RUSH: So let me tell you what’s happening out there, folks. I’m gonna give you a timeline here in just a second. I’m gonna tell you things that you probably don’t know about what’s happening in the Middle East, and I’m gonna tell you why it’s happening and why idiots are wrong about why it’s happening. But what really is going on, is there is a coordinated effort by the media, in coordination with the White House, to turn this story… what is this about? I’m trying to be calm, cool, collected, reserved, professional. We’re in the midst of a disaster.
This is a full-fledged foreign policy disaster from the moment the embassy in Cairo put that statement out yesterday, before any of this happened, it’s the most amazing thing. It is a pre-apology. I’ll read it to you in just a second. What they’re trying to do is make all of this about Romney. We’re in the midst of a genuine… second term of Jimmy Carter, anybody? 1979, anybody? We’re in the middle of an absolute disaster, a foreign policy disaster. And there’s a coordinated effort to make it about Romney and whether or not he should speak; whether he should say anything about it; whether or not it’s presidential for Romney. We’re only supposed to have one president at times like this. Well, we don’t have one, unless Romney speaks up, and that’s the sad reality.
Here’s the general time frame. Our embassy in Cairo issued an apology preemptively on behalf of private US citizens and whatever they might say. They did this on 9/11. I want to read to you the statement.
“The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims Â– as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. Today, the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Americans are honoring our patriots and those who serve our nation as the fitting response to the enemies of democracy. Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy,” except for the Catholic Church when it comes to abortion, and then the US government doesn’t give a rat’s rear end. “We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others.”
Now, what is that about? Well, it turns out it’s about two things. Now, remember, this statement was issued before anything had happened. Nothing has happened yet. It was their 9/11 statement, from the embassy in Cairo. Well, there are two things going on. You’re not gonna believe this. The first is that some guy is making a movie about the prophet Mohammed that is unflattering, and he’s using his First Amendment free speech rights to do it. People have seen trailers of the movie, it is what it is. It’s apparently highly offensive. So this statement is put out to cover for that and to criticize that American for doing this. They didn’t name him. They didn’t identify what project, but that’s one of the two things that they’re upset about. So our embassy in Cairo puts out a statement condemning Americans who would utilize and use their First Amendment rights, their free speech rights to say something to make a movie, to apologize to Muslims in advance for it.
The second thing — get this. There are also people who believe that the Reverend Terry Jones is to blame for this, the preacher in Gainesville, Florida, who at one time threatened to burn the Koran and was talked out of it. There are actually people who believe that this happened yesterday because of an American preacher and whatever he says, thinks, or has alluded to perhaps doing involving Islam. Now, what does that mean? That means that we are to accept the notion that any criticism of this religion justifiably makes these people nuts, and they attack our embassy, and then they kill our ambassador, and it’s his fault. It’s not theirs. It’s not the militant Islamists’ fault. No, no, they’re sitting there minding their own business, 9/11, they don’t even remember what the significance of the date is. They hear about the movie. They hear about the preacher and they go nuts in our embassy. And we’re supposed to believe this?
This is your administration, folks. This is what they believe, and this is what Embassy Cairo means when they say: “The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims.”
That is a condemnation of Americans. Misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims, thereby justifying for all intents and purposes whatever actions Muslims with hurt feelings take after this. The fact of the matter is that this would have happened on 9/11 — I’m convinced this was gonna happen anyway, it doesn’t matter about the movie, it doesn’t matter about Terry Jones. I don’t think this was about the movie at all. I don’t think this was about Terry Jones at all, and I’m shocked that there are reasonable Americans who want to lay blame for this on Americans and thereby accept the notion that there are Americans abusing free speech rights and therefore Embassy Cairo is justified in this embarrassing statement that they put out.
So they put the statement out, and what’s that supposed to do? It’s supposed to mollify, and it’s supposed to mollify the militant Islamist and keep them at bay and say, “Look, it’s 9/11, and we understand.” Meanwhile, these people are outside our embassy shouting, “We’re all Osama’s, Obama. There are millions of Osama’s, Obama.” They weren’t talking about the guy making the movie, and they weren’t talking about Terry Jones. So that’s the first thing that happened, that statement goes up. Apologizing in advance for private US citizens exercising their free speech. Then the protests intensify into attacks on our embassy in Cairo and our consulate in Benghazi, in Libya.
Romney speaks up and calls the Cairo embassy response disgraceful. We then discover that there are murders that have taken place of Americans in Benghazi, including the ambassador. After that happens, the Obama administration disavows the Cairo Embassy statement that I just read you. And after that, the Obama campaign sent one of their flacks out to shame Romney for politicizing what happened at the embassy in Libya, thereby getting the ball rolling on this whole idea that Romney ought to shut up. That Romney shouldn’t be talking about this. That Romney jumped the gun. That Romney used the death of Americans as a campaign aid and violated this… you’ve heard this before, this sacred “political ends at the water’s edge.”
