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We should have seen this coming ever since since the 'General Betray Us' ad that Moveon.org ran in the NY Times at the discounted 'comrade' rate. Knowing full well that they stepped in a deep pile of unamerican doo-doo over the handling of the Petraeus report, along with their many other assorted comments that have been seen as less than supportive of the troops during the Iraq war, I can just picture a cadre of frenetic Democratic operatives poring through tapes and transcripts of conservative commentary, looking for something/anything they could use to spin the political top back the other way.
And lo and behold, the secular non-denominational prayers of the Democrats were answered. Conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh had the following exchange with a caller on his radio talk show. This comes from a CNN article:
(Limbaugh) and a caller were discussing critics of the Iraq war:
"What's really funny is, they [Iraq war critics] never talk to real soldiers," the caller said. "They like to pull these soldiers that come up out of the blue and talk to the media."
"The phony soldiers," Limbaugh then said.
Ka-ching ! The Dems had their whipping boy, and they could even thrown in some snide comments about Rush's past drug use and play up the chickenhawk angle too. Time for a good old-fashiioned witch burning !
Limbaugh claims he was talking about one phony soldier in particular, not all soldiers who are against the war. Rush says he was talking about Jesse Macbeth, who lied about participating in war crimes when in fact he was kicked out of the army after six weeks at Fort Benning. Macbeth was recently sentenced to prison for taking benefits he was not entitled to. Rush said this about Macbeth: "He became a hero to the anti-war left. They love phony soldiers, and they prop 'em up...I was not talking ... about the anti-war movement generally. I was talking about one soldier with that phony soldier comment, Jesse MacBeth". In addition, Rush is a known supporter of the troops in Iraq and supports their mission there.
But who cares about context or accuracy when there is political capital to be gained ? The Democratic sharks attacked Rush, who, btw, is a private citizen, not a public official, a general, or 'the Republican party'. Here are some of the Democrats fair and balanced comments:
Hanoi John (only dummies go to Iraq) Kerry, called Limbaugh's comments a "disgusting attack", and said, "In a single moment on his show, Limbaugh managed to question the patriotism of men and women in uniform who have put their lives on the line and many who died for his right to sit safely in his air-conditioned studio peddling hate...,He is an embarrassment to his party, and I expect the Republicans who flock to his microphone will now condemn this indefensible statement".
John (the war on terror is a bumper sticker) Edwards said, "All these Republicans went running to the mic and the TV cameras when MoveOn ran their ad about General Petraeus. Now let's see if they really mean it... Let's see if they'll speak out against Rush Limbaugh. Let's see if they'll challenge him about men and women who have worn the uniform of the United States."
Harry (the war is lost) Reid joined in. "Yet Rush Limbaugh took it upon himself to attack the courage and character of those fighting and dying for him and for all of us. Rush Limbaugh got himself a deferment from serving when he was a young man. He never served in uniform. He never saw in person the extreme difficulty of maintaining peace in a foreign country engaged in civil war. Ye he thinks that his opinion on the war is worth more than those who are on the front lines.
I only wish I had some comments from Dick (Gitmo is like Pol Pot and the Nazis) Durbin, Barack (we are air raiding villages and killing innocent civilians) Obama, John (let's redeploy to Okinawa) Murtha, or Hillary (the willing suspension of disbelief) Clinton for you. All in good time. I mean, when looking for faux anger, it's always best to quote the faux-est of them all.