Michelle Malkin is an Idiot
Malkin spins Rush Limbaugh’s “phony soldiers” remark

By Mary    ·     October 1st, 2007 at 1:12 am

Chickenhawk/Draft dodger Rush Limbaugh
on why he didn’t serve in Vietnam-
“I didn’t want to go”

Michelle Malkin presents the most hilarious excuse yet for Rush Limbaugh’s “phony soldiers” remark.

Background: Last week, comedian Rush Limbaugh had the following exchange with a caller on his syndicated radio show:

LIMBAUGH: There’s a lot more than that that they don’t understand. They can’t even — if — the next guy that calls here, I’m gonna ask him: Why should we pull — what is the imperative for pulling out? What’s in it for the United States to pull out? They can’t — I don’t think they have an answer for that other than, “Well, we just gotta bring the troops home.”

CALLER 2: Yeah, and, you know what —

LIMBAUGH: “Save the — keep the troops safe” or whatever. I — it’s not possible, intellectually, to follow these people.

CALLER 2: No, it’s not, and what’s really funny is, they never talk to real soldiers. They like to pull these soldiers that come up out of the blue and talk to the media.

LIMBAUGH: The phony soldiers.

CALLER 2: The phony soldiers. If you talk to a real soldier, they are proud to serve. They want to be over in Iraq. They understand their sacrifice, and they’re willing to sacrifice for their country.

LIMBAUGH: They joined to be in Iraq. They joined —

Notice how he referred to soldiers in the plural.

Two days later, the plural morphed into singular when Limbaugh attempted to defend his remarks. Claiming that Media Matters took him out of context, Limbaugh asserted:

I was talking about one soldier with that “phony soldier” comment, Jesse MacBeth.


everybody involved in this knows full well I was talking about one genuine, convicted, lying, fake soldier


But now, apparently recognizing how lame Rush’s excuse was, Michelle Malkin is echoing some of her fellow rightwingers, and the I was only talking about one soldier excuse has morphed into the plural again. Sunday night, Malkin quoted fellow rightwinger Brian Maloney to explain what Limbaugh really meant:

Brian Maloney points out that ABC News aired a report on phony soldiers and Operation Stolen Valor two days before Rush made his remarks. Asks Maloney: “Given the overwhelming evidence to support Limbaugh’s contention that he really was talking about phony soldiers who have faked their service, how does the left justify continuing this fabrication?”

The United State’s Attorney’s Office, Western District of Washington, describes Operation Stolen Valor as “a year long effort to investigate and prosecute those who lie about their military service for financial gain or other reasons.”

No doubt, there are characters out there who exaggerate their military service or falsely claim to be veterans. Most of them do it to get financial or medical benefits to which they are not actually entitled, but there are also a few who do it for political reasons or just to get attention. Regardless of their reasons, they are wrong and, in my opinion, should be exposed and prosecuted.

But Limbaugh clearly was not referring to Operation Stolen Valor when he made the “phony soldiers” remark. Read it again:

CALLER 2: No, it’s not, and what’s really funny is, they never talk to real soldiers. They like to pull these soldiers that come up out of the blue and talk to the media.

LIMBAUGH: The phony soldiers.

CALLER 2: The phony soldiers. If you talk to a real soldier, they are proud to serve. They want to be over in Iraq. They understand their sacrifice, and they’re willing to sacrifice for their country.

LIMBAUGH: They joined to be in Iraq. They joined

They’re obviously referring to soldiers who don’t think we should be in Iraq. Soldiers who speak out against the war. Soldiers like Jon Soltz and Alex Horton and those at VoteVets.org, as well as the many troops and veterans who have emailed me since I started this site, who make clear that Michelle Malkin does not speak for them.

Rush Limbaugh called all of them phony soldiers. Just like he smeared Paul Hackett, calling him a “staff puke”, and accusing him of going to Iraq to “pad the resume'”.

Michelle Malkin can spin all she likes but it is as clear as day that Rush Limbaugh thinks any soldier who doesn’t agree with him on Iraq is a “phony soldier”. That’s exactly what he said and that’s exactly what he meant.


