(Author’s note: I was initially reluctant to post this piece, slamming a veteran with a respectable war record, on Memorial Day. But Kerry himself brought up the topic on Memorial Day Weekend, so I believe it’s fair game.)
Well, it’s been about 18 months since the last presidential election, and finally John Kerry is fighting back against the Swift Boat Veterans For Truth, who (rightly or wrongly) are given much credit (or blame) for keeping him from becoming president. Kerry is coming out swinging, rebutting specific allegations of theirs with new evidence and new witnesses.
Senator Kerry, let me speak for a great number of people: give it up.
There are exactly two ways you can definitively settle this matter. The first is to sue the Swift Boat Veterans For Truth for slander and libel. Sure, as a public figure, the burden will be great, but if you have such conclusive evidence proving they are lying, take them to the cleaners.
There second way is even simpler: simply sign the Form 180 that releases your service record. And not the one that releases it to your pet historian and pet journalists only, but to the general public. You sought to lead the American people, and appear to be considering another run. You made your record a key element of your campaign last time. Don’t we have the right to know the full details, good and bad, and judge you accordingly?
So file the suit, sign the form, or STFU, Senator Kerry. And if you do run again, kindly spend a slight fraction of your time discussing some of the more notable accomplishments of your life from the last 30 years. There’s gotta be SOMETHING you’ve done, isn’t there?
(Author’s note 2: In all fairness, Kerry has one achievement as Senator that is, indeed, praiseworthy. He was essential in the Senate investigation into the Bank of Credit & Commerce International, and it always puzzled me why Kerry spent so much time talking about Viet Nam and never mentioned this feather in his cap.)