Tell the Democrats that during the war in Iraq. Politics ends at the water’s edge? Except, see, that’s not what happened. Cairo puts out this statement that I just read to you, and once the media gets hold of that and starts reporting it, somebody has to speak up. It is outrageous. It’s disgraceful. It’s exactly what Romney said. So, to review: On 9/11, our embassy is attacked. A press release is issued before the attack apologizing for a private citizen exercising his free speech in our own country.
After the embassy is attacked, the State Department spokeswoman essentially endorsed the earlier release but they disavowed it first. They said it stands. Actually what happened was Embassy Cairo issues that statement; Washington disavows it. Embassy Cairo tweets: No, it still stands. (The operative part of our statement being about embarrassed over what Americans are doing to hurt the feelings of Muslims, that still stands.) Throughout all of yesterday and last night — throughout all of it — Obama has said nothing.
Throughout all of this, the president of the United States hasn’t said anything. Our Libyan consulate is hit. Four are murdered there, including our ambassador. Obama doesn’t say anything about it until about 11 o’clock Eastern time this morning. And the media is totally obsessed with what Romney’s doing, and how Romney is wrong and Romney jumped the gun. They say, “There’s only one president, and Romney isn’t it.” Folks, I remember the campaign of 1980.
I remember Ronald Reagan hitting Jimmy Carter, who was the sitting president, every day for his incompetence involving the Iranian hostage crisis! Politics stopping at the water’s edge, my foot! All that’s happening here is that the people on the left understand that we’re dealing… Isn’t it funny that nobody cares about foreign policy? Remember, that wasn’t a big deal in this campaign? And even if it is a big deal, Obama’s the clear, clear superior leader. It would just make more people vote for Obama.
“He’s just a whiz at foreign policy. He’s made the world love us!” Obama gave us this! Obama gave us the Arab Spring, which has turned into what happened yesterday. Obama praised it, sanctioned it. He even tried to claim that they came about because of him. The Arab Spring and the Brotherhood were using the same tactics he used in his ’08 campaign. He, at one time, was trying to make it sound like there was solidarity between him and these “democratic freedom fighters,” the Muslim Brotherhood.
We’re dealing with Islamist supremacists, and they are the mainstream. They are not the fringe, these people that killed the ambassador yesterday. And, by the way, they were let in. You may not know this. You can’t get into an American embassy. There are Marines. There are local police. You can’t get over the wall, rip down the flag, and set it afire unless somebody lets you in. That’s a question I have: Who let them in?
They were on the grounds. I’ve got the news reports. They were on the grounds, over the wall of our embassy, for a significant period of time loitering around. They weren’t trying to get into the actual embassy, but they were on the grounds, the compound. How? They had to be let in, or it is perhaps that they just weren’t stopped. I don’t want to convey the impression that somebody opened a door for them. They went over the wall, but nobody stopped them.
They were able to get to the flag, rip it down, try to set it on fire, and raise the Al-Qaeda flag. That just doesn’t happen. Now, if you move over to Libya, when that happens, there is a procedure in place to transfer the ambassador and his high-level aides to a different location for his safety and security, which happened. CBS (no less than CBS) is reporting the following. Brace yourselves. “Libyan officials moved our ambassador to a secure location and then told the mob where they took him,” and that’s how the mob knew where he was.
That’s how the mob knew where to go to kill our ambassador, because the Libyan officials who moved him to the secure place (according to CBS), then told the mob where he was. Then to add insult to injury, we have to listen this morning — honest to God folks — to Mrs. Clinton and Obama praise the Libyans for trying to save our ambassador. These pictures that you’ve seen with the ambassador upside-down, half naked, being carried over somebody’s shoulder?
We’re told, “Yeah, our friends in Libya were taking him to the hospital.” They paraded our ambassador around! Taking him to the hospital? How stupid do they think we are? And, meanwhile, all of this is about Romney. They’re trying to do to Romney here exactly what they did when he went to Europe for the Olympics and then over to Poland. They tried to make that trip into one giant gaffe after gaffe after gaffe.
Their success with the lies about Romney’s disastrous trip has given them the courage to try it again with this latest lie. Not one of the protesters, not one of the rioters was shot. Only Americans end up being shot. How does that happen? Do you think this woulda happened on 9/11, 2002? Do you think this would have happened on 9/11, 2007? Do you think it woulda happened on 9/11, 2009? It was probably more likely then. Obama was only in office for barely a year.
