RUSH: Now Obama, he’s still speaking. He is still giving this speech about his Iranian nuke deal. But he characterized this in a very interesting way. He said, “We have achieved a detailed arrangement that permanently prohibits Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.” Now, forget the misdirection here about “permanently prohibiting Iran from obtaining,” ’cause we haven’t. The deal doesn’t even do that, but, hell, who’s gonna call him on it? He can lie. He can make up everything he wants.
He can say this deal is whatever it is, and who’s gonna call him on it, other than us? “We have achieved a detailed arrangement…” Now, I’m a words guy. You know I’m the mayor the Realville, and words mean things. That’s why my opposition to gay marriage is what it is, because is marriage is defined as a union of a man and a woman. It’s not two people of the same sex. I have devotion to words and their meanings. I think it’s one of the ways in which, by the way, our culture is being debased.
And one of the ways in which the left is debasing the culture to advance their cause is by obliterating words, the language, and how they’re used and interpreted. But point here is, he didn’t say, “We’ve achieved a detailed agreement.” He said, “We have achieved a detailed arrangement.” To me, an arrangement is not an agreement. Two people don’t go to the church and get arranged. And we don’t have Senate ratification of treaties for “arrangements.”
And the arrangement is that Iran… This is what we’ve arranged. Iran is going to be the dominant player in the Middle East now. Iran will remain the leading exporter of terrorism. Iran will be flush with cash because we’re dropping the sanctions, and they will be given a clear path to a nuclear arsenal to go along with their standard, ordinary, everyday weapons, because we have an “arrangement.” I’m telling you, it matters.
He did not say “agreement.” He said, “We have achieved a detailed arrangement that permanently prohibits Iran from…” But it doesn’t do that. I know he’s lying about the permanence, the prohibition of a nuke. It’s unforgivable but it is what it is. It’s who Obama is. But here’s the thing. He then said, “The sanctions would unravel if we walk away from our arrangement.” Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa! Just a second, now.
The sanctions are lifted as part of the arrangement. What is this “sanctions would unravel if we walk away”? The sanctions are going away with the arrangement! So if we walk away, and there is no arrangement, are we also gonna take the sanctions with us? Why would the sanctions automatically unravel if there’s no arrangement? Why wouldn’t they stay on? But then there’s another question about the sanctions that popped into my head as well.
‘Cause Obama’s out there — and this is not the first day that he said this. You know, a lot of people are zeroing in on the sanctions being lifted because that gives Iran anywhere from a hundred to $130 billion of cash that they can spend however they want. John Kerry (who served in Vietnam) has admitted that they could kill Americans with it. They will continue to fund their operations and policies in the Middle East.
That’s Hezbollah, Hamas, whatever they’re in bed with. We’ve acknowledged that’s gonna happen. But Obama is saying that sanctions will not stop Iran from building its nuclear program. Not just today, either. I mean, this has been part of the argument from the beginning of this arrangement to drop the sanctions because the sanctions, they’re not gonna stop ’em from doing anything anyway.
Well, okay, then, isn’t it a rather obvious question? If you’re going to claim that sanctions, economic sanctions would not prevent the Iranians from going all-nuke, then why would the threat of them unraveling prevent the Iranians from cheating? Obama’s out trying to make the claim that we can prevent Iran from cheating with this deal and so forth, but the sanctions are the key to it.
But at the same time, he says that sanctions are not gonna stop the Iranian nuclear program, and that’s his excuse for getting rid of them, because they’re not gonna stop anything. So why would the threat of re-imposing them bother the Iranians? If the existence of sanctions is no big deal, then why would “snapping” them back on be a big deal? And yet that’s what he’s out there saying would happen here. If they cheat.
(impression) “That’s right. We catch the Iranians cheating, we could put those sanctions right back on.”
But wait a minute! You just said the sanctions are not gonna stop ’em.
“Well, that’s right. You’re asking a question you’re not supposed to ask. You’re just supposed to let me say it and applaud.”
Oh. Well, I’m sorry, ’cause it doesn’t make any sense. You can’t sit there and tell us that sanctions are not gonna stop them from going all-nuke, and then in the next breath tell us that the Iranians would be scared to death to cheat because the sanctions would be put back on ’em. If they don’t count, they don’t count. If they don’t work, they don’t work. This is what we’re dealing with here.
