Do you believe Dick Blumenthal? It turns on a pair of words: "in" as opposed to "during," with the predicate of Vietnam. "Return from" Vietnam, rather than serving in the military during the Vietnam war. It also depends on whether Blumenthal willingly allowed the broader interpretation of his service record to be impressed upon the voters of Connecticut. In the United States, military service is sacral; it conveys an instant authority, a pedigree, a cultural backstop for character. Lying about it, even exaggerating about it, is therefore instantly disqualifying.
The New York Times catches the Connecticut Attorney General in a spectrum of relative misstatements.
"We have learned something important since the days that I served in Vietnam." A preposition makes a world of difference.
When we returned, we saw nothing like this," Mr. Blumenthal said. "Let us do better by this generation of men and women. Unintentional synechode?
"I served during the Vietnam era," he said. "I remember the taunts, the insults, sometimes even physical abuse." This is true.
"Although I did not serve in Vietnam, I have seen firsthand the effects of military action, and no one wants it to be the first resort, nor do we want to mortgage the country's future with a deficit that is ballooning out of control." True.