Wednesday, August 04, 2004

Band of estranged brothers 

The vets aren't happy. This from a new site, Swift Boat Veterans for Truth:

"Senator John Kerry has made his 4-month combat tour in Vietnam the centerpiece of his bid for the Presidency. His campaign jets a handful of veterans around the country, and trots them out at public appearances to sing his praises. John Kerry wants us to believe that these men represent all those he calls his 'band of brothers.'

"But most combat veterans who served with John Kerry in Vietnam see him in a very different light.

"Swift Boat Veterans for Truth has been formed to counter the false "war crimes" charges John Kerry repeatedly made against Vietnam veterans who served in our units and elsewhere, and to accurately portray Kerry's brief tour in Vietnam as a junior grade Lieutenant. We speak from personal experience -- our group includes men who served beside Kerry in combat as well as his commanders. Though we come from different backgrounds and hold varying political opinions, we agree on one thing: John Kerry misrepresented his record and ours in Vietnam and therefore exhibits serious flaws in character and lacks the potential to lead." Not a very happy "band of brothers."
Then there is the Winter Soldier, dedicated to John Kerry's tour of duty and the subsequent anti-war tour of malice.

Personally, I'm still trying to come to grips with the phenomenon of a modern-day Democrat presidential candidate who promotes his service in Vietnam as virtually his only qualification to lead the country in the highest office.


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