RUSH: Okay. I have some audio sound bites of President Obama, and his speech just concluded short while ago on the Iranian nuclear arrangement. It is now an “arrangement” that we have with the Iranians, and we have four sound bites here in which the president bashes conservative media, bashes George W. Bush, and says that if Congress does not approve the deal, the Iranians will have a nuke in six months. (laughing) If we don’t approve the deal…
I thought we didn’t have to approve it. I thought it was already approved at the UN. All of a sudden now, the US Congress matters? And it really doesn’t. Here’s why it matters: For Obama’s legacy. Which is what this is all about. Obama wants the history books to read that while there was opposition on everything he did, he overwhelmed them, he defeated them, and in some cases he even persuaded them to join him. And that’s what he wants in this Iranian deal.
I cannot emphasize enough what these things are really about. We’re dealing here, folks, with an interesting psychological study. Obama is genuinely a leftist, and he has these radically extreme leftist ideals that he is implementing, and my previously made comments over the years about his desire to transform the country because he’s mad, unhappy, angry at the way the country was founded and it’s time that a bunch of people had to pay the price for all the pain and suffering of others.
Yeah, all that’s true, too. But there’s more than that. It’s not just that. He’s building a legacy. First president ever to get national health care in the US! After all the great presidents before him who tried, he’s the one who did it. Saving the country from a ravaging recession and maybe depression. (Even though it hasn’t happened, that’s the story line.) The only president who ever got a deal with an enemy, limiting their usage of nuclear weapons.
A lot of presidents have come before Obama, a lot of them have tried to deal with Iran, but Barack Hussein O was the only president in American history to ever be good enough, talented enough, smart enough to actually do it. That’s the legacy he’s shooting for. When it comes to the Iranian deal, the reason now all of a sudden Congress matters is because as far as the legacy is concerned, he wants it to look like he was able to get unanimity or at least majority agreement, even among his enemies.
Because that will make it an even bigger deal in the history books. He is somebody that is acutely devoted to what will be said and written about him hundreds of years from now. I can’t relate to that. (chuckles) I don’t care what’s said about me today, much less tomorrow. He cares about it a hundred years from now. Well, when I say it doesn’t matter, it doesn’t govern what I do is my point. I mean, everybody cares what they say about them, but it’s not gonna make me change who I am in order to get them to say good things.
That’s another story. Let’s just hit the sound bites and see what I am talking about here. Here’s the first of four.
OBAMA: When I ran for president eight years ago as a candidate, who had opposed the decision to go to war in Iraq, I said that America didn’t just have to end that war. We had to end the mind-set that got us there in the first place. It was a mind-set characterized by a preference for military action over diplomacy, a mind-set that put a premium on unilateral US action over the painstaking work of building international consensus, a mind-set that exaggerated threats beyond what the intelligence supported. More than a decade later, we still live with the consequences of the decision to invade Iraq.
RUSH: The disinformation, misinformation, the history revisionism now continues. Why, you would think that before Obama all we did was go to war and that’s all we wanted to do, and that’s the only way we ever thought we could solve problems. We didn’t have any diplomats before Obama came along. We didn’t have any good ones! We didn’t have any real smart diplomacy.
No, we just had a bunch of cowboys characterized by the last president before Obama, and that’s Bush. Who once again here gets raked over the coals being ultimately responsible for all of this that Obama had to fix, from the economy, to health care, to immigration, to now Iranian nuclear weapons. Why, everybody had tried to fix it, but Bush made the biggest mess of anybody, and it took the unique intelligence and skills of Barack Hussein Obama to supposedly fix all of this.
“Oh, yeah, the American mind-set before Obama got here? Yeah, we don’t like somebody? Go kill ’em! We don’t like somebody? Go to war with them!” Build a consensus? What did Bush do before we get into Iraq? He spent almost two years building a consensus. It’s so frustrating to have to sit here and constantly defend against these lies, and it feels like spitting against the wind anyway. Here’s the next bite…
OBAMA: Unfortunately, we’re living through a time in American politics where every foreign policy decision is viewed through a partisan prism, evaluated by headline-grabbing sound bites. And so, before the ink was even dry on this deal (snickers) — before Congress even read it — a majority of Republicans declared their virulent opposition.
RUSH: (chuckles) This from a man who gives us a health care bill that nobody was allowed to see until it was passed. This is the guy who gave us a Transpacific Trade Deal that nobody was allowed to see before they voted on it, unless they went to a secret room in the basement of the Capitol. They were not allowed to take any notes out of the room, they were not allowed to talk about it, they were not allowed to share any information about it.
This is a guy talking about making “virulent opposition” decisions before they’ve even seen it? That’s how 90% of what Obama’s done has gotten done. Nobody’s been able to see it before it became ratified, passed, or had his signature on it. You talk about the pot calling the kettle black, with this comment that everything in this country is “viewed through a prison of partnership” and he is an angel of nonpartisanship and total objectivity?
