This is how you play politics, but on a grand scale. This is how you put a bug in someone’s ear when the ear is 1% of the country.
Rush Limbaugh yesterday came up with another theory about how we managed to kill Osama Bin Laden. Instead of our intelligence apparatus, spy drones and satellite systems providing analysts with data enough to construct a scenario — we think Bin Laden is living in a compound in Abottabad, Pakistan — some vital information came by way of an unlikely source. The CIA were tipped off by Al Qaeda:
What if Ayman al-Zawahiri and other Al-Qaeda leaders gave up Osama Bin Laden for the express purpose of making Obama look good, giving Obama stature and political capital? “Obama got Osama!” I mean, really. Do you think Al-Qaeda depends on Osama Bin Laden anymore, or did? . .
He was near death anyway from diabetes or something. He needed dialysis. So they give him up; they give up his location. We go in and SEAL Team 6 gets him. Obama puffs up. “I killed Osama! I did it! I killed him!” He gets instant credibility and gives himself some political capital.
Keeping him in power, that furthers the cause. Who gave us the Arab Spring? Who…? (sigh) Who structured things so that the Muslim Brotherhood pretty much had a clear path to power in Egypt?
The theory is absurd. George W. Bush pushed Al Qaeda around a bit. But President Obama has been kicking their sorry asses. Look at the list of senior leaders in the terrorist network that have been killed by this administration. Al Qaeda wants another four years of this president like they want pork colonics.
Rush Limbaugh, if only begrudgingly, you have to admire. You simply marvel at the way he can re-engineer reality in only a few seconds. Osama Bin Laden was sick and lame. Who cares if the old man gets killed? Obama’s team didn’t accomplish much of anything. If it weren’t for Al Qaeda, none of this would have happened. Obama got played by the terrorist network. Look at the arrogant buffoon puff himself up. Now we’re stuck with the Arab Spring (sigh). How could things possibly get any worse?
There’s something to be learned from ol’ Rush. From our perspective, his assertions are too stupid to bother refuting. They have nothing to do with reality. Why waste your time? But there’s another view: this guy is capable of manipulating huge numbers of people. By the time he’s done talking, as many as 3 million Americans will agree with him. And gullible people have the same rights to vote that you do. So who has the upper hand, in reality? Who’s got the power? The people with truth, or the people with numbers?