The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

28 November 2006

Rush Limbaugh, Middle East Comments

OUT OF PROPORTION

In Latest Attack, Progs Twist Limbaugh Comment







Perhaps sensing they could create another Michael J Fox- like controversy for their arch- enemy, so- called "progressives" have seized upon a comment made yesterday by Rush Limbaugh, quickly blowing it out of proportion.

After the success they've recently enjoyed with anti- Rush attacks taking root in the mainstream media, it's pretty clear his program is being closely watched for further opportunities.

In this case, Media Matters and other lefty websites are today trying to assert that El Rushbo wants to blow up the Middle East, completely missing his real point:


Limbaugh on Middle East: "Fine, just blow the place up"

On the November 27 edition of his nationally syndicated radio show, in response to claims made by King Abdullah II of Jordan on the November 26 edition of ABC's This Week that "we could possibly imagine going into 2007 and having three civil wars on our hands," Rush Limbaugh said: "[W]ell, let's just have them. Let's just have the civil wars ... because I'm just fed up with this." Limbaugh then asserted: "Fine, just blow the place up. Just let these natural forces take place over there instead of trying to stop them."

Additionally, Limbaugh claimed: "[E]verbody comes to us. ... So we go and try to fix it and our own people, Democrats and the left in our country do their best to sabotage our efforts, and then we get blamed for trying to clean up the messes that these people start."


Here, Media Matters also provides a transcript:



LIMBAUGH: So anyway, [This Week host George] Stephanopoulos asks King Abdullah II of Jordan if this is the case:

ABDULLAH [audio clip]: George, the difficulty that we're tackling with here is we're juggling with the strong potential of three civil wars in the region. Whether it's the Palestinians of Lebanon or of Iraq, and I hope my discussions at least with the president --

LIMBAUGH: [heavy sigh]

ABDULLAH [audio clip]: -- will be to provide whatever we can do for the Iraqi people, but the same time we do want to concentrate ourselves on the core issues which we believe are the Palestinians and the Palestinian peace process, because that is a must today --

LIMBAUGH: Oh, give me a break.

ABDULLAH [audio clip]: -- as well as the tremendous concern we have had over the last several days with what's happening in Lebanon. And we could possibly imagine going into 2007 and having three civil wars on our hands.

LIMBAUGH: All right, well, let's just have them. Let's just have the civil wars and let the crumbs crumble and the cookie crumble where -- because I'm fed up with this. The Palestinian situation -- for 50 years we've had the Palestinian situation, and it's not going to be solved until the Limbaugh Doctrine is imposed or tried. And that is, this is a war, and until somebody loses it, it isn't going to stop. And now, you know, we've done everything we can to make Lebanon a democracy, and it's crumbling because Syria keeps killing the popular leaders there. Meanwhile, the Hezbos [Hezbollah] keep expanding their influence in Lebanon.

But what the hell! We're going to bring Syria and Iran in to fix Iraq, why not let them just fix the whole region? If we're heading to civil war -- I mean, everybody comes to us: "You got to fix this and you got to fix that." So we go and try to fix it, and our own people, Democrats and the left in our country do their best to sabotage our efforts, and then we get blamed for trying to clean up the messes that these people start. And then they come on our television show: "[Gibberish] George [gibberish] civil war [gibberish] we gotta do something. Palestinians it's a must, it's a must, we must [gibberish] right now [gibberish] war."

Fine, just blow the place up. Just let these natural forces take place over there instead of trying to stop them, instead of trying to use -- I just -- sometimes natural force is going to happen. You're going to have to let it take place. You can spend all the time you like with diplomacy, and you can spend all the time you want massaging these things with diplomatic -- you're just -- you're just delaying the inevitable.


Even after reading just the excerpt supplied here, are you left with the impression that Rush really wants to blow up the Middle East? Is that a fair headline?

Or, was he more accurately expressing frustration over the media's obsession with emphasizing the "civil war" angle, diplomatic non- developments and the left's relentless "cut and run" push?


