RUSH: Well, I just listened to a little bit of Obama. I guess he’s getting near the end of his — wherever he is, somewhere in Washington, and he’s making some speech about this. You know what he just said? Cookie, whatever you’re doing drop it and just give me the last two minutes of what Obama just said. Whatever you’re doing. As quickly as you can.
I’ve gotta paraphrase this. Obama says something along the lines of (imitating Obama), “Throughout all of this, my critics, my friends on the other side of the aisle have been saying that I’m not taking any of this seriously ’cause I refuse to use the label, ‘radical Islam.'” And after saying that, he started asking questions. He said (paraphrasing), “Is calling them ‘radical Islamists,’ is it gonna change their strategy? Is it gonna make them cower in fear? Is it gonna make them run away? Does it increase our odds of beating them by calling them ‘radical Islamists’? What difference does this label make?”
And he’s missing the entire point of it, obviously on purpose. Now he’s trying to say it doesn’t matter what they are because they are perverting a great religion, and he’s working with Islamist leaders all over the world to try to rein in these radical Islamists who are perverting this great religion. And then he says that ISIS numbers are the lowest they have been in two and a half years, that we are practically on the verge of wiping them out. I’m paraphrasing.
And then he goes back to this label business. (imitating Obama) “I hate to tell my friends on the other side the aisle, but calling them ‘radical Islamist’ is not gonna make them go away. I mean, I don’t know what they think is gonna happen.” He is entirely missing the point of why people are raising the issue that neither he nor anybody in his Regime will actually identify what we are up against.
It’s not that using a label to describe them will affect them. It’s that people have a legitimate question of whether or not Obama opposes them. Or, rather, if they’re just the latest enemy of the day, that there’s nothing unique about them, they’re just your average anti-American protest militant group that happens to be pretty brutal. People are trying to decide, people are trying to determine if our president is serious about this. That’s what this all means. And he, of course, is skirting all around that.
He’s talking about this label as being pointless in terms of strategy, pointless in terms of it being intimidating. Just ’cause we call ’em radical Islamists, it doesn’t mean they’re gonna lay down their arms, doesn’t mean they’re gonna start crying, doesn’t mean they’re gonna retreat. And just because we call ’em radical Islamists does not make our effort any stronger, does not make our weapons any more powerful, it doesn’t make our strategy any better. So I don’t get the point, he says, I don’t get the point, what difference does it make?
Now, is he being honest or is this more Obama cluelessness? We never had any problem calling the Nazis Nazis, right? We weren’t worried about what they might think. And, by the way, the Nazis were perverting a great ideology: socialism. I’m being facetious, but the left thinks socialism’s the greatest thing on earth, and the Nazis were socialists, in addition to everything else they did.
Could we not say the Nazis were perverting a great ideology? And we still call them the Nazis. We call ’em worse than that. We didn’t shy away from naming our enemies in the Pacific theater. The Japanese. There were other names used. They’re not acceptable anymore. No, no. Now we have to get up every day and see that Donald Trump is Adolf Hitler.
And there are no militant Islamists. No, no, it’s a right-wing creation. It’s designed to get these right-wingers who do nothing but listen to Rush Limbaugh in the VFW halls all worked up into a frenzy. That’s Obama and his vision of America at this time of day every day. A bunch of Republican drunkards at the VFW hall reliving old war stories and ripping into militant Islam while listening to Rush Limbaugh. Bitter clingers.
He’s been clear about how extremist groups are perverting Islam. I’m sorry. But they’re not. They’re doing Islam. They are practicing Islam. This is no perversion. Now, again, is that Obama being clueless, or is this Obama trying to keep the peace? Is this Obama trying to be politically correct, or does Obama really just not know what he’s talking about?
RUSH: I have the Obama sound bite. Have you noticed, by the way, that Obama really, really, really gets concerned about offending religious people? Oh, yeah, he really, really bothered out there about offending Islamists. He doesn’t seem concerned about Christianity. He is a Christian. If he is get upset about attacks on Christianity, he never comes out defends Christianity. He never, ever comes out, corrects the record about things his party says about Christians. No, he echoes them. So it’s clear that Obama is right at home denigrating certain religions, and he’ll go to the end of the day to defend others.
Here is Obama from 20 minutes ago. I paraphrased it. This is a couple of minutes here of Obama talking about why he doesn’t use the label “radical Islamist.”
