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Will the Lawmakers Who Attacked MoveOn Condemn Limbaugh?

Faiz Shakir: For all the Senators who rushed to make political hay over an empty resolution, the spotlight is on them.
 
 
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This post, written by Faiz Shakir, originally appeared on Think Progress

On September 20, 72 Senators voted for the highly politicized, " bait and switch" resolution that condemned a newspaper ad by MoveOn.org. The amendment, offered by Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), expressly stated that the Senate would condemn "any effort to attack the honor and integrity" of " all members of the United States Armed Forces"

(b) Sense of Senate.-It is the sense of the Senate-

(1) to reaffirm its support for all the men and women of the United States Armed Forces, including General David H. Petraeus, Commanding General, Multi-National Force-Iraq;

(2) to strongly condemn any effort to attack the honor and integrity of General Petraeus and all the members of the United States Armed Forces ; and

(3) to specifically repudiate the unwarranted personal attack on General Petraeus by the liberal activist group Moveon.org.

On his radio show yesterday, right-wing radio host Rush Limbaugh attacked the "honor and integrity" of some members of the Armed Forces. Limbaugh attacked troops who hold a different viewpoint than his own as " phony soldiers." Iraq war vet Jon Soltz writes that Limbaugh's comments are directed at " the majority of troops on the ground in Iraq" because they "do not back the President's failed policy."

Faiz Shakir is the Research Director at the Center for American Progress and serves as Editor of ThinkProgress.org and The Progress Report.

 
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