RUSH: I knew it wouldn’t be possible. I was trying to go through this program today without one sound bite from President Obama, but it’s not possible. The president had a presser, some ceremony at the White House this afternoon to take credit for pulling us out of Iraq, which we’re not doing. We’re not leaving Iraq. We’re pulling out of the cities, and it’s up now to the Iraqi security forces to defend themselves — and, by the way, all hell is breaking loose. Twenty-four dead in Kirkuk. The Iraqi security forces are now being tested by Iranian-sponsored thugs and terrorists in Iran. We announce the day we’re pulling out, what do you do expect they’re going to do? So we’ll probably have to be back in there by tonight at some point, but nevertheless Obama is out there, and this is what he said.
OBAMA: Those who have tried to pull Iraq into the abyss of disunion and civil war are on the wrong side of history.
RUSH: That’s you!
OBAMA: Finally, the very fact that Iraqis are celebrating this day is a testament to the courage, the capability, and commitment of every single American who has served in Iraq.
RUSH: Why don’t you tell them the truth?
OBAMA: That’s worth applauding. (applause)
OBAMA: Through tour after tour of duty our troops have overcome every obstacle —
RUSH: Including you.
OBAMA: — to extend this precious opportunity to the Iraqi people. We’ve made important progress in supporting a sovereign, stable, and self-reliant Iraq, and everyone who served there both in uniform, uh, as well as our civilians, deserves our thanks.
RUSH: I don’t know about you, but this offends me. This is a guy who sought their defeat. This is a guy, Barack Obama, who voted against every progress-in-Iraq vote that came up. This is a guy who was out there impugning the United States military along with everybody else in his party, in both the House and the Senate. And everybody in his audience up there, other than the military people, wanted us to lose in Iraq. And now he runs around… I told you. I told you, folks, that these people were not going to lose it, that they were going to try to take credit for the victory. You didn’t hear him talk about George Bush, did you? Not in this bite, no. It’s all about Obama. Well, he praised the troops, and I don’t… It’s the first time. ‘Those who have tried to pull Iraq into the abyss of civil war are on the wrong side of history’? That was you and your party, Mr. President! You are the ones that would have lost it. It would have devolved into a civil war had he succeeded in getting our troops out of there.
‘This day, which is being heralded as a great success for our troops,’ is only possible because you did not prevail with your party in the Senate, Mr. President. It’s a little… It’s offensive to me that he gets to run around and take credit, even though I predicted it. ‘Tour after tour of duty our troops have overcome every obstacle’ including the Democrats in Congress ‘to extend this precious opportunity to the Iraqi people.’ Oh, now all of a sudden they care about the Iraqi people! They didn’t care about the Iraqi people before. They didn’t care about the Iraqi people when Saddam Hussein was doing anything to them. Last time they cared about the Iraqi people was when Bill Clinton wanted to do something about it back in the late nineties. Sometimes these people make me sick. This is just… You talk about hypocrisy? Barack Obama and his Democrats in the Senate were the biggest obstacle the US military faced in Iraq. Well, I’m not gonna say they’re a bigger obstacle than the terrorists who were armed, but I’m telling you: the Democrats in Congress were an obstacle that our troops had to overcome, in addition to everything else they had to beat.
RUSH: You remember Joe Biden wanted to divide Iraq into three parts? The Democrats were never on board this other than, you know, a couple weeks after 9/11. After that they were nowhere to be found in support of the US mission or the troops. If you’re going to have a ceremony congratulating the troops for a job well done, the stand-up thing to do would have been to have George Bush there to be part of it. Of course that’s the stand-up thing to do, which we don’t expect from this crowd.