A Pep Talk From the Best!
Rush Says Losing In Iraq Is Not An Option
Q. CALLER: Alright. I have one other question. You know, because everybody, you know, when this report comes out and everybody is, you know, on the right seems to be saying, "See? It's working. It's working," what I haven't heard on any of the talk shows: what happens, since we're dealing in hypotheticals here, what happens if Petraeus comes in September and says, "Well, hey, I don't think it is going to work." Has anybody ever discussed that?
A. RUSH: Yeah. The Democrats are setting up a scenario for that even now, to make sure that that's what the report says even when it doesn't say it.
This thing September 15th, a month and a half away. The report's not going to be written the night before. The preliminaries on this, that's why there was a preliminary in July. That's why the Democrats are so insistent that we not even wait for September, they don't want to wait for the good news.
Look, the desire you have and the quest that some in your camp have for defeat here is breathtaking to me. We can't afford lose it. We can't afford lose it. The energy that people are expending and the emotion that they are investing here in loss, in defeat, just so they can be right about it, just so we pull the troops out...? The whole notion of losing this is just not something that can even be considered, and that's what so offends me about this.
"Well, what if we lose? What if the report's bad? What if it's not working and so forth?" That's not a nation of greatness. That's not how anybody accomplishes anything. I don't care if it's war, getting a job, getting a promotion, getting a raise, starting a business, "Oh, what if it doesn't work? Well, what if it falls apart?"
People have these doubts and so forth, but that's not the energy that creates success, and to have so much of this floating around out here in the form of a desire for it to fail, is breathtaking -- and, frankly, it saddens me. It's disappointing to me that there are so many people or at least a significant number of people in this country, who would embrace defeat, particularly in the midst of success.
Here we have demonstrable success from two independent leftist scholars that go over there, and it's asked, "Well, what if the final report comes out to be bad?" What kind of people look forward to the day the news is bad? What kind of politicians force their armies off the battlefield against an enemy that killed 3,000 of us and wants to kill a million more of us, while we're succeeding? What kind of American wants to do this?
People I don't understand. Well, that's not true. I do understand them, and that makes it even worse.