I have to admit from my earliest days as a youth of three I despised hippies. I spent my summers in Ferndale NY which was not far from the real Woodstock. My Uncles were real combat veterans and loathed the freaks. One of them was Julius who had been gassed in WWI by the Germans. He spoke of the horrors of the trenchs but down played his role. He always felt more fortunate then friends that did not make it home. This was a common thread among my uncles who had served in WWI, 2 and Korea.
I have been an anti Communist from the beging. My Grandfather who was a simple carpenter recalled Marxist partners who were the most cruel owners. Another Uncle who survived the Holocaust pointed out Communists were Nazis with great PR and delusions of godhood. My late grandmother a brilliant businesswoman had nothing but contemp for the lazy socialist/ Communist.
Thus when we hear comparisons of Iraq to Vietnam we are being sold a tale of lies. The media never did hold the Peace Movement accountable for its Communist leadership colaberation and series of lies.
Burkett investigates a seies of people purporting to be Vietnam Vets but in reality liars. We even have a Senator from Iowa who has lied several times about being a Vietnam Vet. The coincedence is that he along with John "Gomer " Kerry were the leaders of the Sandanista PR Machine.
Kerry falls into the next category as someone who embelished his record. He was there but his exploits have more in common with Gomer Pyle then Sgt York. Burket doccuments businessmen and Civil servants embellishing their war records.
Kerry also falls into another category collaberator and enemy propagandist. How long did he know his co founder of VVAW Al Hubbard was both a communist and a fake veteran who never set foot in Vietnam and got his disabilty check playing basketball in NJ. He was asked about Hubbard once in the Presidential run and never asked about his meetings with the Vietnamese in Paris while a member of the Naval Reserve. This is an act punishable by jail time. Nor was he asked about fake testimony at the infamous Winter Soldier Hearings.
Most of the people who lied or embelished their records were people who wanted to be something more then they were. The reality of most of us is that we are little people who lead non descript lives and there is no shame in that. There are several Vietnam Veterans who post here and all are my heroes even if they drove a truck or manned a type writer in the service.
The measure of a life is not the great moments or places we have been or the stories we tell. It is the time we spend with loved ones often doing drudge work like taking
your kids to the doctor. Listening to your niece whine about some boy who barely knows she is alive. The ordinary time we spend in Church with neighbors and community groups is also in many ways heroic and honorable.
An ordinary life is often more extraordinary then it seems. It is no crime to be ordinary and many ordinary people are realy extraordinary.