In comments directed at liberals in general, syndicated radio host Rush Limbaugh stated, "If it were up to you people ... you probably wouldn't have cared about the war on terror or the bombing on 9-11. You would have sought out [Osama] bin Laden and tried to make a deal with him." Limbaugh also claimed that liberals, if in power, "would have appeased the Soviet communists" and "would appease Iran right now."
Limbaugh's comments echo June remarks by White House senior adviser Karl Rove that "liberals saw the savagery of the 9-11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers." In fact, the vast majority of American liberals favored military action in response to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
From the August 15 broadcast of The Rush Limbaugh Show:
LIMBAUGH: If it were up to you people, we wouldn't exist as a country today. You would have given in to the Soviets long ago, you would have appeased the Soviet communists. You would appease Iran right now. You probably wouldn't have cared about the war on terror or the bombing on 9-11. You would have sought out bin Laden and tried to make a deal with him, and this country exists today only because we have been able to prevent you from gaining power to do that kind of thing. We've had our run-ins with Neville Chamberlain types, and you're the modern incarnation.