Krugman yesterday put Rush Limbaugh's phony troops thing into context:

And Rush Limbaugh — displaying the same style he exhibited in his recent claim that members of the military who oppose the Iraq war are “phony soldiers” and his later comparison of a wounded vet who criticized him for that remark to a suicide bomber — immediately accused Mr. Fox of faking it. “In this commercial, he is exaggerating the effects of the disease. He is moving all around and shaking. And it’s purely an act.” Heh-heh-heh.



That does seem to be the pattern. It seems that, to Rush, it's actually inconceivable that people could be in situations — suffering from disease, being used as pawns in the president's bizarre ego fantasies in Iraq — in which they are appealing to the public for assistance. Anyone doing that must be faking it.

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