The Life Lesson in Using American Military Power for Good

RUSH: Folks, we have just in the last -- ah, you could say two days, the last week, we have had demonstrated for us one of life's most basic lessons. And I want to try to explain this. I gotta tell you, I was so frustrated watching television last night as the Iranians launched their little puddle jumper missiles. I'm watching, I don't care what channel I turned to, not even gonna mention them. All the networks, they're acting scared, “Oh, my God. Oh, my God. Oh, my God. Iran's launched, oh, my God. We pray for American servicemen.”

Where is this attitude? Where does it come from? This is the opening here of life's lesson. This attitude that we somehow are helpless, that we're overmatched, that we're overpowered. "Oh, no. What have we done now? Oh, my God. Look at what the Iranians are doing." What did Iranians do? Nothing!

The minute I heard last night that the Iranians tipped us off that the missiles were coming, it was plain as day, Trump wins. They did this as a show of face-saving for other Arabs and Persians in the region, but they didn't dare, they didn't dare want to injure a single American. They launched the missiles into sand. They didn't even use laser-guided missiles. They used ballistic missiles. I think four of the 12 didn't even make the full run. Didn't survive.

This country, for too long, has had a foreign policy that is rooted in the notion that we provoke the rest of the world, that we are the problem, that we're not the solution, and that it is our superpower status that is the problem. We're too powerful. It isn't fair. We're too big. It isn't fair. And the rest of the world hates us because of that. None of that is true.

And yet that is the exact kind of thinking that guided the Obama administration. It's the exact kind of thinking that gave us Madeleine Albright, the same kind of thinking that gave us the Obama nuclear deal. Inside of a week -- well, inside of a couple of months, the United States, Donald Trump, has taken out two of the world's most active and prolific merchants of death, al-Baghdadi and Qassem Soleimani, both dead.

It did not require a massive invasion. It did not require years to do. Inside of basically a short period of time, one of the greatest gifts to the civilized world has been given: two monsters eliminated. It did not take a land war. It did not cost thousands of lives. It needs to be celebrated, and the awesome ability to project power, the United States, is recognized by our enemies, if not by many Americans.

The Iranians, I told you yesterday, the Iranians know they will be wiped out with Donald Trump if they behave as they have in the past. Trump in his speech today made a point of how big our missiles are. We got big missiles. Our missiles are bigger than yours, and they're more numerous than yours. He also made a point that the missiles fired last night were paid for with the cash delivered to the Tehran airport "by my predecessor." That would be Barack Obama.

He's exactly right. I'm gonna charitable with Obama. And I'm not gonna accuse Obama of having anti-American interests and pro-Middle Eastern interests. I think Obama is like many of the American left today who really think that the world's unfair because the United States is so big. That we're the problem and that appeasement is the only way to get along with people. Show them we mean them no harm, show them we love them, show them that we recognize that we are the provocateurs and, trust us, we don't want to hurt you.

What does that do? It just encourages them to continue to be exactly who they are. Along comes Donald Trump, and inside of a week has sent the exact opposite message to the Middle East, to NATO, to the rest of the world that the United States doesn't consider itself the problem anymore. The United States doesn't consider itself the provocateur. The United States is not gonna apologize for what we are. The United States not gonna apologize for what we've done. We're not gonna apologize for what we have.

We are going to protect what we have. We are going to grow what we have because we're the good guys, and we are the agents of positive change for anybody in the world that wants to join us. And anybody that stands in our way and kills Americans is not going to get away with it. Folks, this has not been American foreign policy for a long time. The reason this is such a standout is because it is so unusual.

We’ve never had an American president in a national television address, like Trump just did, tell the truth about Iran. It's never happened because we have been guided by previous administrations for decades, with a few exceptions, that appeasement is the only way to peace, that acting as big as we are, acting confident about who we are is unnecessarily provocative.

If you think I'm making this up, let me give you an example that I remember off the top of my head. During the Obama administration, some delegation from the ChiComs was in town, and we started some... The Obama State Department started talking to the ChiCom members of this delegation about their human rights abuses. The ChiCom guy said, "Wait a minute! You've got no right telling us about human rights abuses. Look at your past."

And the Obama guy said, "Oops! You know what? You're right. We have no right to tell you about human rights abuses because we are just as guilty as you are." So even though we do have the moral authority -- particularly compared to any communist nation, we have the moral authority -- to preach, the Obama administration gave it away because of the belief that we don't have this right, that we don't have this moral authority or superiority.

So the United States, with Obama and with previous administrations, really didn't want to use its goodness and its decency and its power because it was all considered, ah, maybe illegitimate or unjust or provocative or what have you. The life lesson here: A show of force -- a willingness to be honest about what you say you will do when everybody knows you have the ability to do what you do -- is the way to use power for the good, to use power for positive outcomes and results. There's no reason for the United States to apologize.

There's no reason for the United States to feel guilty. There is no reason for the United States or its people to feel frightened over these kinds of things. The Iranians? Folks, if it is true -- and it is. I saw it last night. The Iranians tipped us off. They tipped off the Iraqis, and the Iraqis tipped us off that the missiles were coming. It's the surest sign that taking out the number two terrorist in the world was a positive. It was a big win.

It was not an escalation, as the media and the Democrats attempted to say. It was not endangering us further. This is why I got so frustrated watching television last might. It didn't matter where I went. We know... The Iranians don't even have HDTV! The video they gave us of their missile launches was cheap, SD quality, and they kept looping it and looping it, and it made it look like the Iranians were launching thousands, hundreds of missiles (sobbing), "And we had no chance!

