Loving The Troops, One Day A Year
No, it's not the Oxycontin. Drugs.com lists numerous physical side effects of the drug, as well as confusion and mental or mood changes- but not a thing about forgetfulness.
Nor is it likely attributable to dementia. Rush Limbaugh is only 60 years of age, so his faulty recollection of past statements must stem from some other cause. Nevertheless, today, Limbaugh took a moment off from racially-saturated attacks on the President of the United States to wax patriotic, stating
People in the United States military are a select, very small, unique bunch of people. They do things that 99% of the country wouldn't do -- in fact, more than 99% -- and they do it better than anybody else in the world does it. They are besmirched politically, sometimes they are a football that gets kicked around, but never here on this program. This is Veterans Day.
They are besmirched politically, sometimes they are a football that gets kicked around, but never here on this program. It was a little more than four years ago, on September 26, 2007 that Limbaugh was talking to a caller who identified himself as "military" and a Republican and wanted the U.S. to pull out of Iraq. Media Matters at the time had the full explanation, though this is the relevant portion from Rush's program:
RUSH: There's a lot more than that that they don't understand. The next guy that calls here I'm going to ask them, "What is the imperative of pulling out? What's in it for the United States to pull out?" I don't think they have an answer for that other than, "When's he going to bring the troops home? Keep the troops safe," whatever.
RUSH: It's not possible intellectually to follow these people.
CALLER: No, it's not. And what's really funny is they never talk to real soldiers. They pull these soldiers that come up out of the blue and spout to the media.
RUSH: The phony soldiers.
Rush Limbaugh just loves the "people in the military"- as long as he believes they agree with him politically. The others, not so much.