Rush, the shrapnel I took to my head was real. My traumatic brain injury was real. And my belief we are on the wrong course in Iraq is real. Until you have the guts to call me a phony soldier to my face, stop telling lies about my service.
- former Army staff sergeant Brian McGough, 31, a veteran who opposes the war in Iraq.
Don't you dare turn away. Brian McGough deseves more than that. He deserves your support, not your indifference.
When duty called Brian didn't turn away. He turned to, and fought and risked it all for us.
It's time for us to fight back against people like Rush Limbaugh who are ruining this great country of ours by running patriots like Brian into the ground for the sake of a failed administration and a failed political values system that prefers hate to heroes.
Don't you dare turn away.
Retired Gen. Wesley K. Clark, a 2004 Democratic presidential contender, said he was unmoved by Limbaugh's assertions that he was not insulting antiwar vets. "In the past, he's been very outspoken in attacking veterans who had honorable service because he doesn't agree with their political views. I think he has a selective memory."
McGough, who is nearing the fourth anniversary of his Oct. 17, 2003, wounding in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, said he was upset but not surprised that Limbaugh compared him to a suicide bomber. He said he had even received e-mails from Limbaugh fans who said they respected him though they disagreed with his antiwar stance.
As for Limbaugh, McGough said, "I knew he was going to deflect everyone off of him by calling me names. I just wanted to point out that I am not a phony soldier."
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