blogenlust
8.17.2004

Harkin: Cheney=Coward


After spending four years in the state of Iowa, I came to really respect Senator Tom Harkin. You can't really underestimate how popular the guy is in that state. So I was happy to read that he's not taking any of Cheney's bullshit.
"It just outrages me that someone who got five deferments during Vietnam and said he had 'other priorities' at that time would say that," said the Iowa Democrat, a former Navy fighter pilot. Harkin said he had seen clips of the vice president saying in Iowa last week that Kerry lacks a basic understanding of the war on terrorism. He accused President Bush and his vice president of "resorting to dirty attacks on John Kerry's war record." [...] Harkin, a 20-year veteran of the Senate, was a Navy flier from 1962-67, including stints at Atsugi Naval Air Station in Japan and Guantanamo Bay. He served 1968-74 in the Reserves. He said Cheney has little standing to question the war record of Kerry, who was repeatedly wounded and decorated while serving as a swift boat commander in Vietnam. [...] "When I hear this coming from Dick Cheney, who was a coward, who would not serve during the Vietnam War, it makes my blood boil," said Harkin. "He'll be tough, but he'll be tough with someone else's kid's blood," said Harkin.
I do not understand how people like Bush and Cheney can constantly project themselves as the toughest mofo's on national security this country has ever seen, yet when it was their time to serve, avoided combat like the plague. I don't necessarily have a problem with avoiding combat. I have a problem with avoiding combat, then acting like your Rambo, then smearing the honorable service of a guy who did serve in combat, but doesn't speak like Rambo.