Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Is Blumenthal a liar, truth stretcher, or clueless about his military service?

Attorney General Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut has been seen saying he served in Vietnam. This is a false statement. He never served in Vietnam. Blumenthal is running for the US Senate.

Does this statement matter? Blumenthal is trying to say that what he really meant was he served in the military during the Vietnam War. Well, that's anywhere near what he said. The tape is clear. He states he served in Vietnam, even making a point with his service.

That's the part that's troubling. Not necessarily lying about military service. Lots of people do that. It's the context of Blumenthal's statement.

Here is his statement exactly:
"We have learned something important since the days that I served in Vietnam. 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."

Blumenthal was trying to score political points with his statement. That is not to be taken lightly. Blumenthal has never served in any other venue except the east coast of the United States.

Padding your military service is one thing. Lying and using it to make a political gain is clearly going over the boundary of good sense.

What kind of senator do you want?

However, we need to watch ourselves as well. We don't want to hang people on words spoken in the heat of a campaign. Many errors are made. Is this complete fabrication worthy of him not serving? We will let the people of Connecticut make that judgment.

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