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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