September 30, 2007--
Betrayal-101-- "Phony" soldiers: MoveOn.Org and MediaMatters.Org shoot selves (and Al Gore) in groin in smearing Rush Limbaugh, George Bush and Gen. Petraeus as "Betray US" on Iraq.·
In the wake of, and now as a part of, the raging controversy over MoveOn.Org's full-page advertisement in the New York Times on September 13, 2007, captioned "General Petraeus or General Betray US," a new controversy -- vastly overblown (by the Left-Wing Organ, MediaMatters.Org, the twin sister of MoveOn.Org, for which out-of-wedlock twins George Soros pays child support) in comparison to the still-raging and far more serious "Petraeus/BetrayUS" controversy. What's the new controversy? It's MediaMatters.Org's attenuated claim that Rush Limbaugh applied the term "phony soldiers" to troops opposed to the war in Iraq rather than to troops who have made false claims about themselves and/or other troops to support propaganda by anti-war activists.
The more one studies the entire transcript of Limbaugh's comments before, during and immediately after his conversation with a caller who identified himself as an American soldier with two tours of duty and who characterized troops politically attacking the mission in Iraq as "phony" soldiers, the more difficult it becomes to seriously claim that Limbaugh intended his use of the term "phony" or "fake" soldiers to apply to anyone other than those -- such as Jesse MacBeth (see also here and here), as but one of a number of examples-- who have made demonstrably false claims about themselves and about other troops in order to attempt to politically discredit the mission in Iraq. Although one could make a "rational" argument (also here and here) that he meant such term to apply to troops expressing opposition to the mission without engaging in false claims about themselves or against other troops, to do so would require one to disregard common sense given the entire context of the conversations pertinent to such comments. (For several useful links, a hat-tip goes to Bryan Preston at HotAir.Com from the Editor at PoliSat.Com and WrennCom.Com.)
In contrast, however, a comment by Limbaugh approvingly quoted during his program on January 25, 2007 (see the "Betrayal-101" video linked on this page for a variety of connection-speeds and configurations), could not only rationally but also fairly and common-sensibly be equated with the MoveOn.Org smear of General Petraeus as "General Betray US." What was that comment? He said that a caller earlier that day, who had been unable to remain on the line long enough to have had an opportunity to speak on the air, had coined a "new name" for Senator Chuck Hagel: "Senator Betray US." Not even Limbaugh's greatest fans could seriously contend that such comment did not besmirch Senator Hagel. (By the way, I cannot overstate the extent to which I disagree with the consistently defeatist positions taken, and views expressed, by Senator Hagel since the time before commencement of Operation Iraqi Freedom.)
Yet Media Matters, a media organ for MoveOn.Org and a variety of other anti-war activists, politicians and even many of those seeking the Democratic nomination for President in 2008, is now speciously trying to claim that characterizing a political opponent as being guilty of "betrayal" of America was invented by Rush Limbaugh. How utterly ridiculous. (And, no surprise, the so-called "manstream" media-- i.e., SC-MSM-- is already parroting that line.)
Who was the real initiator of accusing political opponents of "betraying" America? It was none other than one of the favorite speakers/politicians of MoveOn.Org, Media Matters and the rest of the propaganda organs for the American Self-Defeatists: Al Gore. In fact, Al Gore launched this repugnant, defamatory tactic on February 8, 2004, for which he received nothing less than fawning adulation from the Hate-Bush/Bush-Is-Hitler Left. (To view the "[Bush] betrayed our country" clip from Al Gore's February 8, 2004 speech, see the "Betrayal-101" video, for which there a links to a variety of connection-speeds and configurations on this page.)
What would be so laughable if it weren't so tragic, is that no one could rationally argue that Limbaugh's trashing of Hagel would provide "comfort" to our enemies or serve as an "aid" to them in their propaganda, but that certainly could not be said about Al Gore's February 8, 2004, speech accusing President Bush of having "betrayed our country" or MoveOn.Org's September 13, 2007, advertisement in the New York Times characterizing General Petraeus as "General Betray US." Neither Gore nor any of his fellow travelers in the anti-war/hate-Bush mob is fit to lick the souls of Petraeus' (or Bush's) shoes.
So, what should "Media Matters" and "MoveOn.Org" and any candidate seeking the 2008 Democratic nomination for President do with the demonstrably bogus claim that somehow Rush Limbaugh's harsh rhetoric about Senator Hagel served as the justification for MoveOn.Org's ad to respond in kind with the "Petraeus/Betray-US ad? They all should put their rhetoric where their heads are-- i.e., where the sun doesn't shine.
--Jim Wrenn, Editor at PoliSat.Com.
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