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JIM McDERMOTT, GET A LIFE!
YOU ARE NOT A VIETNAM VETERAN
LONG BEACH, CALIF. IS A CLOSE AS
YOU GOT TO THE FIGHTING, SO KNOCK
OFF THE INFERENCES, OK? REAL NAM
VETS DONT APPRECIATE WANNABES
Washington States obnoxious Congressman Jim McDermott has come dangerously close to crossing the line in his efforts to imply that he is a bad-ass combat vet who served during the Vietnam war.
In reality, the leftist Democrat was a Navy officer stationed in Long Beach, California while thousands of his contemporaries were fighting and dying across the Pacific during the worst years of the war in Vietnam.
Leave it to a politician to infer or imply he is something he is not.
When Baghdad Jim and his fellow lame-duck lefty, Rep. David Bonier recently traveled to Iraq to denounce George Bush (ironically, we at MilitaryCorruption.com have our own bone to pick with GW on this issue), he sure wanted the news media to write and report that he served during the Vietnam War wink, wink IN-country!
Of course, he knows he didnt leave the States, but what does the media know anyway? Some of them wouldnt be caught dead in a military uniform and would be more than happy to misquote or misinterpret what the Congressman really said, if it could be used against the Republicans.
A case in point is when former CNN and now-FOX NEWS reporter Major Garrett reported that he had just talked with Bonier and McDermott, and noted that both of them had fought in the Vietnam War.
Garrett is a sharp guy, so we dont think for a moment he deliberately made a mistake. Maybe the sleazy McDermott really wanted him and his media colleagues to get it wrong without the words having to come out of the congressmans own mouth.
Thats not the only example of fuzzy facts. On ABC, while standing beside Bonier, the self-righteous Democrat from Seattle spouted, David and I were in that war. Oh, really? How did you get IN Vietnam from three thousands miles away, congressman?
In another effort at parsing words and blowing smoke, McDermott declared that those who support Bushs war plans for Iraq never served in Vietnam. He might as well have beaten his chest with a club labeled macho man. The inference was clear - that McDermott DID serve. Where? Why in Vietnam! Get it? Yeah, thats the ticket.
Hey pal, what YOU are is a Vietnam-era veteran. Theres a BIG difference. And dont you ever forget it!
MilitaryCorruption.com always tries to be FAIR, even to idiots. So we contacted McDermott's chief-of-staff, Jan Shinpoch.
She was about as nervous as a cat tossed in the dog pound when
she tried to tap dance around our tough questions.
He (Congressman McDermott) has never made a STATEMENT he is a Vietnam COMBAT veteran. He is a Vietnam-era veteran who served in San Diego. (Correction, lady. It was a Naval hospital in Long Beach.)
Lets analyze that Clinton-like sentence for a second. Of course McDermott is not dumb enough to stand on the steps of the capital and declare in an official STATEMENT I am a Vietnam veteran. Hell, no! Why should he, when theres so many opportunities to IMPLY that to the battalions of media that follow him around and report his every word?
Now, look at Sinpochs insertion of the word COMBAT in between Vietnam and veteran. So typical of Bill Clinton, McDermotts hero. You can still call yourself a Vietnam veteran without having to insert the word combat. So what, if the crafty McDermott never uttered it exactly that way with the word combat in the middle? All he has to do is say Vietnam veteran and the public and VOTERS - conjure up images of RAMBO fighting the Cong, not some Navy shrink safely riding a desk in California.
Shinpoch continued to spin, especially when we quoted to her an Associated Press story from 2001 that reported McDermott served in Vietnam.
Where did they get THAT idea? we asked. And did you immediately contact AP to correct the error?
Shinpoch allowed shed only been on the job a few months and wasnt around when the AP story ran.
If there was an error made a year ago, I regret it, she said. But it wasnt brought to our attention.
Jim McDermott has stated that he was a Vietnam-era veteran, Shinpoch emphasized. Look it up in his official biography on our web site.
All we can say is this: Baghdad Jim - get a life! STOP inferring, implying or winking, that you had ANYTHING to do with setting foot in Vietnam or serving over there, because when you do that for political gain, you dishonor the memories of those who fought and died there.
And we dont exactly remember YOU climbing up on your soapbox and pontificating when the draft-dodger, Bill I loathe the military Clinton decided to lob a few cruise missiles in the Afghan desert and blast a Sudan pill factory (the claim it was manufacturing poison gas was later disproved) just to knock his ex-girlfriend Monica Lewinsky off the front pages during the height of his sex scandal in mid-August 1998.
Where were you then, Jim-boy?
If you want to question Bushs propensity to be hell-bent for war with Saddam, we can respect that. We have our own reservations. BUT, you sir, are a hypocrite. And a politician. And you surely are NOT a Vietnam veteran.
(EDITORs NOTE: If Baghdad Jim would like to express his reaction to our article on these pages, we grant him equal space. Why, if he is willing to issue an APOLOGY to real Vietnam veterans everywhere, well even give him a headline and top-billing!)