Maher Accused of Treason for Criticizing Military’s Abysmal Recruitment Record

The truth hurts. Rightwingers are such whiners. They always blame the messenger rather than dealing with the real problem:

Comedian Bill Maher’s mouth has landed him in hot water–again.

Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.) says Maher’s comment on HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher” May 13, that the U.S. military has already recruited all the “low-lying fruit,” is possibly treasonous and at least grounds to cancel the show.

“More people joined the Michael Jackson fan club,” Maher said of the Army’s low recruitment numbers for April. “We’ve done picked all the low-lying Lynndie England fruit, and now we need warm bodies.”

England was accused of abusing prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

“I think it borders on treason,” Bachus said. “In treason, one definition is to undermine the effort or national security of our country.”

In a statement released Monday, Maher defended his support for the U.S. armed forces.

I agree with the proposal that has been floating around that we should call on leaders like Rep. Bacchus – as well as the Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Perle et al families – to “volunteer” their own children and grandchildren to fight in Iraq. They won’t, of course, because their patriotism and its attendant love for the Iraqi war stops at the point where they would have to make anything remotely resembling a sacrifice.


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