RUSH: Okay, so we got the big speech tonight up at West Point. You know, normally these speeches take 15 minutes in the Oval Office and there’s no applause because there’s nobody there to applaud. We got probably 30 minutes tonight, maybe longer, in front of a bunch of cadets at the US Military Academy. I don’t know if they’re going to be given applause signs or whatever, but I don’t know, folks. Rush Limbaugh, let’s get that out of the way, although you know it. Telephone number, 800-282-2882, great to have you here. The e-mail address, ElRushbo@eibnet.com.
Another American tradition is being trashed tonight. The president, in his selfishness, is causing the Charlie Brown Christmas special to be preempted. ABC’s airing of the Charlie Brown Christmas tonight is being preempted. And what is it with this president and schoolchildren? He’s infiltrated classrooms out there, he’s got his NEA minions brainwashing kids with chants of praise for Dear Leader, and now he’s preempting their favorite Christmas special. It’s not going to sit well with the kids. The only thing on the plus side, folks, is that Obama’s ears are about as big as Snoopy’s so maybe the kids won’t notice. Maybe they’ll think they are watching a cartoon. Many of us do.
Ladies and gentlemen, the AP has an interesting story about the speech tonight. ‘This initial infusion is a recognition by the administration that something tangible needs to happen quickly.’ A hundred days later they say something tangible needs to happen quickly. This whole thing is a sad joke. And I, for one, will have to watch this because it is my job, man. We have a little preview of a rehearsal before the teleprompter.
(playing of Obama spoof)
I don’t know if that’s part of the rehearsal. They’re leaking it at the White House exclusively to us here at the EIB Network. Not good news for the Democrats today. Rasmussen has a release coming up at one o’clock this afternoon. In November, 36% of American adults considered themselves Democrats. That’s down from 37.8% a month ago, the lowest number of Democrats in nearly four years, since December 2005. This is to be released by Rasmussen Reports at one o’clock eastern today. The number of Democrats in America falls to a four-year low. I’ll tell you, this Afghanistan speech tonight is not going to help him with the left. The Washington Post is doing their best nevertheless to buck him up.
Oh, the mantra of the day, by the way, is how inappropriate it is for Dick Cheney to speak out on the eve of Obama’s big speech. I mean that’s just hilarious. How outrageous that Cheney step on Obama’s coming speech. How many times during a Bush speech on Iraq did we get a prequel from Democrats going out and making their own version of a speech or criticizing what they thought Bush was going to say, but now since it’s the man-child, since it is the one, The Messiah, how inappropriate it is for the vice president to do so. He’s only speaking out on behalf of his country and he claims that Obama is just projecting weakness. They see that the Afghanistan leaders see a president of the United States concerned with exiting, not winning, that the strategy is just political, this is a political calculation, which it is. Cheney is exactly right about this.
Now, the Washington Post today: ‘The Perils of Being Commander in Chief.’ It’s by Dana Milbank. ‘First, the good news: President Obama will not be wearing a flight suit when he addresses the cadets at West Point on Tuesday night. Nor will he wear a bomber jacket with the presidential seal on the chest, nor even, the White House promises, a windbreaker with the word ARMY in big letters. ‘You can count on no military garb,’ assures Dan Pfeiffer, the White House communications director. Mission Accomplished? Not entirely. One of the common complaints of George W. Bush’s presidency was his tendency to politicize the military and turn troops into props.’ So they take what Bush did not do and take what Obama is doing and turn it around and say that Bush did it. You know, I may have to start adding a little Kahlua to my coffee in the mornings in order to read some of the crap that’s coming out of the State-Controlled Media.
Bush loved the military! Obama doesn’t like the military! It’s a nagging annoyance to him. The military is an inconvenience to him. He doesn’t want to be doing this speech tonight. He doesn’t want to even have to deal with this. He’s probably shocked that it hasn’t solved itself on its own because he was elected. He’s probably shocked that Iran hasn’t solved itself on its own because he was elected. George W. Bush loved the military. He revered it. It is simple as that. And I might add this, the military loved Bush. We’ve had calls on this program from current and retired military people, and if they are any indication, this military disdains President Obama. This whole Washington Post story is nothing but Bush-bashing, and there’s some Palin-bashing thrown in for good measure.
Now, if Dana Milbank or any of you editors at the Washington Post, if you want to write an article about this speech tonight, how about something along the lines of Obama’s dithering and how that has affected morale at the military? And shall we talk about props? Fake Greek columns, these cadets at West Point are just going to be the latest version of Greek columns at his acceptance speech at the Democrat National Committee. What about all those sick people who have died because we don’t have national health care? How often does he make those stories up? This is just outrageous. ‘The proliferation began in 2002, when Bush went to West Point for a June 1 speech to the cadets…’ not to the nation, by the way. ‘…detailing the doctrine of preemptive war. Had Sarah Palin watched that speech, she would have avoided four of the most damaging words of the 2008 presidential campaign, uttered when ABC News’s Charlie Gibson asked whether she agreed with the Bush Doctrine: ‘In what sense, Charlie?”
