"...Cleland was severely wounded fighting in Vietnam."
....is patently dishonest, and just flat out WRONG.
"Cleland’s horrible injuries did not happen in combat, as Kerry tries to suggest with his deceitfully-crafted phrase about Cleland leaving his limbs 'on the battlefield.'
This terrible accident happened not on a battlefield but on a helicopter pad 15 miles away from combat. Cleland stepped out of a helicopter to go have a beer with buddies, saw a hand grenade on the ground, assumed that he had dropped it and picked the explosive device up. It had been dropped by another, inexperienced soldier who had left the weapon on a hair trigger setting. It detonated, devastating Cleland’s 25-year-old body and in an instant changing his life.
In the 1986 edition of his autobiography Strong at the Broken Places, Cleland wrote of his receiving the Soldier’s Medal 'for allegedly shielding my men from the grenade blast and the Silver Star for allegedly coming to the aid of wounded troops….
'There were no heroics on which to base the Soldier’s Medal,' wrote Cleland on page 87. 'And it had been my men who took care of the wounded during the rocket attack, not me. Some compassionate military men had obviously recommended me for the Silver Star, but I didn’t deserve it.' (Emphasis added.) Two pages later he added: 'I was not entitled to the Purple Heart either, since I was not wounded by enemy action.' (Emphasis added.) "
Watch for the spin to be fast and furious from our Usual Suspects.
I wonder if it will be necessary to explain about "hot areas", "fragging', and the old adage "if you didn't drop it, don't pick it up".
We won't even talk about drinking beer in a situation like Cleland was in.
Nor will we talk about the "Kay, who is leading in recent polls" distortion, either.