The extreme left bankrolled by George Soros & company is bankrupt on ideas, and void of substance. They are unable to compete in a qualitative discussion on the issues, so they take statements made out of context twist and spin what was said to mean something completely different. A perfect example of this is the the left’s reaction to Rush Limbaugh’s “Phoney Soldiers” Comment.

Below is the transcript of Rush’s show in which the comment was made.

CALLER:  I’m one of the few that joined the Army to serve my country, I’m proud to say, not for the money or anything like that.  What I would like to retort to is that, what these people don’t understand, is if we pull out of Iraq right now, which is not possible because of all the stuff that’s over there, it would take us at least a year to pull everything back out of Iraq, then Iraq itself would collapse and we’d have to go right back over there within a year or so.RUSH:  There’s a lot more than that that they don’t understand.  The next guy that calls here I’m going to ask them, “What is the imperative of pulling out?  What’s in it for the United States to pull out?”  I don’t think they have an answer for that other than, “When’s he going to bring the troops home? Keep the troops safe,” whatever.  CALLER:  Yeah.RUSH:  It’s not possible intellectually to follow these people.CALLER:  No, it’s not.  And what’s really funny is they never talk to real soldiers.  They pull these soldiers that come up out of the blue and spout to the media.

RUSH:  The phony soldiers.

CALLER:  Phony soldiers.  If you talk to any real soldier and they’re proud to serve, they want to be over in Iraq, they understand their sacrifice and they’re willing to sacrifice for the country.

RUSH:  They joined to be in Iraq.

CALLER:  A lot of people.

RUSH:  You know where you’re going these days, the last four years, if you sign up.  The odds are you’re going there or Afghanistan, or somewhere.

CALLER:  Exactly, sir.  My other comment, my original comment, was a retort to Jill about the fact we didn’t find any weapons of mass destruction.  Actually, we have found weapons of mass destruction in chemical agents that terrorists have been using against us for a while now.  I’ve done two tours in Iraq, I just got back in June, and there are many instances of insurgents not knowing what they’re using in their IEDs.  They’re using mustard artillery rounds, VX artillery rounds in their IEDs.  Because they didn’t know what they were using, they didn’t do it right, and so it didn’t really hurt anybody.  But those munitions are over there.  It’s a huge desert. If they bury it somewhere, we’re never going to find it.

RUSH:  Well, that’s a moot point for me right now.

CALLER:  Right.

RUSH:  The weapons of mass destruction.  We gotta get beyond that.  We’re there.  We all know they were there, and Mahmoud even admitted it in one of his speeches here talking about Saddam using the poison mustard gas or whatever it is on his own people.  But that’s moot.  What’s more important is all this is taking place now in the midst of the surge working, and all of these anti-war Democrats are getting even more hell-bent on pulling out of there, which means that success on the part of you and your colleagues over there is a great threat to them.  It’s frustrating and maddening, and why they must be kept in the minority.  I want to thank you, Mike, for calling.  I appreciate it very much.  

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.”

Now, recently, Jesse Macbeth, poster boy for the anti-war left, had his day in court.  And you know what?  He was sentenced to five months in jail and three years probation for falsifying a Department of Veterans Affairs claim and his Army discharge record.  He was in the Army. Jesse Macbeth was in the Army, folks, briefly.  Forty-four days before he washed out of boot camp.  Jesse Macbeth isn’t an Army Ranger, never was.  He isn’t a corporal, never was.  He never won the Purple Heart, and he was never in combat to witness the horrors he claimed to have seen.  You probably haven’t even heard about this.  And, if you have, you haven’t heard much about it.  This doesn’t fit the narrative and the template in the Drive-By Media and the Democrat Party as to who is a genuine war hero. Don’t look for any retractions, by the way.  Not from the anti-war left, the anti-military Drive-By Media, or the Arabic websites that spread Jesse Macbeth’s lies about our troops, because the truth for the left is fiction that serves their purpose.  They have to lie about such atrocities because they can’t find any that fit the template of the way they see the US military. In other words, for the American anti-war left, the greatest inconvenience they face is the truth.

It is obviously clear reading the transcript who and what Rush was talking about.  A Congress that is wasting time and effort condemning Rush for words taken out of context by extreme left organizations explain fully why their approval rating is at an all time low.  

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  1. Thanks for the link, Darrell!

    The anti-war left is accustomed to distorting the meaning of words – it all depends on what the meaning of is – is.

    If you look up the word phony:

    1. not genuine: not genuine and used to deceive
    2. giving false impression: putting on a false show of something such as sincerity or expertise

    And the ones who lie about their service are phony by definition. What else would you call them (other than tools of the left)

    This is all about equalization. If the left who damaged themselves deeply with the Patraeus smear can make it appear that the right disrespects the soldiers then they can diminish the damage, spread it around.

