AP this morning:

“One day he’s saying that we were shooting civilians, cutting off their ears, cutting off their heads, throwing away his medals or his ribbons,” Dole said. “The next day he’s standing there, `I want to be president because I’m a Vietnam veteran.’ Maybe he should apologize to all the other 2.5 million veterans who served. He wasn’t the only one in Vietnam.”

Dole added: “And here’s, you know, a good guy, a good friend. I respect his record. But three Purple Hearts and never bled that I know of. I mean, they’re all superficial wounds. Three Purple Hearts and you’re out.”

Kerry spokesman Chad Clanton replied: “It’s unfortunate that Senator Dole is making statements that official U.S. Navy (news – web sites) records prove false. This is partisan politics, not the truth.”

Now, this is heavy. Dole, of anyone now in the public eye, knows Purple very well indeed, and is reminded of it every day of his life…. and the response of Kamp Kerry is lame in the extreme… lame being something of a staple for them, lately.

Is it just me, or does it strike you guys as intersting that after expending so much energy calling the Military liars, and publicly and loudly accusing them of committing, and then officially covering up attrocities, Kamp Kerry now calling what is in the official record, ‘the truth’? Seems rather a selective process, to me.

Update: An article moving on AFP yesterday, suggests the press applying pressure to Mr. Dole about his comments.

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Bob Dole, a prominent Republican and former presidential candidate, defended his criticism of White House hopeful John Kerry (news – web sites)’s war record as “political hardball,” saying he had merely “tweaked” the Democratic candidate.

Interesting how Mr Dole should have to defend his comments, after month upon month of Kery’s people claiming Bush was ‘AWOL’, and after months of ‘bring it on’. Hey, Johnboy; It’s been brought.