RUSH: There's a story that is not... Well, as the show started today, this wasn't being reported in the American media. I don't know if that's still true. It's in the UK Guardian. It says, "US and Iranian officials held talks over the advance of Islamist insurgents in Iraq on Monday, the first time the two nations have collaborated over a common security interest in more than a decade."
Now, as I say, I don't know what's happened since the program began, but before it this was not being reported in the American media. Yesterday we had a tweet from the Wall Street Journal about it, but so far there haven't been any other reports but this one. In fact, it had been denied that we were gonna work with Iran, right? Had you seen that yesterday, last night, that it had been denied? Didn't Kerry out there say it?
Wait a minute, no. Well, here's another thing. Yahoo hired Katie Couric. This is another thing. You know, I don't mean to get sidetracked here, but a publisher gives Hillary $14 million thinking that her book is just gonna be the greatest thing ever, and whoever runs Yahoo thinks that Katie Couric is the biggest thing in media so they hire her.
They hire her because they think she's gonna get "big names" that are gonna attract a lot of attention. She's gonna do an Internet talk show with big-name interview guests and is gonna bring a lot of attention to Yahoo. And before yesterday, the word was out that they were very disappointed at the Yahoo corporate suite because she wasn't getting any big names at all.
So I guess Kerry is a big name, in their world. I swear, it's stunning. Anyway, "Pressed by interviewer Katie Couric over whether that would include military cooperation, Kerry replied: 'At this moment I think we need to go step by step and see what in fact might be a reality. But I wouldn't rule out anything that would be constructive to providing real stability.'
"Less than three hours later," after Kerry said that to Katie Couric on Yahoo, "the Pentagon released a series of public statements that firmly ruled out military coordination." After Kerry said that to Katie Couric on Yahoo, the Pentagon released a series of public statements that firmly ruled out military coordination. So Kerry's out there saying, "Hey, nothing's off the table. It could happen. You never know."
Three hours later, they diss him at the Pentagon.
"'There has been no contact, nor are there plans for contact, between [the Department of Defense] and the Iranian military on the security situation in Iraq,' lieutenant commander Bill Speaks, a Pentagon spokesman, told the Guardian." Doesn't anybody in the Regime know how to play this game? It's amazing. This ought to be another huge embarrassment for Kerry and Obama, because Kerry has been suggesting the US and Iran would work together, and three hours later, bammo!
Here comes the Pentagon saying, "No way, Jose." A little immigration lingo there. Then there's this from the AP's Julie Pace and Lara Jakes. "Nearly 300 armed American forces are being positioned in and around Iraq to help secure US assets as President Barack Obama nears a decision on an array of options for combating fast-moving Islamic insurgents, including airstrikes or a contingent of special forces."
No boots on the ground, though. Obama said that way back on Friday. Now, from the article. This article says, "Taken together, the developments suggest a willingness by Obama to send Americans into a collapsing security situation in order to quell the brutal fighting in Iraq..." That's not what they're saying!
They're saying they're gonna send 'em in there to basically redo Saigon and get our people out of there. So the news coverage of this is all over the place. We are gonna send boots on the ground. No, we're not. All we're going to do is 275 or 300 help evacuate and protect troops, the embassy. (sigh) Dare I say, remember Benghazi when we hear that we're gonna go protect the embassy.
Number two. Kerry says, "Yeah, yeah, we're willing to cooperate with Iran." The defense department says, "Ain't no way we're cooperating with Iran." I think some of this is incompetence, some of this is purposeful. Washington Free Beacon: "Clinton was Leading Champion of Iraq Withdrawal -- Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was a leading and outspoken supporter of the Obama administration's decision to withdraw US forces from Iraq and even defended the White House's controversial failure to reach a status of forces agreement with the Iraqi government."
That's an agreement that Donald Rumsfeld noted back in March. That's when he said a "trained ape" could have understood it. Remember that remark? He got moderate heat over the trained ape, but nevertheless, Hillary Clinton was "a leading champion" of getting out of Iraq. Her fingerprints are all over another disaster. Now, I don't want to go so far as to say she's not gonna run, because I've done that before and I've been wrong.
