CALLER: That was George Bush said. You’ve got to have the Asian countries at the table, and Bush was the one that wanted to build a coalition to talk with the North Koreans and now Kerry is saying, (paraphrasing) “Oh, we should have gone in unilaterally and worked on this problem instead of building the coalition that George Bush wanted to build.”
RUSH: Yeah, in fact, I mentioned this. I mentioned this at the beginning of the program the first hour. I didn’t mention what you just said, but there’s an interesting thing about Kerry. He called the New York Times yesterday. I’m looking for the story. I wonder what I did with this. Anyway, you’re exactly right. But let me build on that, too — and I think I got Madeleine Albright speaking on this. Ba-da ba-da ba-da ba-da. Looks like this is going to be cut — ba-da ba-da ba-da — yeah, eight. Grab cut eight out there. Let me set this up. Kerry called the New York Times yesterday. Kerry has not done a news interview, hasn’t done a press conference, in over 30 days. He called the New York Times yesterday, and — yeah, yeah, yeah, this is it. I’ve got the New York Times story about it. But the interesting thing about– let me see if they’ve got the quote in here. This is not the story I had. (Muttering.)
Ah here it is. This is the big deal. I appreciate the call, John, but I’m vamping here till I find what I want. He calls the New York Times yesterday because I think he’s watching Madeleine Albright on Meet the Press, and she made a total botch of this by admitting that the Clinton administration got tricked by those evil communists. We believed those communists, and they lied to us! Oh, really? Some communists lied to you? You thought that the communists were your pals, and they lied to you? They tricked you? Damn, don’t you just hate it when that happens? Okay, so she’s out there admitting finally the North Koreans have turned our little nuclear power program we intended for them into a nuclear weapons program. So Kerry, damage control, calls the New York Times and starts bellyaching about the way Bush has handled this.
He argued that Bush’s preoccupation with Iraq has let the North Korean crisis fester to the point that there were now indications that North Korea might be preparing to test a plutonium bomb, and in fact they did set off an explosion and a big mushroom cloud went up out there, and everybody on the scene is denying that it was nuclear, that it was a bomb. So he makes this call to the New York Times. He says, “They’ve taken their eye off the ball. They took it off in Afghanistan and shifted it to Iraq. They took it off in North Korea and shifted it to Iraq. They took it off in Russia, and the nuclear materials there, and shifted it to Iraq.”
So he doesn’t do any press conferences, he calls the New York Times. They dutifully report what he says, but then they gave Kerry a problem. They asked Kerry how he would handle the threat of a North Korean nuclear test if he was in the Oval Office, and he declined. This is the quote in the Times: “He declined to be prescriptive other than to say that the issue would probably have to be taken to the United Nations Security Council.”
That’s exactly what Bush has done. Bush has gone to the UN. Bush has gone to China. Bush has gone to the Japanese, has tried to put together a “coalition,” just as John said, and has not dealt with this “unilaterally” because there are people closer to the North Koreans regionally that would be affected by this action as well as perhaps, depending on their range of their missiles, the United States. So the New York Times (Doing impression) “Okay, we got Kerry on the phone. Let’s ask him what — he’s complaining about what Bush hasn’t done or what Bush did do. Let’s ask him what he’ll do.” And Kerry said, (Doing impression) “Hypotheeeetical questions are not reeeeal! I’m not going to answer hypothetical questions.” So The Times asks him, “How would you handle the threat of a North Korea nuclear test if he was in the Oval Office?” and “he declined to answer other than saying got to take it to the UN,” exactly like he would do with everything, by the way, and then he said “hypothetical questions are not real.” He said Bush’s “ideologically driven” approach had kept him from truly engaging North Korea. “The Chinese are frustrated, the South Koreans, the Japanese are frustrated.”
This is where Kerry dooms himself. He should never have made this phone call. It’s all in the New York Times for everyone to see. Okay, you complain about Bush, what are you going to do? “I can’t answer that! That’s a hypothetical question. I’m not going to know till I’m faced with the problem myself.” Mr. Kerry, every question in a presidential campaign is hypothetical, because every question is, “What are you going to do about A?” What are you going to do about Iraq? We still don’t know, five or six different answers. What are you going to do about the war on terror? We don’t know. What are you going to do about health care? “I have a plan.” What are you going to do about the economy? Bob Rubin says (paraphrasing), “We can’t announce our plan in Iraq because we don’t have anybody to negotiate with since we’re not president yet, so we can’t give up the details of our plan because if we gave up the details of our plan, it would be sabotaged.”
So he’s got a secret plan in Iraq just like Nixon had a secret plan. So you’ve got Kerry and CBS emulating Nixon, and they both hated Nixon. CBS trying to cover up this forgery story, and Kerry with his own secret military plan he won’t tell anybody about. Then he goes to the New York Times and wails and moans about Bush in North Korea but won’t say what he would do. How…? I don’t understand this. What in the world does he think people are going to use to vote for him? He criticizes Bush — I hate to keep saying this, but my mind boggles here — complains and moans about what Bush has done and then does not answer what he would do because it’s hypothetical and hypothetical questions are not real? What’s a real question? Here’s what Madeleine Albright said yesterday. <a target=new href=”http://www.newsmax.com/archives/ic/2004/9/12/221552.shtml”>(story)</a> She was on with Meet the Press. Tim Russert says to her, “Didn’t North Korea develop a nuclear bomb on Bill Clinton’s watch?”
ALBRIGHT: No. What they were doing, as it turns out, they were cheating. And the reason that you have arms control agreements is you don’t make them with your friends; you make them with your enemies, and it is the process that is required to hold countries accountable. The worst part that has happened, under the agreed framework, there was these fuel rods. The nuclear program was frozen. Those fuel rods have now been reprocessed as far as we know and North Korea has a capability which at one time might have been too potential nuclear weapons up to six to eight now. We’re not really clear. But in this period of time when there has not enough action been taken, I think that the threat from North Korea has increased.
RUSH: Here she is, Exhibit #1 of what Dick Cheney was talking about last week when he said you can’t trust these people in leadership positions of this country. You know, Madam Albright, I’m stunned. You can sit here and boldly say, “Yeah, we believed some communists. We made agreements with our enemies and they cheated.” Ms. Albright, could you tell me when communists have not cheated on any arms agreement from the Soviets to the Cubans to whoever? When have they not? It would certainly take less time to count the times they’ve been honest than the times they’ve been dishonest.
So you give them, you, Madam Albright, you and your administration give the North Koreans what they need to produce nuclear missiles and you dare go on Meet the Press yesterday and complain that George Bush has let it happen, all the while admitting that the North Koreans tricked you! Well, no wonder we can’t trust you or people like you. You trust the wrong people. You don’t trust Bush; you do trust the North Koreans. You don’t trust Bush and Cheney to do the right thing, but you will trust the North Koreans, and you would have trusted Saddam Hussein and you would have trusted Osama bin Laden at some point. This is mind-boggling stuff here, folks, and this is why it continues, this downward spiral of the Kerry campaign. The people out there speaking for him, as well as his own words, are dooming him to an ash heap. It’s unbelievable.
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