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Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Clearcutting in search of the truth

The Guardian...

In an interview with the Associated Press, McCain called the ad "dishonest and dishonorable." Asked if the White House was behind it, McCain said: "I hope not, but I don't know. But I think the Bush campaign should specifically condemn the ad."

White House spokesman Scott McClellan declined to do so and instead criticized the financing of the ad, saying the president "deplores all the unregulated soft-money activity." McClellan said the Bush campaign had nothing to do with the ad or the group behind it. "We have not and we will not question Kerry's service in Vietnam," he said.

Jim Rassmann, an Army veteran who was saved by Kerry, said there were only six crewmates who served with Kerry on his boat. Five support his candidacy and one is deceased.


Michael said...

When I watched the ad it came across as devastating to Kerry, but "too good to be true" from the conservative standpoint. I find it interesting that the only real response the left has had to the ad has been to attack its authors, which you and I both know is not a valid argument. I did read a WSJ article from Rassman, but it came across as vitriolic towards the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. Which set of veterans do we believe?

Patrick Logan said...

I tend to believe those who were on the boat with Kerry. Those veterans seem to be supporting Kerry because they believe in him. McCain also supports Kerry, and I tend to put a lot of faith in him.
(Although his credibiity is sinking a bit with his
recent tour with the dark side. 8^)

The ones who are attacking Kerry say they are for the "truth" but if that is so, why do they need to use words that sound deceitful, e.g. saying "I served with Kerry" to mean "I was on another boat in Vietnam." Their testimonies are lacking credibility while the motive (and money) is there to encourage deception.

While Kerry's crew may have motivation to win at any cost, they seem to be sticking to descriptions of actions that according to the military actually happened. Unless there is a vast left-wing conspiracy within the military, my money's on their story.

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