A lawyer is trained to use words with precision. Depending, of course, on what your definition of “is” is.
Not all of them are entirely successful:
At a ceremony honoring veterans and senior citizens who sent presents to soldiers overseas, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut rose and spoke of an earlier time in his life.
“We have learned something important since the days that I served in Vietnam,” Mr. Blumenthal said to the group gathered in Norwalk in March 2008. “And you exemplify it. Whatever we think about the war, whatever we call it — Afghanistan or Iraq — we owe our military men and women unconditional support.”
There was one problem: Mr. Blumenthal, a Democrat now running for the United States Senate, never served in Vietnam. He obtained at least five military deferments from 1965 to 1970 and took repeated steps that enabled him to avoid going to war, according to records.
It is not entirely contemptible to avoid military service when your country is at war. Attempting to wear the valor of those who did serve for your own political advancement is, however.
Update: Birds of a feather – One of the vets backing Blumenthal’s presser has a bit of his own history when it comes to embellishing the facts.