Pat Robertson Redux
Forbes Magazine ^ | February 2, 2006 | James Brady

Posted on 02/02/2006 10:43:38 PM PST

NEW YORK - Each time the Rev. Pat Robertson mounts the considerable pulpit of his daily TV variety show, The 700 Club, to announce that God is about to punish someone with whom Robertson disagrees, old Marines ask, "Can you believe hes shooting off his mouth again?"

These are usually Marine officers of Korean War vintage who served with Pat half a century ago when we were all young lieutenants heading to the wars. They know the Rev and are not at all reluctant to comment,...

I can assure his friends that Pat hasn't flipped out or is suddenly feeling his age. The man began talking too much 55 years ago....

During the voyage, in wardroom bull sessions, Pat let it be known that "my daddy," the senator, would intervene to win his son a transfer to Japan. The other young officers sloughed this off as idle boasting,...And when one of the others, who truly wanted to get in the fighting, later volunteered all of them for Korean duty, Pat ended up at division headquarters (a relatively safe posting) as "liquor officer" and courier, traveling back and forth to Japan...

Cut to election year 1988. Touting himself not only as a man of God but as a Marine "combat" vet, Pat was doing very well in the Republican presidential primaries, with Super Tuesday coming up on March 8. But as some of the old "my daddy" stories of 1951 leaked out,...He sued for libel one of his tormentors, McCloskey, a Marine officer of Pat's class but one who had actually fought in Korea, earning the Navy Cross, a Silver Star and two Purple Hearts....

But the man talked too much.

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