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A Phony Controversy - Part 2

In my last post I mentioned that this “phony soldiers” controversy surrounding Rush Limbaugh has even made it to the floor of the Senate. Yesterday, Senator Tom Harkin leveled a very personal attack against Rush:

HARKIN: I’ll just close, Mr. President, by noting that in August, seven soldiers published an op-ed in the New York Times criticizing the current strategy in Iraq. Tragically, two of those soldiers were subsequently killed in action, making the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

I can only assume by Mr. Limbaugh’s definition that they too were “phony soldiers.” Now what’s most despicable is that Mr. Limbaugh says these provocative things to make more money. So he castigates our soldiers, this makes more news, more people tune in, he makes more money.

Well, I don’t know. Maybe he was just high on his drugs again. I don’t know whether he was or not. If so, he ought to let us know. But that shouldn’t be an excuse.


Despite the ridiculously childish nature of the OxyContin jab, the irony of the situation is unbelievable.

You see, Tom Harkin is, himself, a “phony soldier” of sorts. During a 1992 campaign for the Presidency, Tom Harkin claimed that he served as a pilot in Vietnam on combat air patrols. It was later revealed that Harkin never flew on combat missions, and, in fact, had NEVER served in the Vietnam War. He lied about his military credentials, only to be exposed as a fraud.

This is the guy condemning Rush Limbaugh for his “phony soldiers” comment?

Oh, irony. Sweet irony.

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