1.  Washington Post:  “Why would anyone need to lie about having been in Vietnam?

“As a Marine (and Vietnam veteran of no distinction whatsoever), I’ve run into men who told me they’d been in the Marines, too.  Always happy to meet a fellow Marine, I’d ask what unit they served in.  ‘Oh, I was in . . . the 173rd . . .’ Except there is no 173rd in the Marine Corps.  I’ve felt embarrassed for them and wondered how empty their lives were that they’d tell such a lie.”

2.  USA Today:  “Political waves: Great pretenders drown in their lies

“Blumenthal conceded he had ‘misspoken’ on ‘a few occasions’ but insisted it was ‘totally unintentional.’  He defiantly said he would ‘not allow anyone to take a few misplaced words and impugn my record of service to our country.’  Give us a break.  He lied, and those ‘few misplaced words’ are a grievous insult to those who did serve and fight in Vietnam.”

3.  Hot Air:  “Blumenthal: “I wore the uniform in Vietnam and many came back to all kinds of disrespect’.”

“That forced Blumenthal into a strange defense, what I’d refer to as the ‘I’ve been faithful dozens of times’ position.  The campaign and the candidate tried a sleight-of-hand in focusing on the times when Blumenthal characterized his service accurately, as if one honest instance counterbalances one dishonest instance.  It doesn’t. . . . Being honest dozens of times doesn’t get Blumenthal off the hook for exaggerations and flat-out lies at other times.”

4.  News Times:  “Critics weigh Blumenthal’s words

“A trove of potential bulletin board material was unearthed Tuesday by Hearst Connecticut Newspapers from its archives quoting the once seemingly unflappable U.S. Senate candidate on his military record, one that he has been accused of embellishing.”

5.  Michelle Malkin:  “Blumenthal Flanked by Another Phony During Non-Apology?

6.  Washington Times:  “Richard Blumenthal’s rolling blunder

“Mr. Blumenthal not only did not serve in Vietnam, he systematically avoided any chance of being sent overseas, which compounds the severity of his claims to the contrary.  . . .  He had student draft deferments at Harvard and Cambridge, and secured a coveted 2-A occupational deferment at the height of the fighting in 1968, which was only given to those for whom it was deemed in the ‘national health, safety and interest’ to remain in their civilian jobs.”