Democrats, Republicans, pundits play 'tit for tat' over 'offensive' US troop slurs
10/01/2007 @ 4:17 pmFiled by RAW STORY
Weeks after the group MoveOn.org purchased a New York Times advertisement which criticized the US Iraq war commander, Democrats, Republicans, and pundits continue to play a game of "tit for tat" on whose comments regarding the troops are more offensive than the others.
"Dramatically escalating the Dems' confrontation with Rush Limbaugh over his 'phony soldiers' comment, Harry Reid just laced sharply into the talk show host in an extended attack on the Senate floor, hammering Rush's comments as 'unpatriotic' and demanding he apologize to the troops," Greg Sargent writes for TPM's Election Central.
According to Sargent, Reid said, "His unpatriotic comments cannot be ignored. During his show last Wednesday, Rush Limbaugh was engaged in one of his typical rants. This rant was unremarkable and indistinguishable from his usual drivel, which has been steadily losing listeners for years -- until he crossed that line by calling our men and women in uniform who oppose the war in Iraq `phony soldiers.' This comment was so beyond the pale of decency that it cannot be left alone."
"Rush Limbaugh took it upon himself to attack the courage and character of those fighting and dying for him and for all of us," Reid continued. "Rush Limbaugh got himself a deferment from serving when he was a young man. He never served in uniform. He never saw in person the extreme difficulty of maintaining peace in a foreign country engaged in a civil war. He never saw a person in combat. Yet he thinks that his opinion on the war is worth more than those who have been on the front lines. And what's worse, Limbaugh's show is broadcast on Armed Forces Radio, which means that thousands of troops, overseas, and veterans here at home, were forced to hear this attack on their patriotism. Rush Limbaugh owes the men and women of our armed forces an apology."
Limbaugh quickly responded, and as noted at the Drudge Report website, threatened Reid to "say it to my face, Senator."
I'll Say it to your face, Rush, I have cyst on my ass" Limbaugh. So, bring it on. You don;t have to risk being charged with assault on a member of congress. This 58 year old woman will take you on. Just come on, you sorry ass!
"Ladies and gentlemen, in the last half hour, Harry Reid took to the floor of the Senate and proceeded to spend five-to-seven minutes denouncing me, spreading the smear that started last week on this phony soldiers business," said Limbaugh on his syndicated show.
Limbaugh continued, "He has prepared a letter to be sent to the CEO of the company that syndicates this program, and that letter he asked as many senators as possible to sign, offering them the opportunity to demand of my syndicator that I be condemned for something that I did not say, which Harry Reid knows I did not say. The House of Representatives, I have just learned, is going to introduce a resolution this afternoon along the lines of the MoveOn.org resolution that was introduced last week, tit-for-tat, they want a vote in the House to condemn me, a private citizen, for something I did not say. These people have had three, four days now to learn the truth about this, and they no doubt know the truth, which doesn't matter. What they are trying to do is flood a false story into the Drive-By Media and have that survive and suffice as the evidence and as the story of what I said when it wasn't."
Limbaugh added, "He's gotta be a nut. I cannot believe that they are actually going this far with this. I did apologize today to the troops, Senator Reid, for you, and for Media Matters for America. If anybody in this country has been trying to demoralize the troops, it is you, sir, and your members of the Democrat Party. You have waved the white flag of defeat."
"You want to come on this program and call me unpatriotic, come on this program and call me unpatriotic," the conservative host added. "You want to call me a liar, you want to tell me that I did not say what I said, you come on this program and you tell me to my face that I said what I did not say. Stop hiding behind your special protections as a senator and spewing the talking points of an embarrassing, partisan hack media group called Media Matters for America. Hillary Clinton didn't serve in the military, by the way, Senator Reid. She just voted against General Petraeus. Barack Obama did not serve in the military, Senator Reid, and he didn't even show up to vote in support of Petraeus. John Edwards didn't serve, and after voting to send our troops to war, he has undermined them ever since. It is unconscionable for an esteemed United States senator to launch an all-out assault on a private citizen, which is a lie from front to back, in order to cover your own actions and words, which have been the true demoralization of the US military -- and if anybody owes the military of this country an apology, Senator Reid, it is you. It is Jack Murtha. It is Dick Durbin. It is any and all who have joined your effort to secure defeat of the United States and the United States military in not only Iraq, but the war on terror. Sir, have you no decency left? Have you no shame whatsoever?"
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