From Washington Post
Group to Air Ad Attacking Kerry's 1971 Testimony
Democrats Counter on TV And With Legal Challenge
By Jim VandeHei
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, August 21, 2004; Page A01
How come I know a whole lot of veterans who came back from vietnam who said the same things as Kerry did? Kerry said that his testimony 30 years ago was based on 150 interviews with veterans. Many other veterans of note, such as Gen. Tommy Franks concur that atrocities happened in Vietnam. I could probably dig up quite a few veterans who would concur as this was one hell of a hot topic back then. I also believe that the charges were against the commanding officers, not the soldiers.
...A new ad by the anti-Kerry group Swift Boat Veterans for Truth condemns the Democratic nominee for making allegations of war crimes and atrocities committed by American soldiers. "It hurt me more than any physical wounds I had," a Vietnam veteran says in the ad about Kerry's highly publicized testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 1971.
With polls showing attacks on Kerry's war record reaching large numbers of voters and resonating with many independents and veterans, the Democratic National Committee defended Kerry with a new ad, featuring retired Air Force Gen. Merrill A. McPeak -- a Bush supporter in 2000. "John Kerry has the strength and common sense we need in a commander in chief," McPeak says in the ad. Kerry will try to shift the focus back to President Bush with an ad that will be unveiled tomorrow, a top aide said.Glad I live in NY and don't have to see all these ads. I'd probably have smashed my tv by now. I saw that stupid bush ad about the 9/11 kids though and threw up on my nice carpet.
Yesterday, Kerry did not respond to the new allegations, although aides said his testimony was directed at military leadership, not the soldiers fighting in Vietnam. The Kerry campaign filed a legal challenge against the veterans group, alleging it is illegally colluding with the Bush campaign. Aides denounced the president and his aides for what they called a smear campaign.Oh boy. Well at least they are fighting back. And I'd just loooove to see what they come up with about georgie's awolness. If all this 'veterans against kerry' suddenly stops, you read it here that georgie knows that the truth about his dereliction of duty is going to come out and destroy him.
... David Wade, a Kerry spokesman, responded in kind: "Maybe if George Bush had seen combat up close his hired-gun mouthpiece wouldn't be so flip." Not to be outdone, Kerry spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter said, "Mr. McClellan needs to understand that John Kerry is not the type of leader who will sit and read 'My Pet Goat' to a group of second-graders while America is under attack." On Sept. 11, 2001, Bush remained in a Florida classroom for several minutes after learning that planes had flown into the World Trade Center.
Cutter said Bush's military service may become a bigger issue in the days ahead. "If George Bush continues to smear [Kerry's] service, voters have a right to look at Bush's failure to serve out his time in the National Guard," she said. Bush maintains that he fulfilled his duties.
Read the rest at Washington Post while I vomit.
They're wicked evil.