Richard Blumenthal – NOT A Vietnam Vet
There’s a special place in hell for people who claim to have served in the US Armed Forces and didn’t. In the deepest, darkest, hottest circle of that special hell, one might find Richard Blumenthal, the attorney general of Connecticut, now running for a seat in the Senate.
In 2008, while addressing a group honoring veterans, Mr. Blumenthal said the following:
“We have learned something important since the days that I served in Vietnam”
Except, as the New York Times reports today, Mr. Blumenthal never served in Vietnam. Firstly, when the NYT is turning on a Democratic politician, things are bad. Secondly, and much more important, Mr. Blumenthal misrepresented his military service to a group gathered to honor veterans, incorrectly and immorally claiming some of the honor he was bestowing for himself.
RedEye’s Andy Levy said it best on Twitter:
Mr. Blumenthal’s words and actions are despicable, regardless of party affiliation. The veterans of this country who have bravely served in wars, foreign and domestic, are heroes who deserve every bit of praise and accolades they can get. Vietnam vets doubly so, because of the horrible way they were treated after returning to the country for which they fought so bravely.
I can only imagine Satan greeting Richard Blumenthal upon his eventual death and arrival in hell. “Welcome home.”
(A hat tip to Andy Levy for being the first – to my knowledge – to tweet this.)