"Kerry did serve with distinction in Vietnam when he easily could have avoided that killing field. His service to his country shouldn’t be diminished by the same despicable, politically motivated tactics visited upon McCain Cleland, also Viet vets. This kind of gutter-bashing doesn’t belong in American politics, and vets shouldn’t allow themselves to be used as ammo for cheap shots at one of their own. The stalwart Brown Water Navy warriors who fought at Kerry’s side say he was A-OK, which is good enough for me."
--David H. Hackworth, the most decorated living American soldier