Tuesday, August 10, 2004
My thoughts on the Swift Boat Vets
One point that I haven't seen made thus far is in answer to the liberal cry that these men have an agenda to defeat Kerry, and because of this their stories don't have credibility. I won't even take the easy shot and point out Michael Moore.
My question is, "Why is it so easy to find VietNam vets eager to speak out against Kerry?"
Answer: Kerry, regardless of what he did when he was In Country, came back to the U.S. and promptly turned against his "band of brothers" and numerous others who were still there. I think this profoundly outweighs the fact that he only served 4 months, outweighs any debate over his commendations, and truthfully, outweighs any actions he took while serving.
He prefaced his remarks with:
"...I am not here as John Kerry. I am here as one member of the group of 1,000 which is a small representation of a very much larger group of veterans in this country, and were it possible for all of them to sit at this table they would be here and have the same kind of testimony...." (emphasis mine)
"they had personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam. . ."