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Apologize to the Troops Rush

VoteVets.org is taking it to Rush Limbaugh for his comment about "phony soldiers". (Note that it's taking a while to bring up the video sometimes)

Rush's lame attempt to explain away his statement aren't fooling anybody. Lee Ward nailed this issue earlier today but it's worth repeating. It's patently absurd to believe that comments made after the "phony soldiers" comment provide an excuse for him. Again, repeating the critical passage:

CALLER 2 (Mike): ...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.

Which "phony soldiers" is Rush talking about? In this context, it has to be "these soldiers" that caller Mike refers to. As caller Mike said, "these soldiers that come up out of the blue and talk to the media". He said "soldiers", not "people pretending to be soldiers".

Even if you do buy Rush's pathetic excuse he should still apologize to the troops for the same reason that John Kerry should have apologized for his botched joke. The words were said, the damage has been done, and it's time to make things right. Kerry didn't intend to insult the troops but his words had that effect and he was right to apologize. Rush should apologize whether the insult was intended or not.

Troops here and in Iraq who oppose the war have every right to speak out against what they see as a failed policy with no end in sight. The idea that everyone in the military is 100% in favor of continuing Bush's War in Iraq is completely ridiculous. Many of the troops (and I know some) want to bring our involvement in Iraq to a close. They are no different than any other Americans who believe that our troops have done everything we asked and that it's time for the Iraqis to stand (or fall) on their own two feet. They don't want a 50-year South Korea-style occupation of Iraq where our troops are getting picked one-by-one day after day, month after month, year after year.

C'mon Rush. Take a shot of oxycontin (or whatever narcotic you're taking these days) and do the right thing.


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Comments (1)

Lee Ward:

LImbaugh the Liar reacts to this ad:

"This is such a blatant use of a valiant combat veteran, lying to him about what I said and then strapping those lies to his belt, sending him out via the media and a TV ad to walk into as many people as he can walk into. This man will always be a hero to this country with everyone. Whoever pumped him full of these lies about what I said and embarrassed him with this ad has betrayed him, they aren't hurting me they are betraying this soldier," Limbaugh said.

I guess Rush figures Brian McGough can't read and decide on his own -- well, you know how those phony soldiers are, eh Rush? We liberals just fill their heads and send them out to torment you....

As for the soldier in the commercial, Brian McGough served in the same unit I did, though I didn't know him personally at the time. Brian was a field artillery NCO (noncommissioned officer) attached to the Rakkasans, the 3rd Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division. He served in Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq before he was injured. I knew of him because he was friends with one of my own soldiers in Afghanistan. At the time, Brian was a Forward Observer (a guy who goes with the infantry to call in air strikes, artillery, and mortars).

In Iraq, Brian served in the same capacity, but at a higher level. He was a team chief in northern Iraq, and he served there throughout that long, but relatively peaceful, summer of 2003. That all changed though, on October 17 when Brian was wounded. The incident was captured in vivid, heartbreaking detail by another soldier, and Brian has it posted on his own blog, Inside My Broken Skull. It's one of the most chilling pieces of combat writing I've ever read.

For those who know him, Brian is a great guy--thoughtful and articulate. And, despite the issues he's had in dealing with his injury, he's become politically active. Last week he met personally with members of Senator Webb's staff in Washington to go over proposed legislation that concerns veterans.

Amazing that Limbaugh would walk all over this valiant, articulate, thoughtful soldier and portray him as a know-nothing puppet-tool...

What am I saying? -- it isn't surprising at all.


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