By John W. Lillpop
In 2004, America rejected Democrat presidential candidate John Kerry for, among other things, lies and exaggerations about his service in Vietnam.
Democrats still fume about the Swift-boating of their “Reporting for Duty” candidate who has repeatedly threatened a law suit to set the record straight, but who has thus far been too busy mooching off Teresa Heinz and working against America in the U.S. Senate to actually take the time to clear his name.
Notwithstanding the vast disparity between the truth and John Kerry’s actual war record, there is ample evidence to support the fact that Kerry did, in fact, serve in Viet Nam, said service earning him military medals which Kerry ultimately tossed over a White House fence to protest America’s involvement in the war.
But at least Kerry was physically in Viet Nam when hostilities were taking place there.
The same apparently can not be said for another Democrat candidate for high public office.
That would be Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal who is now running for the seat in the U.S. Senate being vacated by (thank God!) Christopher Dodd.
As reported in the New York Times, that renowned mouthpiece for America’s vast right wing conspiracy, Mr. Blumenthal is caught in a gaggle of lies concerning his military service in Viet Nam more than 30 years ago.
An Attorney General with a history of lying? Well, yes, that makes perfect sense for an AG who also happens to be a Democrat!
The story, in part, from the New York Times (1):
“At a ceremony honoring veterans and senior citizens who sent presents to soldiers overseas, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut rose and spoke of an earlier time in his life.
“We have learned something important since the days that I served in Vietnam,” Mr. Blumenthal said to the group gathered in Norwalk in March 2008. “And you exemplify it. Whatever we think about the war, whatever we call it — Afghanistan or Iraq — we owe our military men and women unconditional support.”
“There was one problem: Mr. Blumenthal, a Democrat now running for the United States Senate, never served in Vietnam. He obtained at least five military deferments from 1965 to 1970 and took repeated steps that enabled him to avoid going to war, according to records.
“The deferments allowed Mr. Blumenthal to complete his studies at Harvard; pursue a graduate fellowship in England; serve as a special assistant to The Washington Post’s publisher, Katharine Graham; and ultimately take a job in the Nixon White House.”
Five military deferments and repeated steps that enabled him to avoid going to war?
Well, at least Blumenthal was “cunning” in his earlier days; unfortunately, his type of cunning is exactly what Connecticut was counting on to be rid of with Chris Dodd’s departure!