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RUSH: We have Greg from Texas City, Texas, back. We ran out of time with Greg yesterday. He was our last call. He lived in Iran. He was making some points about the NIE, and I felt very bad we ran out of time. Why don’t you start at the beginning of the point you wanted to make because we have a little bit more time now than we did yesterday.

CALLER: Thank you very much, Rush, and I appreciate your taking my call, and I agree with what you just said and the lady about Romney, by the way. I think it was very patriotic rallying of the American people, and that’s one thing I wanted to talk about. Sometimes we can’t see the forest for the trees, and this NIE report, like the intelligence lady so eloquently explained yesterday, is just a short snippet of what it may really say. And talk about how they stopped their program in 2003. And that’s only because we rightly labeled them as part of an axis of evil; we invaded Afghanistan. At the same time AQ Khan’s clandestine activities were exposed, his cooperation with our enemies, then we invaded Iraq. Maybe in retrospect, it should have been Iran. We do have a way out of this — though, and that’s for people like yourself, patriots who have the public platform — to get into the history of the fact that Iran has been at war with us since 1979, and this nuclear weapon thing is kind of a secondary thing. They’re going to conduct warfare on us any way, any time, any place they can, which they have proven, from being behind the supporting of Hezbollah, Hamas, et cetera, et cetera, embassy bombings. That is to prove with real information, which is possible to do, the connection that Iran actually has to Osama Bin Laden.

I believe — you might think I’m nuts, and I don’t hear anybody talking about this, but I don’t believe Osama Bin Laden is living in a cave in Afghanistan or Pakistan. Admittedly, in 2003, Iran, they admitted they were holding high level Al-Qaeda members, some of which were Bin Laden’s sons and wives and children. We do know Abu Musab al-Zarqawi came through Iran to Iraq. Their goal is a caliphate, and, you know, they’re Persians. They’re not Arabs. And if we don’t wake up as American people and quit just changing seats on the Titanic, we’re going to find ourselves in that sea of isolation and desperation and chaos, and we’re there, and we have to understand that this is deeper than a nuclear weapon or not. Iran knows that we can destroy them nuclear wise. They are trying to develop that nuclear weapon for Israel and to further the threat of the caliphate, and I just don’t understand our lack and our readers’ lack of presenting these things. There is one intelligence analyst who I’ve heard, Mansoor Ijaz, who went on Fox News one night and stated that he had information that Osama Bin Laden was being protected in Iran, and if you don’t think that that’s the case, look at Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, who was the former prime minister of Afghanistan, who publicly has been supported and propped up and protected by Iran since the 1970s. He publicly announced that he was going back to Afghanistan to help the Taliban — and since then, there’s been this so-called resurgence. I just don’t get why the American people don’t see the real threat.

RUSH: Well, let me answer that for you. Despite the talk of the economy being bad and down on the dumps and so forth (by the way, forecast sees no US recession in 2008, despite housing woes. More on that in the next hour) we are a very affluent country, Greg, and we have a tremendous amount of freedom, and we have the ability, if we want to, to ignore any of this. We in America can ignore the unpleasant. We have that luxury, because of our affluence, because of our freedom, and our economic opportunity. We can ignore it, until such time that we no longer can. Now, what that might be, who knows: another attack, the Iranians lighting off a nuke down the years, just to show that they can do it. But right now we don’t have to. We haven’t been attacked since 9/11. The Democrat Party is doing its best to make everybody forget that there was a 9/11. The Democrat Party has tried to convince as many people in this country as possible the real enemy that this country faces is George W. Bush, not the people who visited us on 9/11 and killed nearly 3,000 of us. By the way, there’s something distinctly… I don’t mean this in a totally negative way. I’m not trying to sound like a parent preaching to a spoiled child. There is something amazing about a country that has the ability, people in a country have the ability to ignore. It doesn’t affect their lives, they don’t think. Why do they have to get up every day and worry about Iran? They have enough to worry about. They don’t want to worry about that. He’s this little nut job on television, no big deal. He goes on TV, comes to Columbia, everybody laughs at him. But we still have an amazing number of Americans, despite all these luxuries, who volunteer to go face these threats, in person, armed up, the United States Military, and I never can praise them enough, and we take them for granted at our peril.

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