RUSH: See, if you’re gonna do war, here’s the thing. I don’t want to be misunderstood. I think it should always be the last option, but when you commit to it you better go all-in. It is what it is. The purpose of armies, I’ll never forget this. My late friend out in Sacramento said that the purpose of armies is to kill people and break things. And it is that simple. That’s exactly what happens in a war. You kill people and break things.
Now, if you’re gonna turn your agents of killing people and breaking things into a social experimentation playground, if you’re gonna turn it into a laboratory experiment for equality and sameness and fairness, you deserve what you get, because if you don’t go all-in for victory, you are going to lose. And that is unacceptable. As Patton said, “Americans love a winner. Americans hate a loser.” But that was 1940s Americans. Today we have a lot more Americans who think America’s guilty just because we exist and because of our existence and how we have used our existence.
It’s a sick place out there. And that’s why I think you need really, really smart, brave people who understand exactly what’s at stake every time this kind of policy is instituted, meaning war. It is not something that you do halfway, if you’re serious about it. There’s another truism. The aggressor always sets the rules. You can have all the Geneva Conventions you want, and you can have all the laws of war and all the rules of war. If you’re up against somebody in war who’s breaking ’em, what are you gonna do, go to court? “Hey, they’re cheating on the battlefield! It’s not fair.” You’re gonna be laughed off the battlefield. That’s not how you deal with it.