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Friday, January 16, 2009
Obama Won't Close Club Gitmo
Don't deal in things that aren't real. Don't get yourself worked up about something that isn't going to happen. We got real things to get worked up about here. But closing Gitmo isn't going to happen. It's not going to happen. It is not going to happen. He's not going to close Gitmo. They're not going to pull out of Iraq until they can secure a 100% victory. They're not going to pull out of there with the possibility that the place falls apart. It ain't going to happen. They're going to increase troop levels in -- well, Bush has increased them; they're going to take credit for that. They're gonna go kick butt in Afghanistan. But about Club Gitmo... Oh, along the same lines, do you remember, Obama told the San Francisco Chronicle about a year ago (and we played the audio of this) that his cap-and-trade program would put the coal business out of business?
It would be silly for anybody to open a new coal plant. He was going to close them down. It turns out that's not going to happen, either. Ed Morrissey of HotAir.com points out that Obama's statements require an expiration date. Let me illustrate this for you -- first, Brittany, so you can relax and the rest of you, on Club Gitmo. Today's lead story in the Washington Post reports that President-select Obama, quote: "Will consider it a failure if he has not closed the military prison at Guantanamo Bay by the end of his first term in office." Now, that, for those of you who voted for Obama, is four years, not life. Four years. Now, they will issue the executive order on Monday or Tuesday afternoon. I'll betcha that executive order hits the news while the parade's going on. "Close Gitmo," because Obama knows that his Looney Tune fringe kooks in the asylums known as the left-wing blogosphere will be totally placated by Obama.
"We're closing it. I issued the executive order to close it," but it isn't going to happen for four years. So this is how he does it. He does two things at once, both sides of the issue, and gets credit for both, does not end up being criticized. Now, when it comes to coal, "A year ago, Obama told the San Francisco Chronicle this: 'So, if somebody wants to build a coal plant, they can -- it's just that it will bankrupt them, because they are going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that's being emitted,'" and he effectively said we're going to put the coal business out of business. "On Wednesday, Mr. Obama's choice to lead the US Environmental Protection Agency, Lisa Jackson, described coal to a Senate panel as 'a vital resource' for the country. A day earlier, Mr. Obama's nominee to run the Energy Department, physicist Steven Chu, referred to coal as a 'great natural resource.'
"Two years ago, he called the expansion of coal-fired power plants his 'worst nightmare.'" Is it a flip-flop? Ed Morrissey asks. No. It's just that his statements have an "expiration date," and when it expires, it's time for a new statement. So he's not going to put the coal industry out of business. He's saying a bunch of stuff. Well, no, we can't say he's not going to put the coal industry out of business because these claims by his people also have an expiration date. We just don't know what it is. We don't know how long these statements are operative. But there was never any intention to close Gitmo. Never. As Obama has said, he has learned some of these people down there are really dangerous -- and some of the evidence, though tainted, is true. (interruption) Yes. Liberals will stand for it. He's too big to fail. Listen, this is a cult, man. This is a cult! This is a guy who could get people to go to the Hale-Bopp Comet with him Tuesday afternoon if he said that's where he's headed.
RUSH: I constantly suggest to people that they not doubt me. Don't doubt me. I checked the e-mail during the time-out. People think that the left in this country is going to be outraged when they find out that Obama won't close Guantanamo Bay for four years. They won't hear that! It's in the Washington Post today but that's where it will die. What they're going to hear is an executive order announced to close it. They're gonna hear that on Tuesday afternoon and it's a done deal, okay, move on to the next thing. We will remind them of but they don't want to hear what we say or what we think about it even if we're quoting their messiah. But remember, the Bush administration shredding the Constitution, suspending habeas corpus in that place called Club Gitmo, where innocents were being held unfairly without trial, without being told what they're being charged with, without being told when they'll be released. The Obama administration now hopes -- and they, by the way, the Obama administration, campaign, he himself is saying all these things, too -- hopes to be able to shut the place down by the end of his first term.