OK, I get to put in. I am a Vietnam Vet (66-67) with the Vietnam Service Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Medal. I saw action almost every day for a year and was not permitted a combat medal because I was a peon and not infantry but direct support. (ah, the smell of flares and napalm in the morning!)
You guys keep talking about the horrible thought of putting soldiers in harms way and how horrible war is etc. The fact is that many who serve in the military are warriors. They want war and some even thrive on war. Get a clue. The human race is full of warriors and will continue to be. Many people have become warriors for various reasons. Some noble, some not. Many who have been in war have been courageous and some have not. Some war is justified and some isn’t. Nations have gone to war simply to conquer or for even much less since warriors have existed. I’m not for war anymore but it really sounds like many of those who are against war are really a bunch of sniveling whiners who do not undestand the warrior class. On the other hand some who take a militant tact against US war interests are warriors themselves, just for another cause.
Fact is that Kerry is seeking to portray himself as a courageous war hero to cater to the right and he is seeking too, at the same time, reap the benefits of his anti-war record after he served. I think if there is any credibility gap it should be exposed for obvious reasons no matter who backs it. The guy was a medal freak while he was there. To be honest with you, there wasn’t a single soldier in my outfit or that I was acquainted with over there, especially my close friend who handled the body bags, who ever even mentioned or thought about medals. Kerry had an ego agenda from way back and wanted to use it for his political ends. Fine. But at least be genuine. He is willing to falsify the records for mere medals, what would he do with the chance for real power? Spooky to me. How’d a guy like that make so deep into the political arena. Very spooky to me.
For the record, I am not a republican and I am completely disenfranchised with the system - just a humble law abiding peasant.
*the ox quickly stampedes to the stall and hides his horns under a bale of hay.