Here you’ve got an incompetent commander-in-chief running around using the military as props because they are nothing more than an annoyance, an inconvenience, and to give this incompetent little guy cover, the State-Controlled Media now bashes Bush. At least he won’t be showing up in a flight jacket? They do then quote Michael Moore at the end of the story: ‘With just one speech tomorrow night, you will turn a multitude of young people who were the backbone of your campaign into disillusioned cynics. You will teach them what they’ve always heard is true — that all politicians are alike.’ See, the left is not happy. They want us out of there. They don’t like war, period. They don’t like the concept of American exceptionalism or victory. You know what? Obama might try to teach young people tonight who tune into this speech that America is worth honoring and protecting and that it takes really strong and brave, selfless people to do that, so that the bloated bigot, Michael Moore, can do his dumb-ass movies without getting shot, or Obama might look at the military as the ultimate in community service.
Why not a little reverence for them? Why not a little respect? Why not a little encouragement? Why not a thank-you? Instead of explaining and going on television about how tough all this is and what we’re going to do here, and we’ve had the leaks already claim the real focus here is going to be on getting out. If you’re an Afghanistan warlord and you watch this thing tonight and you hear Obama focus on getting out, what do you do? You get jazzed. You get all jazzed up. If you’re the Taliban, if you’re Mullah Omar watching this, what do you do? Not focus on winning. And there is this, ladies and gentlemen: ‘Hezbollah Blames the United States for All Terrorism.’ This is from CNN: ‘Hezbollah’s chief on Monday announced the group’s new ‘manifesto,’ which calls on all countries to ‘liberate Jerusalem’ and declares the United States a threat to the world. ‘American terrorism is the source of every terrorism in the world,’ Hassan Nasrallah said in a televised speech from an undisclosed location.’
We have had Obama for less than a year now, the sea levels are no lower, and the terrorists still don’t like us. In fact, they hate us even more. The United States is a great nation at risk in a dangerous world that has gotten more dangerous in the 11 months that Obama has been president, or ten-and-a-half. The Iranians are thumbing their nose at us. The ChiComs are thumbing their nose at us. The Russians are thumbing their nose at us. And Obama is focused on giving us health care that the vast majority of the American people now in poll after poll after poll do not want.
RUSH: Okay, now, wait a minute. General McChrystal requested 40,000 troops, then last week the leak was 34,000 troops were going to be sent. Now and the number is 30,000 troops are going to be sent. The number keeps shrinking, as the days goes on. What’s the number going to be by the time he reads the speech off the teleprompter tonight?
RUSH: Maurice Hinchey. He is a wacko from New York State. He’s a member of Congress. And yesterday afternoon he was on MSNBC Live, and he was asked, ‘How much longer can we invest in this war in Afghanistan?’
HINCHEY: Look what happened with regard to our invasion into Afghanistan, how we apparently intentionally let Bin Laden get away. How we intentionally did not follow the Taliban and Al-Qaeda as they were escaping up into the northeast of Afghanistan over into the Pakistani border. That was done by the previous administration because they knew very well that [if] they would capture Al-Qaeda, there would be no justification for an invasion in Iraq.
RUSH: So the tin hat crowd is out. This is Maurice Hinchey. He is from New York. He’s a big Democrat. By the way, he’s one of the architects of Fairness Doctrine legislation. So he’s basically saying that Bush intentionally let Bin Laden go, that Bush intentionally lost Bin Laden. In fact there was a story on Sunday — and I don’t recall if it was a news magazine or a Washington paper, but regardless it was part of State-Controlled Media. It was all about how… Oh, it was a Senate report, some Senate committee report from John Kerry. ‘We had Bin Laden in our grasp at Tora Bora. We had him and we didn’t go for him. We didn’t get him. It’s Bush’s fault,’ and that’s what’s going to happen tonight in this speech.
We’re going to hear that not enough troops were sent to Afghanistan in the first place. All of this… I’ll tell you why it has to happen: Obama is on risky ground. All presidents have to hold onto their base, they have to hold onto their base, they have to. Obama’s got to hold onto his. His base is the kookiest fringe nutcases in this country. They believed all of the lies that he told about closing Guantanamo and sea levels falling and getting out of Afghanistan and getting out of Iraq. They believed all of that. If they would have listened to me, I coulda told them (and I did tell ’em), no Democrat is ever going to saddle defeat around their own necks. They’re not going to do it. They’re going to find some way to say they’ve won this, and they can’t win it by simply getting out and claiming a moral victory.