OBAMA: For a while now, uh, the main contribution of some of my friends on the other side of the aisle have made in fight against ISIL, is to criticize this administration — and me — for not using the phrase “radical Islam.”
RUSH: It’s a term.
OBAMA: That’s the key, they tell us.
RUSH: It’s a term.
OBAMA: “We can’t beat ISIL unless they call them ‘radical Islamists.'”
RUSH: It’s not what we say.
OBAMA: What exactly would using this label accomplish?
RUSH: Tell us who you are.
OBAMA: What, exactly, would it change?
RUSH: Tell us who you are.
OBAMA: Would it make ISIL less committed to trying —
RUSH: Come on.
OBAMA: — kill Americans?
RUSH: Don’t insult us.
OBAMA: Would it bring in more allies? Is there a military strategy that is served by this?
RUSH: What a defensive thing to say.
OBAMA: The answer is: None of the above.
RUSH: He’s obviously bothered by it.
OBAMA: Calling a threat by a different name does not make it go away.
RUSH: That’s not what the term is meant to do.
OBAMA: This is a political distraction.
RUSH: It’s not, either.
OBAMA: Since before I was president, I’ve been clear about how extremist groups have perverted Islam to justify terrorism.
RUSH: No, you haven’t.
OBAMA: As president, I have repeatedly called on our Muslim friends and allies at home and around the world to work with us to reject this twisted interpretation of one of the world’s great religions.
RUSH: And how’s that his working out?
OBAMA: There’s not been a moment, in my 7-1/2 years as president, where we have not been able to pursue a strategy because we didn’t use the label “radical Islam.”
RUSH: What strategy?
OBAMA: Not once has an advisor of mine said, “Man, if we really use that phrase, we’re gonna turn this whole thing around.”
RUSH: Nobody —
OBAMA: Not once! So [if] someone seriously thinks that we don’t know who we’re fighting? If there’s anyone out there who thinks we’re confused about who our enemies are —
RUSH: We don’t think you’re confused.
OBAMA: — that would come as a surprise to the thousands of terrorists who we’ve taken off the battlefield.
RUSH: We’re not confused. Does that sound kind of defensive to you? I mean, why even bring that up? Why even bring that up?
RUSH: You know, I stepped out of the room — which I normally do during the big top-of-the-hour break — and I walked back into the room, and I got the monitors on here and I see the Chyron graphic the bottom of the Fox News monitor, and it says up there that investigators are still looking for a motive. America just looks at this and pulls its hair out and says, “What the hell are you still looking for a motive for?” It’s another reason why Donald Trump has pulled off what he has pulled off here.
Anyway, greetings, and welcome back. It’s great to have you, as always, my friends. I’m really, really delighted to be back. I’ve been looking forward to it since about my seventh day away. (interruption) No, no. No. No. I was gonna say I been looking forward to it since my first day away. But I figured I’d be realistic. No, no. I didn’t get bored. No, no. But I just I’ve been looking forward to getting back and here we are. It’s 800-282-2882, if you want to be on the program, and the email address is ElRushbo@eibnet.com.
They’re still looking for a motive.
Investigators are still looking for a motive.
You know, this just insults our intelligence. It’s like Obama. You know, I watched a little bit more of Obama’s little speech that was suspiciously timed to start right when my first program after vacation is starting (I don’t think it’s a coincidence) and something struck me. When I saw him go into this protracted two-and-a-half minute segment on why it is irrelevant to call ’em militant Islamists and why he doesn’t use the term because it doesn’t any strategic value, you know what the guy sounded like? Honestly, and this is… I don’t know.
It sounds to me like it’s the way defense lawyers talk. You know, when there’s a suspect, you got a defense lawyer saying, “Well, there’s no conclusive evidence here. We’re still looking for a motive. We haven’t found the right motive.” Obama comes out after every one of these things, every one of these events, and Obama ends up sounding like defense lawyers speak on behalf of their clients. He doesn’t reflect the national mood about these things. It’s not even close.
Of course everybody knows the reason he won’t referred to them by using the term “Islamic,” “militant Islamists” or whatever. Because he has yet to admit that that’s what we’re up against, and if he were to actually go out and use the term and identify who it is we’re actually up against, it would totally force a complete change in strategy. Do you realize Obama’s strategy in dealing with this has nothing to do with who these people are?
