Summer Soldiers by Any Other Name

"These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman."Thomas Paine, writing in 1776The so-called Winter Soldier testimonies of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans start today in Washington, D.C.  No one knows how many former soldiers will show up, what they will actually say, or even more than a few names of those slated to appear.   These men and women are attempting to re-create the Winter Soldier allegations made in 1971 by a group of dissident Vietnam Vets, of whom John Kerry was a prominent member.While we don't yet know a whole lot about the current crop of dissidents or their possible connections with our enemies, we now know a great deal about the original Winter Soldiers, who were the first Americans to try this aid-and-abet-the-enemy scheme on such a large scale, with a collective organization...(Read Full Article)