But, man, there just doesn't seem to be... Everybody seems to believe that Mrs. Clinton is facing not an election, but a coronation in 2016. That's what they thought about 2008, and she blew that. Folks, do you know how hard it is to blow a coronation? A coronation means it's yours. "We are gonna coronate you. The election is simply something you gotta go through. The campaign, you just have to go through. But it is yours."
And out of the blue came Reverend Wright's guy, and all bets were off, and she blew the coronation. I've never known Queen Elizabeth to blow a coronation, for example. King George III never blew one. Louis XIV never blew one. Obama never blew one. But Hillary blew a coronation, and they're setting her up for another one. "Senior Department of Homeland Security Adviser: 'Inevitable that "Caliphate" Returns' --
"A controversial senior adviser to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is receiving criticism for tweeting that the recent takeover of Iraqi cities by a violent terror group is proof that a Muslim 'caliphate' is making an 'inevitable' return. Mohamed Elibiary, a controversial figure and member of [Obama's] DHS's Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC), discussed what he described as the 'inevitable' return of a Muslim caliphate Friday on Twitter.
"'As I've said b4 inevitable that "Caliphate" returns,' Elibiary tweeted..." This is a guy in our own administration, saying it's "inevitable that 'Caliphate' returns." It's what Howard Cosell said about the death of George Halas. "It was inevitable." To me, I guess Mr. Elibiary sounds like a perfect Obama advisor, at least according to this Regime's lights. Isn't that what they mean by "Muslim outreach"?
Anyway, at the bottom of the story we also learn this: "Elibiary also has experienced financial difficulties with his non-profit group, the Freedom and Justice Foundation, which had its non-profit status revoked by the IRS due to the organization’s refusal to file transparency forms revealing the sources of its funding," and yet this guy is in the Regime.
How much you want to bet the IRS goofed up and thought this guy's group was some Tea Party group 'cause it had the word "freedom" in its name? What do you bet? This guy's got a nonprofit group called the Freedom and Justice Foundation. What do you bet the IRS people thought that it was a Tea Party group 'cause it had the word "freedom" in it and he didn't get his status?
"Spanish Police Break Up Alleged Jihadist Recruitment Network." I thought Bush recruited terrorists with his policies. How did this happen? "Spanish police broke up what they said was a jihadist recruitment network in Madrid, led by a former detainee at Guantanamo Bay..." Don't worry, though. We've got our eye on him, folks. He was that close to getting droned. I'm being facetious.
Spain has broken up a terror-recruiting network run by a Moroccan-born, naturalized Spaniard who'd been detained at Gitmo for four years. We let him go and he's been recruiting. This is not one of the five that just got out. This is somebody released earlier. Let's go to the audio sound bites. Here is Richard Engel at NBC News on the Today show today.
Matt Lauer said, "Richard, when you hear the number 175 to secure the embassy, another 100 to set up airfields, that doesn't sound like a big number. I mean, I guess you could look at it two ways. Is the [Regime] confident that this is not gonna get so bad in Baghdad, or have they simply thrown up their hands and they're admitting that there's very little they can do?"
ENGEL: I don't think, uh, the 175 who are here and the extra hundred, uh, who are going to provide logistical support setting up airfields should an emergency evacuation be required are the kind of force who could coordinate any offensive operations. This is strictly to manage an evacuation should that be necessary.
RUSH: So don't be fooled by these 275 troops. They are there to manage an evacuation. They're not boots on the ground. That's NBC News this morning. See, all over the ballpark. Kerry said (imitating Kerry), "Oh, yeah, yeah, we might be talking to the Iranians. We might be, you know, joint operation with the Iranians." Pentagon, "Ha-ha-ha, there's no way we're gonna be doing this." And then one of the DHS guys says, "Oh, yeah, this is inevitable, the Muslim caliphate."
