...busting up my brains for the words

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Confusion added to presumption

Months ago I'd heard a claim made with much confidence that John Kerry had received one of his purple hearts due to a mishap that did not involve enemy fire. If I recall accurately, I'd read somewhere that soldier Kerry had been sporting by tossing hand grenades to the shore. One of the grenades exploded a little closer to the boat than he'd thought it would and Kerry was slightly wounded from the blast of his own games.
I hadn't heard anything of that claim all this time until this credible story in the Washington Times, containing facts describing a slightly different scenario than what I'd heard.

They charge that in the confusion involving unarmed, fleeing Viet Cong, Mr. Kerry fired a grenade, which detonated nearby and splattered his arm with hot metal. Mr. Kerry has claimed that he faced his "first intense combat" that day, returned fire, and received his "first combat related injury." A journal entry Mr. Kerry wrote Dec. 11, however, raises questions about what really happened nine days earlier. "A cocky feeling of invincibility accompanied us up the Long Tau shipping channel because we hadn't been shot at yet, and Americans at war who haven't been shot at are allowed to be cocky," wrote Mr. Kerry, according the book "Tour of Duty" by friendly biographer Douglas Brinkley.

So for me, this latest revelation is no revelation at all. Rather, I'm left a little confused as to why the general public and the watchdog media (don't laugh. There is too a watchdog media.) seem to have been asleep all these many weeks.

At least the yawn of doubt has been further scattered to my own assessment. John Flippin' Kerry's diary cited as evidence. I keep a diary (a journal, if you will) and I don't lie when I enter into it.


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