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Limbaugh Digs a Deeper Hole for his Chickenhawk Self

Updated and Bumped: I just saw the video of Limbaugh's "suicide bomber" allusion and realized I missed an important part of it. Limbaugh: "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 is unquestionably a reference to a suicide bomber and it is a slap in the face to every one of our soldiers who have had to face this threat on a daily basis in Iraq (and now in Afghanistan). It's sickening and revolting that Limbaugh could try to make a joke out of something as terrible as the suicide bombers that have been terrorizing the Iraqi people for 4 years now. The man has absolutely no shame.

This has almost reached the point of the surreal. As Lee has documented, Limbaugh's absurd and unbelievable explanation for his mean-spirited attack on our troops isn't fooling anyone except our favorite crazy aunt in the basement.

Now, it appears he is literally falling apart from the heat he is taking over his scurrilous attack on our troops. Here's what the idiot said about VoteVets.org member, Iraq and Afghanistan War veteran, Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient Brian McGough whose video took Limbaugh to task for his comments:

"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.

Guess what el Rushbo??? McGough's severe brain injuries were caused by a suicide bomber. McGough himself responds in an email sent to Brandon Friedman that appears on Daily Kos:

So, Rush Limbaugh called me a "suicide bomber." More slander from the high and mighty sitting in his chair nursing the boils on his ass. I can assure you that I am no suicide bomber and that I can think for myself.

Rush, your phony soldier comments pissed me off. The audacity of someone like you who never had the courage to stand and fight for what you believe in makes my head spin. That is what made me stand up and state my convictions in front of a camera. I wanted to point out that you are wrong. I am not a phony soldier. I believe that we are not doing the right thing for national security by staying in Iraq. We are putting too much strain on our military by extending tours and not giving people enough time at home to rest. We have taken our eye off of the real Al-Qaeda and let them regroup to their pre-9/11 strength. We have not developed a political system in Iraq that would enable the country to stand on its own.

I stood in the sand, snow, dirt, mud and dust of both Afghanistan and Iraq. I spent over a week on a side of a mountain in Afghanistan during Operation Anaconda. I received The Bronze Star medal for my actions during that battle. I crossed the border into Iraq with the first wave of the 101st Airborne. I sustained an open head injury on the streets of Mosul after a vehicle borne IED exploded next to the vehicle I was riding in. I have seen the aftermath of a real suicide bomber. I had loved ones who died in the 9/11 attacks. I have friends and colleagues who returned from the war in body bags.

How dare you call someone like me a phony soldier and a suicide bomber? In the commercial I just taped, I told you unless you had the guts to say something to my face, stop telling lies about my service. Well you haven't had the guts to say it to my face, but I am waiting and the offer is still on the table.

Pow! Right in that big fat kisser of yours Rush!

Please go to the VoteVets.org site right now and make a donation. Sign the petition asking Congress to take Limbaugh off of Armed Forces Radio (which is funded by our tax dollars). If you live in a district represented by a Republican in Congress write them a letter and ask them to refute Limbaugh's vicious attacks on the troops who have served our country and sacrificed life and limb for it.

In addition, we should all be asking the Republican presidential candidates to publicly and loudly refute Limbaugh's statements. Failure to do so could jeopardize the support those candidates currently receive from active military and their families and turn traditionally red states like Texas into battleground states in 2008.


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Comments (8)

Peter F.:

So, Rush Limbaugh called me a "suicide bomber."

No offense to Mr. McGough, but, no, he did not. He used a metaphor to describe what you were doing and how you were misled and manipulated by others who purposefully and maliciously took Limbaugh's words out of context and are attempting to use it as political fodder to discredit Rush and, indirectly, Republicans at large. (And I'm no Rush fan, I can assure you of that.)

And yes, it IS all about context, Larkin, etc. If you stopped for two seconds and thought about how, throughout his radio career Limbaugh has been and ardent and open supporter of the military, donating millions of dollars to vets and vet organizations, it is virtually inconceivable to think Limbaugh would disparage vets in any way, shape or form. It's preposterous beyond measure to think, assume or suggest otherwise.

Ahren Watada, and a few other "Iraq war vets" and their phony reports from Iraq (whose names are escaping me at the moment, these are the "phony soldiers". Any body with half a brain and who has been paying attention KNOWS that these are the "phony soldiers" Limbaugh is referring to. To suggest otherwise is flat out delusional.

Your attempts to spin it as you are doing as shameful and despicable.

Peter F.:

Larkin,

Are you absolutely serious? It's a friggin' metaphor. What part of that don't you get. It he had "suited him up with lies" would that have been better? And how is not true that McGough has had lies strapped to his belt by the aforementioned groups that have done as you have--wildly taken "phony soldiers" out of context!

