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RUSH: All right, to the phones we go, to Louisville, Kentucky. This is Mike. Nice to have you on the program, sir. Hello.

CALLER: Hi, Rush. It’s a pleasure. I got a quick question for you. Maybe you can help me out on it.

RUSH: Yes, sir.

CALLER: A long time ago I was watching the primary between Edwards and Hillary and Obama. They were asked about nuclear weapons, and I’ll quote Obama. He said, ‘I will never, ever under any circumstance use a nuclear weapon.’ You know, and then Hillary said, ‘Well, I won’t take anything off the table,’ and Edwards said, ‘Well, I’ll negotiate to get rid of them.’ Well, Obama has changed his tune but my question is: Do I pray that Obama lied when he said that, that he would never use them — or does he really think that since he’ll never use a nuclear weapon, we might as well get rid of them?

RUSH: Well, but you have forgotten that he also said he would nuke Pakistan, right?

CALLER: Correct.

RUSH: Even if they didn’t give… Remember he said he was… Look, what you have to do is whatever he said during the campaign that was not to a union group or not to a teachers union or not to a trial lawyer convention, everything he said was an attempt to mainstream himself and to hide his radicalism. Now, ‘I’ll never use nuclear weapons,’ he was probably being very truthful there, in an exception to my rule.

CALLER: Wouldn’t that get rid of our deterrent?

RUSH: Well, yeah. Didn’t you hear him last week in this stupid sophomoric speech he gave at the UN? He’s going to disarm! He’s gonna get into all these new treaties saying we’re gonna lead the way in getting rid of our nukes.

CALLER: Yeah.

RUSH: We’re going to be back to the same old stuff we were with the Soviets where we were disarming and they weren’t. I think the guy is a menace. He’s a dangerous, dangerous, naive soul. Remember: ‘Ours is a world governed by the aggressive use of force.’ Bob in Port Charlotte, Florida. I’m glad you waited, sir. You’re up next. Hello.

CALLER: Okay. Dittos from Florida, Rush.

RUSH: Thank you.

CALLER: It’s a pleasure to speak to you.

RUSH: Thank you very much, sir.

CALLER: I’d like to know if Eisenhower didn’t take a month to send Patton to help the troops at Bastogne, why has it taken the president over a month to decide whether to send more troops to Afghanistan?

RUSH: He still hasn’t decided.

CALLER: I mean, he’s found time for everything else. He goes on TV every day to give speeches. He goes to the Black Caucus dinner. Now he’s planning on flying to Copenhagen about some Olympic event for Chicago. He’s doing everything but what he needs to do.

RUSH: What puzzles me about the Olympics is I don’t know why he cares, because there are people that win at the Olympics, and that doesn’t fit with his agenda of nations. You know, no nation should be better than any other or different than any other but clearly nations are going to win medals.

CALLER: But his primary job is commander-in-chief. He should be more concerned about the troops in Afghanistan and what they need and whether to send more troops to help them out.

RUSH: That’s the way you and I look at it. That’s just a troublesome sideshow.

CALLER: Well, I think he’s playing politics with the lives of our troops over there, and frankly I’m sick of it.

RUSH: Oh, there’s no question. Look, I don’t know how else to say this. Obama comes from that radical left that doesn’t like the US military, doesn’t like them being victorious. Look, we played it, folks. He’s uncomfortable with the concept of victory in Afghanistan. And we’re not making too much of that. Here, go back to the audio sound bites. Friday night in Pittsburgh at the G20 summit, Obama held a press conference. The reporter said, ‘You said a couple months ago that the war in Afghanistan is a war of necessity. Do you think it’s possible to meet our objectives there without an extra infusion of troops?’

OBAMA: And, uh, I would expect that the public would ask some very tough questions. That’s exactly what I’m doing is asking some very tough questions. Uhhh, aaand, you know, we’re not going to arrive at perfect answers. I think anybody who’s looked at the situation recognizes that it’s difficult and it’s complicated. But my solemn obligation is to make sure that, uh, I get the best answers possible, uh, particularly before I make decisions about sending additional, uh, troops, uhh, into the theater.

RUSH: That is just pathetic. The commander on the ground says, ‘We need more troops.’ It’s a no-brainer! (doing Obama impression) ‘Well, it’s not easy. I expect that the public would ask very tough questions. It’s exactly what I’m doing. Tough questions. We’re not going to arrive at perfect answers. Anybody looking at the situation recognizes it’s difficult.’ And here’s pathetic Obama again on Friday at the G20 summit. A reporter says, ‘Ahmadinejad said today that your statement this morning was a mistake and that your mistakes work in Iran’s favor. What gives you any sense that you can genuinely negotiate with this guy? And also, when you talk about ‘holding Iran accountable,’ is the military option growing more likely?’

OBAMA: Iran is on notice that when we meet with them on October 1st they are going to have to come clean and they are going to have to make a choice: Are they willing to go down the path which I think ultimately will lead to greater prosperity and security for Iran — giving up, uh, the acquisition of nuclear weapons, and deciding that they are willing to abide by international rules and standards in their pursuit of peaceful nuclear energy — uh, or will they continue, uh, down a past that is going to lead to confrontation? I’m not going to speculate on the course of action that we will take. We’re going to give October 1st a chance.

RUSH: ‘We’re not going to speculate on the course of action… continue down the path. We’re going to really talk now. We’ve talked to them before. We’re going to really, really talk now.’ It’s like… I forget who wrote this. Somebody wrote this and I’ve got it somewhere in the stack. Somebody said you know what this speech is like? This is like when you were a kid and you did something wrong, and your mother said, ‘All right, you wait ’til your dad gets home.’ Well, this is an Obama you-wait-’til-your-dad-gets-home answer to the question about Iran. ‘We’re going to really talk now. We’re going to really sit down and talk. We’re going to have really meaningful dialogue now,’ which is all anybody’s been doing with Iran while they laugh about it. Now, Mrs. Clinton, one of the things that he’s not talking about is military action. He’s not going to do that. He’s talking about meaningful and tough new sanctions on them. So let’s go to Mrs. Clinton, shall we? The Secretary of State was on CBS’ Face the Nation Sunday morning. Harry Smith sitting in said to her, ‘You talked this summer about if diplomacy failed you called sanctions, crippling sanctions would be in order. What would those crippling sanctions be?’

HILLARY: Well, Harry, we’re exploring how you broaden and deepen sanctions. Now, sanctions are already in place, as you know, but like many sanction regimes they’re leaky. But in the last, ummm, eight months, uh, since we’ve been dealing with North Korea on a similar, uh, set of issues, we have forged an international consensus around VERY tough sanctions. And that’s given us some additional information about how to proceed on the Iranian front.

RUSH: Oh! Oh! So we’re going to replicate what we did in North Korea? Well, if that’s the case, Iran is going to have nukes.

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