Kevin Drum earlier today:
SWIFT BOATS….I hope nobody minds if I ignore the whole Swift Boat veterans thing. These people are certifiable lunatics, and I just can’t stand the thought of wasting neurons over them. I’m sure you can find plenty of coverage elsewhere from hardier souls if you’re really in the mood to torture yourself.
Kevin Drum later in the day.
WAS BUSH AWOL?….ANOTHER LOOK….Since the Swift Boat lunatics are insisting that we bring the early 70s back into the news, it’s back to the 70s we shall go. But not quite to the same place as the Swifties.
Instead, let’s take a look at some new evidence about George Bush’s infamous five-month absence from the National Guard during 1972.Hmmm…
Question John Kerry’s service record you’re a lunatic, question George Bush’s service record you’re an blogosphere superstar.
You, sir, are on what’s known in the biz as “a fucking roll.”
Of course, being a lunatic and a blogosphere superstar are not mutually exclusive of one another.
The only reason they want to raise GWB is because they cannot successfully defend Kerry.
How can anyone in their right mind allow the (D) party decide for us what honorable service is?!? WTF is that about? When the number of people who will attest to Kerry’s record and performance in Vietnam come out and say “nay”, all you hear is condemnation. When we hear one or two “brothers” come out for Kerry, saying they too served with Kerry in Vietnam, they are to be believed?
The only honorable actions Kerry took in Vietnam were those taken when his or another’s life was in danger – the minumum expectation in combat from what I recall from the Marines. Every last thing he has done since, has done nothing to save anyone anywhere or to make anyone safer – his senate record proves it.
His cousin’s contracts with Hanoi might be another, I don’t know. . .
So how now is military service the measure of a man? One generation they malign those who fought what then they called an “unjust” war, only to come back to the country thirty years later, while we are under attack, and push forth one of a handful of men oe the planet who have their pictures hanging on a museum wall in Ho Chi Minh City in their honor!?!?
I’ll take the dumb yale, harvard graduate, jet pilot, commander-in-chief the military actually respects, country boy from Crawford anyday.
At least I can respect the personal path GWB took to subdue his demons when Kerry has had everything handed to him and sh*t on just about anyone who “doesn’t know who he is”.
To go from drunk to president is a much more respectable path than Geneva to DC.
It was Kerry himself who came back from Vietnam and publicly reported he had taken part in burning villages, shooting at innocent civilians and other activities that were war crimes. And today he tells us he
I might suggest that there is a qualitative difference between discussing the quite dubious assertions of individuals of dubious credibility, and the presentation of quantitative data from records released by the White House that, so far, has not been disputed.
of course, I’m not a freeping idiot, so your results will probably vary
Just to point out the obvious: It’s the right-wing loons who have chosen to bring up the Vietnam era and debate the histories and heroics of the presidential candidates.
If the “swift boat boys” want to talk about what Kerry’s actions in the war, it’s totally legit for Kevin Drum to take another look at the actions Bush took to avoid the war.
That doesn’t mean the swifties are sane or truthful – it just means the topic is back on the table.
Hey, if it wasn’t for double standards, some people would have no standards at all.
We really need to have a fund raiser to buy Kevin Drum a mirror.
Oregonian: you’re joking, right? The entire theme of Kerry’s campaign has been “John Kerry: He Served In Vietnam!”
Kerry was in Nam for 4 months are requested his purple hearts.
HE REQUESTED THEM!!!!
Bush was a pilot and was in the National Guard for 5 years.
Once again, Drum needs to go back to catblogging.
Even Kevin Drum can’t spin a catblogging post into a Bush-bash. He’s just not that good.
Might I suggest you read one of the posts previously presented by this fine web log. It might clarify your clouded point of view concerning the origins of this round of “my guy served in the military”:
So Kevin wants to ignore the “lunatics” who make supposedly baseless claims about what people did in Vietnam.
In that case, he should start by ignoring the Dems’ nominee, based on his lunatic claims in front of a Congressional hearing.
Kerry runs relentlessly on his Vietnam service, has Max Cleland and a gaggle of supportive swift boaters at the convention, but it’s “right wing loons” who are putting his service in the public debate?
Egad, that’s a stretch, Oregonian. Seinfeld said it best, “Good luck with aaallll THAT”
Perhaps I’m incorrect (I’m not), but the Swift boat loons resurrected the Kerry narrative prior to last weeks Democratic National Convention.
Also, are any of you gentleman interested in what the Swift boat loons had to say about Kerry during his 1996 senatorial campaign against Weld? How ’bout the one before that? In his House races?
Somehow I didn’t think so. (Hint: Weren’t saying the same things then).
The Swift Boat group has vocally opposed Kerry since it became clear he would be the nominee.
You are right I don’t care what they said before. Kerry had not been the (D) candidate for the Presidency before. It seems to me the Swift Boat folks know where to draw the line when it came to their supporting him.
We could get closer to the bottom of this by requesting Kerry’s military and medical records be released like GWB’s were. We could find out what his fitreps say and verify some of the claims the Swift Boat folks have made.
I am not afraid of full disclosure for anyone. I believe it is our right to know every last thing about the men who want to lead this country.
I believe the Swift Boat folks have the right to change their minds after all this time. The (D)s are trying to convince of the same thing concerning just about everything Kerry has said or done.
j, you can access Kerry’s military records on his web site. But be forewarned before you go jumping down that hole, my read of his fitness reports through the filter of my 20 years of Naval service tells me there’s no there there.
And these are 100% of his records?
Thanks for the tip.
Probably not 100%, but I don’t put much stock into that. I’m kinda surprised that they could come up with as many documents as they did, considering it was 35 years ago.