The imams, the grand mullahs in Iran think it's the 12th imam coming back. They're all excited about that, which is the caliphate. And Obama's out playing golf and doing speeches on global warming at commencement addresses and convening a save our oceans thing at the State Department with a Hollywood actor. And he's gonna pivot to the economy later. If anybody wants to give me a call and explain, what in the world -- I'm asking strategically -- what in the world, with all of this going on, is the reason that they are focusing on global warming? Is it to keep the base engaged?
I think it's donors. I think it's Obama donors. There's another story. It's about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgenders. Here it is. "After years of pressure from gay rights groups, President Barack Obama plans to sign an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against employees on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity." So this obviously is donor related. Keystone pipeline, global warming, it's gotta be donor related. This is Obama doing these kind of things, fundraising while all of this is going on in Iraq. I'm telling you, folks, he either doesn't care, or puts on a real good show of acting like he doesn't care.
But back to the audio sound bites. CNN New Day today, Inside Politics segment, John King speaks with Bloomberg News, White House correspondent Margaret Talev about Obama sending 275 troops to Iraq, and he said, "It has to be incredibly frustrating and incredibly serious, obviously and sober for this president who made his name in national politics by opposing the Iraq War, by saying it was time to get out as fast as possible, now he’s sending in some troops, 275 to protect the US embassy in Baghdad. But once you start can you stop?"
TALEV: Yeah, what happens next, and that's exactly right. And this is a very frustrating situation for the president. This was the war that was stupid (laughs) in his view, and he's owning the legacy of the Bush administration having to explain his handling of the legacy of the Bush administration to the Republicans in Congress who are now attacking him for mishandling it. Of course he was in California over the weekend, in Palm Springs, but this is very much on his mind, meeting with, talking with national security officials. And then last night, gets home and goes straight into a situation room meeting with top officials.
RUSH: She feels so bad. Oh, she feels so bad for the president. This is Bush's war. Bush put him in this position. Cheney and Rumsfeld and the Republicans in Congress put him in this position. He hated this war and he wanted to get out. Oh, my God, I feel so bad for Obama. (interruption) How does she know what's on his mind? It's a great question, how does she know?
This is what she thinks is on his mind because this is what she thinks he believes, and she's willing to report what she thinks as fact because they're all in the same group. She thinks they're all thinking the same thing: blame Bush, it's Bush's war, poor old Obama, he's gotta do something about it, damn it. This is the war he practically got elected on getting us out of, now he's going back in. Poor Obama. Ah, damn it, Bush again. That's what they all think, so Obama must be.
One more before the break. Yesterday on Wolf Blitzer on CNN. Wait, they've changed the name of the show. I didn't know that. It's just called "Wolf" now. Not "Wolf Now," but Wolf. Wolf is the name of the show. He spoke with their international correspondent, Christiane Amanpour about the situation there. Wolf said, "What are you hearing about this possibility that a hundred years of this basically fake map that was drawn up could explode, three separate countries could emerge out of this?"
AMANPOUR: I have not been so worried about this since 9/11. For 10 years or more the United States has been battling to cripple and defeat Al-Qaeda, and they were doing a pretty good job in Afghanistan and then at the end of the surge in Iraq. And now all of a sudden this is coming back, and if you have to even try to imagine what it might mean, the words of the New York City police commissioner when he said we are terrified of blow-back coming to New York City. That's 12 years after 9/11. And it's because of the Syria war which has been left to fester, and now all of this stand back and not intervene has manifested itself in Iraq.
RUSH: I don't know. I'm sure this is not the case, but it sure sounds to me like somebody misses George Bush and Dick Cheney. It sounds to me like Obama's lost Christiane Amanpour. She's really worried that all of this is gonna lead to really bad stuff and that nobody's taking it seriously. When you say you haven't been this worried since 9/11, that means the Regime has lost Christiane Amanpour. Now, my commenting and pointing this out might send her right back to the Regime, so it might be temporary. Don't get too excited about it.