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ABC Asks If Palin--But Not Biden--Is Politicizing Son's Service

6:26 PM, Sep 11, 2008 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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As Sarah Palin's son Track deploys to Iraq today, ABC's John Berman writes a story titled "Is Sarah Palin Politicizing Son's Military Service?"

Berman reports that Palin, that flighty hockey mom, may have put her son's life in danger when she acknowledged his deployment to Iraq during her speech at the RNC:

John McCain's son, 19-year-old Marine Lance Corp. Jimmy McCain, just returned from a tour in the Anbar province of Iraq after a six-month deployment.

The younger McCain's service in Iraq went largely unnoticed because, unlike his running mate, John McCain never mentions it on the stump.

That's in stark contrast to Palin's comments about her son during her vice presidential acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention last week.

"One week from tomorrow, September 11th, he'll deploy to Iraq with the Army Infantry in the service of his country," Palin said to a roaring crowd.

John Nagl, a senior fellow at the Center for New American Security, said that kind of public announcement can be a double-edged sword.

"It is the mark of an enthusiastic and proud mother, but it does pose conceivably some risk on the soldier and the unit," Nagl said.

But wait a second. Hasn't Joe Biden publicly discussed his son Beau's deployment to Iraq? Why, yes, yes he has.

ABC's Berman does not mention this fact. He merely notes that during his speech introducing his father at the Democratic National Convention, Beau Biden--who was introduced as Captain Beau Biden and will deploy to Iraq in October as a JAG in the Army National Guard--referred to his own deployment in "coded" language.