So what Obama is going to do tonight to hold onto his base, is he’s gonna send troops. He’s gonna send not nearly the number that’s been requested by the expert, General McChrystal. In doing so, he is going to blame Bush, and he’s going to blame Cheney because those are the magic words. You heard those seminar callers yesterday on global warming. Everything with these people is blame Bush. So, Obama’s gonna go out there and he’s going to say, ‘Bush never, never did send the right amount of troops, the right amount of armaments. He never up-staffed this properly! I’ve gotta take care of it now because I did say it was a war of necessity.’ But he’s going to dump on Bush. That’s how he hopes to hold onto his base while doing something they dramatically thought he would not do.
RUSH: It was John Kerry who ordered up that report that was released recently and that said Bin Laden was allowed to escape, and Kerry has been claiming this for years. Now, listen to the second sound bite. Even a certifiable kook like David Shuster over at MSNBC cannot believe that Maurice Hinchey actually said that Bush purposely let Bin Laden get away so that we can attack Iraq. But John Kerry has been saying this for years.
SHUSTER: You’re saying they deliberately let Osama Bin Laden get away? You think they deliberately let the head of Al-Qaeda get away —
HINCHEY: Yes, I do.
SHUSTER: — right after the 9/11 attacks? You really believe that?
HINCHEY: Oh, there’s no question about that.
SHUSTER: To suggest that they would deliberately let, deliberately let Osama Bin Laden get away so they could justify the war in Iraq, that will strike a lot of people as crazy.
HINCHEY: I don’t think it will strike a lot of people as crazy. I think it will strike a lot of people as being very accurate, and all you have to do is look at the facts of that set of circumstances and you can say that that’s exactly what happened. When we went in there, when our military went in there, we could have captured them, we could have captured most of the Taliban and we could have captured the Al-Qaeda, but we didn’t and we didn’t because of the need felt by the previous administration and the previous head of the military, that need to attack Iraq.
RUSH: Now, all of this is designed to give Obama cover for sending these troops in there tonight with his base. Everything with Obama’s political. It always is with the left. It’s not ever for the stated intentions that they claim. It’s all political. Obama is running a risk of losing his base tonight. The only way to save him, they think, is to dump on Bush. So Kerry issues this report over the weekend that we had Bin Laden and we didn’t do enough to get him and sends guys like Hinchey out here, ‘Oh, yeah, it was on purpose.’ Wall Street Journal editorial today: ‘President Obama unveils his new Afghanistan strategy today, and in the nick of time Senator John Kerry has arrived with a report claiming that none of this would be necessary if former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld had only deployed more troops eight years ago. Yes, he really said more troops.’ And, by the way, we turned Tora Bora 2,000 degrees when Bin Laden was there. You can count me among those who think Bin Laden is dead, by the way. I have always thought it, just like I’ve always known that global warming is a man-made hoax. We turned that place 2,000 degrees. We bombed the hell out of Tora Bora.
‘In a 43-page report issued yesterday by his Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Mr. Kerry says bin Laden and deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri were poised for capture at the Tora Bora cave complex in late 2001. But because of the ‘unwillingness’ of Mr. Rumsfeld and his generals ‘to deploy the troops required to take advantage of solid intelligence and unique circumstances to kill or capture bin Laden,’ the al-Qaeda leaders escaped. This in turn ‘paved the way for exactly what we had hoped to avoid — a protracted insurgency that has cost more lives than anyone estimates would have been lost in a full-blown assault on Tora Bora.’ The timing of the report’s release suggests that Mr. Kerry intends this as political cover for Mr. Obama and Democrats, and some in the press corps have even taken it seriously. But coming from Mr. Kerry, of all people, this criticism is nothing short of astonishing.
‘In 2001, readers may recall, the Washington establishment that included Mr. Kerry was fretting about the danger in Afghanistan from committing too many troops. The New York Times made the ‘quagmire’ point explicitly in a famous page-one analysis, and Seymour Hersh fed the cliche at The New Yorker. On CNN with Larry King on Dec. 15, 2001, a viewer called in to say the US should ‘smoke [bin Laden] out’ of the Tora Bora caves. Mr. Kerry responded: ‘For the moment what we are doing, I think, is having its impact and it is the best way to protect our troops and sort of minimalize the proximity, if you will. I think we have been doing this pretty effectively and we should continue to do it that way.’ The Rumsfeld-General Tommy Franks troop strategy may have missed bin Laden, but it reflected domestic political doubts about an extended Afghan campaign. Remarkably, Mr. Kerry is now repeating those same doubts about Mr. Obama’s troop decision, saying that the ‘Afghans must do the heavy lifting’ and that he supports additional troops only for ‘limited purposes’ and wants the US out within ‘four to five years.’ Adapting his legendary 2004 campaign locution, Mr. Kerry is now in favor of more troops after he was against them, but in any case not for very long.’
