RUSH: This is really unbelievable. The situation in the Middle East is literally falling apart. We are in the midst of an ever-expanding war. We are the targets, our allies are the targets, peace-loving people, non-Muslims are the targets, and ISIS is going to take this war as far as they can.
Now, there are two things about ISIS. There is no question that they are attempting to establish a caliphate. But they need something for this to happen. They need territory. They need a state. One of the things that I learned on my troop visit to Afghanistan in 2005, ’cause I ran into all kinds of people who, before I left, said, “What are we over there for, it’s Afghanistan, what the hell are we doing there? The Russians went there and died. What’s gonna keep us from having the same fate befall us?”
So I went over there and I found something very key. The reason we were there — and remember now, this is the Bush administration. The reason we were there, that is where Al-Qaeda’s base of operations was, along with the Taliban. A fact then and it’s true now is that the terrorist organizations need a state as a base of operations. They don’t want to have to flee like nomads from territory to territory. Afghanistan was an attempt, and they still are, attempting to establish Afghanistan as the state, in this case it was Al-Qaeda and the Taliban. And we were trying to prevent that.
Now, ISIS is well on the way to establishing their caliphate. If you look at a map that shows real estate that they have conquered, it’s surprisingly big, but it’s patchwork, all through Iraq, parts of the Middle East. What they need is a state, and they’re well on the way to getting it. They’re well on the way to getting Iraq. In the meantime, while all of this is happening — and it’s very real — Iran is advancing toward the acquisition of a nuclear weapon, or in their case the creation of one, production of their own nuclear weapon, not just the acquisition of one. If that happens, I don’t need to tell you what that means.
Now, while ISIS is just on a rampage, beheading 21 Coptic Christians in Egypt, this administration can’t even call them Christians. This administration refuses to even call them Christians. This administration refuses to identify ISIS as Islamist. This administration refuses to call any of this terrorism. Breathtaking. It’s absurd. But there’s reasons for this. And the reasons go beyond the obvious.
Some people think it’s because like Bob Beckel said. Obama was raised by people that were very friendly with Muslims, and he doesn’t find Muslims threatening at all. He likes them. He grew up around them, in part raised by them, and he just can’t believe — this is Beckel’s words — he just doesn’t believe that mainstream Muslims do this kind of stuff. He’s not gonna call these people Muslims. And he’s not gonna call ’em Islamist. Okay, there’s that. Then there are those who think that Obama is much more sympathetic to Muslims than just that. So you have that group.
But there are other reasons for this, folks. There are other reasons why this administration will not call what’s happening, what everybody can see, what everybody knows is terrorism, why they won’t use the word. In fact, get this. To show you how absurd this is becoming, this is from Townhall.com, Katie Pavlich: “Back in January and shortly after the Islamic terrorism massacre at Charlie Hebdo in Paris, the White House announced the development of a summit to combat extremism.” And it’s almost here. It’s tomorrow.
“On February 18th –” provided government opens because of the snow “– the White House will host a Summit on Countering Violent Extremism to highlight domestic and international efforts to prevent violent extremists and their supporters from radicalizing, recruiting, or inspiring individuals or groups in the United States and abroad to commit acts of violence.”
So this big summit is taking place tomorrow on extremism. Not Islamic extremism. There’s no mention of Islamic extremism in any of the descriptions or published accounts of the purpose of this summit. And the purpose of the summit, you know what it is? It’s to find out what we are doing wrong that allows them to keep on recruiting. Like, why do so many Americans, more than the FBI can keep track of, why do so many Americans want to join ISIS? Why do so many Americans want to join these terrorists?
We are going to conduct a summit, just like the State Department did after 9/11. They had a little summit. They had a seminar. What have we done to make them hate us? 9/11 then, therefore our fault. What did we do to make them so bad? So ISIS is on the march, on the way to their caliphate, they are committing acts of barbarism that this administration will not even identify, will not even refer to it as terrorism, and now they send their spokesbabe out from the State Department to say, “Well, we cannot kill our way out of this war with ISIS. We’re gonna have to get to the root cause. We’re gonna have to find them jobs. We’re gonna have to find a way to economically empower them.”
