RUSH: President Obama, in his press conference last night — all of a sudden, and for the first time — cited a world leader with respect.
And that would be Winston Churchill. After showing disrespect to Winston Churchill for most of his term so far, President Obama cited the great Winston Churchill as a beacon for a nation like ours to show that we should not torture. Even, Obama said, when Britain was being bombed to smithereens, Churchill refused to compromise the moral values of Great Britain. He didn’t torture captured Nazi prisoners. Obama doesn’t know this. He’s getting this from a left-wing blogger, as so much of the Drive-By Media gets their information from left-wing bloggers. It is pretty well known that in British-occupied Germany after World War II, the Brits treated captured German soldiers pretty harshly. They starved them, big psychological mistreatment. It’s just an absolute myth that the Brits and Churchill never, quote, unquote, ‘tortured.’
Let me read to you from Untold Stories of D-Day, by Thomas B. Allen, National Geographic magazine, June of 2002: ‘While the maps [for our D-Day invasion of Normandy] were evolving, a group of intelligence officers was busy crafting the greatest hoax of the war — a spy-running operation that was not fully revealed until the 1980s. Earlier in the war, British counterintelligence officers gave captured German spies a simple choice: Be hanged or work for us. Most [of the captured German spies] chose to live. Directed by their handlers, the turncoats used seemingly clandestine radios to transmit to German spymasters a mix of real and counterfeit information. The operation, run by the wryly named XX (double cross) Committee, was meant to convince the German high command that the invasion would strike at either Nazi-held Norway or at Calais, across the English Channel from Dover,’ when it actually was headed in Normandy and Pointe du Hoc and so on and so forth.
Threatening to hang somebody, are you gonna call it torture or not? They may not have beat them, but they used drugs. The Brits used drugs. After claiming he wasn’t calling Bush a torturer, he essentially did call Bush a torturer last night in that press conference. But after all that, he likes Churchill now. It’s amazing to watch this. The country has fallen head over heels in love with Barack Obama. It’s blind love, not his policies, but with him.
RUSH: One thing about Obama last night, all of a sudden singling out Churchill as some moral guidepost for not torturing or being cruel or mean or whatever you have to do to get information from prisoners, don’t forget the reason that Barack Obama gave back the Churchill statue. His grandfather lived in Kenya during the colonial days when Britain ran it, and the Brits, I think it was during Churchill’s second premiership or prime minister-ship put down the Mau Mau rebellion, and Obama’s grandfather, Odingo Obama Oyendo, whatever, was either killed or severely wounded. And that’s why the animus toward Churchill and the Brits in the first place. So this was all just made up last night, stolen, used, you know, some left-wing blogger.
RUSH: From the Telegraph of India, December 2008: ‘Churchill ‘Tortured’ Obama’s Grandfather.’ Churchill also wouldn’t mind if Gandhi starved to death, by the way.
RUSH: Just a couple more details here, Steve Gilbert at Sweetness-Light.com points out a story from the UK Times online, December 3rd, 2008: ”Beatings and Abuse Made Barack Obama’s Grandfather Loathe the British’ — The President-elect’s relatives have told how the family was a victim of the Mau Mau revolt. Barack Obama’s grandfather was imprisoned and brutally tortured by the British during the violent struggle for Kenyan independence, according to the Kenyan family of the US President-elect. Hussein Onyango Obama, Mr Obama’s paternal grandfather, became involved in the Kenyan independence movement while working as a cook for a British army officer after the war. He was arrested in 1949 and jailed for two years in a high-security prison where, according to his family, he was subjected to horrific violence to extract information about the growing insurgency.’
So I mention this only because Obama last night said, (paraphrasing) ‘We can’t torture cause Churchill didn’t torture, Churchill didn’t torture anybody, didn’t torture any West German, East German spies, any German spies period during World War II.’ That’s not true. The Brits threatened captured spies with hanging, and they used drugs on them unless they cooperated and turned traitor against their own country, Germany. And now the Obama family says that Barack’s grandfather tortured by the Brits during Churchill’s second prime ministership, and then, from Telegraph of India, this is from January 1st of 2006: ‘The shocking disclosure that Winston Churchill was willing to allow Mahatma Gandhi to die in prison if the latter persisted with a hunger strike is made in British war cabinet documents from 1942 released yesterday.’ So this is three years ago, this news. ‘Rush, why are you bringing this up, why?’ Because, folks, look, if you just landed from Mars last night, and you happened to be channel surfing American TV and you came across that press conference, I’m sure you’d be mesmerized.
There are three people in the last 20 years who have been able to influence, inspire, and motivate millions of Americans. Barack Obama is one of them. He has a flair of speaking confidently, which is key, flair for speaking confidently, sounds professorial, sounds educated, even when he doesn’t say anything. He makes everybody think he’s on their side. He makes everybody think that he agrees with their point of view on things. But this man is like every other liberal to come down the path. He lies. So that’s why I’m pointing these things out. Why the big deal on torture? Because Barack Obama’s using it to criticize his own country. Barack Obama is weakening this nation’s ability to defend itself. Barack Obama is going out of his way to point out every opportunity he has, what an immoral, unjust country this was, until he was elected. So that’s why we spend time contradicting him on these things. Plus, he’s listening to the writings of a left-wing blogger on this Churchill business, and it just isn’t true.