CT US Senate 2010: Democrat Candidate AG Richard Blumenthal Lied about Military Service in Vietnam … “A Few Misplaced Words”
YET ANOTHER LYING POLITICIAN!
Just when you thought that the Connecticut US Senate race was a done deal for Democrats … along comes the truth about AG Richard Blumenthal’s actual service in Vietnam and the lies he perpetrated … the truth is, there was no service in Vietnam.
Actually candidate Blumenthal what is unforgivable is lying about being in Vietnam when you knowing received and went out of your way to get 5 deferments to make sure you never were sent to Vietnam.
We have learned something important since the days that I served in Vietnam
“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.
So what does a lying politician do when he is caught in a lie … LIE SOME MORE.
Blumenthal claims he misspoke and dismissed the matter as a matter of a few misplaced words in an effort to diffuse this bomb that exposes him to be nothing more than a typical lying and misleading politician. With the present mood of the political climate, being perceived as less than honest is hardly what one wants to be in the 2010 midterms. How ironic that we have a Democrat scandal plagued candidate in Blumenthal replacing another one in Dodd, who decided to retire because there was no way he could win reelection.
“On a few occasions, I have misspoken about my service and I regret that. And I take full responsibility,” said Blumenthal, a trim, square-jawed figure with the bearing of a military man. “But I will not allow anyone to take a few misplaced words and impugn my record of service to our country.”
No body impugn his record of service to our country, Richard Blumenthal did that all on his own. He knowing lied, decieved and created the perception that he fought and returned home from Vietnam. No one put those words in his mouth. He tried to create an image of him self that he was some in country military Vietnam veteran, some thing that he was not. When I first herd this story I also thought how did this individual not think that they would not be caught in the lie? Then again Blumenthal has perpetrated the lie for such a long time, he must have thought he was home free.
“On a few occasions I have misspoken about my service, and I regret that and I take full responsibility,” Mr. Blumenthal said at a packed news conference at a Veterans of Foreign Wars post in West Hartford. “But I will not allow anyone to take a few misplaced words and impugn my record of service to our country.”
Mr. Blumenthal, 64, said he had been unaware of what he called “those misplaced words” when he delivered them. He said that the errors were “totally unintentional” and that he had made them only a few times in hundreds of public appearances.
“Unlike many of my peers,” Mr. Blumenthal said, “I chose to join the military and serve my country. I am proud of my service in the United States Marine Corps Reserve.”
One really needs to read the full NY Times article to understand the levels of influence and privilege that Blumenthal used to avoid going to Vietnam and the deferments obtained.
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.
So how many times and for how many years does one just misspeak? This was not a few misplaced words, it was a pattern of behavior over his political career to make him appear to be something that he was not. What is even more disgusting is the fact that you knew that news papers and media outlets were describing you as a Vietnam vet and you did nothing correct them. Instead you perpetrated the BS.
The New Haven Register on July 20, 2006, described him as “a veteran of the Vietnam War,” and on April 6, 2007, said that the attorney general had “served in the Marines in Vietnam.” On May 26, 2009, The Connecticut Post, a Bridgeport newspaper that is the state’s third-largest daily, described Mr. Blumenthal as “a Vietnam veteran.” The Shelton Weekly reported on May 23, 2008, that Mr. Blumenthal “was met with applause when he spoke about his experience as a Marine sergeant in Vietnam.”
And the idea that he served in Vietnam has become such an accepted part of his public biography that when a national outlet, Slate magazine, produced a profile of Mr. Blumenthal in 2000, it said he had “enlisted in the Marines rather than duck the Vietnam draft.”
It does not appear that Mr. Blumenthal ever sought to correct those mistakes.
Will voters tolerate a lying and dishonest politician in 2010 midterms? Did Blumenthal’s made up bio just make the CT Senate race, a race once again. The next set of polls just might be very telling to see the mood of the CT voters.
One has to ask them self what is up with Democrats and Vietnam? Either they are protesting it, calling soldiers baby killers, making comparisons to any military conflict to it and in this case where a Dem actually served in the military … lying about their service.
Sir, you disgraced yourself because you felt the need to lie about your service. No one would have thought less of you for serving in the Marine reserves during Vietnam. However, all should think less of you now and not trust any thing you say as you perpetrated this fraud on the public that you served in Vietnam.
Shame on you for simply not being able to tell the truth. Why would any state in this day and age want a known liar as a US Senator?