My brother Rush has nothing for which to apologize concerning the left's maliciously manufactured "phony soldier" scandal. He said nothing wrong and his accusers know it. There is no gray area here.
Rush is fraudulently accused of calling soldiers who oppose the Iraq war "phony soldiers." On his September 26 show, he referred to men, like Jesse MacBeth, who lied about their service in Iraq and went on to impugn the service of those who actually have served there as "phony soldiers."
Two days before, on September 24, Rush recorded his "Morning Update," which aired on September 25 and mirrored an ABC "World News with Charles Gibson" piece that used the phrase "phony heroes" three times and "phonies" once to describe men like MacBeth who falsely claim to be veterans. Rush noted that the anti-war left makes celebrities of such frauds who falsely claim to have witnessed American soldiers committing atrocities in Iraq.
In his dialogue with the caller "Mike in Chicago" on the 26th, Rush used the phrase "phony soldiers," clearly referring to -- in Mike's words -- "soldiers that come up out of the blue." Rush never stated or remotely implied that any soldiers other than those who had been caught in such fabrications are phony. He did not say, would not say and never has said that soldiers who oppose the war are phony soldiers -- because he doesn't believe it.
Rush honors all U.S. soldiers for their courage and sacrifice, and because they represent the primary institution -- the United States military -- that safeguards the precious liberty that makes America the greatest nation in the world. The soldiers' beliefs are the soldiers' business, and Rush respects and appreciates their service irrespective of those beliefs -- a fact I affirm based on 54 years of firsthand knowledge. He has a 20-year record on nationally syndicated radio demonstrating his unqualified devotion to America's fighting men and women.
Certain commentators, like Geraldo Rivera on "Hannity and Colmes," have said Rush could clear up this whole matter simply by acknowledging the ambiguity in his words and apologizing for any misunderstanding.
Let me be clear, unambiguous and unequivocal here. Rush should neither apologize for saying something he did not say nor acknowledge an ambiguity that does not exist. Few things are worse than being falsely accused, and an apology from Rush under these circumstances would be dishonest and destructive, and would legitimize the despicable actions of his accusers.