RUSH: So, essentially, ladies and gentlemen, two and a half years ago I predicted this. I mean, I didn’t predict the exact event. I didn’t know that the Iraqis — if I thought about it we could have all probably figured out that once we pulled out of there, this was going to happen. We just didn’t know exactly when. And that once we pulled out of there we could probably predict that the Iraqis would ask us to do something to help them. But what was easily predictable was that Obama would say “no.”
And the New York Times story today is: “Iraq Said to Seek US Strikes on Militants — As the threat from Sunni militants in western Iraq escalated last month, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki –” how am I pronouncing all these names? “– Nouri al-Maliki secretly asked the Obama administration to consider carrying out airstrikes against extremist staging areas, according to Iraqi and American officials. But Iraq’s appeals for a military response have so far been rebuffed by the White House, which has been reluctant to open a new chapter in a conflict that President Obama has insisted was over when the United States withdrew the last of its forces from Iraq in 2011.”
Now, I would probably — no, not probably. I would understand if a whole significant swath of the United States didn’t want to get anymore involved in Iraq. A lot of people think we shouldn’t have gone in the first place. The mission didn’t have a chance. We’re never gonna democratize the place unless we stayed forever, and we don’t want to relive this so don’t go back. Probably a lot of Americans would fall into that camp. But that’s not why the White House is rejecting these overtures. I think the reason is obvious, and I said it back in 2011.
I think this administration wants both Iraq and Afghanistan to fail as stable democracies. And if you doubt that, would you give me — I’m open to changing my mind about this — just give me any evidence to the contrary. And don’t cite Afghanistan, because everything we’re doing in Afghanistan is designed to prop up the Taliban. We just gave them five of their apparently biggest and most important freedom fighters, just released them. We’re restocking the Taliban. Obama thinks they’re a legitimate entity, that they have a right to run that country and we should negotiate with them. They’re not an enemy that needs to be defeated.