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Recalling Media Misinformation in the First Gulf War

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RUSH:  This is Steve in Clearwater, Florida.  Thank you for waiting, sir.  You're next and it's great to have you here.

CALLER:  Rush, it's really a special thing to be on Open Line Friday and great show.  Just really hilarious.

RUSH:  Thank you very much, sir.

CALLER:  Quite welcome.  Hey, listen. What I was wondering first off is if we should change the administration's slogan, "If you see something, say something," into, "We see everything, and we're speechless."  Is that something they're doing? (chuckling) Because, you know, I mean, "See something, say something," while illegals are pouring across the border? I mean, wow. Unbelievable.  It's absolutely just completely out of control.

So, anyway, I just wanted to tell you. I wanted to start with that because the, "See something, say something," just really scared me. It scared me six years ago when they started it, and now I saw it in the media just the other day that they were revamping it, and I thought, "What a bizarre time to revamp something like that: Let's watch our neighbor while we have illegals coming across the border by tens of thousands."

They're children at that, and undocumented and gang members. It's unbelievable.  But what I wanted to say, first of all, you were talking earlier about disinformation and how we're indoctrinated and that type of thing, and actually it goes back to when I started listening to you, which was right about August or September of 1990 when Saddam was getting ready to attempt to start, you know, World War III a second time.

It was a huge debate that led up to the January vote as to whether we should take action or not and try to stop him at that point.

In the meantime we were building up and I was hearing everything in the media. Quite frankly, some of the things we were hearing were pretty scary, and I think the liberal media was basically focusing on Ronald Reagan having bought plenty of $600 toilet seats and that type of thing and that our military was really just a shell and we were going to lose masses of troops and was gonna be a total disaster. It was confirmed when they debated. I think it was, like, January 13th and 14th of 1991.

RUSH:  It took two days.  It took two days, and you had the media led by Sam Donaldson talking about how Saddam's army fresh off of eight years of war with Iran was gonna kick our ass and that the American government had ordered 14,000 or 140,000 body bags or whatever and that we didn't have a prayer. We did not stand a chance against Saddam 'cause they take war seriously and we're a bunch of pansies.  I remember that. We cleaned their clock in two days, and we let them slink back to Baghdad without wiping 'em out. I remember General Powell decided to be compassionate and nice rather than take 'em out once and for all right then.

CALLER:  Yes.  Thank you, Colin.  Exactly.  Exactly.

RUSH:  Where is he now, by the way, the titular head of the Republican Party?  We haven't heard from him. He was big on Obama for two elections.

CALLER:  Oh, yeah, oh, yeah, oh, yeah, he was absolutely, yeah. He gonna lead us right, yeah, into the whole world was gonna love us, as you've said.  You documented that plenty and --

RUSH:  But that's a good catch, you know, that's a good catch. But I guarantee you we've got young people in the audience that weren't even alive in 1990, don't know what you're talking about.

CALLER:  True.

RUSH:  But that was exactly right. We didn't have a prayer. They were gonna wipe us out. We shouldn't do it, in fact.

CALLER:  Right.  And if you didn't know what was going on and you listened to the debate in the Senate you would have been under your bed. You would have been hiding for cover because it was so inflammatory.

RUSH:  Right.

CALLER:  The rivers of American blood that were gonna flow.  We were gonna lose 300,000 troops in the first 30 days.  It was just simply outrageous, and what I was gonna tell you then, 'cause I've been moving south instead of moving north. For my Amigo card I've been moving south. At the time I was in Georgia and I was near Robins Air Force Base.  And I'm not a military person at all.  You know, I did not serve in the military. My family has, but I did not, and I just remembered prior to that January debate, I remember sitting out and having cups of coffee on my balcony and watching the F-15s. It started to be more frequent, the practice flying increased --

RUSH:  Yeah.  You know what?  I remember the exact same thing.  I remember being in Sacramento, I was there from 1984 to 1987, and you could tell.  There were two military bases, Air Force Bases, and you could tell when something was ramping up or at least you thought you could. It could have ended up being training.  We started to see the C-5s, all kinds of increased activity coming out of those Air Force Bases, Mather and -- oh, the one that was near Rio Linda.  Mental block.  Anyway, it was cool.  You knew something was up.  And you knew Reagan was behind it, so it was all really patriotic, upbeat stuff, and I never forget those days. 

Your memory about the first Gulf War back 1990, that's what Saddam predicted was gonna be the mother of all battles.  And our media, you're right, they were predicting 300,000 casualties, and if you will remember, back then, everybody thought Saddam was gonna gas us.  Because everybody thought Saddam had weapons of mass destruction.  Everybody thought Saddam was gonna wipe us out with chemical weapons, and so we had gas masks and this, and the body bags. And we cleaned their clocks in two days.

They had deserters in the first six hours waving the white flag.  I remember, it was one of the biggest uppers that we've ever had.  It was Schwarzkopf and the boys.  And the media couldn't have been more wrong.  McClellan Air Force Base is the one I'm thinking of, McClellan and Mather.  Anyway, I appreciate the call very much.  

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