And taking the misrepresentation of Rush's words even further was the Northwest Progressive Institute's site:



So the problem with Limbaugh isn't that he makes much sense, because he doesn't and never has, but by legitimizing emotion over reason and blame over cooperation, he puts opinion that otherwise would be justifiably dismissed as lunacy into the mainstream. The people of Iraq didn't "come to us" asking us to help them. The war in Iraq is failing because it was and is a bad policy, not because anyone in the U.S. is sabotaging it.

But it's just hyperbole, right?

It's become fashionable on the right to point to the excessive and violent rhetoric used by radical Islamic terrorists, but here we have the host of the biggest radio show in America calling for the wholesale destruction of an entire region of the world. Do we think that maybe, just maybe, Limbaugh is not exactly helping the situation?

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But Limbaugh takes things to a whole other place. It doesn't really matter whether Limbaugh believes the crud he spouts, what matters is that he continues to have such a large presence when he clearly has no credibility. Shame on the radio stations who carry him, shame on the advertisers and shame on those who support him. It's not entertaining and it's not responsible to put this kind of nonsense on the air. It may be a First Amendment right, but so is marching through Skokie.


Overall, it's very clear what these guys are up to: by slamming Rush for nearly everything he says, the hope is that at least a few of their charges with resonate with the mainstream media. And after the pounding he took over the Michael J Fox political ad controversy, there's no doubt they're assuming it will only be a matter of time before Limbaugh is brought to his knees.

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8 Comments:

  • NPI is right....

    .....all we can do is hope that Rush will die in a hotel fire or something...

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 28 November, 2006 22:39  

  • That's right, hash, just keep putting out that liberal love, and folks will line up to vote for your candidates.

    Jackhole.

    By Blogger JD, at 28 November, 2006 23:11  

  • How about an accidental overdose?

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 28 November, 2006 23:14  

  • So is the line of reasoning here saying that if we follow the Democrats' wishes and pull our troops out now, there will be less fighting there?

    Let's face facts here: the situation in the Middle East is getting worse, with or without our troops there. Rush was simply acknowledging that fact.

    And HF, your death wishes for Mr. Limbaugh are no different in my mind from Michael Savage's "get AIDS and die" comment.

    By Blogger Snowed In, at 29 November, 2006 09:58  

  • Brian Maloney stated:

    " Overall, it's very clear what these guys are up to: by slamming Rush for nearly everything he says, the hope is that at least a few of their charges with resonate with the mainstream media. And after the pounding he took over the Michael J Fox political ad controversy, there's no doubt they're assuming it will only be a matter of time before Limbaugh is brought to his knees. "

    Umm, and this will happen when?
    When hell freezes over maybe.
    Almost 20 years at the helm, I seriously doubt he'll be on his knees for ANY lib ANy time soon.
    get a grip.

    Secondly, this crap about Civil War in Iraq.....based upon what?
    Bahgdad bombs?? The violence there?
    Pffffttttttt...you libs suck.
    One city makes the WHOLE country?
    If this is true, where's the widespread COUNTRY wide violence YOU people would LOVE to report on?
    Ain't there, is it??
    So, you clowns only concentrate on Bahgdad.

    Gee, given your moronic definitions of Civil War......let's see.....
    Chicago sucks, New Yorks sucks, Los Angeles sucks, and lord have mercy OAKLAND is in a QUAGMIRE!!
    WE NEED TO PULL OUT OF THE US!!!
    WE"RE IN CIVIL WAR!!!!

    Idiots. Usefull bafoons is the best to describe you folks.
    Ah well, by giving RUSH so much time of your hatred, only strenghtens the fact, he's Right, and you buttwipes dont' like it.
    Your GRIP on the American people is waning.....RUSH called it, the public SEE"s it, and you foolios' can't figure out how to STOP it.

    Kneel to that.

    By Blogger LNaranjoiv, at 29 November, 2006 12:27  

  • Ah, so you're still looking for the good news in Iraq.

    Hungry for more Muslim blood, dogboy?

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 29 November, 2006 14:17  

  • Why hasfanatic.....are you stating the that the terrorist we and our allies are killing off, are muslim??

    Why, in the name of the libs:

    You hate monger!!
    You racist!!
    You fascist!!
    You BUSH LOVER!!!

    typical moron.....

    By Blogger LNaranjoiv, at 30 November, 2006 14:45  

  • What allies?

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 30 November, 2006 16:58  

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