Monday, August 09, 2004
Kerry hires lawyers to silence critics
One of the many attempts by the Democrats to have their cake and eat it too. As told by the New Hampshire Union Leader.
Not so swift: Kerry asks lawyers to silence critics
"PREPARING for this weeks release of "Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry", the pro and anti-Kerry camps last week rehashed the 35-year-old battle exploits of Sen. Kerry.
One of the allegations in the book is that Kerry won the Silver Star for a raid in which he chased a wounded, loin cloth-wearing teenager and shot him in the back. This allegation is not new. It was covered in Boston Globe stories compiled into a biography of Kerry that was published earlier this year.
"He was running away with a live B-40, and, I thought, poised to turn around and fire it,..." Kerry told The Globe about the enemy soldier he shot. Asked if that meant he shot the soldier in the back, Kerry responded, "No, absolutely not." Well, if he was "poised to turn around and fire" then he was not facing Kerry. Sounds like another Kerry distortion, and an unnecessary one at that. It was war, and the enemy was carrying a weapon. Kerry would have been justified in firing at a fleeing, armed enemy. Of course, that usually does not earn the Silver Star.
Unfortunately, we may never know the full truth about Kerry's actions during his four months in Vietnam. (Kerry still hasn't released all of his records. gw) What we know for sure is that when Kerry's record was questioned, his campaign and the Democratic National Committee attempted to silence the critics. Lawyers for the DNC and the campaign last week intimidated television stations into not running anti-Kerry ads, produced by Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, which question Kerry's heroism.
This is the same tactic Michael Moore employed to silence critics of "Fahrenheit 9/11." Meanwhile, Moore, Howard Dean and other left-wing conspiracy theorists spread lies, rumors and innuendo about President Bush every day, while claiming to stand for honest, open debate."
Posted by Gowain at 4:25 PM