There’s no ideology driving Obama?
He’s not a partisan in any way?
“He’s just trying to do the best for everybody! He’s trying to save the climate. He’s trying to save lions. He’s trying to save innocent women. There’s no ideology!” It’s just insulting. But again, it’s spitting against the wind, because one thing we’ve learned over 6-1/2, seven years, that you can’t square people with this. I mean, if they have fallen into Obama idolatry, that’s it. No matter what facts you have, no matter what emotion you have — if you’re even able to reach ’em emotionally — you’re not gonna be able to persuade them that Obama is who he is.
Here’s the next bite, second-to-last…
OBAMA: Without this deal, the scenarios that critics warn about happening in 15 years could happen six months from now! By killing this deal, Congress would not merely pave Iran’s pathway to a bomb, it would accelerate it!
RUSH: See how that works? See, with the deal, they don’t ever get a nuclear weapon. If we get this thing signed, Congress approves it, they never get a nuclear weapon. But if we don’t sign it, they’re gonna have one in six months? Wait, now, just a minute. What’s all this talk about they’re a year or two away? They’re gonna have one in six months if we don’t do this? If they’re only six months away, there’s nothing that’s gonna stop them from getting one, deal or not.
This is… Just to show you how mindless this is, here he is praising his diplomacy and criticizing all these previous presidents who’ve gone to war. What are we doing in Syria? What are we doing with ISIS? Is his diplomacy solving a great problem there or we at war? Who is it that ramped up troop levels in Afghanistan? Who extended the war in Afghanistan? Who is it that hasn’t closed Club Gitmo, despite promises? This is the Limbaugh Theorem on display.
This is how Obama runs around and forever shields himself from accountability for everything that he’s done. Just go out, A, and lie about what he’s done — lie about what his opponents have said — and then the things that he’s made happen, the things that he has caused always end up being blamed on other because Obama promises he’s gonna continue “fighting” to try to fix the things that he’s actually made happen. And here’s the final sound bite in the mix…
OBAMA: Just because Iranian hardliners chant “Death to America!” does not mean that that’s what all Iranians believe. In fact, it’s those — (applause) — in fact, it’s those hardliners who are most comfortable with the status quo. It’s those hardliners chanting “Death to America!” who’ve been most opposed to the deal. They’re making common cause with the Republican caucus. (laughter).
RUSH: Well. Now, wait a second. You know what, folks, that’s more outrageous than anything Donald Trump’s ever said. You know, I have a theory about this, because what did he just say? He’s saying these “Death to America!” hardliners in Iran are making common cause with the Republican caucus because the hardliners “Death to America!” who happen to include the Ayatollah Khamenei. Who is it that’s leading those chants, standing next to his Kalashnikov? It’s the Ayatollah Khamenei.
Who is it that’s just written a book about how to outwit the US and destroy Israel? It’s the Ayatollah Khamenei, the guy Obama made the deal with. Who is the guy leading the chants “Death to America! Death to America!”? It’s the Ayatollah Khamenei, the guy Obama made the deal with. But Obama says no, it’s just a bunch of hardliners, and they don’t want the deal, just like the Republicans. They’re making common cause with the Republicans.
You know what? I’m gonna raise my hand and say I may be responsible for him saying that. And when I tell you why, Mr. Snerdley, you may agree with me. Who is it, I ask, who has a continually pointed out that you can’t tell the difference between Mahmoud Ahmadinejad criticizing America and the Democrat Party? Me. Who is it that routinely during the 2012 campaign made the observation that whenever I hear an enemy of America criticize this country, it sounds just like your average day Democrat. Me, your beloved host El Rushbo. It’s now I think established that has really ticked them off. I think it has really, really ticked ’em off, and this is payback. The hardliners in Iran who don’t want the deal, “Death to America!” are making Common Cause with the Republican caucus.
RUSH: So let’s take some of these things that Obama said. This is fun. He spent almost an hour on this sales pitch, and who do you think it was aimed at? It was aimed at Democrats in his party. It’s Democrats in his party that he’s losing on this Iranian deal. That’s why all this partisanship about the Republicans and that’s why (imitating Obama), “Well, ‘Death to America! Death to America!’, that’s just common cause with the Republican caucus.”
