The Deployment Diary

Friday, April 23, 2004

As JFK Records Are Released, Questions Arise...

I will note here that Kerry has never acted as a true hero tends to act. True heroes normally attempt to downplay what they have done and often give examples of others' heroism to show that there are others more worthy of the title.

People who receive medals often do so hesitantly. An example of which I read just this morning, in an article that I found through trying to grok. Those deserving of medals often could do without the reminder of what caused them to be observed as the heroes they are:
Stranded Marines fight to last bullets

Sergeant Sagredo does not want a medal for saving his men. “A decoration would only remind me of what happened. This is something I want to forget. Unfortunately, if it doesn’t affect me now, I know it will haunt me later.”

Kerry, however, has touted his services (his four month of service mind you) as something more than it is and was. And, coming under political pressure that he might not otherwise would have come under if he hadn't questioned the loyalty of a young Bush to his country for choosing the National Guard. As if, those in the National Guard are not currently giving their all and more in defense of this nation in our Global War on Terrorism. But alas, he did and now his records must be scrutinized as critically (hopefully) as Bush's were. Only, Bush was honest about his service and Kerry, if his actions of the past also coincide of his toutings of his service, has not been truthful to a fault. Allowing his campaigners and others make his service into something it wasn't - thus diminishing his credibility to the swing voters even more. The ones that matter in this election season.

Once again we have a campaign blurring of the truth for their own gain and reporters, who are fair, announcing these discrepancies as all good reporters should:
Discrepancies noted in Kerry's record

Vietnam combat records posted on John F. Kerry's campaign website for the month of January 1969 as evidence of his service aboard swift boat No. 94 describe action that occurred before Kerry was skipper of that craft, according to the officer who said he commanded the boat at the time.

Maybe I'm wrong, maybe this is just the oversight of overzealous campaign staffers who know no better. However, I have a feeling this won't be the last of the half-truths we hear regarding Kerry and his  l o n  g  four months in Vietnam...

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