Folks, this is rock solid truth. We are getting schizophrenic behavior from these people, and it’s all because they are not real. They live in the Universe of Lies. They live in the Universe of Spin. Back in 2001, John Kerry did not want more troops. They didn’t want a quagmire. The New York Times supported that. That’s why we turned Tora Bora 2,000 degrees with a bombing attack, not troops. Now all of a sudden, the day before Obama’s big speech, Kerry’s committee in the Senate comes out and says, ‘Bush never sent enough troops and that’s why we have to send in troops now. But we don’t want them there for very long.’ So John Kerry is now in favor of more troops after he was against more troops, but in any case, not for very long. Then you got Hinchey going out, ‘Oh, yeah, they let him go on purpose.’ Don’t doubt me. All of this is to give Obama cover with his base because making this commitment of new troop levels is angering the people on the left that he thinks he can’t lose. While he’s losing people in the middle, while he’s losing Republicans, while he’s losing independents, he wants to hold onto the kook fringe.
All presidents think it’s necessary to hold onto their base. Yet they all campaign saying they have to win the independents, and he’s losing them. He’s losing them big time with health care; he’s losing them big time with this; he’s losing them big time with his general incompetence, it’s perceived incompetence. When people finally wake up and realize all this is being done on purpose, they’re going to be livid and outraged, and slowly more and more people are awakening to the idea that they were defrauded by the media and by the candidate during the 2008 Democrat presidential campaign. Now, this report, Democrats run Kerry’s committee, they can issue a report, whatever Kerry wants it to say, but his hypocrisy here cannot be overstated. He is still the same flip-flopper that we came to know and loathe during the 2004 campaign. This is just another one of those things that Kerry was for before he was against. It was John Kerry who ordered up this report that said Bin Laden was allowed to escape. He’s been claiming this for years but remember, in 2001 when we were supposedly unified as a nation. (imitating John Kerry) ‘We can’t send any more troops in there, we don’t want a Vietnam-like quagmire, everyone agrees with this, what we’re doing right now is fine,’ he said to a caller on Larry King Alive.
I hate to sound like a broken record here, but the only hope that they have of not losing their base on this is to make this whole thing tonight a Bush bash. They’re not going to mention Bush, they might mention Rumsfeld, but certainly the previous administration did not make a serious enough troop level commitment, blah, blah, blah, blah — to give themselves cover because they’re balancing things and they think that there is more hatred for Bush on the left than there is anger at this Obama policy. And all the Democrats are circling the wagons to see to it that that’s the message that gets out.
RUSH: Now, my friends, in the Real World (where you and I live) it was Bill Clinton who let Bin Laden go, before 9/11. It was Bill Clinton who had Bin Laden in the crosshairs. It was Bill Clinton and Richard Clarke who let Bin Laden go, in the Real World. This Dana Milbank article in the Washington Post? Do you think Bush might have been giving a lot of speeches to the military because we were (ahem) at war? Do you think there might have been a reason? To say that George W. Bush used the military as props, when that’s precisely and exactly what is happening now? No greater contrast could there be between The Universe of Lies (The Four Corners of Deceit) and The Universe of Reality.
RUSH: First leak here: ‘Obama intends to end the Afghanistan war within three years, according to senior administration officials.’ What’s the point of the speech if his people keep leaking the contents? Can we maybe do the Snoopy special, the Charlie Brown Christmas now? Why don’t they just leak the speech and move on with the standard programming tonight so that little kids will not have to pretend they’re watching Snoopy and his big ears when they look at Obama. But, folks, have you ever wondered why the cost of every Obama program is $900 billion or $898 billion? Have you ever noticed that every Obama program, be it health care or what have you, there’s this magic number, it’s only going to cost $900 billion.
From Obama’s big health care address, September 9th, 2009: ‘Add it all up and the plan I’m proposing will cost around $900 billion over ten years, less than we have spent on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and less than the tax cuts for the wealthiest few Americans that Congress passed at the beginning of the previous administration.’ And there’s a website called CostofWar.com. It’s a lefty website and they claim that Afghanistan and Iraq combined have cost $937 billion since 2001, according to all the lefty websites. So that’s the reason, you sell health care, but, hey, doesn’t cost nearly as much as these wars, and those wars were truly a waste.