I’m not going to rehash the Chris Matthews – Michelle Malkin segment from Hardball [transcript] last night, but it’s worth noting that Matthews preparation and attention to detail are clearly displayed as stunningly deficient.
Chris, a self inflicted wound does not necessarily mean you shot yourself on purpose. Getting hit by shrapel from a grenade you threw (or launched) qualifies as a self inflicted wound, not an attempt to shoot yourself. There are many other scenarios where you can get injured in the process of engaging the enemy, none of which are an attempt to shoot yourself.
The exchange between Matthews and Malkin leads me to wonder if there has ever been a case made that the first of Kerry’s Purple Heart injuries was ever anything OTHER than a self inflicted wound? I don’t know the answer to that question, but I suspect the answer is “no.” Since it is claimed that the boat was under enemy fire (a claim the SwifVets deny) the injury was “in the heat of fire,” and classifiable as a battle wound worthy of a Purple Heart. The only debate is whether the craft was under fire.
I’d also like to see links to those who claim Kerry shot himself on purpose. I suspect they don’t exist, as anyone who has read or commented on the sample chapter knows that the only case being advanced is that there was no enemy fire, hence not an injury worthy of a Purple Heart.