RUSH: Joe Biden did say it, ladies and gentlemen, ‘If John McCain wants to know where the bad guys live, come back with me to Afghanistan. We know where they reside, and it’s not in Iraq.’ Now, there is a lot of outrage over this comment, and I got some e-mails from people, ‘What’s so bad about it Rush? He’s just talking about Bin Laden’s in Afghanistan, he’s not in Iraq.’ What’s wrong with it is this. By the way, I appreciate people being honest enough to send me the question, not understanding why this is so bad. We have been in Iraq fighting the agents and emissaries of Bin Laden and Zawahiri, and they are bad guys. They have beheaded reporters. They have beheaded troops. They have beheaded contractors. They are pure evil. The US military has been facing pure seventh century evil in Iraq, and a number of our troops have paid with their lives. A lot have been severely wounded. Senator Biden here has just whisked that away. He’s just made it sound like that was irrelevant. This is a profound insult, once again, from a prominent Democrat to members of the United States military. He thinks he’s insulting McCain when he in fact has insulted the United States military, which is typical of a Democrat today. This is their perspective. Their level of understanding on what’s happening is missing in action. All the while they think of themselves as the smartest people in the world. Speaking of McCain, the Drive-Bys and the Democrats are all over McCain. They’re trying to attack him here on his hero status and on the qualifications that his service in the US Armed Forces provide him to serve as president. Here’s McCain yesterday in Albuquerque, New Mexico, at a town hall event.
MCCAIN: I know how to win wars. I know how to win wars. If I’m elected president, I’ll turn around the war in Afghanistan just as we have turned around the war in Iraq, with a comprehensive strategy for victory. I know how to do that.
RUSH: All right, so there’s McCain, and the sum total of his comment was I know how to win wars, I’ve done it, I’ve been there, I’ve done it. So on MSNBC’s Hardball last night, Chris Matthews was talking with the fourth or fifth chief executive of Air America, Mark Green, who said this about McCain.
GREEN: What war did McCain win? And he spent Vietnam, his biggest war, of course, in a POW camp as Wesley Clark struggled to say accurately, but impoliticly, Eisenhower ran a war, McCain did not. The comparison is so silly.
RUSH: So here these guys are out attacking McCain. What war did McCain win? He spent Vietnam, his biggest war, in a POW camp. Wesley Clark struggled to say accurately, Eisenhower ran a war, McCain did not. What this means is they know their candidate is vacuous. They know their candidate has literally no credentials whatsoever. Obama has no credentials on national security. He is flip-flopping all over the place on Iraq. He has removed his original statement on the surge being a failure, that it won’t work, he’s removed it from his website. The only chance these people have is to go out and try to tar and feather McCain’s big qualification here and to say it doesn’t count for anything, so what, five years in a prisoner of war camp. In fact, not only does it not count for anything, it means he couldn’t possibly know how to win a war. He ended up being taken prisoner. The undertone of this is, is that McCain is incompetent because he was so stupid to be shot down. What war did he win? I am not sure the people in the McCain campaign understand just how vicious this is going to end up being. Maybe they do. On American Morning on CNN today, John Roberts was talking once again to Senator Biden. He said, ‘How does Senator Obama instill confidence in the American people, that he can do those things as well as McCain, commander-in-chief things?’
BIDEN: You have brilliant, relatively young man who is the nominee of the Democratic Party, who’s leading John McCain on every area except the one where experience just intuitively suggests people think if you’re experienced, you must know more. But 20 years of experience that has not been very solid in terms of being — projecting what was going to happen doesn’t make you a better commander-in-chief. We don’t need as a commander-in-chief a war hero. John’s a war hero. We need someone with some wisdom.
RUSH: Joe Biden saying this about Barack Obama, who has exhibited none. Wisdom comes with age and experience, and Obama hasn’t lived long enough to have any of either. Let’s go back, let’s listen to Biden, just to remind you. This is Biden, January 30th, 2007, in an interview with The Observer.
BIDEN: I mean, you got the first sorta mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice looking guy.
RUSH: There’s Biden drawing a line between Obama and the Justice Brothers. Obama was clean. If Biden feels this way about McCain’s lack of qualifications, why didn’t he end up saying this about John Kerry, who served in Vietnam? The haughty John Kerry served in Vietnam. We don’t need a war hero. War hero doesn’t mean anything. We need somebody with wisdom. We don’t need any war hero stuff. It was just four years ago that the Democrats thought they were going to coast to victory because they finally found somebody in their party who they thought could be passed off as a war hero. But they couldn’t pass Kerry off as a war hero because he was not one. But they thought they were going to be able to get away with it. Now all of a sudden war hero doesn’t matter, wisdom matters. And of course Obama has demonstrated wisdom how?
RUSH: I wonder if the liberals would think that McCain is qualified to be president if he had been a community organizer at the Hanoi Hilton. If he’d been a community organizer at the Hanoi Hilton maybe the libs would see him as qualified there, maybe. By the way, Joe Biden angered Joe Lieberman. Joe Lieberman said this this morning on Fox & Friends.
LIEBERMAN: Joe Biden should retract that comment out of respect for —
REPORTER: The troops have died.
LIEBERMAN: The troops who have died there fighting the bad guys. Hey, Osama Bin Laden said that Iraq is the central battlefront in the war against terror. It’s because of the bravery of our troops under General Petraeus who knew the bad guys were in Iraq that we’ve got Al-Qaeda on the run, and we’re about to score a great victory.
RUSH: Yeah, and look, Obama goes out and makes a speech yesterday on Iraq and how we’re going to pull out of there, not gonna make this mistake again, and I really think he doesn’t know we’re doing well because the Drive-Bys are not reporting it. If the Drive-Bys are not reporting we’re doing well, he doesn’t know it. By the way, Senator Lieberman is toast if the Democrats win this election. They’re going to throw him out of the party as fast as they can. They don’t like mavericks in their own party.