It’s just words: Vietnam, Obama, Kerry

“One of the curious—and admirable—things about President Obama is how he has sought to correct the narrative of Vietnam. The way Vietnam veterans were blamed for the “misdeeds of a few” GIs when “the honorable service of the many should have been praised,” the president said on the 50th anniversary of the start of the war, was “a national shame, a disgrace that should have never happened.”

So why in the world is Mr. Obama floating the name of John Kerry for secretary of either state or defense? It is hard to think of anyone who did more to besmirch the name of the GIs who fought in Vietnam than Sen. Kerry.”

Seth Lipsky puzzles over the phenomena at the WSJ: John Kerry, Secretary of What? A vilifier of Vietnam vets taking over the Pentagon or the State Department would be astonishing.

If this sort of ‘just words, not actions’ dissonance is apparent to you, you do indeed have a lot to puzzle over. It is one of the means by which to measure intellectual integrity. The problem with that measure is that so few people seem to pay any attention to it.

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