Limbaugh’s ‘Big Lie’ Strategy
by Thomas J. DiLorenzo
April 27, 2013
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 themselves.”