  1. Michelle thinks it’s fine to attack any GI that doesn’t share her penchant for other people’s husbands and wives being deployed for 15 months at a time. Here’s some recruiting offices in her neck of the woods. I’ll bet she’ll suddenly develop Agoraphobia. Jesse should get a job or enlist


  2. Rush is dancing hard and Bryan is going out of his way to defend him. It does seem odd since Bryan actually served in the Air Force for a few years. Most of the “MSM” stories regarding the “phony” vets have to do with the people trying to gain benefits they aren’t entitled to, making them the least likely of people to voice their politics.
    Bryan, MM, et al focus on the vets back from the war who speak out against it. This makes them traitors and the usual list of invectives the far right likes to throw out at them.
    Rush got caught and he knows it. Bryan is worried this is the slippery slope toward shutting down free speech for conservatives…. Geez!

  3. Rush has blown it yet again. Apparently there was an incident at the Oakland airport where the troop transport was delayed for three hours and the troops didn’t allow them to go in the terminal. One of the troops emailed someone and said it “felt like we were being spit upon”. Rush has something on his site alluding to a spit on the troops incident and Malkin characteristically has jumped into the fray.

  4. Rush explained many times he was talking not just about McBeth when he used the term “phony soldiers”. He was referring to others who lied about their military service — ie., Harkin, Kerry and Murtha.

    What’s the big deal? It’s not even a stretch.

    The long and short of it is that Rush does in fact support U.S. military. He has no qualms about any service member who’s honest about their record — whether they agree with our presense in Iraq or not.

    It’s an issue of truth vs. lies here. And 99 percent of active military personnel will tell you Rush is foursquare and telling the truth.

    That’s pretty much end of story.

    Soros, democrats, liberals haven’t learned yet it’s not wise to pick on Rush.

  5. I’d be more impressed if Rush had actually served himself. Odd that the only “phony soldiers” he criticizes just happen to be against the war. Not surprisingly he has no proof about Murtha or Kerry, only speculation. Harkin made claims he shouldn’t have but that doesn’t take away from the actual service he gave to his country.
    I’m a vet and will tell you that I wouldn’t publicly criticize the service of another vet under any circumstance. I’ll talk about their political positions all day long but that is where I draw a line.
    The bottom line is that unless a person has served they have absolutely no business EVER making a judgment on the character of the service of a vet and for those who have served they should have the common decency and respect to keep those judgments to themselves.
    Rush was out of line and flip flopped better than Kerry ever could. He will be out of line again when it serves his purposes for ratings or attention.

  6. I found a couple of interesting facts about “support the troops” Limbaugh and Coulter.
    has a very telling bit about Rush and his deferment and disqualification for military service. Seems the ol boy wasn’t that hot to jump into the war.

    As for Annie,
    according to Wikipedia (in 1997)
    “Eight months later, Coulter’s relationship with MSNBC ended permanently after she tangled with a disabled Vietnam veteran on the air. Robert Muller, co-founder of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, asserted that “in 90 percent of the cases that U.S. soldiers got blown up [in Vietnam] — Ann, are you listening? — they were our own mines.” (Muller was paraphrasing a 1969 Pentagon report that found that 90 percent of the components used in enemy mines came from U.S. duds and refuse.) Coulter averted her eyes and responded sarcastically: “No wonder you guys lost.”

    Once again people need to be very careful about who they choose to blindly follow as their paragon of truth, light and justice.

  7. Mary,

    Apologies, I didn’t catch you had the link under the title for Rush. Sorry about that.

  8. “Phony Soldiers” are an amazing phenomenon, democrat or not. This CBS article should lend an air of credibility.


    By and large, these guys are a pretty sorry lot. It’s surprising CBS would include Dan Rather.

    It’s hard to argue Rush did not lump McBeth into this bunch of miserable jackals.

  9. Hannible,

    I don’t buy it. The article you referenced describes the real problem about “phony soldiers” but Rush’s meaning was pretty clear. Coulter, Rush and Malkin ONLY care about the troops who don’t disagree with the war. That’s the benchmark for them, nothing else.