August 25, 2004

This is the article about Kerry's first Purple Heart...

...that Drudge was alluding to yesterday.

A primary claim against Mr. Kerry by the Swift Boat Veterans is that Mr. Kerry's first Purple Heart — awarded for action on Dec. 2, 1968 — did not involve the enemy and that Mr. Kerry's wounds that day were unintentionally self-inflicted.


Mr. Kerry has claimed that he faced his "first intense combat" that day, returned fire, and received his "first combat related injury." A journal entry Mr. Kerry wrote Dec. 11, however, raises questions about what really happened nine days earlier. "A cocky feeling of invincibility accompanied us up the Long Tau shipping channel because we hadn't been shot at yet, and Americans at war who haven't been shot at are allowed to be cocky," wrote Mr. Kerry, according the book "Tour of Duty" by friendly biographer Douglas Brinkley.

I suppose it could just be he and his stringer suck as history writers... because they were crafting the tale, rather than telling the tale - an important distinction. Go where the data leads you, don't force the data to where you want it to go... unless you're Paul Krugman.

The Swift Boat Veterans say that means Mr. Kerry is now backing off of his first Purple Heart claim, just as he has apparently changed his claim that he spent Christmas 1968 on an operation in Cambodia.


Go read the whole thing, rather than the bits I've snipped.

Gee, Senator - if this *is* true, and you essentially falsified the record in order to score the Purple Heart, which you then used to leave combat early... well, that just supports everything I've said about John Kerry and his service in Vietnam already.

Comments on This is the article about Kerry's first Purple Heart...
Sergeant Major V briefed on August 25, 2004 10:35 AM

From the same article is this nifty little bit:

"A Kerry campaign official, speaking on background, told The Washington Times yesterday that the "we" in the passage from Mr. Kerry's journal refers to "the crew on Kerry's first swift boat, operating as a crew" rather than Mr. Kerry himself."

and, "Mr. Kerry's campaign could not say definitively whether he did receive enemy fire that day."

I wasn't there so I can't question the events, however, the sophistry reminds me of "It depends on what your definition of is is."


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