But, folks, we’re in the middle here of a full-fledged disaster.
I’m not surprised that a failed administration would try to divert all of this to Romney and steer everybody to, “He shouldn’t be speaking. That’s not very nice. In a presidential campaign, politics ends at the water’s edge. Who does he think he is? He has no business speaking.” They’re worried because he looked presidential. He also took questions, which Obama didn’t. That bugs them. Then, lo and behold, you go to Fox and you find the predictable people on our side saying, “Really he doesn’t know. He shouldn’t be speaking. You know, it’s just one president and one voice, and Romney isn’t it, and he shouldn’t have spoken.”
Have you people ever heard of Ronald Reagan?
RUSH: Here’s the CBS story, so there is no doubt about this: “Military officials told CBS News an anti-terrorism team of US Marines was being deployed to Libya to help secure US interests in the country following the attack. The State Department said, however, that no Americans were remaining at the facility in Benghazi. State officials would not confirm how many Americans were evacuated, or to where.
“Wanis al-Sharef, a Libyan Interior Ministry official in Benghazi, said the four Americans were killed when the angry mob, which gathered to protest a US-made film that ridicules Islam’s Prophet Muhammad, fired guns and burned down the US consulate in Benghazi. He said Stevens, 52, and other officials were moved to a second building, deemed safer, after the initial wave of protests at the consulate.
“According to al-Sharef, members of the Libyan security team seem to have indicated to the protesters the building to which the American officials had been relocated, and that building then came under attack.” So our friends in Libya followed procedure and removed our ambassador to the prearranged security location — the second building, away from where the primary attack was taking place — and then they told the mob where they took him.
The mob went and they killed him.
And today we had to listen to Mrs. Clinton (I’ve got the audio coming up) and the president of the United States praise the Libyans for trying to carry our ambassador to the hospital. I don’t know if you’ve seen any pictures of our ambassador being carried, but I’ve never seen somebody carried upside-down, over the shoulder, half naked to the hospital. It’s an amazing thing. Oh, and, meanwhile, folks, remember: It’s all about whether Romney jumped the gun today by even talking about it.
RUSH: Addressing a crowd at a picnic in Racine, West Virginia, John Kerry, who, by the way, served in Vietnam, devoted almost his entire 27-minute speech to a critique of George W. Bush — wait a minute. Never mind. I’m reading something that’s years and years and years old. What I meant to say, Kerry has called Romney irresponsible, callous, and reckless. And, furthermore, John Kerry called on Romney to apologize. This is a guy who called our soldiers in Iraq “savages,” who agreed that they were terrorists. He called our troops terrorists, agreed that they were rapists, the Marines in Haditha. Illegally negotiated with Vietcong during the Vietnam War, John Kerry calling Romney irresponsible.
Unbiased journalist David Gregory just tweeted. He’s the host of Meet the Press. “Romney appears to have launched a political attack even before facts of embassy violence were known. Then uses day to issue vague FP vision.” So here we are in the midst of an utter foreign policy meltdown. What happened yesterday in Cairo and in Libya is demonstrative. It’s illustrative of the absolute lack of a foreign policy that we have. That statement — I have to read this to you again — this statement put out in advance of any violence, I guarantee you, the PC crowd at Embassy Cairo actually thought that this would prevent some violence. They thought apologizing in advance would mollify the mob.
It’s 9/11. Do these people not get that this is a day Al-Qaeda celebrates? This is a day that militant Islamists celebrate. Should our embassies not have been on double, triple security detail preparedness? Meanwhile, we obviously have a bunch of politically correct, chickified people in that Embassy Cairo, and here again, this statement just boggles my mind. “The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims.” You know, when I hear Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claim that he wants to wipe out Israel, that hurts my feelings. What is this hurt feelings business? Does hurt feelings justify terrorism? Is that what Embassy Cairo believes, and we must therefore avoid hurting their feelings, otherwise we should expect what we get?
I heard Mrs. Clinton say she was shocked that this happened, and I remember Jimmy Carter saying he was shocked that the Soviets invaded Afghanistan. The liberals are always shocked that the people they think are their friends behave as they do. They’re stunned. I’ll bet you at levels of our State Department, they can’t believe what happened here. We’ve gone out of the way. We gave Egypt to the Muslim Brotherhood. We helped them take it over. We helped them get rid of Mubarak, and we give them one and a half billion dollars a year, and then they did this? I guarantee you we got some people scratching their heads, “We’re so nice to ’em and we respect their feelings, why, we even apologized for the bigots in the United States in advance, and they still did this?” I guarantee you there are people inside that embassy scratching their heads talking to each other like that.
