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RUSH: Nancy in Columbia, South Carolina. Hello and welcome.

CALLER: Thank you, Rush, for taking my call. I really appreciate it.

RUSH: You bet.

CALLER: I’m a proud aunt and godmother of an Army Airborne Ranger, Michael Behenna, first lieutenant. My question is: How am I supposed to celebrate Independence Day when we send our troops overseas, and then we persecute and then prosecute them for doing their job, and we lock ’em up in Leavenworth. I have a nephew serving 25 years for defending himself in a war zone over in Iraq against a known Al-Qaeda member. So how do I celebrate independence when he fights for our freedom and justice, and he doesn’t get it himself?

RUSH: Well, I’d be celebrating it in anger.

CALLER: Yeah, it’s been a battle. You know, my American freedoms — everything that I’ve taken for granted — has just been shaken to the core, our entire family. I don’t know how to celebrate Independence Day, knowing that he is serving time in Leavenworth. I visited last weekend and had to say good-bye to him. I don’t understand how our government can turn on our troops and prosecute them, withhold evidence from their defense that shows they were defending themselves in a war zone in Iraq against known Al-Qaeda. Isn’t that why we sent them there to fight for our freedom?

RUSH: I would love to be able to comment. I don’t know the specifics of the case, but I understand the grief and the anger that you face. We all felt it when people like Jack Murtha falsely accused Marines of engaging in murder and rape in Haditha — and John Kerry. In a general sense, our own State Department (and in certain places our own military) is going out of its way to show that we don’t mean any harm or insult to Islamofascists. I have no idea whether any of that is a factor in the case that you’re describing, without knowing any of the specifics of it, but it’s just another one of the things that is 180 degrees out of phase that seems to be totally out of whack. That’s just one of many examples. If I were in your shoes, if what you say about it is accurate, I’d be frustrated as I can be. Anyway, thanks for the call. I appreciate it.

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