At Ann Coulter:
Liberals are hopping mad about last week’s column. Amid angry insinuations that I “lied” about Sen. Max Cleland, I was attacked on the Senate floor by Sen. Jack Reed, Molly Ivins called my column “error-ridden,” and Al Hunt called it a “lie.” Joe Klein said I was the reason liberals were being hysterical about George Bush’s National Guard service.
I would have left it at one column, but apparently Democrats want to go another round. With their Clintonesque formulations, my detractors make it a little difficult to know what “lie” I’m supposed to be contesting, but they are clearly implying — without stating — that Cleland lost his limbs in combat.
It is simply a fact that Max Cleland was not injured by enemy fire in Vietnam. He was not in combat, he was not — as Al Hunt claimed — on a reconnaissance mission, and he was not in the battle of Khe Sanh, as many others have implied. He picked up an American grenade on a routine noncombat mission and the grenade exploded.
In Cleland’s own words: “I didn’t see any heroism in all that. It wasn’t an act of heroism. I didn’t know the grenade was live. It was an act of fate.” That is why Cleland didn’t win a Purple Heart, which is given to those wounded in combat. Liberals are not angry because I “lied”; they’re angry because I told the truth.