10 Questions For Rush Limbaugh
TIME has 10 Questions For Rush Limbaugh
We lost over 1,000 soldiers in a training mission for D-day. A training mission! If we had had the kind of scrutiny in World War II that we have today, we wouldn’t have won it.
This is a startling statistic that I’d never encountered previously. The best I can determine, he’s talking about the Exercise TIGER tragedy of April 28, 1944:
Practice landings off the British coast were meant to prepare the U.S. military for the real thing on Utah Beach in Normandy. Suddenly, in the 2 a.m. darkness, the maneuvers became all too real when nine German gunboats sliced through the lightly guarded convoy and torpedoed three lumbering American Landing Ship Tanks (LSTs).
Seven hundred and forty nine servicemen died as a result of the German attack.
Considering that we’ve lost only slightly more than that in the Iraq War to date, Rush’s point is reasonable (indeed, I’ve made a similar one), even if his numbers are off.
Via Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire