Former Mates Allege Kerry ‘Unfit’ II
John O’Neill has delivered the promised “Kerry is unfit” argument, which is the WSJ op-ed page’s Featured Article today. As expected, it has nothing to do with Kerry’s service in Vietnam and everything to do with his anti-war protests afterward.
Like John Kerry, I served in Vietnam as a Swift Boat commander. Ironically, John Kerry and I served much of our time, a full 12 months in my case and a controversial four months in his, commanding the exact same six-man boat, PCF-94, which I took over after he requested early departure. Despite our shared experience, I still believe what I believed 33 years ago–that John Kerry slandered America’s military by inventing or repeating grossly exaggerated claims of atrocities and war crimes in order to advance his own political career as an antiwar activist. His misrepresentations played a significant role in creating the negative and false image of Vietnam vets that has persisted for over three decades.
Again, while I think this is a fair point, it’s not a startling revelation by any means.
So far, I’ve been unable to find the promised letter by the so-called “Swift Boat Veterans for Truth” or coverage of their press conference, which is/was to have been some time today.