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Friday, May 14, 2004

Kerry defending Clinton

Or something. I have no idea what he meant by this statement:

"When Bill Clinton left office, not one young American in uniform was dying in a war anywhere in this world.'"
I suppose that Mr. Kerry considers that these following brave soldiers were wither not in a war, not in uniform or not American.
Navy servicement who lost their life on the USS Cole, October 2000.

Electronics Technician First Class Richard Costelow, Morrisville, Pa.
Signalman Seaman Recruit Cherone Louis Gunn, Rex, Ga.
Seaman James Rodrick McDaniels, Norfolk, Va.
Seaman Recruit Lakiba Nicole Palmer, San Diego, Calif.
Operations Specialist Second Class Timothy Lamont Saunders, Ringold, Va.
Ensign Andrew Triplett, Macon, Miss.
Seaman Apprentice Craig Bryan Wibberley, Williamsport, Md.
Hull Maintenance Technician Third Class Kenneth Eugene Clodfelter, Mechanicsville, Va.
Mess Management Specialist Seaman Lakeina Monique Francis, Woodleaf, N.C.
Information Systems Technician Seaman Timothy Lee Gauna, Rice, Texas
Engineman Second Class Marc Ian Nieto, Fond Du Lac, Wis.
Electronics Warfare Technician Third Class Ronald Scott Owens, Vero Beach, Fla.
Engineman Fireman Joshua Langdon Parlett, Churchville, Md.
Fireman Apprentice Patrick Howard Roy, Cornwall on Hudson, N.Y.
Electronics Warfare Technician Second Class Kevin Shawn Rux, Portland, N.D.
Mess Management Specialist Third Class Ronchester Mananga Santiago, Kingsville, Texas
Fireman Gary Graham Swenchonis, Jr., Rockport, Texas

Additionally, more than three dozen USS Cole Sailors were injured in the incident, several of them seriously.

We may not have been at war with Bin Laden, but he was definitely at war with us.


  • You have to parse the meaning of "was" more carefully. Clinton left office at one moment on January 20, 2001. At that very moment, "not one young American in uniform was dying in a war anywhere in this world." So Kerry was right.

    By Blogger Fortinbras, at May 16, 2004 at 12:26 PM  

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