Every left-wing, syrupy, embarrassingly sickening cliche that you can conjure, that you’ve ever heard is being articulated by this administration.
“With the situation in the Middle East continuing to worsen, State Department deputy spokesperson Marie Harf claimed Monday that the U.S. will not be able to ‘kill our way’ out of war against ISIS.”
“How do we win? How do we stop this? If I were ISIS, I wouldn’t be afraid right now…Nothing we do right now seems to be directed at stopping this.” This is Chris Matthews telling Marie Harf, “If I were ISIS, I wouldn’t be bothered. We’re not even trying to stop them.” So Harf replied by saying (imitating Harf), “Well, we are killing a lot of them, and we’re gonna keep killing more of them, and so are the Egyptians and so are the Jordanians. But we can’t win this war by killing them. We can’t kill our way out of this war.”
Can somebody name for me a war our country has won without killing our way to victory? You know what happens in war. I mean, the purpose of the military is to kill people and break things. That’s it. But here you have — this is classic. This is exactly the kind of thing I’m referring to when I talk about the corruption that’s occurred in our universities and colleges. This woman is simply a product of the deranged, delusional beliefs of the professors and the graduate assistants and the teaching assistants.
I’m gonna tell you where I think this is rooted. Obviously it’s rooted in the natural pacifism of people on the left. But there’s something else. And I think this is also an additional reason why this administration will not call terrorism terrorism. And it’s not just that Obama has vanquished it, it’s not just that Obama said with bin Laden’s death we got rid of Al-Qaeda. He did say that, and so Obama has to stick with the idea that Al-Qaeda’s been vanquished. They can’t have come back to life; he took care of ’em. Okay, that’s an explanation for it, too.
But Obama also said that he had these people on the run, that terrorism’s on the run, and this really isn’t terrorism. It’s just random this, and random that, it’s like street crime. So Obama’s invested in calling this thing other than what it is. But in addition to all these reasons, what is another? It always comes down, whether you accept this or not, particularly in a period of time where Obama’s not seeking election again, it still comes down to his base, the lunatic base, the people in this country that vote Democrat who’ve been driven insane with rage and hatred by all the lies they were told during the Iraq war.
One of the biggest lies that they were told during the Iraq war was that Bush lied us into war. That lie has, I think, now, as I look back, I think that propaganda has done more damage to this nation’s ability to take on legitimate terrorism with confidence and assuredly and defeat it. For however many years the Iraq war went on, every night on Comedy Central, practically every night the audience there heard about it was all a lie, that Bush lied, people died, Bush Hitler.
Now, at the time this was going on, I will admit that I miscalculated again, like I have done way too many times over the course of my 27-year career now. When the left goes bat excrement crazy, I always make the mistake of assuming nobody’s gonna believe this, like “all sex is rape, even the sex in marriage” — I had no idea people were gonna believe it. You look at what’s coming out of feminist studies at universities, it’s worse than that. All sex is rape now, on college. It really has come to pass. All these insane lunatic things that the left has articulated over the last quarter century, so many of them I thought, “This is hilarious, who’s gonna believe this?”
Now, we got Marie Harf out there saying, “Well, we can’t kill our way out of this. We have to solve this by finding them jobs.” Economic circumstances are the last thing on the list of why these people become terrorists. And most of the leaders are so well endowed with money, they’re wealthy, they are not, they don’t fit this profile of destitute economically and poor and have nothing else to do. They’re wealthy. They show up to the mosques in Saudi Arabia, they get radicalized. It has nothing to do with economics. Finding them jobs, the whole notion of projecting on these people Western values? They’re trying to destroy them.
ISIS hates Western civilization. They’re trying to wipe it out. Here comes Marie Harf, “We need to find them jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs. But not hamburger flipper jobs, oh, no, no, no, we gotta get real jobs, raise the minimum wage for ISIS.” That should be the new battle cry for the Regime. You want to stop ISIS, raise the minimum wage for ’em, find jobs. Yeah, but what about the 92 and a half million Americans not working here? Well, that’s a different situation. No, it’s not. This Regime can’t find work for the people of this country that want it. Now all of a sudden the State Department’s out saying the solution to ISIS is finding them jobs, and we are supposed to sit here and take this seriously?
