But now that he’s further dug himself into hole, calling Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa), a 37-year veteran of the marines, a “phony soldier” and then comparing an Iraq war veteran who denounced his comments to a suicide bomber, Limbaugh is ignoring requests for comment.
MSNBC reported today that Rush was “invited” to “respond” to the story, but that “he has not responded” to the network’s calls
The Limbaugh attack on the military, the “phony soldiers” smear, which has since had the official blessing of right-wing pundits and blogs is not a new phenomenon it is just another notch in the belt of the right-wing attack machine. The phony soldiers story is not an isolated incident by the Right, but an integral part of the way they conduct themselves. The Right’s obsession for ideological purity extends beyond the military to religion, to economics, and American culture in general. When actor Michael J. Fox appeared in an ad to support stem cell research Limbaugh didn’t say he thought Fox was wrong and here are the sound reasons why, he attacked, Rush Limbaugh attacks Michael J. Fox: ” …he was either off the medication or he was acting. He is an actor, after all.”
Rush Limbaugh will say anything to attack anyone who challenges George Bush and his policies. This time, his target is Michael J. Fox. Meds are something Rush does have a little experience with.
Emailer Doug: Rush Limbaugh today accused Michael J. Fox, actor and Parkinson’s Disease victim, of deliberately going off of his meds to appear on camera with exaggerated symptoms of his disease for dramatic effect. Fox appeared in a recent Clair McHaskill (D-MO) Senate campaign ad, touting the need for stem cell research. Limbaugh even goes so far as to accuse Fox of faking his symptoms all together.
Limbaugh and his supporters are very busy whining about how bad he is being treated. That Limbaugh’s comments were taken out of context ( not true the transcript without commentary is damning enough. Note the actual term Limbaugh used, “phony soldiers”; why did he and his caller use the plural if the reference was to only one person). Limbaugh would know something about context since he used that very technique to attack another decorated war veteran Senator John Kerry (D),
Limbaugh is actually claiming that Kerry called American troops terrorists this weekend on CBS. Boy that would be real bad…if it were even close to true. So let’s go to the transcript, shall we, to see if old Rush “Ass Cyst” Limbaugh is telling us the truth:
KERRY:… There is no reason, Bob, that young American soldiers need to be going into the homes of Iraqis in the dead of night, terrorizing kids and children…
Yes, that’s right – Limbaugh and other right-wing outfits claim that means Kerry is calling American soldiers terrorists. Clearly he’s not – he said “there is no reason” for them to be required to do that as the war intensifies. He went on to say that it is time for the Iraqis to enforce their own security.
[ ]…Earlier this year, the Washington Post reported that the U.S. military was rightly questioning its own raid strategy – as Kerry alluded to – because:
“The raids turn up little and leave hard feelings among civilians who resent foreign soldiers bursting into their homes, breaking doors and gates and pointing guns at their heads. They resent these men catching their wives and daughters in their bedclothes. They resent them barking orders, telling them to get on the ground, invading their homes, emptying drawers and turning over mattresses.”
The Right echoed Limbaugh’s misinterpretation of the Senator’s remarks for days. Kerry said and meant one thing, something the military themselves had said, but that didn’t stop the right-wing attack machine from twisting the story.
The Iraq Study Group ( headed by a Republican) didn’t come up with the conclusions that Bush and the rabid Right wanted so the Right attacked – Conservatives attack Iraq Study Group report as “surrender,” “not a serious document”
Rush Limbaugh said he “wanted to puke” while listening to ISG members discussing their recommendations, “especially Sandra Day O’Connor.” Limbaugh further asserted that the “Iraq Surrender Group” was “[l]ike the new Castrati,” and that ISG members are “doing everything they can to unite the American people” in “defeat” and “surrender.”
Limbaugh says nothing about Bush’s obviously failed strategy. Limbaugh doesn’t acknowledge the absense of planning by the Bush administration of an extended Iraq occupation which directly resulted in the deaths of American troops. Explanations, an understanding of the series of events in Iraq and the Whitehouse are mere baggage in RushWorld. The conclusions of the ISG were in conflict with the Commander Guy’s strategy and that is all he needed to know or tell his audience. Sandra Day O’Connor is a Republican, but O’Connor did the unpardonable, the dastardly, the dreadful, the un-American act of suggesting America was staying on the wrong course, the ISG course just mildly different from the continued cycle of failure embraced by the keepers of right-wing orthodoxy. That is all it takes for Limbaugh and all his clones to want to “puke”.
As far as I know James Baker is and has always been fairly far to the Right of the political spectrum, but that didn’t spare him the wrath of a right-wing scorned,
New York Post, columnist Ralph Peters compared ISG co-chair and former Secretary of State James Baker III (R) to the biblical figure Pontius Pilate, who ordered the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Peters wrote: “The difference is that Pilate just wanted to wash his hands of an annoyance, while Baker would wash his hands in the blood of our troops.” Peters claimed: “Baker resembles Pontius Pilate in wanting those bedeviling local problems to go away and in imagining that, by caving in to unjust local powerbrokers, he can safeguard the empire’s interests.”
Disagreeing with a frat boy from Connecticut is the same thing as betraying Jesus, got that?
“Phony” wasn’t always Limbaugh’s favorite epitaph for those in the military that didn’t carry the Right’s water, Audio: Limbaugh Calls Iraq Vet “Staff Puke,” Claims He Volunteered For War “To Pad [His] Resume”
Audio has surfaced of Rush Limbaugh viciously attacking another Iraq war veteran who was critical of President Bush’s war policy.
Paul Hackett served in the 1st Marine Division in Ramadi and Fallujah during 2004 and 2005. When he returned home, Hackett was a vocal war critic and ended up running for Congress in a special election against Republican Jean Schmidt.
The Huffington Post obtained audio of Limbaugh smearing Hackett on his radio show in 2005. Limbaugh calls Hackett a “staff puke,” claims he went to Iraq “to pad [his] resume,” and attacks him as “a liberal hiding behind a military uniform.”
Mark Kleiman thinks Anita Hill should sue Clarence Thomas and notes that on examination Thomas has nothing that resembles guiding intellectual principles except getting what he wants, Clarence Thomas, again
I thought at the time, and still think, that Thomas gave clear evidence of deceit. Hill had testified that Thomas had regaled her with tales of a porn-movie character named “Long Dong Silver.” Thomas denied ever having seen any such movie, which if true must have meant that Hill’s claim was false. The Senate Judiciary Committee staff tried to get Thomas’s video-rental records, which could easily have resolved the question. Thomas and his supporters immediately went into a hissy-fit about how it would be a horrible invasion of privacy for anyone to look at those records.
Thomas should be forced of the bench for lying during his conformation hearings, but this is the decadent era of politics defined by coarse Republican standards. Where its OK when a Republican lies to get on the Supreme Court or a Republican calls soldiers that have actually risked their lives in combat “staff pukes”.
“I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.” ~ Abraham Lincoln