A Matter of Integrity: Richard Blumenthal's Vietnam Controversy

By Duane Shank 05-25-2010

Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut attorney general and Senate candidate, got himself into hot water last week when news accounts reported that he has been saying he served in Vietnam. It turns out he was in the Marine Corps Reserve during Vietnam, but was not in Vietnam. Two of the many responses that especially struck me were by Henry Allen and Larry Pressler.

Allen, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and editor with The Washington Post for 39 years, who served with the Marine Corps in Vietnam, wrote:

O, the stained souls, the small-hours doubts, the troubled manhood of so many American men who didn't go to Vietnam when they could have -- the strange guilt they seem to feel when they confront Vietnam veterans.

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