In the meantime, every night for whatever number of years, seven years, six years, Comedy Central, Stewart, Colbert, you name it, Bush lied. The mainstream media, every day, every week, Bush lied. What did that do? In the minds of young skulls full of mush, it turn around the Iraq war into a joke, number one. It turned Bush into a joke. It turned the country into a joke, and it told everybody that everything we were doing over there was illegitimate because we had no business being there, that there was no terrorism. Bush lied about it. He sent Colin Powell to the UN to lie about it. There were no weapons of mass destruction. Bush lied.
If you sit there and say that enough times year after year after year to an audience that thinks they’re tuning in to a comedy show, they’re gonna end up believing this. And many of these people make up the deranged, literally insane, filled-with-hatred Democrat Party base. And Obama can’t call it terrorism because his comedian buddies have spent seven years saying it didn’t exist, Bush lied about it. We can’t stop ISIS from taking over Iraq because we had no business being there in the first place. There is no ISIS taking over Iraq; Bush lied about it. There is no terrorism. That’s why it’s random acts of street crime, random beheadings here, random 21 beheadings on the beach over there, but it’s like street crime. It’s just the folks angry now and then, and committing crimes, sometimes beheading people, but it’s not terrorists, and it certainly isn’t Islamic.
Bush lied — in fact, Bush didn’t lie. Every intelligence agency in the Western world was convinced that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. By the way, let me find this here. The State Department yesterday had somewhat of a shocking story. The New York Times yesterday had this story: “In the aftermath of the Iraq war, the CIA purchased from an unidentified intermediary no fewer than 400 Borak warheads filled with sarin, a deadly nerve gas.” And they were from Iraq. They found the weapons of mass destruction, is the point. The New York Times reported it yesterday.
What have you heard about it? Bzz bzz bzz bzz bzz bzz bzz. Nothing. To the extent people are commenting. “Rush, those are old warheads, those are old rockets, 1990,” That’s not the point. Saddam always lied and said he’d gotten rid of that stuff, that the weapons of mass destruction that we thought he had was new stuff. He’d got rid of the old stuff. Yeah, it’s old stuff they found. He lied about it. Saddam lied. The United Nations lied. Bush did not lie. And even if there hadn’t been weapons of mass destruction, and like most of the skulls full of mush in this country believe, doesn’t mean Bush lied. How many times has Obama blamed faulty intelligence? Quite a bit.
How often did Jon Stewart or Colbert or anybody in the media say, “Obama lied, people died, Obama lied.” They don’t say it, do they? George Bush is a lying piker compared to Barack Obama, and Joe Biden, and Harry Reid, and the whole of the Democrat Party establishment. Bush can’t even hold a candle to ’em. But I’m telling you, this is one of the reasons why Obama’s not calling this what it is. I don’t know how big a reason, but it’s in the mix. But worse than that is that everybody in the left-wing media has gone to town on this whole notion that Bush lied, and it’s been established he didn’t lie.
He didn’t lie us into war in Iraq. He did not tell falsehoods. The Democrats saw the same evidence Bush did in 1998 and demanded we go in there. When Clinton was president, all of this was known. They didn’t lie. The Clinton administration’s CIA intelligence found the same stuff the Bush administration found. I’ve gotta take a break here. I’m getting worked up about this, ’cause it ticks me off.
RUSH: The Democrats saw the exact same intel that George W. Bush saw, and they wanted a second vote on the use of force resolution ’cause they got it wrong opposing it the first time. They saw the same stuff. They just politically turned around after a few months, Bush lied, Bush lied, they picked it up all over the media, and that’s all she wrote. And of course the Bush administration never counted it, never dealt with it, never responded to it ’cause they thought it was unseemly to introduce politics into the Oval Office. So it was allowed to stand, Bush lied, people died.
So now we got Obama can’t call it terrorism because the people of this country are told there wasn’t any and Obama defeated it. And there is no ISIS, ISIL. It’s not serious ’cause there wasn’t any of this stuff. They would have to acknowledge that they lied, not Bush, if Obama and his gang were to man up and deal with this head on. In order to do that, they would have to acknowledge that they were lying all these years about what was going on in the Middle East.