Sunday, August 22, 2004

Now comes the fun part...

While many have slammed the Swift Boat Vets for actually daring to challenge John Kerry's ever changing war stories, the public may have more of a problem accepting what Kerry did after he got back home. The L.A. Times, hardly a conservative paper, is taking a look this morning at Kerry's very public anti-war activities in 1970-71.

Now, there's nothing wrong with being against the Vietnam war. Many were in those days for quite legitimate reasons. But Kerry stepped way over the line in his smearing and slandering of brave American servicemen as baby killers, terrorists and war criminals.

The article also shows that Kerry was flip-flopping even back in those days on this issues--for example, how he portrayed his war service, and notice how he would wax indignant over perceived slights, just like today:

Kerry won the race and then two years later sought an open Senate seat. The main issue during the Democratic primary between two liberal candidates squaring off in a liberal state was the depth of their support for a freeze on nuclear weapon production.
But Kerry did poll voters to see if they knew which of the primary candidates was a veteran; they did not. So he ran an ad that showed him walking along the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington and talking about "not sending another generation off to die for a misguided war," said Payne. It was a careful effort to meld both sides of his Vietnam experience.
His main opponent, then-Rep. James Shannon accused Kerry of flip-flopping because he had chosen to fight in the war and then had come home and protested against it. At a debate two days later, Kerry said Shannon's remarks tarnished the reputations of every soldier who fought, and demanded an apology.