From Michelle Malkin.com: "During a 1992 bid for the presidency, Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa claimed that he had served as a pilot in Vietnam. His claim had surfaced eight years before, during a 1984 bid for re-election to the Senate, when Harkin boasted that he had served one year in Vietnam flying F-4s and F-8s on combat air patrols and photo-reconnaissance support missions. Challenged by Sen. Barry Goldwater, Harkin did a quick shuffle, claiming that he had actually flown combat sorties over Cuba during the sixties. Harkin finally admitted he had not seen combat but had served as a ferry pilot stationed in Atsugi, Japan, flying aircraft to be repaired from Atsugi to the Philippines. When pressed by reporters to explain how much time he really spent in Vietnam, Harkin estimated that over a year, he flew in and out of Vietnam a dozen or so times. But Harkin's military record showed no Vietnam service decorations. He finally conceded he had not flown combat air patrols in Vietnam and began describing himself as a Vietnam era vet."
Who was out in front, accusing Rush Limbaugh of defaming our military? Who was stating on the Senate floor that Rush may have been taking "his drugs" again and if so ought to say so, but it wouldn't be an excuse for what he said on the radio? Tom Harkin.
Harry Reid, who has on the Senate floor declared the war 'lost' and the president a liar in front of school children. Harry Reid who said the surge is not working, even as reports of progress began filtering back to the American public.
Who was out front, bringing a resolution to the Senate denouncing Rush Limbaugh? Harry Reid.
Who was on the Senate floor all indignant of the alleged statements made by Rush Limbaugh about the soldiers? John Kerry. Yes, the same John Kerry who said our soldiers are terrorizing women and children in the dead of night in Iraq. The same John Kerry who Winter Soldiered his fellow soldiers in Vietnam for this own personal publicity and future political career.
Did any of the pitiful people vote yes to the resolution stating the full page ad by MoveOn in the New York Times was an inexcusable slander to General Petraeus? No.
Media Matters, a liberal watchdog group who seems to only tune into Fox News and Rush Limbaugh's radio show, have lied about a statement Rush made on the radio and twisted it to sound as though Rush was saying soldiers criticizing the war in Iraq were 'phony soldiers'. That is not what the full video clip shows. It is all over the Internet for anyone truly wanting the correct conversation he was having with a phone in call to his show. Rush was referring to the likes of Jesse MacBeth, a mouthpiece for the defeatists. He was in the Army for a total of 44 days and washed out of boot camp. He claimed he was an Army Ranger, witnessed acts of horror our soldiers committed on the Iraqi people, and that he was awarded a Purple Heart. He was the darling of the media rooting for defeat until the real story came out on this slug. He was sentenced to five months in jail and three years of probation for falsifying a Department of Veterans Affairs claim and his Army discharge record.
The caller and Rush were discussing 'phony soldiers' in the context of those falsifying their service records to receive benefits not due them. It is the same term used a week or so ago by ABC News. They also did a report on these soldiers. What, no outrage there?
Media Matters and Center for American Progress, led by former Clinton chief of staff, John Podesta, are now being touted on the campaign trail by Hillary Clinton. She is bragging that she helped start both of these operations and fully supports them. Media Matters is funded by George Soros and the MoveOn crowd. Any wonder why Hillary was so disgraceful to General Petraeus?
Any question how she will govern and her attitude to the military?
The Petraeus ad turned out to be a dud for the defeatists and a real loser as far as the American people were concerned. Those who truly support the military are told we can't call anyone 'unpatriotic'. Free speech.
Reid and his ilk have no problem calling Limbaugh 'unpatriotic' on the floor of the Senate. Do as I say, not as I do. Typical for the party of McGovern.
Remember how that election turned out?