This guy, I’m telling you, he’s the perfect liberal. He’ll never be happy no matter what all he gets. If he gets everything he wants, his legacy, he’s never gonna be happy. He’s gonna be constantly angry and ticked off just like every other liberal you’ve ever met is. They’re never happy, no matter what they get. They’re always enraged. They’re always angry. You know why? Because there’s always disagreement, and that they can’t abide. They just can’t stand the fact that not everybody sees their brilliance and agrees with them. And when there is disagreement and opposition they’re ticked off no matter what they get. They get some satisfaction over winning, but it doesn’t last long.
Do you remember, some of you might remember, because Obama, this is a threat: “If Congress doesn’t sign my arrangement, Iran might get the bomb in six months.” If they get the bomb in six months it’s because he’s paid for it. He has enabled them to continue buying and building centrifuges and using them. If they’re six months away from getting a bomb, it’s because we’ve made it possible, because this government’s made it possible. Because this government believes that they can turn anybody into a good guy with the power of Obama’s speeches, words, and diplomacy.
But this is a threat, “If Congress doesn’t sign my arrangement, Iran gets the bomb in six months.” That’s not salesmanship. Did you ever read, Mr. Snerdley, National Lampoon, the magazine? They did some great things. Remember the Ted Kennedy Volkswagen ad? They had a Volkswagen floating. If Ted Kennedy had owned one of these he’d be president of the United States because it was floating, rather than his Oldsmobile with Mary Jo Kopechne which sank.
Well, they did something else, too. They had a magazine cover one issue, I don’t remember the year, on the cover was a dog looking sideways at a gun pointed at its head, and the caption on the cover of National Lampoon was, “If you don’t buy this magazine, we will kill this dog.” Everybody knew it was a joke ’cause it’s National Lampoon, but here comes Obama: “If you don’t sign my arrangement, the Iranians get a bomb in six months.” And then this business about just because the Iranians chant “Death to America!” doesn’t mean that’s what most Iranians — did you hear that room erupt in applause? (imitating Obama) “Hey, you know what, just because there’s a bunch of people over there saying ‘Death to America,’ that doesn’t mean –” Applause for this?
Whoever this audience was today, there is total, utter denial about who our enemies are. That room, Obama and his audience, their enemies are us, folks. The Republicans, conservatives, that’s who they consider to be their enemies, not the Iranians. But the problem with that is that’s what the leaders of Iran believe, not the rank-and-file population. It’s the leaders of that damn country that believe it. They’re the ones saying it as I just brilliantly pointed out.
It’s the Ayatollah Khamenei who’s leading these chants of “Death to America! Death to America!” He has written a book on how to outwit America and wipe out Israel. “Death to America!” is what the leadership of the country believed. The rank-and-file population in Iran doesn’t matter. They live in a dictatorship. They live in tyranny. It doesn’t matter what they say. What they say in public is programmed anyway.
This arrangement — can I be blunt? Obama’s blunt; let me be blunt. This arrangement with Iran, let me tell you what this is. It is an arrangement with a lawless, raging anti-Semitic terror state who will become wealthy enough and deadly enough to take over the entire Middle East, threatening to use their nuclear bomb, just like Obama just did. “If Congress doesn’t sign my arrangement, Iran gets the bomb this six months.” That’s a threat. And we are going to enable the Iranians to threaten that whole region and back it up, because we are going to make possible their ability to ratchet up to nuclear weaponry.
And all of this, this speech, this sales pitch. You’re not gonna see this written anywhere. Well, you will depending on where you look, but you’re not gonna see it in the Drive-By Media. But this whole appearance of Obama’s today was aimed at Democrat votes, not Republicans. He was bullying Democrats for votes today. That’s why he’s blasting Bush, claiming that Iraq somehow — what does Iraq have to do this? What in the world does the Iraq war have to do with this thing in Iran anyway? That’s nothing more than trying to raise the blood pressure of Democrats to get them on his side. It’s Democrat red meat. And it was Hillary and Kerry, Biden, they all voted to use force in Iraq anyway back in 2002. It’s a straw dog.
RUSH: Okay, so Obama’s threatening us now if we don’t sign or agree to his agreement with the Iranians and they’re gonna get a nuke in six months, right? What happened to the Ayatollah Khamenei’s fatwa? It was not long ago that President Obama himself, his own self said that we had nothing to worry about here anyway because the Ayatollah Khamenei had issued a fatwa saying there would never be a nuclear power possessed by Iran. You remember that?
If you don’t remember that, don’t doubt me.
He said it.
