Saturday, September 18, 2004

Honors Galore

I have been inducted into the Ancient and Hermetic Order of the Shrill. The Esteemed Order of the Shrill is limited to those who were once sane, fair, and balanced, but who have been driven into shrill unholy madness by one or more of the mendacity, malevolence, incompetence, or simple disconnection from reality of the George W. Bush administration.

To all who shall see these hallowed greetings, presents:

More Vets Join The Order

It isn't just the powerful and famous. Vets fresh from the front lines are joining in droves. Blogger buggieboy is one them, and now one of us:

"This U.S. Army website discusses terrorism in a realistic manner, showing that Al Queda is not the only enemy we face and that 9/11 "changed the world" only for the uninformed. Any national security professionals that didn't realize the danger of terrorism before 9/11 are incompetent and should not be given responsibility for our defense. This includes the entire Bush administration team."

His resume lists the 101st Airborne Division, the Second Infantry Division, and the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment. Does it list the Shrill Boat Veterans for Truth?

I don't know why they thought I was "fresh from the front" but I am pretty fresh. :) I'm not famous. But now that I am in the "Order" I am powerful (Lefty, your dark imperial overlord title has some competition).

The site is


vrangel said...

Mainstream media finally gave up on Kerry and is doing something to expose The Hero of the Fake:

" He built this facade with unabashed personal promotion, aided and abetted by a supportive liberal media ready and willing to repeat in print his gross exaggerations, distortions of fact, and outright lies about his abbreviated four-month, 12-day tour of duty in Vietnam.

Even a most casual review of his biography, Tour of Duty by Douglas Brinkley, will reveal that Kerry entered the Naval Reserve as a "vain intellectual" with contempt for military authority.

In hindsight, his obvious objective was to emulate his idol, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, serve as short a time as possible, and escape Vietnam unscathed but with sufficient credentials and decorations to portray himself in heroic terms. To achieve his goal, Kerry stooped to scamming an after-combat reporting system that was based on trust, promoting himself for a handful of medals regardless of their dubious merits, so he could "bug out" of the war zone early...

Exactly two weeks after arrival in Vietnam, Kerry was involved in a scenario in which he was "wounded" by a small fragment, about the size of a rose thorn - a self-inflicted wound resulting from the careless use of his own M-79 grenade launcher.
Despite the minor nature of the injury, Kerry still requested a Purple Heart from Division Commander Grant Hibbard. Commander Hibbard denied, noting that there was no hostile fire involved in the incident, no casualty report, and no after-action report - all requisites for a Purple Heart medal.

Still, somehow Kerry circumvented the system and somehow was awarded the Purple Heart some three months after Lt. Commander Hibbard denied the award. Who initiated the award remains a mystery and will remain so until Kerry authorizes the full release of his military and medical records, complete and unaltered."

Read the whole thing.


this we'll defend said...

Wow, that is an interesting story.

And it is totally, undeniably not true.

It is amazing how backwards things are these days, when the guy that went to Vietnam and won a silver star (among other things) has to defend his military record against the guy who avoided Vietnam altogether. You even say "his obvious objective was to... serve as short a time as possible, and escape Vietnam unscathed but with sufficient credentials and decorations to portray himself in heroic terms." Yes, that was the goal. To serve in combat, get a silver star, and maybe die in combat so that 35 years later in a campaign he can play the hero. Of course even if this ridiculous notion is true it doesn't change the fact that he served in combat, and if he was able to convince these mysterious co-conspirators to help him get undeserved awards then that says a lot for his people skills, doesn't it?

BTW, this was on another comment, but I'll repeat it:

"Our examination found that existing documentation regarding the Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart medals indicates the awards approval process was properly followed," Vice Adm. R.A. Route, the Navy inspector general, wrote in the memo sent Friday to Navy Secretary Gordon England.

"In particular, the senior officers who awarded the medals were properly delegated authority to do so. In addition, we found that they correctly followed the procedures in place at the time for approving these awards."

Route concluded that there was no justification for looking further into the decisions to award the medals.

"Our review also considered the fact that Senator Kerry's post-active duty activities were public and that military and civilian officials were aware of his actions at the time. For these reasons, I have determined that Senator Kerry's awards were properly approved and will take no further action in this matter."

But, you know, the Navy is a partisan leftist organization and Adm. Route is probably a lying liberal democrat. Apparently this conspiracy to portray cowardly Kerry as a combat veteran includes the Navy inspector general.

And the fact that Bush didn't take his physical and was removed from flight status is all a conspiracy and a product of CBS and Dan Rather - despite the fact that Bush has admitted it.

Welcome to 1984. You should work at the Ministry of Truth, Vrangel. Is your real name "Winston?"

vrangel said...

The story is true, but your argument that Kerry, unlike Bush, put himself at risk is a valid one.

Faisal said...

Roy Hoffmann is running a little short on credibility these days. Is there anyone corroborating his claims? has been pretty critical of Kerry of late, but they're backing his version on this one.

this we'll defend said...

Thank you Faisal. Your blog is fantastic.