Monday, August 23, 2004

Kerry Campaign Seems to Acknowledge Some . . . Well, Imprecisions, Shall We Say?

Command Post notes that "the Kerry campaign removed a 20-page batch of documents yesterday from its website after The Boston Globe quoted a Navy officer who said the documents wrongly portrayed Kerry’s service." Read all about it here.

And, as Roger L. Simon notes, Bob Dole seems to have gotten this right:

"One day he's saying that we were shooting civilians, cutting off their
ears, cutting off their heads, throwing away his medals or his ribbons," Dole
said. "The next day he's standing there, 'I want to be president because I'm a
Vietnam veteran.' Maybe he should apologize to all the other 2.5 million
veterans who served. He wasn't the only one in Vietnam," said Dole, whose World
War II wounds left him without the use of his right arm. [Note: After
he was wounded Dole lay on the battlefield for nine hours before being
evacuated. He nearly died, and spent over a year in the hospital after he
got back to the USA. And yet all he ever did was make light of his wartime
sacrifice. He never talked about it.]

Dole added: "And here's, you know, a good guy, a good friend. I respect
his record. But three Purple Hearts and never bled that I know of. I mean,
they're all superficial wounds. Three Purple Hearts and you're out."

I think Dole gets to the heart of it. Kerry sounds like a man who acts
as if he were the only one who served in Vietnam. And for that matter, the only
one who protested the war.


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