“Phony Soldiers”

Ken AshfordIraq, Right Wing Punditry/IdiocyLeave a Comment

Followers of the news know that for the past couple weeks, while war raged in Iraq and U.S. soldiers and Iraqi civilians died, the Senate spent weeks debating a resolution to condemn an a newspaper ad — the MoveOn ad which read "General Patraeus or General Betray Us"? 

And amazingly, the Senate ended up condemning a pun, some concluding that it was an attack on U.S. soldiers.

So yesterday, on his show, there was this exchange between Rush Limbaugh and a caller:

LIMBAUGH: "Save the — keep the troops safe" or whatever. I — it’s not possible, intellectually, to follow these people.

CALLER 2: No, it’s not, and what’s really funny is, they never talk to real soldiers. They like to pull these soldiers that come up out of the blue and talk to the media.

LIMBAUGH: The phony soldiers.

CALLER 2: The phony soldiers. If you talk to a real soldier, they are proud to serve. They want to be over in Iraq. They understand their sacrifice, and they’re willing to sacrifice for their country.

That’s right.  Soliders who oppose the mission, but are actually risking their live fighting it, are "hony soldiers"

I’m sure the Republicans in the Senate will call for a resolution condemning Limbaugh for his attack on the military.



UPDATE:  Dems are coming out quickly though

VoteVets.org’s Jon Soltz, an Iraq vet, went first: “[I]n what universe is a guy who never served even close to being qualified to judge those who have worn the uniform? Rush Limbaugh has never worn a uniform in his life — not even one at Mickey D’s — and somehow he’s got the moral standing to pass judgment on the men and women who risked their lives for this nation, and his right to blather smears on the airwaves? … Get the point here, Rush? You weren’t just flat out wrong, you offended a majority of those of us who actually had the courage to go to Iraq and serve, while you sat back in your nice studio, coming up with crap like this.”

Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), a decorated war hero, soon followed: “This disgusting attack from Rush Limbaugh, cheerleader for the Chicken Hawk wing of the far right, is an insult to American troops…. He is an embarrassment to his Party, and I expect the Republicans who flock to his microphone will now condemn this indefensible statement.”

Within an hour, DCCC Chairman Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) issued a statement: “Rush Limbaugh’s personal attack on our men and women in uniform is reprehensible. It minimizes the sacrifice our troops in Iraq and their families are making and has no place in the public discourse. Rush Limbaugh owes our military and their families an apology for his hurtful comments that minimize their service to our country.”

Then the DNC, followed by Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Pa.), another Iraq vet. Then Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), and Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.), a Vietnam vet.

Expect something from Democrat John Murtha, who lost half his body in a war, and who opposes the Iraq War.  [FUN FACT:  Rush never served due to a “pilonidal cyst” (litereally, a boil on his butt)].

Still no condemnation from the GOP….

UPDATE:  Under some pressure, the White House issues a luke warm rebuke of sorts….