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From transcript of 4 May 2004 Rush Limbaugh segment, "It�s Not About Us; This Is War!" [thanks to Sam Frantz]:
CALLER: ... These people had a job to do, but they were taking pleasure in it. There's something psychologically wrong with that. It's not the act so much. It was like a college fraternity prank that stack up naked men —
RUSH: Exactly. Exactly my point! This is no different than what happens at the skull and bones initiation and we're going to ruin people's lives over it and we're going to hamper our military effort, and then we are going to really hammer them because they had a good time. You know, these people are being fired at every day. I'm talking about people having a good time, these people, you ever heard of emotional release? You of heard of need to blow some steam off? These people are the enemy. Our people are being fired at, shot at, these are young people that have volunteered to go over there and they're having bullets fired in their way, bombs and mortar fire aimed at 'em by the people that they are guarding and charged to get information from. Everybody has a breaking point. Now, I'm not suggesting that it's common, normal in disciplined military structures for people to lose control. I'm suggesting that it might be understandable.
... Look, I'm not really playing devil's advocate here. I'm being quite honest with you about this. I'm just totally uncomfortable with the total blow-up of this to something that it is not. It's bad enough as it is, without having to blow it up into something that's going to tie our hands and hamper us in the effort that we're engaging in over there. They had a good time doing it. Okay, then let's, what do we do, what's the additional punishment for having a good time doing this? Life imprisonment, is that good enough for having a good time? Let's get really tough with these people. It's bad enough what they did, but they enjoyed it, let's give them five more years or whatever we're going to do to them, or maybe deny them — whatever we do, that will make us feel better, right?
It's all about us. It's all about us feeling better about what we're seeing. We're not even there. We don't even know what it's like. 99% of us have no idea what their lives are like. We feel bad because they're enjoying what we see in a picture and we want to really let them have it. This sucks, folks. This really, really is getting out of hand. It's not about us. And this whole self-absorption with us, why, that makes me look bad. It doesn't make you look bad. You didn't do it. No, it makes ugly American — you're not an ugly American, we're not ugly Americans. Screw all this. Stop making everything about us. Some people did something that was wrong. Fini. It's over. Fix it. Move on.
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