[Rushtalk] Limbaugh’s 'Big Lie' Strategy

Carl Spitzer Winblows at lavabit.com
Sat Apr 27 09:54:47 MDT 2013

 Limbaugh’s 'Big Lie' Strategy
by Thomas J. DiLorenzo

Rush Limbugh recently threw a fit on his radio show over an appearance
by Michael Sheuer on the FOX News Channel (as did Sean Hannity, who was
even more apoplectic than Limbaugh). Michael Sheuer is the former CIA
head of the bin Laden unit. Limbaugh was at his sarcastic and bombastic
name-calling worst in responding to Sheuer’s comments. 

What on earth did Michael Sheuer say to cause such an emotional
explosion of bombast?, one might ask. Well, when asked by the host of a
FOX News show about what might motivate Muslims from the Middle East to
harm Americans, the man the CIA put in charge of the "bin Laden unit"
said, "People don’t like being invaded or bombed," and they sometimes
retaliate. This of course is perfectly reasonable and understandable.
It’s called "blowback." He reminded the FOX host that Muslims have long
protested the American military presence in the Muslim country of Saudi
Arabia; the invasion and occupation of Iraq; the killing of thousands of
Iraqi civilians; the statement by U.N. Ambasador Albright that a half
million dead Iraqi children was "a price we are willing to pay" to
achieve our political objectives; the U.S. government’s support for the
government of Israel in its wars against Muslims; and the bombing and
killing of civilians in numerous other Muslim countries, most recently
in Mali and Libya under the Obama regime.

"We are trying to impose democracy . . . and parliamentary
government . .. on a people who don’t want it," said Sheuer. All of this
is perfectly true, which is why Limbaugh did not spend one second of air
time disputing anything that Michael Sheuer actually said. He did not
because he could not. Instead, Limbaugh attacked a straw man by
reinterpreting Sheuer’s words to supposedly mean that "Islam has nothing
to do with it" and "It’s the United States’ fault!!!!!!" 

Scheuer never said "Islam has nothing to do with it." Limbaugh said
that. What Sheuer has said is that many Muslims resent the never-ending
attempts by the U.S. government to impose our culture of "democracy" on
them at gunpoint and at the cost of thousands of Muslim lives. Limbaugh
was never a CIA agent like Scheuer, but one might think of him
alternatively as an FIB agent of the state.

Limbaugh was even more misleading when he screeched and whined over and
over that Scheuer supposedly said that "It’s the United States’ fault!"
"It’s America’s fault!" No, Rush, it’s not "America’s" fault. It is the
fault of the several dozen or so political connivers, liars,
manipulators and empire builders who call themselves "statesmen." The
average American never has anything whatsoever to do with the
"diplomacy" that gets us into never-ending, perpetual wars for perpetual
peace. As Randolph Bourne wrote in his famous essay, "War is the Health
of the State," [A]ll foreign policy, the diplomatic negotiations which
produce or forestall war, are . . . the private property of the
Executive part of the Government, and are equally exposed to no check
whatever from popular bodies, or the people voting as a mass

It is not "America" that is responsible for the killing of hundreds or
thousands of Muslim civilians with drone strikes or other weapons of
mass destruction. War always originates, wrote Bourne, when "the
government, with no mandate from the people, without consultation of the
people, conducts all the negotiations, the backing and filling, the
menaces and explanations, which slowly bring it into collision with some
other government, and gently and irresistibly slides the country into
war" (emphasis added). Contrary to what Limbaugh insinuates and what
Barack Obama has similarly declared, the government is not us. The
government is the government; it is the largest instrument of organized
plunder ever known to man. We are the plundered, duped, and misled into
catastrophic, bankrupting war after war that has nothing to do with
"national defense." 

What really set Limbaugh off was Michael Scheuer’s mockery of the
standard neocon line that "they hate us because of our freedoms."
Muslims are not motivated to harm Americans because "you and I can have
a beer after work," Sheuer said to the FOX host. He called this theory
"insane," and he was right.

Those who really hate our freedoms are those who supported the PATRIOT
Act, the National Defense Authorization Act, warrantless wiretapping,
internet eavesdropping, and the creation of what William F. Buckley
approvingly described as a "totalitarian bureaucracy within our shores"
with a gigantic FBI and CIA complex, a massive military, and the
militarization of society into a police state. (Buckley – Limbaugh’s
hero of heroes – once said that all of that was necessary in his day to
fight the Cold War). Rush Limbaugh would be at the top of the list of
supporters of such a freedom-destroying regime.

Randolph Bourne would be even more cynical about war had he lived to
witness the gargantuan army of squawking chickenhawks on TV and talk
radio, led by the likes of Limbaugh and Hannity, whose cheerleading for
war is many orders of magnitude greater that that produced by the
chickenhawk journalists of Bourne’s day (the World War I era). The role
of today’s squawking chickenhawks is to serve as the propaganda
megaphones of the warfare state and the military-industrial complex. In
return, they are paid eye-popping salaries for their mediocre talents
and turned into "celebrities" of a sort. Their job is to make sure that
the nightmarish reality of the warfare state as described by Randolph
Bourne becomes or remains a reality. With the onset of war, said Bourne,
"the patriot loses all sense of the distinction between state, nation,
and government" and "the individual becomes almost identical with his
society." This of course is what the Limbaughs of the world want when
they falsely accuse people like Michael Sheuer of saying "America" is at
fault for terrorist attacks. 

With war, "minority opinion" becomes "a case for outlawry," and at times
"the minorities are either intimidated into silence, or brought around
slowly by a subtle process of persuasion . . . " That again is the job
of the squawking chickenhawks. They are in reality a part of "the whole
terrific force of the state" which is "brought to bear against
heretics," a.k.a., the proponents of peace and prosperity as opposed to
war and impoverishment of the masses. 

As soon as Barack Obama took office Limbaugh, Hannity, Levin, and the
rest of the squawking chickenhawks totally reversed their personas.
During the Bush regime they sounded like Benito Mussolini in their
denunciations of the Constitution in the name of "safety." "9/11 changed
everything" was their mantra. Translation: To hell with the
Constitution. Liberty Schmiberty. But with a Democrat in office they
began sounding more like Thomas Jefferson, even writing books about
liberty and freedom for a change. But their true personalities are
revealed whenever a genuine Jeffersonian like Ron Paul, or a genuine
advocate of American peace and prosperity like Michael Sheuer becomes
prominent. In such instances the claws come out, the microphones are
turned up, and they reveal their true selves as the propaganda
mouthpieces for the state, which Randolph Bourne described as
representing "all the autocratic, arbitrary, coercive, belligerent
forces within a social group," a "sort of complexus of everything most
distasteful to the modern creative free spirit, the feeling for life,
liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. War is the health of the State."



Proof Ron Paul was right and his critics full of themselves.
ObombA did not win erection, Trotskite RINO Mitt Romney threw the
election.  -- Rush Limbaugh
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