By now you have either read or heard about The New York Times article last week featuring Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal’s repeated Vietnam War service lies.
“This nation has a way of sending young men and women to war and then forgetting about them when they come home,” Mr. Blumenthal said to the group gathered in Norwalk in March 2008, “and that is unforgivable. And I know that congressmen like Chris Shays are working very hard to change that situation. We have learned something important since the days that I served in Vietnam. 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.” Click here for video.
According to the Times article, Blumenthal not only didn’t serve in Vietnam, he obtained at least five deferments between 1965-1970 and finally a coveted position in a Washington, D.C. Marine Corp Reserve Unit.
When questioned about the Times article the next day, Blumenthal said he “misspoke”. Okay, perhaps you can speak inaccurately, inappropriately or too hastily about a topic once, but in at least three different speeches? That is what I call a lie.
As a Vietnam veteran, I am outraged about Blumenthal’s lie. Many who went to Vietnam would rather have done something else. Many who went didn’t make it back. Many who went came back with physical or mental injuries or both. But we went. Sure, many of us would like to have had a deferment or to have been assigned to a reserve unit in the States, but that kind of special treatment was typically reserved for kids whose parents had a lot of pull.
It appears that Blumenthal has a credible record in the Connecticut House and Senate and as Attorney General, but how can you vote for someone who lies? Especially someone who lies about his military service to the country. Yes, Mr. Blumenthal, forgetting about our war veterans when they come home is unforgivable. But, so is falsely claiming that you are a war veteran.