On Wednesday, political provocateur extraordinaire Rush Limbaugh asked his listeners on his talk radio show, “What do the militant Islamists want more than anything in the world? Israel gone is right. Even moderate Islamists want Israel gone.”
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The question was not posed for the sake of a genuine conversation about the lengths extremists will go to bastardize their faith in the name of pushing their own perverse view of the world.
Unfortunately, sensibility is not Rush’s strong suit.
Instead, Limbaugh threw that question out there to introduce yet another one of his dense conspiracy theories that his audience salivates for:
“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, political capital?”
See what he did there?
Rush is insinuating that President Obama winning re-election in November would aid in the end of the Israeli state as we know it. By chance, just who would want such a thing?
Yep, you guessed it: Islamic extremists!
Although there is no point in trying to lend credence to a theory being peddled to the credulous, Rush decided to go on about his little conspiracy:
Al-Qaeda was not depending on Osama bin Laden for operational leadership his day had come and gone. He’s expendable.
Thus, giving up bin Laden gives Obama “instant political capital” and “furthers the cause.”
He concluded with:
Let me put it to you this way. Do you think that militant Islamists will be as hopeful of getting rid of Israel with a Republican president or with a Democratic president?
And Islamic radicals would’ve gotten away with it too if it weren’t for the meddling Rush Limbaugh!
I know, I know.
Well, Time magazine’s Joe Klein appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” this week and addressed Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu “trying to push in to war” with Iran and “trying to influence an American election.” Noting it’s “not the way friends treat each other,” and if there’s anyone out there who is a threat to the modern state of Israel, it’s its prime minister who is trying to start a war that would infuriate an entire region, which would probably not turn out that well for Israel or any of the other countries involved.
I’d be happy to pass this statement along to Rush, which was released by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and reaffirmed the president’s long-standing commitment to Israel. Or, you know, point to a few articles in which al-Qaeda expressed great anger about the death of Osama bin Laden — somehow they don’t strike me as good actors.
But, who I am kidding? Facts are purposeless to this clown.
I may not like him, but I have always been impressed by Rush Limbaugh’s ability to talk like a raving lunatic on a given street corner and become a millionaire as a result of it. It even makes you laugh a little bit…until you remember that there are suckers out there who will actually believe him.
That said, until next time, Loony Limbaugh. I can’t wait to hear what you think about Beyoncé sending out e-mails for the Obama campaign.
Michael Arceneaux is a Houston-bred, Howard-educated writer and blogger. You can read more of his work on his site, The Cynical Ones. Follow him on Twitter: @youngsinick
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