Vietnam Memorial vandalized UPDATE

| September 18, 2007

Last week I wrote about the Viet Nam Memorial vandalization and the Park Service brushed it off as a cleaning accident. I thought it was a little odd that a cleaning crew would even bring a potentially damaging material near the Wall, but without the Park Service’s admission, it was pretty much a dead end.

Well, Michele Malkin broke the Park Service’s admission that it was indeed vandalism yesterday afternoon (I updated last week’s post with the news). Last night, the local DC Fox broadcast channel ran this story on the 10 o’clock news broadcast – the story has been updated this morning.

The funny thing is this; in the lead-ins to the 10 o’clock news, the news team said they had video of the perpetrators, however this video of the perpetrators never aired and it’s not included on the video clip on their website, so I wonder if it was just a teaser to get me to watch the news or if someone dumped the idea.

Robin at Chickenhawk Express has all of the pertinent statements andd links prior to the admission of vandalism and since.

I just think that it’s a little disengenuous of the Park Service to call it an accident until the Gathering of Eagles and ANSWER leave town – then suddenly it becomes vandalism. There were also rumors of an arrest at the Viet Nam Wall on Saturday, the day of the protest. I can’t speak to those rumors because I was two miles away at the Capitol, and the rumors were forgotten in the shadow of the IVAW charades. So I don’t know – if anyone has firsthand knowledge, please let me know. 

The Washington Post tries to explain the reticence of the Park Service to call it vandalism;

The unidentified substance that was found splashed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial earlier this month was the result of vandalism, the U.S. Park Police said yesterday.

Sgt. Robert Lachance, a Park Police spokesman, said that a detective made the conclusion but that officials would provide no more details because the investigation is continuing.

Lachance said the case would involve a long-term investigation. “It’s a terrible crime, and we want to solve it,” he said.

Yeah, well, why didn’t the media display that same caution before the Haditha incident. I’m sure Red-White-and-Blue patriot, John Murtha, Viet Nam veteran and Marine for 30 years (and not one moment more than 30 years) will at any moment decry the vandals as criminals – and demand justice. Waiting with unabated breath here.

And the Left is spinning the story – apparently, it probably wasn’t someone from the Left neccessarily because the anti-war protest this weekend crossed partylines – according to the koolaid drinking sheep.

Category: Antiwar crowd, Gathering of Eagles, Media, Politics, Support the troops

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Now that really torques me off. Sounds a bit like the NPS was afraid that GOE may have kicked some ass if they admitted it was indeed vandalized. I hope they find the dumb ass that did it, and knee cap them.


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