Sometime in the recent past the world of American political wrangling went from ideology and partisan struggles to down right hateful and mean spirited character assassination. As I write this article Senator Harry Reid, D-NV, is wasting the nation’s time and money to condemn Rush Limbaugh on the floor of the Senate.
Senator Reid is chastising Limbaugh for the “controversy” about fake soldier Jesse Macbeth, and his testimony about war crimes he witnessed and participated in while deployed in Iraq. Jesse Macbeth claimed to be a Ranger. Jesse Macbeth LIED.
In truth, according to About.com, Jesse Macbeth’s real name is Jesse Adam Al-Zaid. Hmmmmm???? What to make of that? A person with an exceptionally Anglo Saxon name like Macbeth, from Shakespeare mind you, to have a birth name that is decidedly Muslim sounding?????
Odd too! I guess there’s not even the remotest of chances that Macbeth, oooppps, I mean al-Zaid, might have an axe to grind against the US and the military in particular? Naw! I’m just imagining stuff. I mean, there is no chance that this Muslim looking and name sounding individual might have an ulterior motive, right? ‘Course not! I shouldn’t let my imagination run away with me – that’s a right reserved strictly for the more caring among us.
The actual truth is Macbeth was in the US Army for 44 days. He claimed he was an Iraq combat vet; he LIED. He claimed he was a corporal; he LIED. He claimed he was a Ranger; he LIED. As to atrocities, he claimed to have “… started shooting them, started taking them out. … We would burn their bodies, hang the bodies from the rafters … after a while, it’s just sickening to think that I took part in that.” He LIED! None of the claims he made are real.
And now we have a “controversy” because Limbaugh used the phrase “phony soldiers.” As to this controversy, I am going to set the record straight for you, even as the events are still unfolding in Congress as I am writing this. Allow me to offer I am a first-hand witness to the events as I was listening to Limbaugh when the phrase was uttered, and have followed them since last Wednesday when the situation began to brew. What I present is 100% FACT and will offer the links so that a reader may ascertain the truth for themselves.
Rush Limbaugh’s reference to “phony soldiers” was made to a caller when he and Rush were discussing the issue on the air. The discussion was about Jesse Macbeth and the fallacious allegations I quoted above. Rush then made a reference to how the Left will jump behind ANY allegation that plays to the Lefts template. In this case the issue was how the Left props up, stands behind and touts as telling the “real story that Bush won’t let you hear,” any soldier who will allege war crimes by our troops.
The following are the verbatim pertinent points in the conversation had by Rush and his caller:
RUSH comments to the caller: “It’s not possible intellectually to follow these people.” (Rush is referring to Liberals, in the general sense)
CALLER: “No, 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 spout to the media.”
RUSH: “The phony soldiers.”
CALLER: “The 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.”
Now, as I was a first-hand witness to the event, this is exactly what went down. The quotes were lifted directly from the transcript posted on RushLimbaugh.com. I am a member of the site and as such have access to all his archives and transcripts, and by Friday when this stink started to boil Rush posted the Wednesday transcript in order to set the record straight.
So, now I have laid bare truth for any HONEST person to read and digest. The caller was referring to Jesse Macbeth, how everything he purported to be fact was in truth entirely fabricated to further his own end. So when Rush referred to “phony soldiers” he was CLEARLY referring to persons, current, former, retired or imagined, who CLAIMED some first-hand knowledge of war atrocities, when their claim was TOTALLY FALSE!
Especially in the case of Jesse Macbeth, “phony soldier” fits very appropriately. He claimed “18 months” of Ranger training, when it is a 61 day course. He was not an Iraq combat vet. He prolly couldn’t even find Iraq on a damn Rand-McNally. He washed out of boot camp in 44 days, so he ain’t been to Iraq, unless it was on his own dime.
So, back to my original point. Why are some Congressional Dems wasting time condemning Rush for something he clearly did not say? How is this matter even remotely germane to the nation’s business? Answer: It’s not, but it is a damn good excuse to engage in a little harmless character assassination, now isn’t it?
Now I am used to hearing things like Tim Sexton using the phrase “Big Fat Liar” to refer to Limbaugh instead of calling him by name. In fact, it’s really kinda cute, ya know? Now Rush cannot be faulted for his facts, but some folks sure do hate his opinion. So “Big Fat Liar” is really a term of endearment sort of since it’s just an outward manifestation of frustration by some Libs. They are hamstrung by Limbaugh’s logic and fact based contentions, so they are in a tizzy when it comes to all things Limbaugh. Fair enough.
I’d like to point out that only 1 other time have I defended Limbaugh on AC because he really doesn’t need my help. Also, I’d be fooling myself if I did not acknowledge that to mention Limbaugh on AC immediately marginalizes one’s point, therefore I almost NEVER mention him, but where I draw the line is when a politician engages in outright lies and misconceptions in order to sway the electorate.
What really kills me are the balls displayed by Senator Reid in today standing in the Senate Well and maintaining that Limbaugh was belittling our military. How can anyone in that exalted a position as leader of the majority party in the US Senate be that UNINFORMED??????
Or, more likely the case, in fact, as I KNOW IS THE CASE, Reid was just plain lying.
Limbaugh posted all this stuff on his site Friday. Surely before Senator Reid stands up before the world and advocates condemning Limbaugh’s words he was aware of the facts, yet he chose to feign ignorance. After all, the leader of the majority party in the US Senate has a huge staff of persons to investigate various issues. Surely his staff was aware of the controversy, and I’ll betcha a buck or two Reid knew the truth as well.
Dreadfully, the truth did not serve Reid’s purpose, as there is no political mileage for a Dem to ADMIT someone they propped up as a real life patriot for coming forward with the truth, to be a liar. There is nothing to be gained by Reid’s mentioning Macbeth’s fabricated stories, so Reid cleverly seemed to have forgotten all about Mr. Jesse Macbeth. And Reid knew the topic and context of Limbaugh’s conversation with the caller, but that really wasn’t the point now, was it?
No, the point was to further inflame the Left/Right debate. The point was to stir the pot. The point was to demonstrate how “that Conservative Limbaugh hates our troops.” And since Limbaugh hates the troops, and clearly as we Conservatives have drunk the Kool-Aid, we ALL HATE THE TROOPS, because as everyone knows, Rush IS THE HEAD OF RIGHT WING BUSH ADMINISTRATION PROPAGANDA DEPARTMENT! We get our marching orders directly from Rush.
Oh wait! On No! I’m drifting into the no LIB zone! (In the voice of an automaton) “I must hate all troops. Limbaugh is right. Bush is God. Bush for King! Bush for King. Bush for . . . .”
So, is Harry Reid, and any other Dem who supports his comments on this matter, merely uninformed? Merely mistaken? Merely operating innocently under a false impression? Or is he and all who adhere to his position with regard to this issue a LIAR?????????????
Damn if my dumbass can figure it out. How’s ’bout one of you Illuminati straightening my dumbass out here?