RUSH: Dingy Harry ‘became the latest Democrat to stray into rhetorical trouble Tuesday, botching statements on three subjects in one news conference — including the fragile health of the chamber’s most senior members.’ Before the program ended yesterday, I saw Drudge had it up there that Senator Kennedy’s cancer was in remission, and it was a story from TheHill.com. It cleared at 2:44. I didn’t have a chance to mention before the program ended. Then when I got home and I fired up the computer it wasn’t there anymore, and then I found out why, because Dingy Harry was wrong. He was asked if Senator Kennedy’s cancer was in remission. He said, ‘As far as I know it is. Yes,’ but the office of Senator Kennedy refused to confirm his comments or make any statement in response. The public silence is a classic Washington disavowal. Dingy Harry was wrong. He also said Robert Byrd was going to get out of the hospital that day. No, he’s not. He’s still in the hospital and may be in there for a long time.
RUSH: My name yesterday again graced the presence of the United States Senate, courtesy of Illinois Senator Dick Durbin.
DURBIN: The two most vocal supporters of keeping Guantanamo open are former Vice President Dick Cheney and talk show host Rush Limbo. (sic) When it comes to the national security of the United States of America I will side with Colin Powell and John McCain over Vice President Cheney and Rush Limbaugh. According to experts, Guantanamo, unfortunately, has become a recruiting tool for Al-Qaeda that is hurting America’s security.
RUSH: Now, wait just a second. This doesn’t jibe with the news today. The news today is that the Democrats in the Senate are not going to give Obama the money to close Guantanamo Bay. Now, two things about this. First is that Obama admits he doesn’t know diddly-squat about Guantanamo Bay when he just unilaterally says he’s going to close it in a year. Then the Democrats come along and say, ‘Well, we’re not going to fund the closing of it,’ and people come to the wrong conclusion about this. People think that the Democrats realize there’s some really dangerous people down there. That’s not it. It’s to give Obama cover. This is to cover Obama’s ignorance! This is to cover Obama’s stupidity last January in unilaterally announcing that Club Gitmo will close in January of 2010. It can’t close if they don’t give him the money.
But I don’t understand what Durbin is talking about here. It seems to be, Senator ‘Turban,’ that a lot of Democrats want to keep Gitmo open including your leader, Dingy Harry, who had some really strange things to say about this. The audio is coming up here in just a second. The only two people want to keep it open are Cheney and me? (laughing) And then it’s become an Al-Qaeda recruiting tool? This is the first I’ve heard that one. Have you heard that before? So Gitmo became an Al-Qaeda recruitment tool, meaning we put Al-Qaeda terrorists in there, and then we put other terrorists in there, and we put other terrorists — as we capture them, we put them in there — and somehow people who are already terrorists are going to be recruited to terror? (interruption) Oh. Oh. Oh. Oh. Oh. Al-Qaeda uses it as propaganda to recruit terrorists in the Middle East, to show how evil we are to terrorists at Club Gitmo.
Ohhh! Oh, I get it. I get it. So it’s all part of this theory that we create more terrorists. I got you. Okay. There aren’t any stories out there to that effect, or there are no stories. There’s no empirical evidence. There’s more evidence that we evolved from that lemur monkey, 47 million years old, than there is that Guantanamo Bay created more terrorists. (interruption) Yeah, and if we moved them to the US, all this would stop. Yeah, exactly right. Okay. Well, do you want to examine why Gitmo is — if it is, if it is, why Gitmo is — a recruiting tool for Al-Qaeda, Senator Durbin? If anybody enabled Club Gitmo to be used as a recruiting tool, it was Senator Dick Durbin in June of 2005.
DURBIN 2005: If I read this to you and didn’t tell you that it was an FBI agent describing what Americans had done to prisoners in their control, you would most certainly believe this must have happened by Nazis, Soviets in their Gulags, or some mad regime, Pol Pot or others, that had no concern for human beings. Sadly, that’s not the case. This was the action of Americans in the treatment of our — their — own prisoners.
RUSH: Now, I would say that that statement by Dick Durbin, which got aired all over the world, probably created more terrorists than anything at Club Gitmo going on — and he eventually had to apologize for this, comparing American interrogators to members of Pol Pot’s regime, the Nazis, the Soviets in their gulags.
Let’s move on now to Dingy Harry. I’ve often wondered why it is that Dingy Harry and Nancy Pelosi get along so well. The reason… You know, sometimes House speakers and Senate majority leaders of the same party don’t get along well because the Senate operates much slower than the House does, and the House is out there thinking they’re doing great things and the Senate’s putting the brakes on it, and this can lead to tension between a House speaker and a Senate majority leader of the same party. But Dingy Harry and Pelosi seem to get along so well, and I’ve concluded it’s because they’re about equal in brain power.
REID: Democrats under no circumstances will move forward without a comprehensive, responsible plan from the president. We will never allow a terrorist to be — to be released into the United States.
