke." Now, I would add the Republicans, in their own way, are helping that to happen.
But just in the specific confines of the Kerry testimony yesterday, here is Rand Paul during the Q&A at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing yesterday...
PAUL: If we do not say that the Constitution applies -- if we do not say explicitly that we will abide by this vote -- you're making a joke of us. You're making us into theater, and so we play constitutional theater for the president. If this is real, you will abide by the verdict of Congress. You're probably going to win; just go ahead and say it's real and let's have a real debate in this country and not a meaningless debate that in the end you lose and you say, "Oh, well! We had the authority, anyway. We're going to go ahead and go to war, anyway."
RUSH: What's interesting about that is...? Snerdley, what's the conventional wisdom on this? The president is going to get his authorization? Is that the CW, or not? (interruption) Early on over the weekend, the conventional wisdom was he wasn't going to get it and that was the reason why he was asking for it. He wouldn't get it and he could then blame the Republicans for all of the deaths in Syria.
But it has changed, and now whether or not he will get the grant is up in the air, and Rand Paul just said, "Look, you're going to win this. You're going to get your use of force authorization. So why don't we just have a real debate?" He really called him on it. "What are you guys doing theater up here for?" That's exactly right. They are putting on a political show. And they are putting on a political show for the 2014 election to help Obama and protect Obama and all that.
Up to a point, folks, it is what it is.
Politics is what it is, and to expect there to be no politics in politics is not real, and I'm not doing that. But committing American force, projecting American military force to stop the use of chemical weapons? That's not a game. That's not a budget battle with the Republicans. It's got some gravity to it, and it's just not being treated that way. All of this is being used as theater to further the symbolism over substance of all the participants in the regime, particularly Kerry and Obama.
So Rand Paul says, "Look. Go ahead and tell us, 'It's real. We're going to do this.' Let's have a real debate, not a meaningless debate that in the end you lose and you say, 'Oh, well. We had the authority, anyway. We're going to go ahead and...'" His point is, the president has said he wants a use of force authorization but that he doesn't need it. So Rand Paul says, "Why don't you guys just come out and say you're going to do this no matter what happens here?"
He's really got a good point: "What are we doing? Why are we even having this debate? Because you guys are going to do what you want to do anyway. Why not just say so? What's all this meandering around?" Now, Bashar? Bashar is watching this and thinking, "You know what? This is so convoluted, they may never get around to attacking me because they're so..." I wouldn't blame Bashar if he calculates that by the time all this is over, Obama will want to move back into immigration or something.
If Obama can make his point and score big without having to launch anything, he'll do it.
But if Obama launches, if he does anything, it's going to be very limited, as precise as they can make it -- and then, rest assured, the media's going to call it the greatest military operation in history as they march inexorably toward the 2014 elections. So this morning on Fox and Friends, they interviewed Rand Paul. Steve Doocy talked to him. He said, "Senator, I know you said yesterday the resolution is probably going to pass the Senate, but you could do one thing to slow things down and that would be a filibuster."
PAUL: That only temporarily slows things down. You might delay something 12 or 13 hours. What I will try to do is I will try to lead the opposition. Nobody in my state is for this. Not one person has come up to me. It's vastly unpopular. Ask our soldiers. If you could ask our soldiers are they ready for another deployment, next time in Syria, they will say not "no" but "hell no." America's not ready for another war.
RUSH: Well, now that's true. The polling data, no matter where you look, shows it. ABC News: 6 in 10 Oppose a US-Only Strike in Syria. It's a closer division of the "allies" are involved. What allies? We don't have any allies except maybe for France! Everybody's bumpin' out of this. Nobody wants to be part of it. "Everybody" is the Tea Party. "Well, you know, ask our soldiers."
You don't ask the soldiers. They get orders and they go. So that's a bit feeble, but it doesn't matter. He's right in the sense that there is not any public support for this. It doesn't matter, though, because that's not what this is about.
RUSH: I want to grab sound bite 27. John Kerry, we're back to him. I love these Kerry sound bites. He was back on Capitol Hill today making another mess. He was testifying at the House Foreign Affairs committee hearing. And this is interesting timing. After yesterday's show this is what he said today.
KERRY: I used to prosecute cases. I ran one of the largest district attorney's offices in America, and I can tell you beyond a reasonable doubt the evidence proves that the Assad regime prepared this attack and that they attacked exclusively opposition controlled or contested territory. At some point in the appropriate setting, you will learn additional evidence which came to us even today.
RUSH: (imitating Kerry) "So I got big evidence. It just arrived here today. I can prove that what you heard on the radio yesterday's not true. This Bodansky guy who said that the rebels launched the attack, that's not true. Because I was a former prosecutor, and I've got evidence that someday I'm gonna tell you about. But I know this stuff." It's a joke.
RUSH: John Kerry said today at a Washington hearing on Syria that Arab countries have offered to pay for the entirety of unseating Bashar Assad if we will take the lead militarily. We're the help, folks! We're the temporary agency. Unbelievable.