Ed Driscoll


I’VE READ MICHAEL CROWLEY’S SLATE ARTICLE on former Georgia Sen. Max Cleland, and while Crowley writes that, “Cleland…lost two legs and an arm to a grenade explosion in Vietnam”, he really, really underplays just how Cleland’s accident occurred, and that it wasn’t in combat. I’m no fan of Ann Coulter’s writing style and sneering tone, but she took an enormous amount of flak for researching and simply writing about the incident:

Cleland lost three limbs in an accident during a routine noncombat mission where he was about to drink beer with friends. He saw a grenade on the ground and picked it up. He could have done that at Fort Dix. In fact, Cleland could have dropped a grenade on his foot as a National Guardsman