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Rush Limbaugh and Phony Soldiers

Saturday, October 06, 2007 in My Opinions and Rantings (Views: 4924)
I've heard a lot about this whole Rush Limbaugh "Phony Soldier" comment - which to my understanding was about a soldier who claimed to have a purple heart, and didn't. As a matter of fact, the soldier in question (named Jesse MacBeth) was dishonorably discharged after 44 days.

The best account of former soldier Jesse MacBeth can be found on Wikipedia, but I will copy the text below to sum it up...

Click here for a link to Wikipedia, complete with footnotes and references on this nutcase.

Jesse Adam Macbeth (b. Jesse Adam Al-Zaid, in 1984) is a civilian anti-war protester 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 in Iraq. 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, alternative 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 and, 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.

A little of my feelings for Rush Limbaugh - really I don't have too many. I remember him being unique and different with his television program in the early 90's. He was funny, and well, to coin the phrase right on a lot of things about former President Clinton and the democrat party. I found him more entertaining than most, and in a way, probably hold him responsible for why my needle falls to the republican side more often than not. The phony fireplace is something that will always stick in my mind (if you don't know what this means, don't ask).

When Limbaugh had his issue with prescription drugs, really I was indifferent and somewhat disappointed in him at the same time - but it had been quite a while since I had watched or heard anything from him...

So did he slam the soldiers? I am inclined to believe he didn't - but how I feel hardly matters in this case. What I believe happened is an opportunity for the media circus to come to town so to speak. Let's face it, there is truth to the media spinning things to make their viewers/listeners/readers believe what they want them to believe.

I don't think there is much more to say except encourage you to click the link for Jesse MacBeth above (interesting reading) and leave you from a quote from former President Ronald Reagan - "Trust, but verify."


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