If you don’t listen to Rush, he had a great monologue with a caller on Wednesday (I listen a day or two behind on the ipod) who said we need to get out of Iraq because we can’t win over there. The caller said the people over there just want to kill themselves & we can’t stop them & the whole Iraq thing is a disaster. I post Rush’s response here for your consideration. It is rather lengthy, but brilliantly executed…
You’re an American, and you’re saying, “We can’t win. We can’t stop these people from killing each other. We can’t do this. We can’t do anything! Why, the American military is not going to be able to succeed.” This is not about Iraq’s “stability.” We would have never gone to war for stability in Iraq. That’s not what this is. This is about US national security. You have to look at this in context. Go back to 9/11 and go back to the day after and the week after what the president said. He said, “Al-Qaeda’s behind this. We know it, and we’re going to find them wherever they are, and we’re going to root them out.”
Now, the president, for whatever you think about him, Mike, long after we’re all dead and gone, when historians who are not yet born begin to write about this era, they’re going to place George Bush in the upper echelon of presidents who had a great vision for America, who looked beyond our shores, who didn’t just restrict himself to domestic policy niceties. A disaster happened on his watch, a disaster that had happened on previous occasions to thousands of Americans around the world but not on this country’s soil. The president of the United States could have easily said, “You know, our intelligence says this and says that, but this is just the way of the world. We’ve just got to deal with it,” as some Democrats are now saying. Some Democrat presidential candidate say, “Well, we gotta deal with this.” Well, columnists are saying it. Rosa Brooks, the LA Times, says you gotta learn to live with it. This is the world today.
Well, the president said (paraphrased), “No, we’re not going to put up with this; we’re not going to put up with 3,000 innocent Americans being slaughtered by terrorists, wherever they are. We’re going to find them wherever they are. We’re going to root them out.” Then he further said, “We are going to make an attempt to turn down the temperature that is the boiling cauldron of all this hate in the Middle East,” and Iraq was the place chosen to make this change, and I don’t want to go through all the Saddam Hussein stuff. I probably should because people have probably forgotten that. He was lying about weapons of mass destruction, bragging about how he had them. Every intelligence agency in the world knew that he had them. It was a fact. It was not a lie.
So, Mike, your shortsighted view of this is embarrassing to me. You’re an American citizen, and you don’t think we can win and you don’t even know what’s at stake here. This is not an easy thing to do. The president never said it was going to be easy. He said it was going to be hard; it could take a long time, maybe generations. But everything about it is admirable, and there are people on our side starting to fall off this now. “I don’t think we can democratize Iraq. Ehhh, I don’t think…” Well, they’re not president, and they weren’t elected to be president, and anybody who’s not got accountability and doesn’t have authority can sit here and bellyache and whine and moan and give up and respond to what they think of the will of the people is all day long. George W. Bush as president, doesn’t have that flexibility. He doesn’t have the ability to change his mind every five seconds based on some latest poll or what some nilly-willy critic happens to be saying from wherever. This remains an admirable objective.
It is a problem that is getting worse, worldwide terrorism. The state department even said the number of terrorist attacks, of people killed, increased last year. It is expanding! It hasn’t happened here, so Americans — awash in prosperity and affluence — can ignore it. They don’t have to pay attention to it. There hasn’t been another 9/11. But people are dying all over the world because of these terrorist attacks by Al-Qaeda and related terrorist groups, and right now there are two people in the world that are serious about doing something about it: John Howard in Australia and George W. Bush and their military commanders, and they’re not wavering even when people in this country awash in affluence and prosperity don’t take the time to remember what they knew and don’t take the time to fully understand what’s going on. They live in a sound bite world, the sound bite world they’re treated to in 20 minutes every night on so-called newscasts. But this is an amazing objective, and if it works, it’s going to be one of the most redefining and important periods in American history. This is something that can’t stand. The world, the free world, cannot just sit around and be targets every day for terrorist attacks here or there under the assumption, “This is the way the world is and we just have to learn to live with it. We’ve gotta learn to accept that 3,000 Americans are going to die at a clip from now on.”
If that ever became the operative procedure of the leaders of this country, we’re cooked, and there’s nothing in our history as a nation that suggests that that’s the way we operate or think. Not just in the way we defend ourselves, but the way we defend our allies, the way we seek freedom and prosperity for as many people around the world who are willing to work for it and want it. So what’s happening here is not as you characterize it, a bunch of people killing each other that’s been going on for 1400 years and our military can’t stop it. This is about your freedom, Mike. It is about the freedom of members of your family that are going to be extended that are not even conceived and born yet. It’s time a little maturity swept over this country and they started looking at the future as people used to do. We’re so fat and lazy and happy, we’ve got all the time to focus on our own pleasure, our own hedonism, our own sybaritic pursuits. Each and every day we can make life about what we want, without any regard for those Americans who have not yet been born or even conceived. That’s not the way this country has always operated! In the past, every generation has tried to make the next generation a better one than it had, and that’s what this is all about.
That’s what George Bush is attempting to do: preserve the United States as it has been known, not leave it a random victim of daily or monthly or yearly terrorist attacks, “because that’s just the way the world is.” Yeah, he’s got some American people against him, and he’s got the whole Democrat Party against him. He’s got some cowardly Republicans who don’t have the guts to stick with him on this against him as well. But it hasn’t stopped him, has it? Thirty percent approval numbers haven’t stopped him. If Bill Clinton or Jimmy Carter had gotten down to 30%, what do you think they would do to reverse it? Whatever it took to reverse it, even if it meant changing their policies on a dime, even if it meant giving up on core convictions, whatever they might have been.
This is a serious undertaking. It is valorous, and in time, it will be so recorded as American history. – Rush Limbaugh, May 2nd, 2007