Actually, I think its just the opposite. It is he, I think, who impugns the service of other Vietnam veterans. But it is the classic case of smoke and mirrors and setting up the straw man. Oh, and get ready you vets for the second video here. Prepare to blow a lid or two. When asked if there would be an apology to the vets who did serve “in country”, the answer was no. Shameful.
Follow along for yourself as Richard Blumenthal deflects the real story by claiming others are trying to impugn his service, which is nonsense. That’s the straw man. Then he adds, just for good measure, that too many service people return and are forgotten and that he will continue to fight for them. That’s the old, I must be about the work of defending these good people I just defamed. But neither of these points get to the point of his blatant lie about his service .
But the best part comes during the Q and A, when a reporter asks the Blumenlier if he will apologize to veterans who have served. That answer was easy for tricky Dick. NO!
The guy won’t apologize, just take responsibility. Just a few statements. Here’s the New York Times article one more time.
“In 2003, he addressed a rally in Bridgeport, where about 100 military families gathered to express support for American troops overseas. “When we returned, we saw nothing like this,” Mr. Blumenthal said. “Let us do better by this generation of men and women.””
“At a 2008 ceremony in front of the Veterans War Memorial Building in Shelton, he praised the audience for paying tribute to troops fighting abroad, noting that America had not always done so.
“I served during the Vietnam era,” he said. “I remember the taunts, the insults, sometimes even physical abuse.””
Oh, there’s more. Go see the video yourself. And just for good measure, he turns the argument around and turns himself into the victim. It was a disgraceful performance and shows he values his political career more than apologizing to Veterans and Marines who gave their all. Disgraceful and disgusting.
UPDATE: Oh just one more video clip because it’s just tooooo much. Blumenthal says it all was inadvertent. A few misplaced words. Unintentional. But the best part is at the end. He says he was unaware of the misspeaking until they were spoken. No true. He said that.
He voted for it before he voted against it.