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    Senate Candidate Falsely States He Served in Vietnam
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    Written by Jack Kenny
    Tuesday, 18 May 2010 15:50

    When Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal pays tribute to America's war veterans and those now fighting in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, he likes to recall his own service in Vietnam. The only trouble with that reminiscence — and the potential trouble it may cause Blumenthal as a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate — is that he never served in Vietnam.

    The New York Times reported this morning that while Blumenthal has repeatedly either said or implied that he was among those serving in that Southeast Asian war, he received five draft deferments from 1965-1970 before joining a Marine reserve unit in Washington, D.C., that worked on local projects like fixing a campground and running a Toys for Tots campaign. The Times obtained Blumenthal's Selective Service records through a Freedom of Information Act request.

    "We have learned something important since the days that I served in Vietnam," Blumenthal said to a gathering of veterans and senior citizens in Norwalk, Conn., in March of 2008. "Whatever we think about the war, whatever we call it — Afghanistan or Iraq — we owe our military men and women unconditional support." On other occasions, the Times noted, Blumenthal spoke of American servicemen serving in and returning from Vietnam in a way that suggested he was among them, particularly when describing the hostility sometimes vented at military personnel by antiwar groups.

    "I served during the Vietnam era," he recalled at a ceremony at the Veterans War Memorial Building in Shelton in 2008. "I remember the taunts, the insults, sometimes even the physical abuse. Blumenthal told about 100 military families at a support-the-troops rally in Bridgeport in 2003: "When we returned, we saw nothing like this. Let us do better by this generation of men and women."

    Asked about the comments, Blumenthal said he misspoke at the Norwalk event and may have done so on other occasions, but that he had tried to be accurate and straightforward about his military service "out of respect to the veterans who served in Vietnam." Yet the Times noted at least eight articles in Connecticut publications from 2003-2009 that said that the Attorney General had served in Vietnam. One said he was captain of the swim team at Harvard, though in fact he was not on the swim team. Blumenthal said he was "astonished" when he read it.

    His five deferments allowed Blumenthal to complete studies at Harvard, pursue a graduate fellowship in England, serve as special assistant to the publisher of the Washington Post and land a job in the Nixon White House, where he worked as a Special Assistant Daniel Patrick Moynihan, whom he had met on the faculty at Harvard. Other prominent political figures have availed themselves of draft deferments during the Vietnam War, including former President Bill Clinton and former Vice President **** Cheney. But for Blumenthal, the issue may be one of credibility. It calls to mind Joe Biden's delivering as his own nearly verbatim passages of a biographical speech given by British Labor Party leader Neil Kinnock. Biden, then a Senator from Delaware, dropped his quest for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1987 when that revelation was followed by news of his plagiarism in college and of remarks he made inflating his academic achievements. On the other hand, Hillary Clinton's claim that she had come under sniper fire on the tarmac in Bosnia, though proven false, was quickly forgotten during her presidential primary campaign in 2008.

    Elected Attorney General five times, Blumenthal became the favorite to win the Senate seat when fellow Democrat Christopher J. Dodd announced in January he would not seek a sixth term. Dodd, the Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, was plagued by declining poll numbers and news he had received favorable terms on a loan from Countrywide Mortgage Company. Blumenthal was thought to be a sure bet to hold the seat for the Democrats, given his track record in state elections and the fact that he wouldn't be carrying the baggage that Dodd had acquired. But his lackluster performance in a debate with a little-known primary opponent and his misrepresentations of his military service may have cast some doubt over his candidacy. He scheduled an event with veterans this afternoon to address the issues raised in the Times article.

    Republican candidates appeared to welcome the news, but were cautious in responding to it. Professional wrestling promoter Linda McMahon posted the Times story on her website without comment. Former Congressman Rob Simmons, whose website says he served 19 months in Vietnam, earning two Bronze Stars, offered the following statement: "As someone who served, I respect Richard Blumenthal for wearing the uniform, but I am deeply troubled by allegations that he has misrepresented his service."
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    He's a Lyin' Bastid. What he's done is known as "reflected glory", and he should hang his head in shame!! I served during Viet Nam, and I can tell you positively that I make a clear distinction between MY service and what it could have been...and whenever I talk about it it's ALWAYS in my mind that I served DURING...not IN...it's never out of my consciousness! From what he's done, I wouldn't be surprised to learn that he has no military experience at all! He should be tarred and feathered.

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    YouTube - Johnny Wright - Hello Vietnam (Full Metal Jacket)

    Ah, what is a little white lie? He is a politician.

    There are people here claiming to be former law enforcement officers. Retired E-9 Marines, combat medics and such.
    The world is full of liars.


    My hat is off to all who served during that time. In country and out.

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    I saw his news conference this morning with a group of Marines from a local VFW. They were trying to give him a free pass on this. He said he misspoke when he made those statements. BS! Like they say, if you tell a lie long enough you believe it!
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    If you were in RVN during the war, you could NOT "mis-speak" about it. He's a fraud, and a liar. Even the USMC has it's embarrassments.
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    Blumenthal went before the press along with some former military men and supporters. It was a great show. Maybe tomorrow the swim team will join him on stage?

    Unfortunately, one of the democratic supporters on stage with him lied about his military service, too.

    Blumenthal’s military buddy on stage is William Joseph Trumpower, aka Elliott Storm, a POW HALL OF SHAME wearing medals he didnt earn.
    WILLIAM JOSEPH TRUMPOWER

  8. Quote Originally Posted by HK4U View Post
    he likes to recall his own service in Vietnam. The only trouble with that reminiscence — and the potential trouble it may cause Blumenthal as a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate — is that he never served in Vietnam.
    What a schmuck.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ektarr View Post
    He's a Lyin' Bastid. What he's done is known as "reflected glory",
    Never heard that term before. I've heard of stolen valor, though...isn't this the same thing? Or no?

    Quote Originally Posted by Red Hat View Post
    They were trying to give him a free pass on this.
    Why?? Why would they let that pass?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jay View Post
    Even the USMC has it's embarrassments.
    At times.

    Quote Originally Posted by rocknrod View Post
    Unfortunately, one of the democratic supporters on stage with him lied about his military service, too.

    Blumenthal’s military buddy on stage is William Joseph Trumpower, aka Elliott Storm, a POW HALL OF SHAME wearing medals he didnt earn.
    Argh. It's like a political contagion.

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    I especially liked how he stated that he "will not let anyone use a few mispoken words to impugn his service record". HE impugned his service record by lying about it. He's got no shame, to be able to look into the camera and go on the offense like he did. Unbelievable.

    "During"..."in"...I guess it all depends on what the meaning of "is" is, to coin a phrase.
    Prov. 27:3 - "Stone is heavy and sand a burden, but provocation by a fool is heavier than both"

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    misspoken words? Is that what they call it these cays. I thought it was selective memory.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HK4U View Post
    misspoken words? Is that what they call it these cays. I thought it was selective memory.
    Yeah, that always worked when I was a kid: "No, Dad, I didn't lie about it, I merely mispoke". Yeah, right.
    Prov. 27:3 - "Stone is heavy and sand a burden, but provocation by a fool is heavier than both"

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