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The Daily Show: SBVFT

The Daily Show had a brief bit on Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, and apparently the only member of the entire 254 member group that served with Kerry was a medic who apparently operated on the wound for which he got his first Purple Heart. Ok.

He described it, condescendingly, as a shallow wound on his arm, caused by a piece of metal maybe 1 centimeter long. So... he had... a small piece of metal... embedded in his arm... so... you mean... he was shot in his arm?

But ok, ok, maybe it wasn't a bullet. There are other small pieces of metal that could get embedded in your arm, right? Like... maybe someone was sewing, and they had a thimble and they suddenly had a seizure and drove the thimble into his arm. Mmm... no, ok. Ok, ok, I know. Maybe someone threw a grenade, or dropped a bomb, and it blew up, and embedded a chunk of shrapnel in his arm. Oh wait, no, that would be a real wound. Oh, oh, ok, ok, got it. So maybe... ok so maybe Kerry was bitten by some guy with a gold tooth and that tooth got stuck in his arm and... hmmm.

Ok, so let's move on.

The other thing they mentioned - Jon Stewart, that is, not the SBVFT - is that apparently said doctor's signature was on none of the paperwork associated with Kerry's wound. So if he was the doctor who tended to it, he certainly wasn't the primary one. Oh, and doesn't every Purple Heart actually have to pass review in front of some committee before it's awarded? So apparently whatever they did to check into it back then, y'know - when it had actually just happened - well, that was enough to convince them. But now, all these years later, totally, I'm sure their memories are crystal clear. Except that they didn't serve on his boat. But other than that part, I mean, y'know, the whole part where they... ah... never met him... or, uh, saw him in action. Other than that, I mean. Crystal.

Update: Thanks to George for the linkage to here:
http://dailykos.com/story/2004/8/5/162248/3128
Short summary: Larry Thurlow, member of the SBVFT, winner of the bronze star, won his bronze star on the same day, in the same firefight that Kerry did. Except he's claiming now that it wasn't a firefight. I haven't heard about him rushing to give back his bronze star, though. And other people seem to remember bullets flying that day. HMMMM....
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