As far as he’s concerned, they’re just a bunch of “militants” that got hold of some guns, as in Fast and Furious. There’s nothing… In his world, there’s nothing that sets these people apart from any other band of bad guys or criminals. And that’s how he talks about them, and that’s what makes me suspicious. There’s clearly a difference. These people announce their intentions, they announce their objectives, and then they go fulfill them.
They call in the middle of their murderous rampage! They call 911 and tell everybody what they’re doing and why, and we still say, “We have no reason to suspect that there was anything behind it. We investigators are still looking for motive.” Obama comes out, and it sounds like rather than condemning, he sees the need to deflect suspicion away from them. That’s the way it sounds to me. Something… It’s just off, folks. It just doesn’t make any sense. It never has made any sense. America is under assault. 9/11, and it’s the same thing. And it’s not just Obama.
It’s the whole Democrat Party. Whenever something like this happens, we have to examine our own selves and ask ourselves why we have made them so mad, why have we done whatever it is we’ve done, why have we made the terrorists hate, why do they dislike us — as though they’re justified in this somehow. And, of course, the answer is, “Well, there’s a bunch of right-wing Christians in America, and everybody knows what a bunch of bigots they are!” That’s the Democrat Party’s current explanation for every one of these attacks.
Or the NRA — which, of course, is part of the Christian establishment, if you will. It has to be. And, meanwhile, everybody sees these things in the exact opposite way, and knows full-fledged we won’t have to question anything; we just have to listen to them. They are doing what they said they were gonna do! And even that’s not enough to conclude that we understand the motivation. A couple of more Obama sound bites from the speech. He was at the Treasury department over there.
That’s where he was with this impromptu or appearance. I don’t know what it was. I don’t think it was a presser. I don’t think he took any questions, right? So it was just a statement on Orlando, is what it was. He could have done that at 11 o’clock. He could have done it at ten o’clock. He could have done it any time he wanted. He chose a start time of 11:55, which is an automatic start time of 12:06:10, which is when this program starts. Anyway, here’s a couple of more laying into Trump, by the way. Here’s the first one…
OBAMA: We’re startin’ to see where this kind of rhetoric and loose talk and sloppiness about who exactly we’re fighting, where this can lead us. We now with proposals from the presumptive Republican nominee for president of the United States to bar all Muslims from emigrating to America. You hear language that singles out immigrants and suggests entire religious communities are complicit in violence. Where does this stop? The Orlando killer, one of the San Bernardino killers, the Fort Hood killer, they were all US citizens. Are we gonna start treating all Muslim Americans differently? We gonna start subjecting them to special surveillance?
RUSH: Why does nobody see the fact that they’re all American citizens as something to investigate? It’s a cover! If they are sleepers, or members of sleeper cell, certainly coming here at a young age, becoming acclimated, establishing yourself as somebody unworthy of suspicion or threat, you’re ideal! You can pass all kinds of inspection. You can pass all kinds of investigations. “Yeah, he’s a citizen! Nothing to worry about the here.” Why does nobody see this as part of the strategy?
Instead — this is what I mean — Obama’s sounding like a defense lawyer. He’s defending these guys and now lashing out at Trump. Trump’s “language” had nothing to do with anything. The shooter was very clear why he did what he did. Now, let me tell you something. There’s another possibility here. Who is it, his wife or girlfriend or whatever says that he said he was gay. (interruption) His ex-wife said he was gay — okay — and that he was a regular visitor to this gay nightclub, The Pulse. Okay? What happens if the guy was rejected in there?
What happens if the guy’s been going in there and been laughed at — laughed out of the joint, mistreated, made fun of, who knows what? I mean, if you’re looking for alternative motives, if you can’t simply accept what’s right in front of your face, I’m giving you another one, another possibility. But in either case, the blame falls on the shooter who pulled the trigger. Got San Bernardino, got Fort Hood, got Orlando. Now, the Boston Marathon bombers, the Tsarnaevs? I don’t know if they’re citizens or not. Were they citizens? (interruption)
Right, they got in on visas. But a lot of these terrorist attacks are on Obama’s watch. Okay so… (interruption) You don’t like that? Okay, so they’re just average, ordinary American citizens. They may be Afghan, they may be from Syria, they may be from wherever. They come here, and they’re young, or they’re born and become American citizens, and sweetness and light and so forth, and one day they get “radicalized.” Yeah. And that’s where America’s to blame, see? The internet, America, whatever. They got radicalized. How’d they get radicalized?
How does it happen?
They come here; they’re American citizens. How do they get radicalized?
