Spacenurse . . . . . this attack against Rush has been proven untrue.
He was not talking about soldiers who do not agree with our being in Iraq as "phony soldiers" but in soldiers who lie, as in Jesse MacBeth . . in fact, he and the caller to his radio show were speaking about this particular person. I was listening.
Jesse Adam Macbeth
(b. Jesse Adam Al-Zaid
in 1984) is a disgraced former soldier who falsely claimed to be an Army Ranger
and veteran of the Iraq War
. He lied in alternative media
interviews that he and his unit routinely committed war crimes
Transcripts of the video were made in English and Arabic.
According to the U.S. Army, there is no record of Macbeth being a Ranger,
or serving in a combat unit: he was discharged from the service after having been declared unfit or unsuitable for the Army, or both,
before he could complete basic training
After his release from the Army in 2004, Macbeth purported himself to be a veteran, telling war stories and garnering attention from mainstream
and student media
outlets. He joined Iraq Veterans Against the War
in January of 2006,
and represented, or was scheduled to represent them publicly at various events throughout the country;
the organization has since said it does not endorse Macbeth or his accounts of military service.
Accounts in Macbeth's name appear on Military.com
, and both were used to post claims about military service in Iraq.
On September 21, 2007 Macbeth admitted in federal court that he had faked his war record. U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Sullivan declared that Macbeth had been in the Army for just 44 days and had been kicked out as unfit.[
Someone dropped the ball in this increasingly partisan atmosphere where people attack without checking the facts first.
Rush has many folks today coming out to stand up for him . . .including many Democrats and John Warner and many active duty soldiers.
I feel badly for the man in the video - he has been mislead and used.
I am so tired of the attack machine . . . . on both sides. Let us just deal in facts.
The fact is, Rush never ever called soldiers who disagree with the war, "phony soldiers" . . .he called Jesse MacBeth and others like him "phony soldiers".