    (It’s the same strategy at play when they say Bush is a liar, because Clinton was a pathological liar. They’ve been successful with that branding – but I’m stumped at what Bush lied about…)

  2. jgrab1

    Hey, Rush is just getting a taste of his own medicine, isn’t he, and he doesn’t like it, does he?

  3. Still, if Rush is so innocent and his comments are being taken out of context, why is does it seem like he is trying to hide what he originally said?

    Rush Limbaugh insisted that his September 26 remarks characterizing U.S. service members who support withdrawal from Iraq as “phony soldiers” had been taken out of context and that he was referring specifically to “one genuine, convicted, lying, fake soldier,” Jesse MacBeth. But Limbaugh did not refer to MacBeth during his September 26 broadcast until 1 minute, 50 seconds after making his “phony soldiers” comment, and at no point on that show prior to making his “phony soldiers” comment did Limbaugh refer to any actual fake soldiers. Additionally, on September 28, Limbaugh misrepresented those comments.

  4. Jgrab:

    You are asserting that Rush is quoting people out of context..

    You made the assertion now prove it..

    I am sure you can get the transcripts from Rush’s show when those out of context statements are made and compare them with the statements of the individual you claim he is misrepresenting.

    Have a nice day

  5. Shard;

    Considering that the Transcript is there and available to anyone, how is he trying to hide what he said..

    As far as the 1 minute 50 seconds go… READ THE TRANSCRIPT….

    Is English Comprehension something that Liberals just dont understand?

    Have a nice day..

  6. Kathy:

    Great comments on your post as well.

    One of the most frustrating things out of both the Petraeus smear, & the blatant attack on Rush, is that it distracts and detracts from any coverage and discussion of the positive developments in Iraq..

    The Petraeus Ad shifted all discussion away from his report to congress and on to the Ad itself. Very little media coverage of the Empty beds in Iraqi Hospitals, nor the the dramatic reduction of Coalition Casualties the past few months…

    What the left is doing is very successfully focusing attention on anything other than the fact that the surge is working.

    They want nothing more than to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

    Thanks again


  7. jgrab1

    > Jgrab:

    > You are asserting that Rush is quoting people out of
    > context..

    Please don’t tell me what I’m asserting. I’m asserting that he’s having to defend himself from attacks he sees as unwarranted. Now he’s on the other end of the bazooka.

  8. This is the Assertion that Rush is quoting people out of context…

    > Hey, Rush is just getting a taste of his own medicine,..

    I wouldn’t like it either…

  9. tantheblackhearted

    Rush makes his transcripts PUBLIC. Only those with a reading comprehension issue (or guilty conscience) can take it out of context.

  10. It’s funny that the left accuses Rush of “covering up” a radio program. That’s hilarious. How many listeners (in the armed forces no less) were listening? Only Media Matters, the Clinton hit squad “heard” something controversial.

    What’s also hilarious is the jgrab is agreeing that Rush is quoted out of context – and views this as good old fashioned revenge. More ‘end justifies the means’ garbage from the principled party … LOL…

    If Rush quoted something out of context, why not put it in context and attack the message with facts… which is what Rush is doing…

    Of course if you don’t have the facts, you say the victim deserves it anyway… because he disagrees with you. More free speech for liberals but not for conservatives… Is there an admission in there somewhere that liberals find their positions indefensible and therefore must use state sponsored intimidation?

    Here’s the problem for Reid and why the MSM backed off this story:

    Calling Rush anti-Patriotic is like calling the Pope anti-Catholic and will have the same effect.

    It also shows plainly why Reid being called anti-patriotic sticks, his actions match his words. Calling for censure to free speech and threatening the licenses of broadcasters is right out of Stalin’s playbook.

    More and more the left resembles those despots that garner its highest praises: Chavez, Castro, etc…

    Of course the nutroots are talking about the Rush quote instead of their leadersheep this week. Bahhhed performance on withdrawing the troops….

  11. Kevin

    Getting right to the point here, let’s talk about who really impugns the United States Military.

    US Congressman Jack Murtha, (Democrat, PA) falsely accuses United States soldiers of murder.

    US Senator Dick Durban (Democrat, IL) goes to the floor of the Senate and says “If I read this to you and did not tell you that it was an FBI agent describing what Americans had done to prisoners in their control, you would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags or some mad regime — Pol Pot or others — that had no concern for human beings” – Floor of the Senate, June 14, 2005, Senate Congressional Record, Page: S6594.

