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Rush Limbaugh, "Those gas lines were a direct result of the foreign oil powers playing tough with us because they didn't fear Jimmy Carter." (Told You So, p. 112)
The first--and most serious--gas lines occurred in late 1973 early 1974, during the administration of Limbaugh hero Richard Nixon.
PRO 3 Rush's answer to Fair
I wasn't discussing the 1973 gas lines. I was discussing the gas lines that Jimmy Carter was responsible for -- because he ran such a pathetic foreign policy operation. According to Daniel Yergin, Pulitzer-prize-winning author of The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power, "the policy of the United States, Iran's most important ally, was in confusion, disarray and shock. The United States never sent [Iran] a clear, consistent signal,' one senior official recalled. Instead of oscillating back and forth between one course of action and another and never deciding, we would have done better to have flipped a coin and then stuck to a policy.' The cacophony from the United States certainly confused the Shah and his senior officials, undermined their calculations, and drastically weakened their resolve at midday on January 16, the Shah boarded a plane and left Tehran for the last time, carrying with his luggage a casket of Iranian soil on February 1, [the Ayatollah] Khomeini arrived back in Tehran in a chartered Air France 747. The American defense attache provided a succinct summary of the situation in a message to Washington: Army surrenders; Khomeini wins. Destroying all classified' The old regime was gone in Iran, and the new one was in power, though most uneasily; there were already bitter struggles for control. And from Iran, as if it had been shaken by a violent earthquake, a giant tidal wave surged around the world. All were swept up in it; nothing and no one escaped. When the wave finally spent its fury two years later, the survivors would look around and find themselves beached on a totally new terrain. Everything was different; relations among all of them were altered. The wave would generate the Second Oil shock, carrying prices from thirteen to thirty-four dollars a barrel, and bringing massive changes not only in the international petroleum industry but also, for the second time in less than a decade, in the world economy and global politics and suddenly, almost overnight, upwards of a billion gallons of motor fuel were sucked out of gasoline station tanks by America's frightened motorists the gas lines marked the beginning of the end of the Presidency of Jimmy Carter the signing of salt ii, in negotiation for seven years through three administrations, might have been celebrated as a landmark achievement. But not then. It simply did not count. The only thing that mattered was the gas lines -- and they were Carter's fault" (The Prize, p. 679-94).
Limbaugh says he "wasn't discussing the 1973 gas lines" -- just the "gas lines that Jimmy Carter was responsible for." But the passage that includes this statement begins, "I, for one, remember the long gas lines of the 1970s" -- with no distinction made between the more serious 1973-74 gas lines and the gas lines he blames on Jimmy Carter.