As New Yorkers prepare to commemorate the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history, radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh is addressing the notion of an American assault on Iraq timed for Sept. 11 of this year.
“I think it would be fabulous,” Limbaugh said during his national broadcast yesterday. “I think a 9-11 act on Saddam … you talk about getting this country up!”
The statement came in response to a caller who suggested the upcoming memorial in New York City would send the wrong message – one of weakness and vulnerability.
“You want to memorialize 9-11? Go kick some butt in Saudi Arabia or Iraq,” Dave from Sacramento said. “[The president and Congress] are so worried about how our view is from the rest of the world, or the United Nations – forget that. They’re not gonna stand shoulder to shoulder and back to back with us in this war anymore.”
“I’m sick of hearing Colin Powell say things such as ‘We condemn this attack in the strongest possible terms,'” Dave added.
“I agree with that,” said Limbaugh. “The State Department, you know you can put what they’re worth in a thimble, and then fill it with bourbon.”
The anniversary plans for New York City include a reading of the names of every person who died in the World Trade Center attack, along with recitations from the Gettysburg Address and the Declaration of Independence.
Flowers will be placed at Ground Zero by family members of the victims, and there will also be remarks by President Bush, candlelight vigils and a series of concerts.
“Wouldn’t it be a great thing if people of New York are going through their candlelight vigils and reading the names and so forth and all that stuff and we are ‘pow!’ piling into Saddam?” Limbaugh asked rhetorically. “And on the way over we accidentally drop a couple bombs by mistake in the sand deserts of Saudi Arabia?”
Though the U.S. has not singled out the Iraqi leader as the prime sponsor of last year’s attack, President Bush has made it clear he’s looking to change the regime in Baghdad to reduce the risk of any future Iraqi offensive which may include the use of weapons of mass destruction.
“All this talk about Iraq is gonna culminate in [military] action,” Limbaugh stated. “I think you should know it is gonna happen, it’s just a question of when; 9-11 would be a good date.”
Earlier in his program, Limbaugh denounced those who are urging restraint against force on Baghdad.
“Everybody and their uncle is begging us not to go into Iraq – the little Europeans, the little West Germans, the Saudis,” Limbaugh said. “While everybody wants regime change, they don’t have the guts to do it. So if it’s gonna happen, we’re gonna have to be the ones to do it.”
He cited President Reagan’s successful use of force against suspected terror sponsor Moammar Gadhafi by attacking sites in and around Tripoli in 1986.
“[Gadhafi] has not been the same since his tent was bombed, and that’s the episode if you recall where our friends the French would not let our [fighter planes] fly over France on the way to Libya.”
Limbaugh spent much of his program discussing the need for deterrence, explaining the world is governed by the aggressive use of force, and that the U.S. is a prime target because of its role as lone superpower.
“When your enemy thinks and knows you’ve got something and you’ll use it, it deters them. It’s when you don’t build, it’s when you don’t keep pace, it’s when you just try to do this with words and treaties and all this weak-kneed, limp-wristed stuff that you subject yourself to attack.
“I think all this talk about, ‘Well, you know the Europeans don’t want us to go, Rush, into Iraq.’ Screw ’em! If freedom in this country or around the world depended on all these people saying ‘I don’t think we should do it, Rush,’ there wouldn’t be freedom.”