    US Senator Harry Reid (Democrat, NV) holds a press conference on April 19, 2007 and says “I believe that this war is lost, and this surge is not accomplishing anything, as is shown by the extreme violence in Iraq this week”. “I believe the war at this stage can only be won diplomatically, politically and economically.”.

    US Representative Tom Lantos, (Democrat, CA) “This is not a knock on you, General Petraeus, or on you, Ambassador Crocker. But the fact remains, gentlemen, that the Administration has sent you here today to convince the members of these two Committees and the Congress that victory is at hand.”
    “With all due respect to you, I must say … I don’t buy it.” September 10, 2007, Committee on Foreign Affairs, Opening statement to General Petraeus., Full page, $65,000 ad run in the New York Times, September 10, 2007 “General Petraeus or General Betray Us?”, Note: the ad has been removed from the web site as of 10/5/2007.

    I think the point is made that Democrats in Congress, political action committees, and the media have offered nothing to the troops in the way of support. They make a failed attempt to attack Rush Limbaugh, one of the biggest known supports of the United States Military all the while condemning our military.

    The impugn General Petraeus, calling him a liar to his face in front of the nation in an open hearing, John Kerry impugns the military men and women by making comments such as if students who don’t perform well “get stuck in Iraq” and then insisting it was a botched joke.

    Clearly you haven’t read the full transcript of what Rush said, never listened to the audio, never listened to the morning update on Jesse MacBeth on September 25th. If you had, you wouldn’t be hung up on an irrelevant point such as when he said what he said because you would know what he said, when he said it. Furthermore, you would realize that Democrats condemning Rush in the Congress and in the media are making complete fools out of themselves for completely fabricating an issue out of absolutely nothing.

    What’s even more appalling is the fact that there are Phony soldiers fabricating lies about what is going on in Iraq. Has anyone anything to say about what Jesse MacBeth actually lied about? This is the real issue, not Limbaugh. This guy actually lied about troops hanging innocent Iraqi civilian bodies in a mosque. He’s also lied about his service in the military. He’s never been to Iraq, he’s never been an Army Ranger and in fact, he served 44 days in boot camp before washing out. ABC News reported this story before Limbaugh even picked it up.

  12. Thanks for the comment Kevin, but I seriously doubt that Shard or Jgrab will be back… Most libs are unable to hold a qualititive discussion based on facts and substance,,, so they resort to hit & run comments and pat themselves on the back like they have accomplished something…

    Thanks again


  13. Aaron

    Darrell and Kevin,

    You’ve made a great post, Darrell. It’s true that the media often takes things out of context and uses it to portray a meaning or image that just isn’t true. They do this knowing that what they’re presenting as “fact” is nothing more than a fabrication or a false frame to instigate discussion and debate on issues that really do not warrant such debate. What it basically boils down to is opinionated media, no matter the outlet.

    My comment, however, will tie in to what you and Kevin are insinuating. I agree that people like Jesse MacBeth are phony soldiers since they lie about their service and fabricate wild stories that not only some people want to hear, but what the media wants to report. The argument on both sides has been slightly misaligned.

    The main mistake many “right-wingers” make is that they assume that people who speak out against the military (such as Kevin’s list of democrats) somehow impugn the soldiers in the military. A perfect example is what the caller on Rush’s show said about how they never choose any “real soldiers” to talk on the media. This makes the assumption that real soldiers are the soldiers that must support their military regardless and must not have any opinions of their own. People without opinions of their own are drones, and should not be portrayed as the only “real soldier”.

    There are many real soldiers (soldiers that have seen Iraq, have done multiple tours, etc) that are speaking out against the war, and many that support it. The problem is that many people like Kevin falsely assume that because they don’t fully support their military that they are unpatriotic and phony and not a real soldier. This is another case of believing what one wants to believe and hearing what one wants to hear.

  14. Aaron, for the most part those who wear the nations uniform are apolitical. They generally have very little interest in politics or in the policies that our elected leaders decide on. They do however have a very strong desire to perform thier duty to the best of thier ability, and to successfully complete the assigned mission. There is also a lot of resentment felt and often expressed towards anyone who undermines that mission, because they know that undermining that mission also undermines the troops that are deployed to execute that mission.

    I am sure there are many Iraq Vets who do oppose the war. That is thier opinion and they are welcome to it. Where the line is crossed though is when they take an active role in undermining the mission and those currently serving in Iraq to execute that mission. The fact that many of those “Anti War Iraq Vets” are associated with Anti Military/Anti-American organizations like Code Pink and A.N.S.W.E.R. really does not help thier cause in the eyes of most people in or out of uniform.

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