Thursday, August 12, 2004

Four months in Vietnam

Babble on.

This editorial in the Washington Post captures what I believe to be the relevant points on the issue of John Kerry's Vietnam service and throws some well-deserved cold water on the allegations of the Swift Boat Veterans.

Democratic nominee John F. Kerry has made his tour of duty in Vietnam -- a stint in which he earned three Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star and a Silver Star -- a centerpiece of his presidential campaign. To the extent, then, that there are legitimate questions about Mr. Kerry's behavior -- either in Vietnam or back home as a prominent antiwar activist -- those are fair game. (Babbler's bold)

To be clear, I have no qualms with people who feel National Security is the most important issue in the upcoming campaign, and want to know more about John Kerry's qualifications in that regard. I wonder, though, why people want to give four months in Vietnam over thirty years ago more weight than twenty years of votes in the U.S. Senate.

Could it be that Kerry's four months on the swift boats was the apogee of his public service career?

Babble off.

Update: I think one of the 'legitimate questions' referred to above is where LTJG Kerry was on Christmas Day 1968. Not because where he was is intrinsically important, but because lying about it thirty-six years later in order to get elected POTUS indicates something about the man's character. And remember, he's the one who has made his Vietnam service the central issue in this campaign.


At 11:02 p.m., Blogger pogge said...

I see the "four months" meme is really getting around. Prior to his four months on the Swift Boat, he served a full tour on a destroyer.

A DailyKos reader has been doing some research and thinks it quite possible that Kerry was in Cambodia when he says he was.

At 2:39 a.m., Blogger Babbling Brooks said...

If he really was there, why did he take the Cambodia story off the Vietnam section of his website?

Read this story by someone who is disgusted with both Bush and Kerry. The questions are valid.

The bigger question is why he's pushing four months on a swift boat so hard when he could be pointing to twenty years in the Senate. I think he knows he needs to bolster his image on the national security issue, and he also knows his combat record is much better than his Senate record (on defence and intelligence especially), so he plays up the combat record.

At 12:11 p.m., Blogger pogge said...

Interesting piece. Especially this:

"Yet the truth, wherever it lies, may well be lost amid the rampant political smears of one of the dirtiest campaigns ever for President of the United States."

At 8:48 a.m., Blogger Greg said...

Speaking of liars, I wonder why no one can find anyone who remembers serving with George Bush in Alabama?

At 1:17 a.m., Blogger Babbling Brooks said...

Greg, your comments are welcome if you have something useful to add to the discussion. You've proven you're capable of that. If you're just looking to be bitchy, though, do in on your own blog.


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