Limbaugh's response to London: Durbin, NYT, Gitmo critics are "aiding and abetting" the terrorists; bin Laden "sounds like John Kerry" in 2004July 8, 2005 1:34 PM EDT ››› MEDIA MATTERS STAFF
Hours after the July 7 bombings in London, nationally syndicated radio host Rush Limbaugh accused Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-IL); The New York Times; critics of detainee treatment at Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo Bay; and "a couple of federal judges" of "aiding and abetting" the terrorists. He also likened Osama bin Laden's attacks on the United States to Sen. John Kerry (D-MA). "When bin Laden talks about the 'evils'of the United States and why it must be attacked, it sounds like John Kerry and his 2004 presidential campaign," he said. Citing a July 5 speech in which Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) criticized the war in Iraq, Limbaugh asked, "Who is it that has the same criticisms of this country that the terrorists do? It's your party, Ms. Boxer."
From the July 7 broadcast of The Rush Limbaugh Show:
Later on in this story, Sen. Boxer is quoted as saying, "The insurgents are winning the propaganda wars now." With whose help, Senator, are they winning the propaganda war? Sen. Durbin? The New York Times? Abu Ghraib and Gitmo protests? The ACLU [American Civil Liberties Union]? A couple of federal judges? Who's helping the terrorists? Who's helping the insurgent terrorists win the propaganda war? Who is it that when the terrorists speak and some Americans speak -- who is it that sounds like the terrorists? Who is it that has the same criticisms of this country that the terrorists do? It's your party, Ms. Boxer. It's the American left. The worldwide left.
When bin Laden talks about the "evils" of the United States and why it must be attacked -- it sounds like John Kerry in his 2004 presidential campaign. When whoever did this in London explains why they did it -- sounds like any liberal criticizing a successful capitalist country to me. So when you want to talk about, Sen. Boxer, the insurgents are winning the propaganda war, my question is, "Who's helping them? Who's assisting them? Who's going ape and bananas over Abu Ghraib and Gitmo? Who is aiding and abetting them? Who, who is it when they speak in this country -- the terrorists sit back and laugh themselves silly?" It's you, Sen. Boxer, and members of your party.