RUSH: This is getting out of hand now. Hillary Clinton is saying that Vladimir Putin is a Nazi, and Putin is saying that the Ukrainians are Nazis, and Tony Kornheiser says that the whole state of Arizona is Nazis. The only person that's not a Nazi anymore is me. This is progress, ladies and gentlemen. It's like a Mel Brooks movie. I mean, everybody is just throwing this name out. And of course Putin is acting like Hilter did. You gotta give Hillary that, with what he's doing here. I mean, it's gonna irritate some progressives who think that Putin has the right to do whatever he wants to do.
RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, this is hilarious. CNN, the rest of the Drive-Bys are all in hysterics that a United Nations envoy was supposedly almost kidnapped and threatened by an armed man in Crimea and told to get out of the country. "A UN envoy! That's unacceptable! Who do they think they are, threatening to kidnap and kick out of the country a UN envoy?" I'm not kidding. The media is just beside themselves over this kind of an insult.
I want to mention something here that came up late in the program yesterday, and I'm repeating it here at a different time in the program hoping to reach more people with this 'cause the Drive-Bys are not talking about this. I mentioned yesterday that Bill Clinton in 1994 (and then the Obama administration in 2009, reaffirmed it) gave official diplomatic assurances to Ukraine that their borders would be safe in exchange for the Ukrainians gutting their army and completely doing away with their sizable nuclear deterrent.
This has not been reported other than the UK Daily Mail has now published an article that reminds us that that wasn't all Obama did for Ukraine. But the point is... Because the media isn't telling you, I want to stress this again. As you're watching what happened, as you watch us act outraged that Putin would do this, there were the number of signatories to this agreement. The UK, John Major and the Ukrainian prime minister. It was Boris Yeltsin for the Russian Federation, and Bill Clinton, and there was the ChiCom leader.
There were five of them, and they signed. They promised. They promised Ukraine that their borders would not be attacked, that their sovereignty would not be challenged, and that they would be considered for admission to the European Union. There was all this stuff dangling carrots if they would just gut their army and do away with their nuclear deterrent -- and Ukraine did. That agreement was reaffirmed in 2009 by Barack Obama.
So the Ukrainians cannot defend themselves against this encroachment by Russia, which is a violation of that agreement, by the way.
RUSH: I want to close the loop on this Ukraine thing, get into the IRS, and then come back to Ukraine with more details on what's happening. But just to remind you, 'cause I think this is huge. I think Ukraine bought it hook, line, and sinker. They gave up their military. They had a nuclear arsenal. They gave it up in exchange for a promise that their borders would not be invaded and their sovereignty would remain intact.
Putin wasn't a signatory, but Boris Yeltsin was, and he signed for the Russian Federation, which is still the governing body before Putin puts the Soviet Union back together. It was Bill Clinton that got the whole thing started, and this whole thing was reaffirmed in 2009. Now, the UK Daily Mail today adds information to this. Their headline is: "Flashback: Senator Obama Pushed Bill That Helped Destroy More Than 15,000 TONS of Ammunition, 400,000 Small Arms and 1,000 Anti-Aircraft Missiles in Ukraine."
In addition to the gutting of the military and getting rid of the nukes, it was Obama as a senator who pushed legislation that further weakened Ukraine. From the article: "As a US senator, Barack Obama won $48 million in federal funding to help Ukraine destroy thousands of tons of guns and ammunition -- weapons which are now unavailable to the Ukrainian army as it faces down Russian President Vladimir Putin during his invasion of Crimea."
Because they don't really have an army, not much of one. They gutted it. They didn't get rid of it; they just gutted it -- all on the assurance, reaffirmed again in 2009 by Obama. Obama reassured them. This was as president. It was as a senator that he engaged in legislation that further weakened them. In 2009 he reaffirmed, "Don't worry, we will protect you -- and so will the ChiComs, and so will the UK, and the Russians have promised that they will not invade you."
That's all out the window now, and the media is not reporting that.
"In August 2005, just seven months after his swearing-in, Obama traveled to Donetsk in Eastern Ukraine with then-Indiana Republican Senator Dick Lugar, touring a conventional weapons site. The two met in Kiev with President Victor Yushchenko, making the case that an existing Cooperative Threat Reduction Program covering the destruction of nuclear weapons should be expanded to include artillery, small arms, anti-aircraft weapons, and conventional ammunition of all kinds."
