March 28, 2007

But did Kerry apologize to those he maligned?

Via the AP:

President Bush on Wednesday withdrew the ambassadorial nomination of businessman Sam Fox after Democrats denounced Fox for giving money to a controversial conservative group that undermined Sen. John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign.

Kerry, D-Mass., had criticized Fox because of a $50,000 contribution that Fox made in 2004 to the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.

Many Democrats blame the group for sinking Kerry's presidential hopes that year after it aired a series of controversial ads that impugned Kerry's military record in the Vietnam War.

Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., said Tuesday he opposes the nomination because Fox "refused to apologize for his behavior" during his confirmation hearing last month.

I wonder: Did John Kerry ever apologize to all those Vietnam Veterans he trashed in his that early 1970s congressional testimony? You remember, the US soldiers who supposedly

... personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, tape 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...

("Genghis" pronounced "Jenjis" a la some elitist inflection, by the way.)

So, Kerry's feelings are hurt by what the Swift Boat vets for Truth did. Boo-hoo. Payback sucks, John. The only reason the White House even pulled the nomination is because the Dems now control the Senate and a fight wouldn't be worth it.

Posted by Felix at March 28, 2007 06:08 PM | TrackBack

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Felix, you are way off base here, in my view!

First of all, note the word "testified" in Kerry's statement here: "I would like to talk, representing all those veterans, and say that several months ago in Detroit, we had an investigation at which over 150 honorably discharged and many very highly decorated veterans testified to war crimes committed in Southeast Asia, not isolated incidents but crimes committed on a day-to-day basis with the full awareness of officers at all levels of command."

Thus, there is no "trashing", as you erroneously stated.

Second, the Swift Boat episode was a real low point in Presidential political campaigning. If that is not evident to you by now, it probably never will be!

Finally, look how this nation has deteriorated in the hands of the man you voted for twice. I cannot imagine how it could ever have been worse than this, as we will be paying for these Presidential debacles for many decades to come. You obviously have not yet acknowledged this obvious outcome!

Posted by: Perry Hood at March 28, 2007 08:30 PM

Perry -- let's set the issue of what Kerry said in that portion of the statement aside -- the facts are that the Winter Soldier "hearings" and his book about them were full of what has now been documented to be patent falsehoods, including the testimony of "Vietnam vets" who had never left th continental US.

Kerry also admitted to personally taking part in war crime -- something that has no statute of limitations under our law.

When will his Dem colleagues demand that he be tried and punished for those crimes?

Posted by: Rhymes With Right at March 28, 2007 09:01 PM

"When will his Dem colleagues demand that he be tried and punished for those crimes?"

Never, cause they knew he was lieing

Posted by: steamboat willy at March 29, 2007 12:53 AM

I think the benefit of hind-sight is being used unfairly against Kerry to demonize him for political purposes. This is neither justified nor fair.

At the time, is it possible that Kerry believed the winter soldier testimonies to be true?

Moreover, I am not aware of any war crimes committed by Kerry.

I remember very well the extreme discord in the country at that time surrounding the misinformation and deception being perpetrated by our then government. Do you, or are you now influenced only by political propaganda? Be honest!

This was the atmosphere in which Kerry was trying to portray the truth as he saw it, a very, very courageous decision to make to speak out in those times.

Instead of honoring Kerry for his military service and civilian activities of the time, his political enemies of today continue to attempt to demonize and diminish the man. This is a disgrace, in my view. What is wrong with you people that you would stoop to this level of political rhetoric?

Posted by: Perry Hood at March 29, 2007 08:14 AM

I'm waiting to see how you tie Clinton into this one.

Posted by: donviti at March 29, 2007 09:20 AM

Please, Clinton was off smoking dope at Oxford and taking field trips to Moscow.

Posted by: G Rex at March 29, 2007 09:44 AM

"attempt to demonize and diminish the man"

they "demonized" him by pouring sunlight on his activities.

Posted by: steamboat willy at March 29, 2007 11:53 AM

I suppose that the Democrats are within their rights to sink this guy for his support of the swift boat vets but If the shoe were on the other foot the media would be screaming about supression of free speech.
50,000? Apparently, he felt pretty strongly about the issue.

Posted by: jef at March 29, 2007 05:22 PM