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|Posted: Sat Jul 30, 2011 12:27 pm Post subject: Weekly Standard: "Not So Swift Boater"
|"The Weekly Standard" offers some further perspective, unfortunately with all but the opener behind a pay wall. I'm tempted to subscribe just to read it in its entirety...
|Not So Swift Boater
From The Scrapbook
Aug 8, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 44 ē By THE SCRAPBOOK
Sandersís role in the Kerry campaign was small but significant. Kerry was publicly being attacked by dozens of Swift Boat veterans who served with him in Vietnam. And Sanders was one of the few?ó?perhaps only?ó?fellow Swift Boat vets to defend Kerryís questionable war record publicly. While Sandersís record as a Democratic hack suggested he might have political reasons for supporting Kerry, Sanders also had a stellar military record, having been awarded a Silver Star in 1992, and his credibility wasnít much in question.
Thatís why The Scrapbook feels compelled to point out the ignominious denouement of the Wade -Sanders career. Yes, itís true that Sanders is currently doing time in a federal penitentiary after admitting to being in possession of child pornography. As bad as that is, itís not nearly as remarkable as what just happened to Sanders.
On July 18, Navy Times reported that Navy Secretary Ray Mabus had revoked Sandersís Silver Star, the nationís third highest award for combat valor?ó?apparently for reasons having nothing to do with his recent criminal conduct.
The Weekly Standard - cont'd
While "perhaps only" is a bit factually dodgy, hopefully this indicates some continuing media interest in the REAL story behind both the issuance and subsequent revocation of Sanders' SS.
On edit: OK, add one more subscriber to "The Weekly Standard" rolls of the (hopefully) more informed (I've considered doing just that several times anyway). Here's a money quote from the article behind the paywall...
|The scrutiny of Kerryís war record was not only warranted but richly deserved comeuppance. If you still refuse to believe Adm. Roy Hoffman and the rest of the honorable Swift Boat veterans that Kerry didnít tell the truth about his war record, go ahead and take Captain Wade Sandersí word for it. |
That, alone, was worth the price of admission.