NOT ALL PHONIES ARE PHONY –
One US Senator wears a Silver Star awarded to him instead of sending him to prison. He has a secret presidential pardon and his military records are classified. One recent US President was awarded a DFC for something he could have just as easily been sent to the brig for, an incident that killed two crew members described by those there as “panic” in combat. One friend of a powerful politician actually awarded himself a Medal of Honor. Senator John Kerry won three Purple Hearts for wounds a Marine would never bother to mention to a corpsman. General Colin Powell wears a Purple Heart for a wound even John Kerry wouldn’t have noticed.
After 9/11 many who had no interest in risking life and limb got military haircuts and started wearing camo. They were everywhere, the phonies who wanted to look like they were preparing to “ship out.” Even I enjoyed the “welcome home” from our airport immigration officials. Ah, the dangers of southern France at peak season, slow service at breakfast and the wines, so often served “before their time.”
It gets worse, much worse,