"Oh, my God! (hyperventilating) We're praying. We're hoping tonight that there are no casualties! We don't know..." Everybody was so convinced that it was gonna end badly for us. Everybody was so convinced that the Iranians -- Pfft! -- we were no match for 'em, and I'm just sick of this attitude. I'm tired of it. I've had to endure this. It's the attitude of the American State Department, many previous administrations. It's the attitude of the deep state. All these people that showed up and testified against Trump?

This is the stuff they really oppose: Using America's power for good. This is what they don't like. They're a bunch of appeasers that want to show up and just continue the process of never solving anything while getting accolades for great diplomacy. Well, we just saw the best diplomacy that there is.


RUSH: Now, for all of you who are concerned that Trump's actions here in taking out Qassem Soleimani constitute a violation of a campaign promise not to escalate military activity in the Middle East -- "Trump was gonna stop this, Trump was gonna get us out of these things, Trump wasn't gonna start any wars" -- I want to throw something out at you. I actually think that what we saw today and what we will continue to see, 'cause Trump...

Did you hear what he did in this speech? Trump urged Russia and China to get out of this Iranian nuclear deal as well, and he told NATO to step up. Do you realize how big that is? NATO has gotten along for these past decades going to lunch and going to dinner, going to cocktail parties, never having to really do much of anything to justify itself because we've always done it. He told them to step up. He told them to get involved with it. I think...

To cut to the chase, I think this is all about getting out of the Middle East. Everybody knows that our geostrategic focus needs to be China, the Pacific. Trump knows it. Everybody knows it. We don't need to their oil. He made this point. We don't need Middle Eastern oil anymore. We do not have any dependence whatsoever. We are self-sufficient. Our economy is hot, and it's getting hotter. The market is soaring today after all of this.

The stock market's not in panic. It's not in free fall because Trump took out a terrorist. Our military has never been stronger. Trump made it plain today: We hold all the cards, and we'd like to welcome you into a different kind of existence. We're also told now that the Iranians did indeed, in fact, warn us that they were gonna fire missiles in the general direction of our bases, and I think we let it happen. We let 'em show their action here to save a little face.

After they did it, they've come out and said, "Okay, that's it! We're done. We retaliated. We did what we needed to do to keep people on our side of the world happy and believing in us." But they have made it clear they don't want any more of Donald Trump. They don't want any more of the United States -- and I'll tell you, folks, it was great to hear Trump blame Obama. It was great to hear Trump say that these missiles that Iran fired last night were paid for by the cash provided by the previous administration.

Now, of course, the Drive-By Media, that causes them panic. So they're out there, "No, no, no, no! (sputtering) That -- that -- that money came from the -- the ending of sanctions!" They'll do anything they can to protect Obama. But the bottom line is, folks, what the media won't tell you, what the Democrats won't tell you... Oh, by the way, Dianne Feinstein! The Democrats is where the focus of trouble is today, not with Trump.

Dianne Feinstein has told Nancy Pelosi, "Hey, babe, send the articles over here, will you?" They're getting worried. What is Pelosi doing? Last night during all of this, Pelosi was out having adult beverages at some fundraiser/cocktail party at a restaurant in Washington after making a speech about how serious this was and about how prayerful we all are, about how concerned we all are. There she is out kicking back with Democrat donors consuming adult beverages. Feinstein says, "W-w-what's with these articles? Send 'em over here!"

They are in a total state of disarray. The Democrats have nothing to say about what Trump did with Soleimani. None of them. Despite all their bluster at Trump's incompetence, we don't have any of them saying it should not have been done. The extent of their comments is that Trump shouldn't have been the one to do it because Trump is unnecessarily provocative. It's the same old defensive posture that this country has been known for under liberal thinking and leadership for far too long.

Trump's speech. Not wild-eyed. It was balanced. It was powerful. He had a show of force with all of the uniformed military personnel from national security apparatus standing with him. Vice President Pence. He told NATO to step up. That is leadership, as opposed to the void of leadership that we've had for years. There was nothing maverick about it. There was nothing wild-eyed or irresponsible about it. He didn't say the U.S. would unilaterally act. In fact, he said that Iran is standing down.

He exhorted allies, NATO. Step up. Join us. Here's the problem for the left, the problem for the Democrats. Who cannot have confidence in America under this kind of leadership? Unprecedented economy, energy independence. We have no economic deterrent stopping us from dealing properly with Iran and other bad actors in the Middle East, because we're no longer dependent on and hostage to the oil from that region of the world.

I really think that the long-term objective here is to get the United States out of the Middle East. As a focus. We're never gonna leave it. Don't misunderstand. But I say this because so many people had this panicked reaction when we killed Qassem Soleimani. "Oh, my God. Trump's violating a campaign promise. He's starting a war!" He didn't start a war and he didn't escalate anything. He ended it, with a proper show of force that says:

"We're not going to sit here and stand by idly while you continue to kill Americans, in uniform or not." Some of you might be thinking, "Rush, you're just describing the United States as a bully." There's nothing bully about this! This isn't the schoolyard. This isn't some frat hazing that's going on here. This is real life, and we're not being bullies. We are standing up for ourselves and allies because we recognize we are the good guys, and there's no shame in it.

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