One track campaign, on the wrong track

Kerry’s campaign continues to consist of a single qualification. Vietnam. For instance when responding to a candidate questionaire from Humane USA, the Humane Society Political Action Committee, Kerry wrote…

“I have always had pets in my life, and there are a few that I remember very fondly,” Mr. Kerry replied. “When I was serving on a Swift Boat in Vietnam, my crewmates and I had a dog we called VC.”
"One day as our Swift Boat was heading up a river, a mine exploded hard under our boat," he continued. "After picking ourselves up, we discovered VC was MIA (missing in action). Several minutes of frantic search followed, after which we thought we'd lost him. We were relieved when another boat called asking if we were missing a dog."

Said Mr. Kerry: "It turns out VC was catapulted from the deck of our boat and landed, confused but unhurt, on the deck of another boat in our patrol."

A dog called 'VC'? You know, so much of Kerry's life experiences seem to have happened in Vietnam. Please forgive me for being incredulous. But this sounds alot like other memories which were 'seared, seared into him.' Memories which make convenient stories for whatever political purpose is at hand.

Kerry's campaign slogan should be, "When I was in Vietnam," because it's repeated in every single stop, in every single speech, and in every single campaign event or press release. I wouldn't be surprised if it were on the official campaign letterhead.

Which brings us back to the Swift Boat Veterans who 'served with Kerry'. Obviously they served close enough to Kerry for 'VC' to be tossed onto their boat. Perhaps they were also close enough to have seen what happened? But that's not what the Kerry campaign would like you to believe.

Meanwhile you can tell Kerry is unable to rebutt John O'Neill effectively when he begins to question George Bush's military service openly.

“If George Bush wants to ask me questions about that through his surrogates, he owes America an explanation about whether or not he showed up for duty in the National Guard. Prove it. That's what we ought to have. I'm not going to stand around and let them play games.” -- John Kerry, NBC News, 4/26/04

George Bush released all the records pertaining to his military service
why won't Kerry do the same?

Posted by Eric Simonson at August 29, 2004 3:11 AM