This is what gasbag Rush Limbaugh called Iraq war veterans who are against the war. Phone Soldiers. What, exactly, does he mean by that name? Are they disloyal, treasonous, cannot be trusted? Does Rush mean, perhaps, they aren't to be trusted with our nation's defense?
It was a huge insult and he's being condemned by many people across the country for condemning, first, their right to speak out, something they were willing to die to defend, secondly, Rush's right to call them derogatory names because he doesn't agree with them, thirdly, because it demeaned their service to their country.
After making the comment Rush then tried to lie his way out of it. He attacked Media Matters for posting the comment. He even defended Bill O' Reilly's racist "praise" of a Black restaurant in Harlem. He then insulted John Kerry by, again, bringing up the lies about his Vietnam service. Rush said what he said. The context of his statement is clear, especially when you listen to his entire spiel.
When Rush criticized a soldier for opposing the war he labeled every anti-war soldier "phony soldier."
Rush seems to believe that anyone who is in the military signed up specifically to fight in Iraq and should shut up if they now disagree with policy. First of all, many career military didn't do that. Also, many American families have felt a patriotic duty to have their members serve their country and have for generations. It's a tradition many continue to feel compelled to honor. Also, many recruiters have simply lied to recruits, telling them they won't be deployed to Iraq knowing full well they will.
Add to this the constant stream of lies from the White House and Pentagon over six years about the war, 9/11, Saddam, wmd's and countless other issues. Rumsfeld constantly denied there was even an insurgency going on in Iraq. How can Rush Gasbag criticize men and women who volunteered for duty under false pretenses because they now understand, especially after having served in Iraq, the reality? Maybe he needs dose of reality and should serve. Just don't give him Oxycontin if he's wounded.
Meanwhile Rush sits back condemning drug addicts while he's one himself. Didn't Don Imus lose his radio show for less than this? Add the outright racist attack he made on Barack Obama a while back and it's clear Rush's time is past. He should have his show canceled from the public airwaves.
Rush Limbaugh trashed Michael J. Fox last year, mocking his Parkinson's disease:
Let's review what Rush did to Obama: