Rush Limbaugh’s attacks on President Obama have sunken to a new low. It’s one thing to have partisan views, but Limbaugh tip-toed further across the line of decency by claiming that al-Qaeda wants to help the president look good.
Limbaugh believes that the terrorist group sacrificed Osama bin Laden for the commander in chief’s gain, views which he shared on his radio show. “What do the militant Islamists want more than anything in the world? Israel gone is right,” he said, implying that Obama winning a second term would be a victory for Muslim extremists. “Even moderate Islamists wants Israel gone,” he said. “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.”
Despite being seen as the mastermind behind the 9/11 terrorists attacks, Limbaugh believes that bin Laden was not as important to al-Qaeda as the public believes. “Al-Qaeda was not depending on Osama bin Laden for operational leadership. His day had come and gone. He’s expendable.”
In short, “militant Islamists” will be more “hopeful” of disposing of Israel under a Democratic president versus a Republican candidate like Mitt Romney, and therefore had to make a decision to appease the Obama administration.
The theory is dangerous on many levels, and while it does not imply that the POTUS had any knowledge of this alleged plan, it involuntarily links Obama to terrorist activity. Being that a healthy percentage of Americans believe that he is Muslim (and therefore linked to terrorism by default, a ridiculous theory that many adhere to), Limbaugh’s words plant a seed of ignorance in the minds of voters who lack a clear understanding of foreign policy, and could potentially sway the perception of the president in the minds of voters going into the forthcoming election.
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