RUSH: (laughing) Okay. Now obviously there’s some polling data out there: ‘Do not let these people go. Do not even bring ’em here.’ Now, Dingy Harry somewhere has gotten the impression that Obama and Eric Holder are just gonna release these people, ’cause I think Holder implied that once. Eric Holder, Obama’s attorney general, implied that, ‘Hey, I mean some of these people, we’re holding illegally. We’re going to release ’em here.’ Most of them, if they are brought here, will be put in prisons, but they’re still going to be in your neighborhood. You’re still going to be paying for them, and they’re going to have ACLU lawyers out there trying to get ’em out. So Dingy Harry says, ‘We will never allow terrorist to be released in the United States.’ The Democrats are all caterwauling, nobody ever said they were going to be. Then Dingy Harry, a reporter said, ‘Well, what about imprisoned in the United States?’
REID: Part of what we don’t want is them to be put in prisons in the United States. We don’t want ’em around the United States.
RUSH: Whoa. All of a sudden these guys are tough on terrorists. I mean, it was just a year ago that these people were innocent. These people were just the salt of the earth, you know? They had all of their rights violated; Bush and Cheney were out there committing all these crimes against them, and now all of a sudden the Democrats don’t want these people even in prison in this country. (interruption) Yes Mr. Snerdley? Mmm-hmm. Okay. We don’t want ’em. That’s true. If we don’t want ’em — and Eric Holder went around, he went to Germany and he asked all of our allies to take a couple of them. Their original countries don’t want them, which I can’t figure out.
If they’re all innocent — if they’re being held illegally in violation of human rights, if we have no evidence — what the hell? Let ’em become cabdrivers in New York City. Now all of a sudden these people, we can’t release them to prisons here? I tell you, this is cover for Obama ’cause the little boy president went out there and did something absolutely ignorant and stupid, and he’s gotta be covered for it now. The solution is the Cheney-Limbaugh policy: Keep it open! Which is what is going to happen: Keep it open! It was never a problem in the first place. It was a manufactured problem, a propaganda problem created by the Democrats. Now, after the reporter said, ‘Well, what about having them imprisoned in the United States?’ Dingy Harry, who yesterday said that Senator Kennedy’s cancer is in remission when it’s not, said this…
REID: I’m saying that the United States Senate, Democrats and Republicans, do not want terrorists to be released into the United States. That’s very clear.
REPORTER: Nobody is talking about releasing them. They’re talking about putting them in prison somewhere in the United States.
REID: You can’t put them in prison unless you release them.
REPORTER: Sir, could you clarify that a little bit?
REID: I can’t — I can’t — I can’t make it any more clear than the statement I have given to you. We will never allow terrorists to be released in the United States.
RUSH: So this is focus group language. He’s gotta go out there. He focus grouped this. He’s gotta say ‘terrorists,’ because the country will never believe that Obama wants to release terrorists into the general population. That’s what it means so Dingy Harry says we’re not going to release them. The reporter says, ‘No, no, no, no: transfer them from prison at Gitmo to prison in America.’ Dingy Harry says, ‘You can’t imprison them without releasing them,’ meaning you gotta release them from Gitmo and then catch ’em again! He said we’re not going to do that, and he’s also saying: Hey, if you’re going to transfer them, you gotta release ’em from Gitmo, and you gotta put ’em in official transportation vehicles and put ’em back in prison. It is just hilarious. Normally these people are hilarious when they’re out of power and dangerous when they’re in power, and that hasn’t changed. But they’re getting funny now as the reality of what Obama claims he wants to do hits these people where it hurts: in the polls.
RUSH: I just got a note from Andrew McCarthy, who, as you know, was on the prosecution team that put the blind sheik, Omar Abdel Rahman, behind bars. He was listening to the program as we discussed the use of Gitmo by the Democrats as a propaganda tool, saying that our imprisonment of these innocent waifs has led to the creation of more terrorists. And Andy writes, ‘This drives me nuts. Obama, Durbin, Powell, the titular head of the Republican Party, McCain, a bunch of people who know zero about radical Islam, all say that Gitmo and Abu Ghraib and waterboarding and fill-in-the-blank has become an Al-Qaeda recruiting tool. This is something I know about, Rush. I prosecuted terrorists. I’ve interviewed them. I’ve infiltrated informants into terrorist networks. The biggest recruiting tool for terrorists is successful terrorist attacks. What draws those on the fence to the movement is the belief that it can and will win. When Osama and the blind sheik recruit, their pitch is that the US is the weak horse. If you make things bloody enough for us, we’ll give up.’ Successful terror attacks are the number one recruitment tool. So you’d have to say that the Bush administration preventing all and any terrorist attacks on our soil did more to harm the recruitment of terrorists by Al-Qaeda than anything Obama or the Democrats have in mind.