08/31/2004: And this is why....
However, the harping on the award of the PH for "superficial" wounds sickens me. In combat, the difference between a superficial wound and a fatal wound is merely where the bullet, piece of shrapnel, etc., managed to hit the wounded soldier/sailor. If Kerry had been hit in his eye, for example, by one of those pieces of shrapnel, nobody would dare call his wound "superficial"; in fact, they may have called it "fatal", and Kerry's parents would have received a "deeply regrets" letter or telegram. The fact that Kerry was in a combat zone to receive a "superficial" wound is a much more impressive fact, to me, than George W. Bush's "service" in Alabama playing pool volleyball with ambitious secretaries and getting drunk and (probably) tooting coke during that period of his life.For the record, I don't begrudge any recipient of the Purple Heart his or her award, regardless of how "superficial" the wound which forms the basis of the award. Anyone who's been wounded in combat has served more honorably, and sacrificed more for this country than I have (and for those of you who don't know me, I did fly a large metal desk for The U.S. Navy's Fighting Barristers, so I'm proud to say that yes, I have done my bit for King and Country).
Pardon me for putting on airs, but my military service, as insignificant as it was, still was more substantial than Bush's skirt chasing, drinking and (probably) cocaine snorting. It bothers me deeply that supporters of such a craven coward would stoop so low as to trash the reputation of someone who has given more for his country than George W. Bush could even imagine.
Len on 08.31.04 @ 12:14 PM CST