RUSH: Anyway… “What have you heard, Dan? What have you sensed, Dan? I know that you would hear a drumbeat to war if you heard it, Dan.” (chuckling) So you have… This is Dan Rather, and this guy at CNN says, “Dan, if anybody would hear the war drums beating for war, it would be you, so have you heard them?” That was the question. Here’s the answer.
RATHER: The war drums have been beating, um, along the Potomac for some little while, accentuated in recent weeks and now in recent days. My first question to anyone who’s on television saying, “We have to get tough, we need to put boots on the ground, we need to go to war in one of these places,” is, “I will hear you out if you tell me you are prepared to send your son, your daughter, your grandson, your granddaughter to that war, over which you’re beating the drums. If you aren’t, I have no patience with you, and don’t even talk to me.”
RUSH: So there you have it. “You can you can talk about going to war all day long, but if you gotten send your own kid, I’m not gonna listen to you.” Meaning: “You’ve got no right! You can’t be pro-war, you can’t be for killing terrorists if you wouldn’t send your own kid to do it.” This is not new thinking, folks. This is another classic… I don’t know that Rather is specifically aware of it.
He’s just mouthing the words ’cause he happens to believe it. He thinks it sounds good. But this is actually one of the many ways that the left has developed to deny their opponents credibility. (interruption) Well, that’s the thing: It’s not 1970 anymore, Dan, and there isn’t a draft. You know, it’s a volunteer military now. Everybody who signs up for the US military has to know, in this day and age, that the likelihood is good that they’re going to be deployed to theater.