Friday, August 20, 2004

SELF-INFLICTED SCRATCHES Joshua Marshall tackles the anti-Kerry veterans story.

He includes an exchange--from one of the President's "Ask President Bush" event--that I hadn't read about or seen in print before:

Q: On behalf of Vietnam veterans -- and I served six tours over there -- we do support the President.

I only have one concern, and that's on the Purple Heart, and that is, is that there are over 200,000 Vietnam vets that died from Agent Orange and were never -- no Purple Heart has ever been awarded to a Vietnam veteran because of Agent Orange because it's never been changed in the regulations.

Yet, we've got a candidate for President out here with two self-inflicted scratches, and I take that as an insult. (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT: Well, I appreciate that. Thank you. Thank you for your service. Six tours? Whew. That's a lot of tours.

Let's see, who've we got here? You got a question?
He "appreciates" it. Period. End of story.

It's time for this man to go home.

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