Earlier in the week, it was Bill O’Reilly. Now, it’s Rush Limbaugh in the crosshairs as the lefty Gestapo hunts another head. Like the O’Reilly smear, they’re wrong on the facts here too. But being wrong hasn’t yet gotten in the way of attempting a gotcha if it has a chance of destroying a prominent conservative’s career. Hawkins has the transcript of the exchange in question. Upon reading it, it’s obvious to me that Rush is talking about the actual phony soldiers that the left trots out periodically to criticize the war, as well as fabulists who are in the military but also make themselves useful to the anti-war left by becoming war critics.
People like Jesse MacBeth, who never went to Iraq but claimed to have participated in atrocities there.
People like Micah Wright.
And people like Scott Thomas Beauchamp.
These are all people touted by lefty war critics who turned out to be phony in one way or another. And every time conservatives debunk one of them, the leftists who supported them back quietly away to await the emergence of another one. They’re all looking for the next John Kerry to come along, smear the troops and drive up more anti-war sentiment among the voters. The Media Matters smear merchants never mention these actual phonies in their wholly dishonest diatribe, though, and the lefty blogs just regurgitate whatever Media Matters says about conservatives.
Update: Rush responds.
Update: Rick Moran disagrees with my position. He’s wrong. It’s more than obvious that Limbaugh was talking about the actual phonies like the ones I mentioned above, and not casting left-leaning troops as phonies themselves. Moran’s stance lacks factual context. Here’s the transcript: Rush specifically mentions MacBeth, the phony soldier, right after the call in question.
Here is a Morning Update that we did recently, talking about fake soldiers. This is a story of who the left props up as heroes. They have their celebrities and one of them was Army Ranger Jesse Macbeth. Now, he was a “corporal.” I say in quotes. Twenty-three years old. What made Jesse Macbeth a hero to the anti-war crowd wasn’t his Purple Heart; it wasn’t his being affiliated with post-traumatic stress disorder from tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. No. What made Jesse Macbeth, Army Ranger, a hero to the left was his courage, in their view, off the battlefield, without regard to consequences. He told the world the abuses he had witnessed in Iraq, American soldiers killing unarmed civilians, hundreds of men, women, even children. In one gruesome account, translated into Arabic and spread widely across the Internet, Army Ranger Jesse Macbeth describes the horrors this way: “We would burn their bodies. We would hang their bodies from the rafters in the mosque.”
If you’re following Media Matters’ take on this, you’re being snookered. End of story.