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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