How else do you put out a statement: “The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals [in America] to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims — as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions.” Except again, I must add, the Catholic Church. It doesn’t matter. We’ll hurt their feelings and we’ll make them violate their closest held beliefs. We don’t care about the feelings of the people in the Catholic Church. And apparently we don’t have any feelings about the Copt Christians in Egypt, either.
How would you like to be a Copt Christian in Egypt, Cairo, and see what happened yesterday? The US embassy can’t even protect itself. How’s it gonna protect you? And then you go over to Libya and you find the US embassy there. The consulate can’t protect itself. And after all this happens, guess who the bad guy is? Mitt Romney, who is the only guy that looked presidential in all of this, who had the guts to go out and characterize this statement from the embassy accurately. And the media is now saying that Romney jumped the gun, launched a political attack before the facts of the embassy violence were known, and then issues a vague foreign policy vision.
Romney took questions today. I was told that there was an open mic and that the media at the Romney event could be heard coordinating their attack questions for him. But we can’t find it. We’ve looked everywhere. I’ve been told it aired someplace, but we cannot find it. I wish we could. I would love to be able to play that for you, but we can’t find ’em, the media actually coordinating their questions for Romney. It was the same question over and over: “Do you think you jumped the gun? Do you think you jumped the gun? How do you feel about jumping the gun? Why did you want to jump the gun? Have you jumped the gun on this, do you think? Are you speaking out too soon? Don’t you think you should shut up? I mean, you’re not the president. Politics ends at the water’s edge.” All of that stuff.
So it’s a full-court press to protect Obama. And I guarantee you, these people full well understand that this is incompetence on parade. But they don’t care, because the bigger enemy to these people is us, folks. You and I, conservatives, slash, Republicans, are a greater threat to them and their power than Al-Qaeda, a bunch of protesters in Egypt or Libya. We pose a much greater threat. Romney just can’t win. It can’t happen. It cannot be allowed to happen. Obama cannot lose. It doesn’t matter what he does to the economy. It doesn’t matter that we’re gonna financially implode in 18 months, two years, financially collapse. It doesn’t matter. We can’t lose. We cannot have the Republicans in charge. We just can’t. They don’t even know why. They just hate us. They don’t even substantively know why, other than they think we’re all about social issues and judging them and their immorality, which is the way they look at it.
But how is it jumping the gun to respond to a preposterous statement from our own embassy? Our own embassy embarrasses this government with that statement, how is it jumping the gun to respond to that? By the way, what gun did Romney jump? Jumping the gun, but what does that actually mean? Let’s listen to Mrs. Clinton. This is this morning in Washington at the State Department.
HILLARY: We condemn in the strongest terms this senseless act of violence. This was an attack by a small and savage group, not the people or government of Libya.
RUSH: Stop the tape. Has the Muslim Brotherhood head honcho now, the president of Egypt, has he condemned this? Has the Egyptian government condemned this? I haven’t seen it, if they have. Have they strongly condemned this? Have they come out and said that they opposed this? Have they said anything about wanting to find the perpetrators and bring ’em to justice? I haven’t seen that. Here’s the rest of Mrs. Clinton…
HILLARY: — and his team went in Libya — in a country scarred by war and tyranny — they were hailed as friends and partners. And when the attack came yesterday, Libyans stood and fought to defend our post. Some were wounded. Libyans carried Chris’s body to the hospital, and they helped rescue and lead other Americans to safety.
RUSH: I don’t know what to say. (sigh) All I can tell you is that CBS is reporting that our ambassador is dead because our “friends” in Libya told that mob where they had taken him for his own safety. There’s a protocol. There’s a procedure. When the consulate’s attacked, you get the ambassador out of there. You move him to an established place of safety. They did that, and then they told the mob where that was.
Now Mrs. Clinton is praising them for standing and defending our guy, taking him to the hospital and so forth? Huge disconnect. Remember, folks… Well… (sigh) I’m biting my tongue here because it’s just so outrageous. This is such incompetence, it’s dangerous. You know, the United States is a great nation at risk in a dangerous world.
It’s so obvious we have somebody who doesn’t know what the hell to do with the economy, doesn’t know what the hell to do to revive our economic plight and is totally lost — totally lost — on the foreign policy stage. The incompetence is frightening. And you couple that with the coordinated, all-out assault to somehow blame Mitt Romney for all this, and to have every bit of attention focused on him?
I’m sitting here thinking, “What can we do about this?” Beyond hope that the American people see it and get it.
RUSH: The bottom line here is that the Obama camp, the White House, and the media all condemned Romney before they condemned the attacks. Obama thought it more worthwhile to hit Romney for what he was doing than the terrorists for what they did. Romney got hit first.