RUSH: Here is the actual sound bite, Fareed Zakaria GPS on his CNN show in which he portrays the two people he knows in the Obama administration as, hey, we would have done exactly what Trump did in Syria if he were still in office.
ZAKARIA: The Trump administration watched a violation of Obama’s 2013 deal and enforced it in precisely the manner that Obama had implied, which is why virtually every major Obama foreign policy official from Hillary Clinton to Thomas Donilon to Leon Panetta has supported the Trump administration’s action as did U.S. allies in the region and beyond. The strikes were discreet, measured, intended to convey a signal and yet at the same time designed to ensure that the U.S. did not descend further into the Syrian civil war. In other words, they were very Obama-like. Two senior Obama officials I spoke with told me that were Barack Obama still president, he would have likely ordered a strike that was similar if not identical in scope.
RUSH: Come on, Fareed! Who do you think we are? Now, let me tell you what spawned this. After Trump launched the 59 Tomahawk missiles, a bunch of Democrats and a bunch of people in the media all over the country instinctively reacted with opposition, with resistance, and with full-fledged hatred for Trump. And this worried Fareed Zakaria GPS. So Fareed Zakaria GPS went to CNN on his show on Sunday and said (paraphrasing), “Hey, you people get over it. You anti-Trump people, you’re going too far here. All Trump did was the Obama administration policy.”
He starts it off by saying the Trump administration watched a violation of Obama’s deal. That means — this is crazy — what Fareed Zakaria GPS is saying is that Trump saw that Syrians cross Obama’s red line. I made a joke out of this, I made a joke out of this and Fareed Zakaria comes along — remember my joke? I calmed Democrats by saying all this was was Trump protecting Obama’s order and his honor because by gassing people they crossed Obama’s red line and all Trump was doing was protecting Obama’s honor. So you Democrats, does that make you feel better, I asked? I was joking with ’em.
And here comes Fareed Zakaria GPS taking my joke and making it live, as the exact reaction you should have. “Well, what Trump saw was Syria in violation of Obama’s red line in 2013, and Trump enforced it in precisely the manner that Obama had implied, which is why all the reasonable Democrats applauded Trump for doing this. So you wacko Democrats need to shut up because this is exactly what Obama would have done.”
Except it isn’t because Obama had countless opportunities to do just this, and he never did it once. So this is Fareed Zakaria GPS. He must have heard my joke. No, no. I take that back. He wouldn’t have recognized it as a joke. He would have thought, “That’s brilliant. That’s brilliant. Trump did this to save Obama’s honor.” Then he goes out and makes an entire show based on it. And I was simply trying to calm a bunch of Democrats who are about to lose their minds with Trump in charge of missile launches. I mean, that scares them. You know, Trump tweeting is one thing, but launching missiles, that’s a whole new level of fear.
So I was just trying to calm them down. “Hey, he’s just protecting Obama’s honor. Remember the red line.” Thank you, Fareed Zakar, you have made my day here. Fareed Zakaria GPS has made my day by bringing my joke not only to life, but making it live in reality. And then this final line, “Two senior Obama officials I spoke with told me that were Obama still president, he would have likely ordered a strike that was similar, if not identical in scope.” But he never did. Syria was allowed to cross Obama’s red line I don’t know how many times. At least eight. This has made my day.