August 05, 2004

Kerry: War Criminal, Animal Killer (Updated)

Via Drudge:

A veterans group seeking to deeply discredit Democrat John Kerry's military service will charge in the new bombshell book UNFIT FOR COMMAND:

"Kerry earned his Silver Star by killing a lone, fleeing, teenage Viet Cong in a loincloth."

"And if Kerry's superiors had known the truth at the time, they would never have recommended him for the medal."

The book also claims to detail how Kerry personally ordered the slaughter of small animals at a small hamlet along the Song Bo De River.

I guess he just lost PETA's endorsement.

Was his incredible feat of saving a hamster motivated out of guilt? (from Jane, in comments)

UPDATE: James Joyner responds to Drudge's story by saying that the allegations are a bit over the top and says that the people in the group behind the book Unfit for Command are increasingly sounding "like lunatics." I disagree.

I haven't read the book yet, but the excerpts that Drudge quotes don't sound anything at all like lunacy. In fact, the only lunacy I find here is the way Drudge sensationalizes elements of the story. For instance, the headline at Drudge (a few minutes ago):

VETS CHARGE: KERRY KILLED FLEEING TEEN; LIED FOR MEDAL
Which makes it sound as if the book charges Kerry with killing some poor kid as he ran away. In fact, the book simply says that Kerry killed a young Viet Cong soldier, who was fleeing a raid. So, I lay the blame on Drudge, not John O'Neil or the other veterans out to expose John Kerry's 'war hero' image for the fraud that it is.

Since I no longer watch TV (except Rick James) I hadn't seen the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth advertisement until moments ago. The ad is posted at Human Events and can be viewed online. I find nothing offensive about it. Nothing at all. If JFK is going to travel around with a troupe of Vets lauding his heroism, this is par for the course.

UPDATE II: Beldar agrees, and has some first-hand knowlege.

UPDATE III: QandO has chapter 3 of Unfit for Command available if you want to check it out. It's title? The Purple Heart Hunter.

UPDATE IV: Glenn (I make $13k a month in Blogads) Reynolds notes that Kerry is threatening to sue over the advertisement. Commissar offers an out-of-court settlement

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:51 PM | Comments |