What happened? The ayatollah… (interruption) Now, now, wait. Nobody’s been able to find the fatwa. I know, it’s a strange word, isn’t it? But we’re not to laugh at other cultures here, Mr. Snerdley. Rein it in in there. The ayatollah has said that there’s a fatwa against nuclear weapons in Iran. You know, when the cleric says it’s a fatwa, it’s not gonna happen. And all kinds of scholars have searched wherever you search for ayatollah scholarship, they can’t find the fatwa.
But Obama quoted it. It was not three weeks ago, Obama told us that the ayatollah’s fatwa against nuclear weapons was all we had to realize here. It’s not a problem. Now he’s saying threatening it in six months if we don’t sign his arrangement, that they’re gonna have a nuclear bomb? And the next thing. This business of bringing up Iraq, this stuff really, really, folks, it steams me like you can’t believe.
Because this is history revision. It’s what we always get from these people, just abject out-and-out lies. The fact of the matter is that Barack Hussein Obama inherited a stable Iraq. Do you remember the arguments that we had over the status agreements regarding American troops that remained there to help keep the peace? Obama could not… Here’s the bottom line. For the exact reason he used today, Obama could not permit there to be a public concession, assumption that the Iraq war had been a success.
He constantly needs the Iraq war to go back to, because it’s like throwing red meat to a lion, it’s like throwing red meat to these Democrats, and he needs it to rev them up. The Iraq war and George Bush is like showing them the cross. They go batty. They go absolutely nuts. And when Obama needs to rally ’em, George W. Bush and the Iraq war are two of the primary tools at his disposal. Therefore, the Iraq war was never ever gonna end well as long as Obama had anything to say about it.
And he had a lot to say about it because he inherited a stable Iraq. He inherited an Iraq that had elections. I mean, it wasn’t a panacea, but he did not do anything to hold onto that stability. And that’s why we’ve got ISIS. And that’s why we have a civil war in Syria, and that’s why Al-Qaeda is back at full strength and more. It’s not ’cause of Abu Ghraib pictures. It’s not because of Club Gitmo.
It’s because of Obama and his partisan politics and his prism through which he looks at everything of partisan politics. He needs the Iraq war as a constant reminder to his Democrats of a total, giant American screw up that he can always lay at the blame of the Republicans. But just ask yourself: What does the Iraq war have to do with this deal with Iran? Absolutely nothing, except he’s running short of Democrat votes to authorize this arrangement.
All right, let me head back to the phones. I intended to get there before I got these audio sound bites from Obama. It just ticks me off here. I mean, one lie after another, this continued public distortion of reality, and they get away with it. Clinton gets away with it. He gets away with it; they just get away with it. The low-information voters, the great unwashed, are a political force all too powerful in this country.
RUSH: This is Amir in Pittsburgh. It’s great to have you on the program, Amir. Hi.
CALLER: Hey, Rush, longtime listener, longtime caller actually, first time getting through though.
RUSH: Well, welcome.
CALLER: Thank you. It’s not easy. I wanted to make two observations based on what President Obama and Secretary Kerry, what they’ve been doing the past few months. I am an American Jew, proud American Jew. My father was actually born in Iran. He managed to escape and make his way to Israel, eventually meeting my mother in Israel and then coming back to America, where I was born. So obviously I have a little bit at stake here, you know, with these matters.
The first thing I wanted to quote for you was an interview that Secretary Kerry had with Jeffrey Goldberg. I don’t know if you read it. He said — and I’m quoting from the article — that Iran really wants to annihilate Israel. He doubts that Iran really wants to annihilate Israel. Instead he thinks that Tehran has a fundamental ideological confrontation, but it has not implemented active steps to wipe it off the map. So when I heard that statement, I took severe offense to that based on, obviously these wars that Israel has endured over the past few years with Hamas and Hezbollah —
RUSH: Look, that statement’s idiotic. That is just absolutely idiotic, for John Kerry, who served in Vietnam, to say that it’s just words? Who is paying for the rockets that are being launched at Tel Aviv in Jerusalem?
CALLER: And I would also add that the families in, you know, Argentina and the Buenos Aires bombing at the Israeli embassy which killed I think 29 civilians, you know, this is not a war against the Jews in Israel as Ayatollah Khamenei in his book wrote. You know, he outlines a whole theory as to why they want to wipe Israel off the map —
RUSH: Right. And how to outsmart America in the process. Yeah, I’ve seen the Ayatollah Khamenei’s book. Well, hey, Amir, you need to check out what Obama said, because Obama said (paraphrasing), “Hey, these Iranians saying ‘Death to America!’, they’re nothing, just a bunch of straggler extremists making common cause with Republicans,” Amir.