Cross posted at the Daily Kos:
Now Bob Dole joined the SBVT critics of Kerry who say he received an early exit from combat for 'superficial wounds.'
This whole issue about Kerry's 'bloodless Purple Hearts' reminds me the dialog about monkeys and astronauts we see in the movie 'The Right Stuff':
MONKEYS? YOU THINK A MONKEY KNOWS HE'S SITTING ON A ROCKET THAT MIGHT EXPLODE?
THESE ASTRONAUT BOYS, THEY KNOW THAT, SEE? I'LL TELL YOU, IT TAKES A SPECIAL MAN TO VOLUNTEER FOR A SUICIDE MISSION....
Bloody or not, that is not the point of a Purple Heart
If the shrapnel was a couple of feet off, it could have blinded Kerry. Another inch and Kerry could have escaped without a scratch.
Anyone with an IQ higher than a chimp would know that a shrapnel wound is a close brush with death
Does the GOP means that any veteran that is not 'hurt enough' unfit for command now ? And how much hurt is enough ? One leg ? Two legs ?
Does the GOP realize how ridiculous this claim sounds ?
The GOP tried to take away votes from Kerry, by reminding voters of his speaking against the war, called him Hannoi Fonda Kerry', etc.. There are a lot of Veterans still bitter about Kerry's protests and testimony.
It didn't work, Kerry still stayed high in the polls so they decided to lie.
All this smearing of Kerry's medals and awards started right after the Democratic primaries. Not one second before.
Dole says so himself:
Dole told CNN's 'Late Edition' that he warned Kerry months ago about going 'too far' and that the Democrat may have himself to blame for the current situation, in which polls show him losing support among veterans. 'One day he's saying that we were shooting civilians, cutting off their ears, cutting off their heads, throwing away his medals or his ribbons,' Dole said. 'The next day he's standing there, `I want to be president because I'm a Vietnam veteran.'
So basically what the SBVD guys are saying is that Kerry's use of pictures of Vietnam gives them the right to smear him, like they were smeared 'by Kerry' 30 years ago.
It would be like Ron Reagan accusing Bush of embezzling money or some other trumped up charge. Ron is definitely against Bush for President, and he didn't like Bush using pictures of his father w/o authorization. Yet Ron did not resort to lies just because of that.
Sorry guys, it is not simply a case of "Kerry spoke against me, so I'll return the favor"
His so called 'false testimony' is a myth. On the war atrocities, Kerry NEVER gave a name besides his own and of the people who came voluntarily to his anti war group. And we didn't need Kerry to tell US that atrocities were happening. My Lay happened, it is not a myth It wasn't Kerry who got the scandal in the press.
It is the SBVD who is raising false testimony here.
The SBVT is accusing Kerry of falsifying claims for his medals, a serious accusation. During the Clinton years a general even committed suicide after being accused of such.
Now Kerry's Purple Hearts are ridiculed, called scratches, and they say 'self inflicted'. And THAT's when this whole thing gets silly and absurd
How can a doctor know a 'scratch' is self inflicted ? Did Kerry sign up his name under the scratch ? Did the doctor do a DNA test in the battlefield 30 years ago ?
If you believe that, I have a bridge to sell you.
As for the Kerry's Purple hearts, my view is that: he got them the same way thousands of veterans got them. I'm not going to question ANY of those.