Phony Patriot Attacks Rush Limbaugh Over Phony Soldiers

No wonder Senator Harkin was so angry at Rush Limbaugh’s attacks on “phony soldiers”…
Rush was talking about him!

Senator Harkin lashed out at Rush Limbaugh today on the floor of the Senate:

Well, I don’t know. Maybe he was just high on his drugs again. I don’t know whether he was or not. If so, he ought to let us know. But that shouldn’t be an excuse.

Nice. But, considering Harkin’s phony soldier duty claims it only makes sense that he would be angry at Rush:

In Mr. Harkin’s case, the questions that have lingered longest concern his Navy record. Mr. Harkin did serve in the Navy during the Vietnam era, but exactly what he did, and for how long, remain a matter of some dispute.
“After I got out of college,” he says in his standard stump speech, “I spent eight years, eight months and eight days as a Navy pilot.” His military record, though, shows he served five years on active duty, from Nov. 21, 1962, until Nov. 30, 1967. The senator arrives at the eight-year figure by adding on three years in the ready reserve. Mr. Harkin’s military record, acquired by The Wall Street Journal through a Freedom of Information request, shows he remained active in the reserves, ready or not, until Oct. 1, 1989, retiring with the rank of commander.

“I’m right,” Mr. Harkin says. “I was a Navy flyer for eight years, eight months and eight days. I have a certificate to prove it.”

What he did while on active duty is even more confusing. In 1979, Mr. Harkin, then a congressman, participated in a round-table discussion arranged by the Congressional Vietnam Veterans’ Caucus. “I spent five years as a Navy pilot, starting in November of 1962,” Mr. Harkin said at that meeting, in words that were later quoted in a book, Changing of the Guard, by Washington Post political writer David Broder. “One year was in Vietnam. I was flying F-4s and F-8s on combat air patrols and photo-reconnaissance support missions. I did no bombing.”

It also appears that Tom Harkin’s staff do not want you to know that Tom Harkin made up phony stories about his military service:


While running for his Senate seat in 1984, and again while running for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1992, Harkin has faced criticism for claiming that he had flown combat missions over North Vietnam. In a 1979 round table discussion with other Congressional Veterans, Harkin said of his service as a Navy pilot: “One year was in Vietnam. I was flying F-4s and F-8s on combat air patrols and photo-reconnaissance support missions”. These comments were later published in a 1981 book by David Broder. After subsequent inquiries by Barry Goldwater and The Wall Street Journal, Harkin clarified that that he had been stationed in Japan and sometimes flew recently repaired aircraft on test missions over Vietnam. His service flying F-4s and F-8s was later, while he was stationed in Cuba. References to this controversy were deleted from Wikipedia by staffers from Harkin’s senate office. [1]

Michelle Malkin and Glenn Reynolds have more on Tom Harkin’s phony past.

Meanwhile… Rep. Jack Kingston today proposed legislation to commend “Rush Hudson Limbaugh III for his ongoing public support of American troops serving both here and abroad.”

And… Of course, democratic attack dogs want to silence Rush and ban him from the military airwaves… Even though he was secured an hour of programming on the Armed Forces Radio network, because the troops requested it.

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