The Limbaugh doctrine: "Just blow the place up"

The Bush administration's favorite radio host says Middle East diplomacy just delays the inevitable.

Published November 28, 2006 2:25PM (EST)

The next time George W. Bush or Dick Cheney juices the numbers for Rush Limbaugh by appearing on his show for an interview, somebody ought to ask whether the Bush administration endorses the Middle East plan El Rushbo unveiled Monday.

After Jordan's King Abdullah warned over the weekend that the Middle East could see three civil wars raging simultaneously in 2007, Limbaugh said Monday: "All right, well, let's just have them. Let's just have the civil wars and let the crumbs crumble and the cookie crumble where -- because I'm fed up with this."

Media Matters has the extended excerpt. The short version of the Limbaugh doctrine: "What the hell! We're going to bring Syria and Iran in to fix Iraq, why not let them just fix the whole region? If we're heading to civil war -- I mean, everybody comes to us: 'You got to fix this and you got to fix that.' So we go and try to fix it, and our own people, Democrats and the left in our country, do their best to sabotage our efforts, and then we get blamed for trying to clean up the messes that these people start ... Fine, just blow the place up. Just let these natural forces take place over there instead of trying to stop them ... You can spend all the time you like with diplomacy, and you can spend all the time you want massaging these things with diplomatic -- you're just -- you're just delaying the inevitable."

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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