I'm not really sure if Rush Limbaugh believes the stuff he spews, but one has to think he does on some level. I've been told "he's an entertainer first" by too many people. Even if that's true there's really no way to do what he does, and I did, and not believe most of it.
I just heard his show for maybe the third time since he got off crack, and man was it funny.
He was actually attempting to make the argument that "the people on the left" are so willing to assume the Iraqi that was killed by a US Soldier was innocent, and the soldier automatically guilty. Well, that's a big leap even for Rush.
Before Rush launched into his little speech against "the left" he told the audience that he was never a soldier, nor had any part of his life involved combat on any level, but since that's the case he has done his best to "learn about" all the things a soldier deals with, like boot camp, etc.
If this were true, and he truly is concerned, he would have joined the military. That's Bullshit Rush Argument #1. His only concern is using soldiers to help push his own agenda: more money for Rush, and like minded scum.
The case of the soldier being investigated, and the death of a militant is not mutually exclusive. In fact, the two are totally independent of each other. Both can be wrong! If the US Soldier is guilty of a war crime that does not exhonerate the militant who was trying to kill him. However, the US is SUPPOSED to have higher standards, and when someone is on the floor, wounded, and not a threat, a US Soldier is not supposed to kill the militant in cold blood. That's what this case is about, obviously.
Rush went on to say that it's the people on the left who want to use this case to bash George W. Bush who they have never seen as legitimate. Well, sure, they may not view him as legitimate, but it's more so the war itself that many people do not view as legitimate, but those two things are also independent. Furthermore, I haven't heard anyone on the left talking about this case on any level, and yet Rush is doing a show on it. Have you heard "the left" talking about what should happen to this soldier? Is there a particular person speaking for us?
Well, that's the point: give the minions talking points and opinions before they even hear the story on the evening news.
The grandest part of Rush was when he said it's the people on the "left" (again, i know, it's crazy) who didn't want us seeing images of "the falling towers on 9/11" and the "pictures of what's happening around the world."
According to Rush, all they want to see is the pictures of "Abu Gharib" and "photos of US Soldiers committing crimes." It's truly amazing because I think he actually believes this.
Truth is, it's the people on the left who have asked to see the soldiers coming home to Dover in flag-draped coffins. It's the people on the left who want the government to stop planting war images and imbedding reporters, and it's the people on the left that want every image from war shown on television so the people at home know exactly what it is they are voting for.
With regard to this case, I agree with Rush that it's crazy for anyone on the left, or the right (he didn't say that), to say this soldier, or any soldier, is guilty of a crime without going through the legal process. Granted, it does not look good in this particular case, but the soldier still deserves the benefit of the doubt.
We cannot sit at home, or at our desks, and pretend to understand what is going through the mind of a soldier whose job it is to kill militants, and clear the area. All the while, the soldier gets maybe 3 hours of sleep, and is being shot at for days on end. I can see how a soldier can build up a hatred for his/her enemy, and how things can get out of control. It's only natural. But seriously, Rush and like-minded fools, Abu Gharib, and other events were not similar to this case.
It's too bad President Bush put the soldiers into this unwinnable war, for a pussy like him (or Rush) would never be as brave as any of these soldiers, regardless of how much they try to "learn about it."