Out on a Limbaugh

From Media Matters:

In response to Media Matters’ documentation of his recent description of service members who advocate U.S. withdrawal from Iraq as “phony soldiers,” Rush Limbaugh claimed that he had not been talking “about the anti-war movement generally,” but rather “about one soldier … Jesse MacBeth.” Limbaugh then purported to air the “entire” segment in question. In fact, the clip he aired omitted a full 1 minute and 35 seconds of discussion that occurred between Limbaugh’s original “phony soldiers” comment and his subsequent reference to MacBeth.

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Aside from Rush being a lying, bloviating sack of shit, apparently it is okay to call the rank-and-file soldiers phony. I am trying to figure out what the rules are regarding the service and criticism. Kids, remember the fuss over MoveOn.org’s ad about General Petraeus? Remember how the Senate wrung their hankies over those nasty leftists daring to criticize a man in uniform? Well, what are they gonna do about this? From The American Conservative:

Sycophant Savior

General Petraeus wins a battle in Washington—if not in Baghdad.

by Andrew J. Bacevich

In common parlance, the phrase “political general” is an epithet, the inverse of the warrior or frontline soldier. In any serious war, with big issues at stake, to assign command to a political general is to court disaster—so at least most Americans believe. But in fact, at the highest levels, successful command requires a sophisticated grasp of politics. At the summit, war and politics merge and become inextricably intertwined. A general in chief not fully attuned to the latter will not master the former.


David Petraeus is a political general. Yet in presenting his recent assessment of the Iraq War and in describing the “way forward,” Petraeus demonstrated that he is a political general of the worst kind—one who indulges in the politics of accommodation that is Washington’s bread and butter but has thereby deferred a far more urgent political imperative, namely, bringing our military policies into harmony with our political purposes.


If the civilian leadership is unwilling to provide what’s needed, then all of the talk about waging a global war on terror—talk heard not only from the president but from most of those jockeying to replace him—amounts to so much hot air. Critics who think the concept of the global war on terror is fundamentally flawed will see this as a positive development. Once we recognize the global war on terror for the fraudulent enterprise that it has become, then we can get serious about designing a strategy to address the threat that we actually face, which is not terrorism but violent Islamic radicalism. The antidote to Islamic radicalism, if there is one, won’t involve invading and occupying places like Iraq.

This defines Petraeus’s failure. Instead of obliging the president and the Congress to confront this fundamental contradiction—are we or are we not at war?—he chose instead to let them off the hook.

A great political general doesn’t tell his masters what they want to hear. He tells them what they need to hear, thereby nudging them to make decisions that must be made if the nation’s interests are to be served. In this instance, Petraeus provided cover for them to evade their responsibilities.

Politically, it qualifies as a brilliant maneuver. The general’s relationships with official Washington remain intact. Yet he has broken faith with the soldiers he commands and the Army to which he has devoted his life. He has failed his country. History will not judge him kindly.

Note to MoveOn and anyone else thinking of criticizing Petraeus or any other soldier: Do not use rhymes. Apparently, rhyming the general’s last name is what bothered the hanky-wringers. Calling soldiers phony is fine. Alliteration also seems to be okay, as in Sycophant Savior. May I suggest Serious Suck-up or Obliging Opportunist? C’mon, kids, add your own!


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4 responses to “Out on a Limbaugh

  1. Friend of the court

    I can’t think of anything better than what the admiral called him, “chickenshit buttkisser”. Bush sure went through a lot of generals before he found the right man for the job. I wonder if all the others were “phony” generals. “Rush”, on the other hand, is what I now call the snail snott trail, on the garden path.

  2. nonnie9999

    i wonder how long before admiral fallon winds up at gitmo. the other thing i wonder about is where the hell the “war czar” douglas lute is hanging out these days. we never hear anything about him. i need to know if he is among the phony soldiers or not.

  3. Friend of the court

    Lute must have some huge karmic bill to pay off. Being appointed “czar”, of Bush’s Iraq cluster fuck has got to be some kind of major punishment. Or, maybe, Lute is spending his time directing tax payer money to the approved defense contractors and contractor money to the appropriate congress members. Cheney can’t do everything. Isn’t it Quail season?

  4. nonnie9999

    lute actually wanted the job when nobody else would take it. that makes his karmic bill even bigger, i think. well, that is if he has furthered this war. i don’t know what they hell he has done since we never hear about him anymore. however, i think your supposition is pretty close to the truth.