Vice President Dick Cheney's questioning of John Kerry's war record and his ability to protect America is "cowardly," Sen. Tom Harkin said Monday.
"It just outrages me that someone who got five deferments during Vietnam and said he had 'other priorities' at that time would say that," said the Iowa Democrat, a former Navy fighter pilot.
Harkin said he had seen clips of the vice president saying in Iowa last week that Kerry lacks a basic understanding of the war on terrorism.
He accused President Bush and his vice president of "resorting to dirty attacks on John Kerry's war record."
"They're running scared because John Kerry has a war record and they don't," said Harkin. "What he (Cheney) is doing and what he is saying is cowardly. The actions are cowardly."
OK, first of all is this: What part of "Kerry lacks a basic understanding of the war on terrorism" attacks Kerry's Viet Nam record? Can someone tell me how those two things are connected?
Second of all, the very fact that the person attacking Cheney just happenes to have lied through his teeth about his own service is just too damn much.
That clearly is not an accurate picture of his Navy service. Though Mr. Harkin stresses he is proud of his Navy record -- "I put my ass on the line day after day" -- he concedes now he never flew combat air patrols in Vietnam. . . .
Mr. Harkin's Navy record shows his only decoration is the National Defense Service Medal, awarded to everyone on active service during those years. He did not receive either the Vietnam Service medal or the Vietnam Campaign medal, the decorations given to everyone who served in the Southeast Asia theater. "We didn't get them for what we did," Mr. Harkin says. "It's never bothered me."
Do the Donks have ANYONE who won't lie like a rug in order to regain power? Is there any Donks out there who won't toss their values or beliefs aside like bad habits in order to control this country? The very people castigating Cheney over his lack of Viet Nam service were the same people screaming "MILITARY SERVICE DOESN'T MATTER" when they had a draft dodging dope smoker running against two different war heros. Which is it, dipsticks? Does military service matter or not? Where was the outrage when Howard "I Got Out Of The Draft Because Of A Back Injury But I Can Still Go On A Ski Trip" Dean was trying to win the nomination? I guess military service didn't matter then either. Only when you run a candidate who is so worthless, weak, spineless, and completely without convictions that he has no political record of note does his four months of war service matter, I guess.
By the way, for those who care, George W. Bush spent more time on active duty learning how to fly figher jet planes than John Fonda Kerry spent in the military at all.
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