I think all these tough guy, war reporter, "I saw combat" tall tales are compensation for the fact that somehow he managed not to be in the military himself, even though he was of draft age during the Viet Nam war. I have no idea what went on between him and Selective Service in terms of deferments, and I'm not condemning him for not joining up. But he is a right wing war-monger who is constantly demanding that our troops be sent off to kill and die. He is vulnerable on this because he has no military experience and he wants other people to do what he didn't, when he had the chance. So he feels the need to give himself some "I've been there" credibility. He has none, so he makes it up. And then he viciously attacks anybody who points that out. The only wars he has been involved in were about TV ratings.