RUSH: Yeah, I know.
CALLER: That’s scary. That’s very scary.
RUSH: Well, he just had a press conference so full of platitudes that I can’t believe it, that he gets away with this. But you talk about Kerry attacking. Again, I’ll repeat what I said earlier — well, just moments ago — and last week after listening to him in his convention, he promised that every attack would be met. He didn’t say, Jeri, he’s going to attack anybody. What did you hear him say that I missed? Because I didn’t hear him say he was going to attack anybody. He said he would respond when we were attacked.
RUSH: He didn’t say he was going to attack anybody.
CALLER: Correct. Isn’t that the Bush Doctrine, the right of preemption? He’s just thrown that out the window. So we have to sit here and wait to be attacked, and then he may decide to respond.
RUSH: Yes. No, he said he would respond with full force, whatever, every attack will be.
CALLER: He said a lot of things, Rush. Are they true? Just because he said them, are they true?
RUSH: No. Quite the opposite, probably. In fact he said he would do everything possible. He won’t attack, he will attack. He will have preemption, he won’t have preemption. He’s on every side of every issue because apparently does not have the fortitude to take a solid position on things. You’re really a great term and a great question but it’s really premature about Kerry because, you know, he’s not there yet. He’s not on that particular piece of real estate that would put the country on an aggressive posture.
All of a sudden he’s trying to sound like that today, but I don’t know. It’s mind-boggling to try to keep up with this. I think this may be a tougher challenge as this unfolds before our very eyes than even keeping up with Clinton was. Yesterday on television (he said) he was going to pull 40,000 troops out of Vietnam — or out of Iraq. Sorry, folks. Going to pull 40,000 troops out of Iraq. Today he says we’re not doing enough to protect the homeland. We’re not doing enough — and Bush is lackadaising around and Bush is forcing these terrorists to get even madder at this. I don’t think this is possible for sane people to follow, and it’s not designed for the sane to follow, it’s designed to, you know, stoke his base in the Democratic. At any rate, I’m up against it here on time. A quick time-out. We’ll be back. Thanks, Jeri, for the call.
RUSH: I tell you what, folks, instead — you know, Kerry is out there saying that Bush is causing new recruitment in terrorism. It’s BS. It’s exact opposite. The terrorists are going to look at guys like Kerry is and say, “Man, if this guy wins, we’ve got a free rein.” It is the weakness and lack of resolve, witness Black Hawk Down, that encourages the terrorism to ramp it up against us. Thank you, Senator Kerry.
RUSH: Kevin in Garwood, New Jersey, welcome to the program.
CALLER: Big fan of yours. Yeah, I want to talk about the “recruiting.” How does Kerry know that recruiting is going on? Is there a master list that he gets that all these names are signing up? Because it seems to me they’re fighting in Iraq right now and we’ve been safe because I don’t know when the last time we’ve been attacked here since 9/11.
RUSH: Well, he quoted it in his press conference there.
CALLER: Yeah, but I’d like to see (a follow-up question). Why don’t they follow up and say —
RUSH: No, you can get it. There’s a book out there by an ex-former CIA — maybe he’s a current CIA guy, but his name is Anonymous.
CALLER: Anonymous, yeah.
CALLER: I figure, you know, you can get any anonymous CIA guy telling you the opposite.
RUSH: Well, he’s out there quoted Rumsfeld from two years ago —
RUSH: — where Rumsfeld said, “We can’t be sure whether we’re winning.” That was just an honest assessment.
CALLER: Well, Rush, you know, I’m just sick and tired of Kerry making flip-flops. You know, he says, “He should be more like his father, get a coalition.” Meanwhile, he voted against that war, too, when a friend (Kuwait) was invaded. I don’t know when John Kerry thinks it’s good enough to attack because —
RUSH: Not only that he’s on some of the intelligence committee for some of his Senate career. He was part of the oversight. Not only that, John Kerry passed up all kinds of security briefings in the last three weeks because he had “more important things to do.” He was given a briefing the last 48 hours on this threat, and you see what he does with the information, tries to turn it around and use it against Bush. This is a low rent guy. I don’t care what anybody says. This is a low class individual here.
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