Military Veterans: used as Political Props?


“On Tuesday, the toll of American dead in Afghanistan passed 1,000, after a suicide bomb in Kabul killed at least five…” Americans. [New York TIMES, May 18]…

Meanwhile, also on Tuesday, in Connecticut, state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal (Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate) — backed by some retired veterans — was defending himself because sometime in the past he claimed more than a couple of times that he had served in Vietnam — he-had-not

   Richard Blumenthal

On the one hand, mostly young, relatively less educated men and women died in Vietnam and are dying in Iraq and Afghanistan: for the most part dying without much recognition of their sacrifice, forgotten men and women other than to their families and friends…  On the other hand, Mr. Blumenthal — educated, prosperous, well-known — simply says that he “…misspoke…” but declines to apologize for his misrepresentations, parsing words by saying he “regrets” misspeaking — as if playing with words will spare him… 

Some people actually were and are in combat zones and paid and are paying a real price…  Not him, though…

Not so fast, Mr. Blumenthal.  Isn’t it now time or time long past due for voters to reject or vote the rascals out, especially those who use veterans’ issues and veterans’ organizations as props to promote themselves into political office or to propel themselves to higher political positions?

Those in Connecticut and else where who care about fairness and are tired of politics-as-usual can vote a clear and resounding message to people such as Mr. Blumenthal and to all prevaricators that their jig is up — all who served, those who were wounded in faraway lands, the more than 1,000 who have died in Afghanistan, plus the 1,000s in Iraq, as well as the more than 50,000 who died in Vietnam deserve better…                                         (See what his opponent said) / and / New York TIMES Op Ed contributor // Again, Mr. Blumenthal, the “jig is up”

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4 Responses

  1. More historical news stories surface about Connecticut Attorney General Blumenthal misrepresenting Vietnam service — at bottom of May 19 post: “Again, Mr. Blumenthal, the ‘jig is up'”…

  2. An Op Ed narrative in the New York TIMES today gives a synopsis of how various people, including Connecticut Attorney General Blumenthal, might rationalize not having served in Vietnam — Op Ed contribution appears at bottom of main post…

  3. Mr. Blumenthal should be a stand up person and apologize. Not just say I miss-spoke. He knows what he did was wrong, but wanted to show himself as a great American and he probably had someone help him get into the reserves. If he is such a great American than admit his mistakes and apologize to all Veterans. The men standing up for him are just being taken advantage of. You can serve your country in many but saying that he served in VietNam when he didn’t is just wrong. Too many lost their lives in VietNam. I would never vote for this man or anybody like him.

  4. Currently, my Kindergarten granddaughter has been practicing deception techniques, i.e. she asked for yellow cheese for a snack. Decided she would rather have white cheese, hid the yellow cheese in the trash, covered it up with a piece of paper, told me she had eaten that yellow cheese and now wanted white cheese. I know how long long it takes her to eat something she doesn’t like…the time frame was all wrong, and I found the hidden yellow cheese in the trash. Busted.

    At some time in every child’s life they make a conscious decision to either be a truth-teller, or to take short cuts, and lie, as the situation arises. People carry that decision through all their developmental stages.

    Mr. Blumenthal is accomplished, he even has his excuses, “I misspoke,” at-the-ready. His alleged VietNam war experience is not his first excursion into situational non-truths.

    Now that we know Mr. Blumenthal is not a truth-teller, what is the solution to this situation?. Quien Sabe?

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