How does that happen? Who would be responsible? You think Trump’s responsible for that? Obama wants to tell us that Guantanamo Bay’s responsible for that or that photos of Abu Ghraib are responsible for that or that conducting war on Osama bin Laden. If you notice everything we do to defeat this enemy is said to be responsible for the existence of the enemy. It always comes back, in their minds, to being our fault. And that’s what I mean by Obama sounding like he’s defending this and is more at home and more comfortable attacking people who had nothing to do with it. Here is the next and final sound bite. Obama wasn’t done. You’ll hear, I think, some anger here.
OBAMA: Do Republican officials actually agree with this? Because that’s not the America we want. It doesn’t reflect our democratic ideals. It won’t make us more safe; it will make us less safe.
OBAMA: Fueling ISIL’s notion that the West hates Muslims. Making young Muslims in this country and around the world feel like no matter what they do they’re gonna be under suspicion and under attack. It makes Muslim Americans feel like their government is betraying them. It betrays the very values America stands for.
RUSH: I don’t know. When I hear this guy start talking about American values, I don’t recognize a lot of them, honestly. His values, to me, are not traceable to the founding. His values that he’s appropriating and claiming to be American values are the values of a bunch of people that really don’t like this country, American left, the Democrat Party, American progressives. But did you hear this? “Do Republican officials actually agree with this? Because that’s not the America we want. It doesn’t reflect our democratic ideals. It won’t make us more safe; it’ll make us less safe. Fueling ISIL’s notion the west hates Muslims is what makes young Muslims radicalized.”
See, it always comes back to us, folks. A militant Islamist shot up a gay nightclub, and it’s our fault. It’s Donald Trump’s fault. We are making them because of our bigotry and prejudice and our mean words. Let me tell you something, Mr. President. I don’t care what Donald Trump is saying. People are not dying because of it. Donald Trump is just uttering words. I am just uttering words. And you want to make those words, you want people to believe those words are more dangerous than the bullets fired by the shooter in this case?
It’s offensive. To sit here and try to suggest that these words are what’s inspiring these people to pick up arms and shoot us. It’s not. This is why Obama can’t admit why he will not use the term “Islamist extremism” or whatever, because he would have to abandon this notion that America is responsible for this. He would have to abandon his entire strategy of dealing with these people. And his strategy of dealing with them is there’s nothing special about ’em, just a bunch of ragtag bad guys with guns like any other group of gangsters. That’s how he wants us to see them, how he sees them, how everybody else should see them. He doesn’t want it known. Hence, he sounds defensive.
RUSH: Here’s Steve in Frederick, Maryland as we head back to the phones. I’m glad you waited, Steve. Hello.
CALLER: Well, thanks, Rush. I appreciate your taking my call.
CALLER: Longtime listener, first-time caller. Hey, your comment about Barack sounding like a defense lawyer is right on, and I don’t know if you picked up on the theme. I had to listen to a little bit of the speech this afternoon but he referred to this young man as being exposed to the propaganda and evil content of the internet. He made no mention of shutting the internet down or making the internet illegal to stop that type of activity, but he’s real quick to point to guns. So, you know, again he sounded very defensive, and I think it’s a recent theme. I believe he said something similar yesterday as well in another speech when he talked about the internet.
RUSH: Oh, yeah, he said the guy was radicalized by the internet.
CALLER: Right. And again, he sounds like a defense lawyer because now it’s the internet’s fault that the young man was exposed to the evil content of the internet.
RUSH: Yeah, that’s a crock. Let me tell you something. There are already — I mean, the level of insanity on the sewers of the internet is already filled. There would be assassinations every day if those people took up arms and started shooting people simply because of what they see on the internet. It’s a bogus excuse. It’s a bogus explanation. And it’s just as bogus as it’s the fault of guns.
CALLER: Well, and if you check — you know, it’s really interesting. He is so anti-gun, yet every time he brings this up, check out Spring River or Smith & Wesson stock today.
RUSH: Or the retail sales, I know. I know. They skyrocket. They go through the roof. Well, Steve, I’m glad you called. I’m really flattered and honored to have some concurrency in my take on this that Obama sounds defensive about this. He really sounds defensive when things like this happen, especially this guy, Omar Mateen Siddiqui, whatever, sounds defensive about this. It’s the guns. It’s the internet. The guy was just an innocent flower living his life as an American citizen. Then the internet and the NRA came along, and the rest is history. What a crock.