Yesterday, right wing radio host Rush Limbaugh callously referred to American service members who favor withdrawing from Iraq as “phony soldiers.” Also yesterday, 341 members of the House voted to condemn MoveOn.org and any effort to attack the honor and integrity of all members of the United States Armed Forces. On the floor of the House today, Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) asked whether those who condemned MoveOn would now “hold Rush Limbaugh to the same standard”:
Soldiers may question the war, but it does not mean that they’re any less committed to their mission, and now I wonder if Republicans who showed so much outrage towards MoveOn.org yesterday will hold Rush Limbaugh to the same standard — and I wouldn’t hold your breath.
UPDATE: Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-PA), an Iraq war veteran, released a statement slamming Limbaugh too:
Someone should tell chicken-hawk Rush Limbaugh that the only phonies are those who choose not to serve and then criticize those who do. I served proudly, so did two of my fellow paratroopers in the 82nd Airborne who spoke out and died just weeks ago. Generations of American veterans have worn the uniform with pride and we know it is no contradiction to serve your country and still disagree with the Bush-civilian leadership that mismanaged this war.
Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) forcefully responds here.