Obama and Luger "returned to Washington and declared that the US should devote funds to speed up the destruction of more than 400,000 small arms, 1,000 anti-aircraft missiles, and more than 15,000 tons of ammunition." Obama's been disarming United States as quickly as he can, but he offered money, $48 million to Ukraine to downsize. At the time, Obama said, "We need to eliminate these stockpiles for the safety of the Ukrainian people and people around world, by keeping them out of conflicts around the world."
Now, stop and think. Folks, this kind of thing really matters when you're a guy like Putin and you're sizing up your advisory, and you're looking at a guy, and you see Barack Hussein Obama doing this. Now, I have in my Stack of Stuff that Obama was at an elementary school recently. I have here in my formerly nicotine-stained fingers the pictures, and Obama's latest photo op shows why the global community doesn't take him seriously.
He's sitting on a blue, oval-shaped rug, and he's holding a young student with the teacher sitting nearby, 10 or so other little kids. He's in the classroom. While all this is going on, if you're Vladimir Putin and you look at this... Remember how a picture of George W. Bush reading to a third grade class? Remember how that was portrayed as, "My God, what kind of guy is this? The World Trade Center's attacked, and this guy's reading to kids, and he still reads?"
And look at this. I'll tell you what I'll do. I'm gonna zoom in on the Dittocam, turn off to do it, zoom out. I'll just show you this, just so you know. The reason that I think that this is important is because you always have to look at the way our enemies see this. The camera's back on, and there's be the picture. In fact, the picture below it is Obama then with his press conference, announcing some things about Ukraine at the same place.
He's standing on the same rug there that he is sitting on with those kids. It's an exact replay of what happened with Bush in the classroom in Florida. Now, the point is if you're Vladimir Putin and you know that your adversary is Barack Obama, and Barack Obama has personally traveled to Ukraine to disarm them -- if you know that your adversary's Barack Obama who as senator pushed legislation to disarm Ukraine.
He paid money, $4 million to do it, and reaffirmed a 1995 agreement or '94 agreement pour basically Ukraine to disarm -- what are you gonna do? You know who your adversary. You know he's not gonna stop you. All you have to do is look at Syria or anywhere in the world. Look at the way Obama's handling Iraq or Afghanistan. Obama's running around getting us out of every country. Look at Chuck Hagel proposing downsizing US military to pre-World War II levels.
What would you do if you're a bad guy bent on reassembling your giant Soviet Union? So the Ukrainians have no way to stop this militarily, if they were inclined. And Obama after traveling to Kiev and not only affirming the Clinton agreement in '94, but taking it further by eliminating 400,000 small arms, 1,000 anti-aircraft missiles, and more than 15,000 tons of ammunition and then says we need to eliminate these stockpiles for the safety of the Ukrainian people. Now, stop and think. If you are Vladimir Putin and you hear the leader of the United States equate disarmament with safety, you have gotta be rubbing your hands together so fast that you can't believe your good luck. You are up against an adversary who thinks that safety is you disarming.
Let me put it a different way. You're Putin, you're watching Obama, and you're up against a guy, Obama, who believes his safety is related to him getting rid of his military. He goes over there and doubles down on Ukrainian weakness, disarmament, and then claims Ukraine is safer. If you're Putin, what are you gonna do? This is absolute lunacy. This is a world governed by the aggressive use of force; not doctors, nurses, and clean water. It's not governed by bipartisanship and UN resolutions and all that happy horse manure. This is a world governed by the aggressive use of force, and Obama is celebrating he's just made Ukraine stronger and safer by completely disarming it.
Forget Putin's view; what does that tell you about Obama? And then this little statement: We need to eliminate these stockpiles in Ukraine for the safety of the Ukrainian people. What, are they gonna shoot themselves? By keeping these stockpiles and the Ukrainians out of conflicts around the world. So I guess it's the Ukrainians were who Obama thought might begin a worldwide march toward domination. So he had to disarm them, take every means of defense away from them, after promising 'em they wouldn't need it, then this happens. Now, I wanted to go through this all again, because you are not being told this. If your only source of news is the Drive-Bys, you are not being told any of this.