Friday, October 12, 2007

Bob Casey signs Congressional Letter condemning Rush Limbaugh

Bob Casey signs Congressional Letter condemning Rush Limbaugh







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The text of the letter is below and attached:


October 2, 2007


Mr. Mark P. Mays

CEO, Clear Channel Communications Inc.

200 East Basse Road

San Antonio, TX 78209


Dear Mr. Mays,


At the time we sign this letter, 3,808 American soldiers have been killed in Iraq, and another 28,009 have been wounded. 160,000 others awoke this morning on foreign sand, far from home, to face the danger and uncertainty of another day at war.


Although Americans of goodwill debate the merits of this war, we can all agree that those who serve with such great courage deserve our deepest respect and gratitude. That is why Rush Limbaugh’s recent characterization of troops who oppose the war as “phony soldiers” is such an outrage.


Our troops are fighting and dying to bring to others the freedoms that many take for granted. It is unconscionable that Mr. Limbaugh would criticize them for exercising the fundamentally American right to free speech. Mr. Limbaugh has made outrageous remarks before, but this affront to our soldiers is beyond the pale.


The military, like any community within the United States, includes members both for and against the war. Senior generals, such as General John Batiste and Paul Eaton, have come out against the war while others have publicly supported it. A December 2006 poll conducted by the Military Times found just 35 percent of service members approved of President Bush’s handling of the war in Iraq, compared to 42 percent who disapproved. From this figure alone, it is clear that Mr. Limbaugh’s insult is directed at thousands of American service members.


Active and retired members of our armed forces have a unique perspective on the war and offer a valuable contribution to our national debate. In August, seven soldiers wrote an op-ed expressing their concern with the current strategy in Iraq. Tragically, since then, two of those seven soldiers have made the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq.


Thousands of active troops and veterans were subjected to Mr. Limbaugh’s unpatriotic and indefensible comments on your broadcast. We trust you will agree that not a single one of our sons, daughters, neighbors and friends serving overseas is a “phony soldier.” We call on you to publicly repudiate these comments that call into question their service and sacrifice and to ask Mr. Limbaugh to apologize for his comments.




Senator Harry Reid, Majority Leader

Senator Richard Durbin, Assistant Majority Leader

Senator Charles Schumer, Vice Chairman, Democratic Conference

Senator Patty Murray, Secretary, Democratic Conference

Senator Daniel Akaka

Senator Max Baucus

Senator Joseph Biden

Senator Barbara Boxer

Senator Sherrod Brown

Senator Robert Byrd

Senator Benjamin Cardin

Senator Tom Carper

Senator Bob Casey

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton

Senator Kent Conrad

Senator Christopher Dodd

Senator Byron Dorgan

Senator Dianne Feinstein

Senator Tom Harkin

Senator Daniel Inouye

Senator Edward M. Kennedy

Senator John Kerry

Senator Amy Klobuchar

Senator Mary Landrieu

Senator Frank Lautenberg

Senator Patrick Leahy

Senator Carl Levin

Senator Blanche Lincoln

Senator Bob Menendez

Senator Barbara Mikulski

Senator Bill Nelson

Senator Barack Obama

Senator Jack Reed

Senator Jay Rockefeller

Senator Ken Salazar

Senator Bernie Sanders

Senator Debbie Stabenow

Senator Jon Tester

Senator Jim Webb

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse

Senator Ron Wyden





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