Recently on Ebay, a letter signed by 41 Democratic Senators including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, Joe Biden and Barbara Boxer. It sold on Ebay for $2.1 million to benefit the Marine corps Law Enforcement Foundation. They will provide scholarships for children of those killed in action, according to the buyer, the Eugene B. Casey Foundation.
The cover page said, in part, “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.”
The letter was significant because it specifically took exception to Limbaugh’s use of the words “phony soldiers” when referring to those in uniform who advocate US withdrawal from Iraq on his radio call-in show. Many op-ed pieces and articles later appeared from soldiers who also vehemently disagreed with the phrase, including some 82nd Airborne soldiers (of whom I was once one myself) serving in Iraq who wrote an op-ed piece in the New York Times strongly disagreeing with that phrase. Two of the contributors to that article were subsequently killed in action in Iraq within a week of the op-ed article’s release.