drieuxster (drieuxster) wrote,

Speaking Of That Phoney Vet Problem...

Hum.... what if dear old Rush Limbaugh missed the mark?
The thick-muscled man with close-cropped hair who called himself Rick Duncan seemed right out of central casting as a prop for a Democratic candidate running against Bush administration policies last fall.

A former Marine Corps captain who suffered brain trauma from a roadside bomb in Iraq and was at the Pentagon during the Sept. 11 attacks. An advocate for veterans rights who opposed the war. An Annapolis graduate who was proudly gay. With his gold-plated credentials, he commanded the respect and attention of not just politicians, but also police chiefs, reporters and veterans advocates for the better part of two years.

Yet, except for his first name, virtually none of his story was true. In reality, he was Richard G. Strandlof, a charismatic drifter with a history of mental illness and petty crimes who had moved from Montana to Nevada to Colorado, assuming different names and identities along the way.
The tale of how Mr. Strandlof managed to fool so many people for so long says much about the power of veterans in Colorado, a swing state with numerous military bases. Politicians who now shun him were eager to have him by their side a year ago, no questions asked. Antiwar groups like VoteVets.org embraced him as a valued spokesman. And real veterans buried doubts about him out of respect, they said, for his alleged service and injuries.
In the interview, Mr. Strandlof said he became fascinated with the plight of veterans after meeting a Vietnam veteran in Nevada several years ago and began obsessively studying the Internet and talking to veterans.

“I would ask them, ‘What is your story? How do you feel?’ ” he said. Over time, he said, the persona of Rick Duncan emerged and grew stronger with each telling.

[ cf A Deception, and a Reluctance to Ask Questions ]

Which slippery slope did folks wax and ride?

Clearly this sort of problem starts with people learning about the military and stuff...

So, if you meet someone who is learning about the military and stuff - turn them over to Internal Security Forces, since we know that this is the first step to phoney vet syndrome.... Or becoming a defense Contractor....

Remember, Only Military Trained And Qualified Personnel should be allowed access to Combat Epistemology!!!
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