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RUSH: This is Chris in Kansas City, Missouri. It’s nice to have you on the program.

CALLER: Hey, Stroud’s chicken dittos from KC.

RUSH: Oh, man, you’re making my mouth water, especially since I can’t have any of that right now.

CALLER: Listen, I just had a couple of quick points to make about Iraq. You know, President Bush talked about the ‘war fatigue’ earlier today, and the American people can’t really have ‘war fatigue’ right now because they haven’t made any sacrifices. The American people are suffering from propaganda fatigue.

RUSH: You know, that’s an excellent point, but the president meant — because he also talked about the psychology of the American people. What he’s referring to as war fatigue, is they’re sick and tired of seeing news that shows us losing! They’re sick and tired of a drumbeat of negativity, and they don’t want to hear that anymore. They want to win or get out if we’re going to lose. That’s what the president was talking about.

CALLER: Well, also, you know, we’d be in a much better position to deal with Iran and Syria right now if the Democrats had just supported this thing in Iraq because the threat is not going to be enough to deter them now. Now we’re going to have to use force there, too.

RUSH: Well, more than likely. That’s one of the problems that this fatigue is going to lead to, because this is not the last front where we’re going to have to face this threat.

CALLER: This fatigue is not real fatigue. It’s just propaganda. It’s all this negativity that the Democrats are pushing, and we haven’t made any sacrifices here. The military families and the military have been making sacrifices, and they’re not fatigued. They’re ready to finish this job.

RUSH: I understand that. I understand it totally. You say they haven’t had to make any sacrifices. I talk about the fact that we have so much affluence in this country that people don’t have to pay for it if they don’t want to. Their action is not required in order for the war effort to move on. We’re both saying the same thing. Do you disagree that there is a… oooh, ‘feeling of unsettleness’ among a lot of people over the fact that this war has not seemed to move off the dime in four years is this? Now, I understand that most people understand that wars don’t have timetables and so forth, but the perception is that there hasn’t been any progress. It’s because of what they’re being told. It’s because of the misinformation in the Drive-By Media. But that still creates a reality even though it’s based in propaganda.

CALLER: That’s true. But, you know, the Islamists have always said that we’ll just get tired and go away if they just wait us out.

RUSH: Right.

CALLER: And we gotta prove that’s not right.

RUSH: Well, that is going to depend on who the president is. Did you watch the president today, the whole thing?

CALLER: Pretty much.

RUSH: He’s not going to give up. He’s not going to quit. He’s not going to draw down. He’s not going to reduce the ability we have to win this thing — especially with the security side of the interim report that was released today. He made it clear. He’s not going to focus group this; he’s not going to listen to the polls on this. He can’t. He doesn’t have that luxury.

CALLER: He’s just showing he has a lot of class. He’s willing to take a hit on his approval ratings to get the job done over there.

RUSH: Right, because as he said, he wants to look in the mirror when he’s back home in Crawford after his presidency is over and not be embarrassed. He wants to be able to look at himself in the mirror and say he did everything he did because it was the right thing to do and out of principle. He’s not going anywhere on this. So the American people can sit there and be fatigued all they want. Let ’em take it out on the Democrats, because he’s not running for reelection.

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