“Rush” To Judgment: Can You Identify The Phony?

Limbaugh’™s reflections have long been directed at the unwitting’¦and with this latest assault upon soldiers who serve their country honorably’¦he has once again chosen to wield his haughty hammer like a crazed carpenter in a glass house.

Commentary By: Daniel DiRito

Well that didn’™t take long. In the aftermath of the demand to condemn the questionable MoveOn.org advertisement singling out General Petraeus’™ for his role in supporting the Bush administration policy in Iraq, it seemed likely that one of the many Bush apologists would soon step into some deep doodoo. As fortune would have it, the winner turns out to be none other than Rush Limbaugh.

From Media Matters:

During the September 26 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio show, Rush Limbaugh called service members who advocate U.S. withdrawal from Iraq ‘œphony soldiers.’ He made the comment while discussing with a caller a conversation he had with a previous caller, ‘œMike from Chicago,’ who said he ‘œused to be military,’ and ‘œbelieve[s] that we should pull out of Iraq.’ Limbaugh told the second caller, whom he identified as ‘œMike, this one from Olympia, Washington,’ that ‘œ[t]here’™s a lot’ that people who favor U.S. withdrawal ‘œdon’™t understand’ and that when asked why the United States should pull out, their only answer is, ‘ ‘Well, we just gotta bring the troops home.’™ ‘¦ ‘Save the ‘” keeps the troops safe’™ or whatever,’ adding, ‘œ[I]t’™s not possible, intellectually, to follow these people.’ ‘œMike’ from Olympia replied, ‘œNo, it’™s not, and 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 interjected, ‘œThe phony soldiers.’ The caller, who had earlier said, ‘œI am a serving American military, in the Army,’ agreed, replying, ‘œThe phony soldiers.’

As Media Matters for America has documented, Limbaugh denounced as ‘œcontemptible’ and ‘œindecent’ MoveOn.org’™s much-discussed advertisement ‘” titled ‘œGeneral Petraeus or General Betray Us?’ ‘” critical of Gen. David Petraeus, but has repeatedly attacked the patriotism of those with whom he disagrees. For instance, on the January 25 broadcast of his radio show, he told his audience that he had a new name for Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE), a Vietnam veteran: ‘œSenator Betrayus.’

Limbaugh has been pushing the envelope for years’¦frequently jumping up and down on the line but seemingly succeeding in not crossing the threshold of no return. With the timing of his latest remarks’¦so close on the heels of the MoveOn.org fiasco’¦Rush may have finally failed to sneak one by.

The man who fashions himself to be a skillful tactician’¦on the order of an Olympic diver’¦able to jump into an issue head first, speak his piece, and leave behind insufficient evidence of his obtuse and offensive persona’¦may have finally committed the proverbial belly flop; leaving behind enough proof to warrant his disqualification.

Limbaugh’™s reflections have long been directed at the unwitting’¦and with this latest assault upon soldiers who serve their country honorably’¦he has once again chosen to wield his haughty hammer like a crazed carpenter in a glass house. Fortunately, the self-absorbed oxy-gen receptacle (code for pill popping windbag) may have misjudged his swing and shattered his own house of smoke and mirrors.

If it isn’™t obvious, I’™ll not lose any sleep while his actions are probed’¦in ways that he’™ll hopefully find to be reminiscent of a visit to the one fingered physician. All I can say is, ‘œEnjoy the examination, Rush!’

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Cross-posted at Thought Theater

Thursday, September 27th, 2007 by Richard Blair |

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