Rush Limbaugh, Defender of the Lord’s Resistance Army
In the October 14th episode of his radio show, Rush Limbaugh defended the Ugandan terrorist group calling itself the Lord’s Resistance Army, portraying the LRA as Christians targeted by President Obama for being Christian, and defending the agitprop of the LRA by reading it as gospel.
Only at the very last minute did Limbaugh admit to not really knowing jack about the LRA — but that’s all it takes to become an embedded wingnut meme.
Before I quote the transcript, let me illustrate the monstrosities Rush Limbaugh is defending in order to score political points against President Obama, by portraying the LRA as Christian freedom fighters:
LRA victim Ugandan John Ochola, 25, responds by telling his story. He was abducted by rebels from his village, Namkora in northern Uganda, which was attacked in February 2002. During the attack 50 people were axed to death and he was one of 35 abductees.
Taken from BBC News | Africa | LRA victim: ‘I cannot forget and forgive’ (h/t Gus 802)
Here’s the transcript from Rush Limbaugh’s show. Note that the headline remains posted on the website (!) (emphasis in the transcript is mine):
Obama Invades Uganda, Targets Christians
So nothing to worry about here, folks, only gonna be for a few months. Now, up until today, most Americans have never heard of the combat Lord’s Resistance Army. And here we are at war with them. Have you ever heard of Lord’s Resistance Army, Dawn? How about you, Brian? Snerdley, have you? You never heard of Lord’s Resistance Army? Well, proves my contention, most Americans have never heard of it, and here we are at war with them. Lord’s Resistance Army are Christians. It means God. I was only kidding. Lord’s Resistance Army are Christians. They are fighting the Muslims in Sudan. And Obama has sent troops, United States troops to remove them from the battlefield, which means kill them. That’s what the lingo means, “to help regional forces remove from the battlefield,” meaning capture or kill.
So that’s a new war, a hundred troops to wipe out Christians in Sudan, Uganda, and — (interruption) no, I’m not kidding. Jacob Tapper just reported it. Now, are we gonna help the Egyptians wipe out the Christians? Wouldn’t you say that we are? I mean the Coptic Christians are being wiped out, but it wasn’t just Obama that supported that. The conservative intelligentsia thought it was an outbreak of democracy. Now they’ve done a 180 on that, but they forgot that they supported it in the first place. Now they’re criticizing it.
Lord’s Resistance Army objectives. I have them here. “To remove dictatorship and stop the oppression of our people.” Now, again Lord’s Resistance Army is who Obama sent troops to help nations wipe out. The objectives of the Lord’s Resistance Army, what they’re trying to accomplish with their military action in these countries is the following: “To remove dictatorship and stop the oppression of our people; to fight for the immediate restoration of the competitive multiparty democracy in Uganda; to see an end to gross violation of human rights and dignity of Ugandans; to ensure the restoration of peace and security in Uganda, to ensure unity, sovereignty, and economic prosperity beneficial to all Ugandans, and to bring to an end the repressive policy of deliberate marginalization of groups of people who may not agree with the LRA ideology.” Those are the objectives of the group that we are fighting, or who are being fought and we are joining in the effort to remove them from the battlefield.
RUSH: — no question. How do you feel about the news? I want to go back, your extensive military background, how do you react to the news that Obama has dispatched a hundred soldiers to fight radical Christians in Africa?
CALLER: That’s amazing. I can’t believe he’s doing that.
RUSH: You can’t?
RUSH: On sending the soldiers to fight the Christians in Africa, here is how Obama ends his letter to John Boehner justifying sending troops to Uganda: “I have directed this deployment, which is in the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States, pursuant to my constitutional authority to conduct US foreign relations and as commander-in-chief and chief executive.” Would somebody explain to me what you think our “national security interests” are in Uganda. Now, keep in mind, folks, this is the same Barack Obama who said that we had no national security interests in attacking Iraq. After they were shooting at our planes and trying to kill our president and Allah knows what else, Obama said, “We got no national security interests in Iraq! They don’t threaten us! What are we doing?” We’ve got 500 to a thousand soldiers in the Lord’s Resistance Army and Uganda trying to wipe them out, and we’re sending a hundred soldiers to help them.
Vital national interests are at stake, according to Obama.
Is that right? The Lord’s Resistance Army is being accused of really bad stuff? Child kidnapping, torture, murder, that kind of stuff? Well, we just found out about this today. We’re gonna do, of course, our due diligence research on it. But nevertheless we got a hundred troops being sent over there to fight these guys — and they claim to be Christians.
Sure enough (h/t SanFranciscoZionist):
Making Uganda safe for Islam!
14 posted on 10/14/2011 11:24:44 AM by PGR88 (I’m so open-minded my brains fell out)
Interesting contradiction. Rush just said they were a Christian group fighting against Muslims, and read a statement that explains their existence, which we would support. Wonder what the real truth is?
17 posted on 10/14/2011 11:27:53 AM by NavyCanDo
Obama spent $27Million of our tax dollars to help Kenya rewrite its national constitution. No surprise then that the eligibility requirement for the Kenyan presidency was altered so BHO2 is now eligible. He has his bolt hole all ready and waiting!
The Lord’s Resistence Army is Christian, though their tactics are hardly those of saints. Per Wikipedia:
“In January 1987, Joseph Kony made his first appearance as a spirit medium, one of many who emerged after the initial success of the Holy Spirit Movement of Alice Auma. Former Uganda People’s Democratic Army commander Odong Latek convinced Kony to adopt conventional guerrilla warfare tactics, primarily surprise attacks on civilian targets, such as villages. The LRA also occasionally carried out large-scale attacks to underline the inability of the government to protect the populace. Until 1991 the LRA raided the populace for supplies, which were carried away by villagers who were abducted for short periods…”
They are supposedly known to be brutal and use child soldiers. So, does that mean they’re different from the opposition who are every bit as brutal and use child soldiers?
Why in Hell are we always supporting Muslims and opposing Christians fighting for their very existance?
18 posted on 10/14/2011 11:29:01 AM by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS U.S.A. PRESIDENT)
Three birds with one stone: bury the bad domestic news [Fast and Furious …
SonPower: Twice As Bad As Solyndra, Twice As Bad For Obama
[talk radio all over it Tuesday]
[and … ] he wants to take oxygen from Herman Cain.
But then there’s the icing on the cake — kill Christians. Africa is swarming with homicidal brutes who worship Allah. But no … only Christians.
58 posted on Fri 14 Oct 2011 09:18:08 PM CET by Arthur Wildfire! March
Exactly right, indy.
Christian resistence fighters to be ‘eliminated’ by peacenik Obama.
Where’s the outrage, America??
67 posted on Fri 14 Oct 2011 09:39:27 PM CET by ohioWfan
Maybe he wants his press to demonize Christians?
Even tho he/they know this group is lead by a self-proclaimed mystic?
Prob a campaign tactic.
75 posted on Fri 14 Oct 2011 09:52:25 PM CET by roses of sharon
“Now we are helping Muslims kill people.”
Didn’t we do that in Kosovo?
84 posted on Fri 14 Oct 2011 10:15:24 PM CET by DBrow
Obama killing Christians in favor of Muslims
keep yer powder dry…we could be next…
86 posted on Fri 14 Oct 2011 10:20:31 PM CET by Vaquero
Oh, and if anyone wants to read what the U.S. Congress has to say about the LRA: Lord’s Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act of 2009, Public Law 111-172, enacted May 24, 2010 (PDF)