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February 12, 2004

Has She No Shame?

Well, no-- like her hero, Ann Coulter has no depth to which she will not sink.

Defending Bush, she decides to smear Max Cleland

Cleland lost three limbs in an accident during a routine noncombat mission where he was about to drink beer with friends. He saw a grenade on the ground and picked it up...Luckily for Cleland's political career and current pomposity about Bush, he happened to do it while in Vietnam.
This is a nasty smear-- the grenade that exploded had been set off by another soldier in a training exercise.

And Coulter's nasty innuendo-- let's see the proof Ann-- ignores the fact that Cleland had won the Bronze and Silver Star before the explosion. Here is the language from Cleland's Silver Star award:

Action: For gallantry in action while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. Captain Cleland distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous action on 4 April 1968, while serving as communications officer of the 2nd Battalion, 12th Calvary during an enemy attack near Khe Sanh, Republic of Vietnam.

"When the battalion command post came under a heavy enemy rocket and mortar attack, Capt. Cleland, disregarding his own safety, exposed himself to the rocket barrage as he left his covered position to administer first aid to his wounded comrades. He then assisted in moving the injured personnel to covered positions.

So Bush plays hooky from his easy duty in the National Guard, while the rightwing defends him by resmearing a man who lost three limbs to the Vietnam War.

Have you no shame, Ms. Coulter?

Posted by Nathan at February 12, 2004 09:00 AM