RUSH: There’s a story here about Mrs. Clinton. I had it down in this Stack because I’d planned on getting to this later. Here it is. It’s a Mediaite story. “Hillary Clinton: Released Gitmo Detainees ‘Not a Threat’ to the US.” Now, Mrs. Clinton, of course, it has now been learned, was the person who came up with the idea of using the YouTube video to explain all this. Somehow she found out that it existed and it was her idea. Look, it was a State Department apology, don’t forget, in Cairo that got all this going. And she was the secretary of state. You remember this. They put out this apology before anything had happened. They blamed the video, they apologized for a video before any protest in Cairo, earlier in the day, of the night of Benghazi, had happened.
Everybody just assumes that if Hillary Clinton wants to be president, she’s gonna be president. Even though it was denied her in 2008, it’s part and parcel of the inside-the-Beltway mind-set that if she wants to be president, she’s gonna be president. There’s some sort of fear. They attach superhuman characteristics to Hillary and Bill and I’ve always said, you know, she’s just like all the other guys. She puts her pants on one leg at a time. But this is even worse. I don’t think she’s gonna be able to outrun this Benghazi stuff.
By the time all this piles up, I don’t think she’s gonna be able to escape it. I don’t think she’s going to be able to be insulated from all this. Now, she said something in an interview with Cynthia McFadden of NBC News. Obama admitted that some of the five Gitmo detainees released in the Bowe Bergdahl deal could go back to targeting America. But Hillary, in an interview with Cynthia McFadden, said that those five Taliban commanders are not a threat to the United States.
Now, I think this might come back to haunt Mrs. Clinton. This one little answer to this one little question, to me, is proof that this woman is neither smart nor competent. This is the thing that’s always gotten me. Ever since the Clintons first hit the scene, this whole image construct of Mrs. Clinton as the smartest woman in the world and the most competent and she will be the best president this country’s had in a long time if we could ever get her elected. She’s just brilliant and she’s smart and she’s worldly, and I’ve never seen the evidence of it.
It’s a buzz campaign. It’s a PR campaign. It’s been a PR campaign since her days at Wellesley and particularly since she married Bill, but particularly since they arrived in Washington. It’s not rooted in any substance, is the point. You know me, mayor of Realville. I believe in substance. Real achievement, not buzz and PR. And Hillary is buzz and PR. And it just amazes me the number of people, on our side, I’m talking about Republicans in Washington, who just eat it up, they buy it. And they do so because they’re afraid, I think.
But it’s answers like this that make — and this is by no means the first. You know, she committed another gaffe. She’s being interviewed in Illinois the other day, and she mentions Abraham Lincoln’s a senator. He wasn’t. They said, “It’s just a gaffe.” No, it wasn’t a gaffe. She’s not as smart or brilliant as everybody thinks that she is. There’s no reason to be afraid of this woman, is my point. Unless you’re married to her. Then all bets are off. But just in a political sense, why in the world be afraid of her?
Now, this answer, “Those five guys are not a threat.” I mean, here’s Mrs. Clinton, “I ain’t no ways tired.” Come on. This is something brilliant and smart? You know, you put her up against an absolutely objective media and they make embarrassing reactions to that attempt of hers to sound black at Selma. “I ain’t no ways tired,” whatever she says. The vast right-wing conspiracy stuff. I keep remembering these things. She started shouting (imitating Clinton), “If we want to say something we are patriotic and we are not going to be told by this administration that we can’t!” This is brilliance that we’re listening to here?
Seriously, folks, I’ve always questioned this conventional wisdom that we’re dealing here with somebody that’s so… (interruption) No I’m not. I’m questioning this assertion that she’s the Smartest Woman in the World, that she’s a… (interruption) Wait a second. Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. Hold it. Who says that this is the Most Accomplished Woman in American history? (interruption) Precisely! Her resume says that.
First lady, secretary of state, senator from New York, all of that. (interruption) The most what? What? (interruption) The Most Accomplished Woman in the History of America. (sigh) Well, you know, there’s an obvious retort to that, but I got nothing to gain by saying it, and I don’t want to get distracted by it, either. (sigh) Let me just state very simply that I don’t buy the PR, which is I think over half of the legend.
It’s a legend, a myth. It’s exactly what we were talking about. John Kennedy said the lie is not the most damaging thing. It’s the myth. The myth perpetuates so many untruths and falsifications — and she is one. She’s a legend in the media’s eyes, a legend in the Democrats’ eyes. Anyway, this statement is just further evidence. “These five guys are not a threat to the United States. They are a threat to the safety and security of Afghanistan and Pakistan.
“It’s up to those two countries to make the decision once and for all that these are threats to them. So I think that we may be kind of missing the bigger picture here. We want to get an American home whether they fell off the ship because they were drunk or they were pushed or they jumped. We try to rescue everybody.” Wait a minute. Why slam Bergdahl that way?
Nobody claimed he was drunk, did they?
Nobody claimed he fell off a ship, did they? Well, anyway. So they’re not a threat to the USA, while we have troops in Afghanistan and Iraq? Tell me something, Mrs. Clinton. Did Osama Bin Laden concoct 9/11 from the Watergate Hotel? Where was he when he did that? Where was he when it happened? Where was he when it was concocted? Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, where was he?
Where were any of these people before 9/11 happened? None of them were here. These five are free to go back and concoct and manipulate and plan and train, and as long as we have Americans on station anywhere in the world, how do you say they are not a threat to the United States? I know she’s saying it to try to diminish the idea they’ve been released.
“Ah, come on. It’s not a big deal. These five schlubs are not gonna threaten us. We’re the mighty United States. These five guys, it’s time for Pakistan and Afghanistan and pull their own weight anyway and worry about these guys.” Sorry, that’s not how the world works. We did just replenish the enemy. These are not insignificant guys.
RUSH: I might have gotten a little bit too histrionic there, folks. I don’t mean… I really don’t mean to be attacking Mrs. Clinton personally. I just don’t buy the hype. I never have bought the hype. That’s all I’m saying. I think the evidence is clear the hype is just that, plain and simple. The bottom line is it’s time to stop being afraid of these people. Eric Cantor was afraid of ’em, and look what happened.