It's clear that Rush was trying to imply that McGough is a brainwashed idiot.

No, YOU said that, Mr. Strawman. Was he perhaps purposefully misled and misinformed? That is a distinct a real possibility, one which you don't seem to want to take into consideration as being the more likely of the scenarios.

If Rush keeps making blunders like these it's his responsibility to make amends (not yours) with the troops that he has offended.

Again, Larkin, exactly what does Limbaugh have to amend and apologize for? The likes Jesse of MacBeth, a real "phony soldier", in whom he was clearly referring to on his program--again, at least those of us who aren't completely clueless and have a grasp of the English language.

I encourage you to take it up with McGough himself if you don't agree with his taking offense to Limbaugh's despicable allusion to a suicide bomber.

How old are you? 12? No, you brought up, buddy boy. You defend your indefensible position and your ludicrous smearing of Limbaugh by attempting to wildly twist what he was saying out of context.

Grow up. And better yet, learn to read.

ke_future:

as a counter point to the hysterical allegations on this site, please read
http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=NzQzZGJkM2E1NWI5NmNjMTAzNTQ4YTk1ZDRhZTMyNWY=

for the time line of what happened on the show.

Peter F.:

Then why did he say "phony soldiers"? Do you know the difference between singular and plural?

As usual, your reading skills need to be sharpened. In my previous post, I also named Ahern Watada in there. (And let's be frank, Watada and MacBeth are NOT the only phonies trotted out by leftist groups. You know it. I know it. And everyone else does, too. The fact that I can't recite all the names and you calling me on it, is just petty and childish.

Again, he should just apologize and get it over with.

There's NOTHING to apologize over! You unfailingly assclown, everything in Limbaugh's history, in speeches and actions, points to him being an ardent supporter of the troops. No one doubts this, not the troops, not their families, just a scant few, like Mr. mcGough who've apparently being grossly misled and misinformed.

You and your moonbat cohorts are looking incredibly foolish on this Limbaugh "scandal". It's dumb beyond reproach.

Lee Ward:

nice try Peter... read what Larkin wrote.

"Then why did he say "phony soldiers"? Do you know the difference between singular and plural?

"He" refers to Limbaugh, you egomaniac... so when you write "As usual, your reading skills need to be sharpened" - you prove yourself to be a major-league jackass, on the scale of Paul and Jay Tea.

There's NOTHING to apologize over! You unfailingly assclown, everything in Limbaugh's history, in speeches and actions, points to him being an ardent supporter of the troops."

Rush routinely refers to anti-war Americans as "Nazis" - why don't you get informed and quit repeating the GOP talking points on this...


Peter F.:

"He" refers to Limbaugh, you egomaniac... so when you write "As usual, your reading skills need to be sharpened" - you prove yourself to be a major-leagua jackas, on the scale of Paul and Jay Tea.

Leader of the Blue Asshats:

You need to take reading lessons, too. I said there was more than ONE phony soldier; Rush said there was more than ONE phony solider. Why? Because there ARE MANY phony soldiers that have been trotted out by leftist, anti-war groups. THAT'S why he (Rush) spoke about them in the plural, you grammar-addled retard.

Larkin's point...is...well, he/she/it has NO point because he/she/it apparently and conveniently forgot that I wrote:

Ahren Watada, and a few other "Iraq war vets" and their phony reports from Iraq (whose names are escaping me at the moment....

Implying, oops!, that there are MORE THAN JUST ONE phony soldier out there. I'm sorry I couldn't remember the name of MacBeth or others off the top of my head. But BFD, calling out a point I had already qualified is a witless and petty argument by Larkin. And worse, a pathetic attempt by you to defend it.

Rush routinely refers to anti-war AMewricans as "Nazis" - why don't you get informed and quit repeating the GOP talking points on this...

And why don't you nits start putting things in CONTEXT instead of purposefully spinning them OUT OF CONTEXT. And I explicitly stated that I am no Rush fan, but you guys are completely off base here. In short, there's no there there, girls--no matter how much you want there to be.

jpm100:

Concerning Kerry, telling people they are too stupid to understand your joke is not an apology.

Concerning Rush, there's no point in discussing it further. You guy can't dig that hole any deeper. This one is going to go up their with the "Betray Us" ad in terms of smear attempts backfiring. And O'Reilly just plain fizzled.

You're 0-2-1 in your smear attempts. I'd get new hacks.

Lee Ward:

Hard to take their bravado seriously when you see them in full-tilt denial mode.

And there is so much more ahead. Their desperation becomes more and more obvious as one piece of bad news after another hits them.

Sure looks like flop sweat and panic to me....


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