Friday, August 20, 2004

Swift Boat Veterans For Truth Launch New Ad

The Swift Boat Veterans For Truth have produces a new ad that will begin airing in various markets last week. View the ad here. It is a powerful, emotional, devastating ad that intersperses video and audio of John Kerry’s testimony to the Senate in 1971 in which he stated:

I would like to talk, representing all those veterans, and say that several months ago in Detroit, we had an investigation at which over 150 honorably discharged and many very highly decorated veterans testified to war crimes committed in Southeast Asia, not isolated incidents but crimes committed on a day-to-day basis with the full awareness of officers at all levels of command.


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They told the stories at times they had personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, tape wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the country side of South Vietnam in addition to the normal ravage of war, and the normal and very particular ravaging which is done by the applied bombing power of this country.


Kerry’s statements are intermixed with statements by veteran’s who were still serving in the field at the time John Kerry slandered them in front of the Senate. Kerry has decided to attack the Swift Boat Veterans by calling them liars instead of addressing the issues they have brought to the attention of the public. It will be very difficult for Kerry and the media to continue this line of attack considering that this ad features mostly Kerry’s own voice. Kerry made the slanderous charges in front of the Senate; he cannot deny it or spin it. He claimed that the entire chain of command was fully aware of crimes of humanity being committed on a day to day basis. Men were still in the field, still in prisons, still being beaten on a daily basis, and as one of the veterans said in the ad, they were being beaten in an attempt to get them to say what John Kerry freely told the Senate.

The Kerry campaign is concerned. Deborah Orin outlines their concern and their cause for concern on today’s New York Post. And despite its attempt to cover for Kerry, that Washington Post reveals the extent to which the cat is out of the bag. (hanks to Hugh Hewitt)

The new ad will not be able to be hidden or spun by Kerry and his allies in the press. He made the statements. He called veterans serving in Vietnam War criminals. He said that the entire chain of command was aware of the atrocities committed by the soldiers. He claimed that US soldiers were torturing and killing and maiming and poisoning. John Kerry said it, in testimony to the Senate. It was not said by Republican supporters of bush or right wing lunatics as the media has tried to portray the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.

The sickening part is that Kerry now has the audacity to run for president on his service in Vietnam. It is angering. John Kerry will try to run from this, to hide behind the media and to send his spinmeisters and Democratic attack machines out to destroy the credibility of these veterans again, but eventually his words to the Senate and his attempts to capitalize on his slander of veterans for political gain will catch up to him. The Swift Boat Veterans for Truth are asking him to confront these charges and he won’t.

No matter the medals, no matter the ribbons, no matter how many veterans he convinces to stand with him on a stage, Kerry made those statements to the Senate while men were still fighting and dieing and suffering. John Kerry said it. John Kerry will have to face it.

Update:

Drudge is reporting that the Kerry Campaign is attempting to suppress the Swift Boat Vets book, Unfit For Command. Unbelievable if true. The book in number one on Amazon and will debut at #3 on the New York Times best seller list. How does the Kerry Campaign think this will play with the public? Kerry tries to muzzle the Vets he slandered 35 years ago without responding to the questions they raise? This wont play well. Order as many copies of the book as you can afford from Amazon. Apparently there is only free speech if you agree with Kerry.

Read more here.