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Candidate’s Words on Vietnam Service Differ From History (Blumenthal Lied About Nam Service)
New York Times ^ | 05/17/2010 | Raymond Hernandez

Posted on 05/17/2010 7:58:00 PM PDT by MissesBush

At a ceremony honoring veterans and senior citizens who sent presents to soldiers overseas, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut rose and spoke of an earlier time in his life.

“We have learned something important since the days that I served in Vietnam,” Mr. Blumenthal said to the group gathered in Norwalk in March 2008. “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.”

There was one problem: Mr. Blumenthal, a Democrat now running for the United States Senate, never served in Vietnam. He obtained at least five military deferments from 1965 to 1970 and took repeated steps that enabled him to avoid going to war, according to records.

The deferments allowed Mr. Blumenthal to complete his studies at Harvard; pursue a graduate fellowship in England; serve as a special assistant to The Washington Post’s publisher, Katharine Graham; and ultimately take a job in the Nixon White House.

In 1970, with his last deferment in jeopardy, he landed a coveted spot in the Marine Reserve, which virtually guaranteed that he would not be sent to Vietnam. He joined a unit in Washington that conducted drills and other exercises and focused on local projects, like fixing a campground and organizing a Toys for Tots drive.

Many politicians have faced questions over their decisions during the Vietnam War, and Mr. Blumenthal, who is seeking the seat being vacated by Senator Christopher J. Dodd, is not alone in staying out of the war.

But what is striking about Mr. Blumenthal’s record is the contrast between the many steps he took that allowed him to avoid Vietnam, and the misleading way he often speaks about that period of his life now...

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MM,

I agree.

All one has to do is just skip over a post if it has been discussed to his/her own satisfaction previously-and without insulting the current poster!

It's unrealistic to think that any/all posters are here so often that they may know for certain that something has or has not been discussed recently.

This kind of thing discourages people from participating and posting. I'm speaking from my personal experience. I came here a couple nights ago with the intention to post an article, but after reading some of the bickering in this thread I decided it wasn't worth the chance of being cut down. As I'm an infrequent poster and visitor I'm not always up on what has been talked about recently.

A message forum should be a fun, informative and- most of all- a civil place for people to come together.

June K.

41 posted on 05/19/2010 3:51:38 PM PDT by June K.
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