Skip to comments.Media Go Cuckoo For Kerry Accepting Pickens Swift Boat Challenge
Posted on 11/17/2007 10:33:31 AM PST by faq
Did you hear about that challenge famed oilman T. Boone Pickens made on November 6 when he offered $1 million to anyone that could disprove even one charge made against Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) by the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth?
Like most people that weren't at the American Spectator dinner the evening Pickens made the offer, you probably didn't learn about this until Kerry accepted the challenge ten days later.
For those interested, this was Pickens's formal reply:
Dear Senator Kerry:
So glad to hear from you regarding the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth political ad campaign, and an offer I made public at an American Spectator dinner in Washington, D.C. last week. I am intrigued by your letter, and am certainly open to your challenge.
My concern at the Spectator Dinner was, and continues to be, that you and other political figures were and are maligning the Swift Boat Veterans, and I want to prevent this important part of American history from being unfairly portrayed.
In order to disprove the accuracy of the Swift Boat ads, I will ultimately need you to provide the following: 1) The journal you maintained during your service in Vietnam. 2) Your military record, specifically your service records for the years 1971-1978, and copies of all movies and tapes made during your service.
When you have done so, if you can then prove anything in the ads was materially untrue, I will gladly award $1 million. As you know, I have been a long and proud supporter of the American military and veterans' causes. I now challenge you to make this commitment: If you cannot prove anything in the Swift Boat ads to be untrue, that you will make a $1 million gift to the charity I am choosing -- the Medal of Honor Foundation.
T. Boone Pickens
[This is an excerpt]
This is going to be fun to watch.
Drag a million dollars through a Senator’s office and who knows who’ll take the bait.
Pass the popcorn.
I really don’t think Kerry is going to follow through with the conditions Pickens has placed on him. Too risky for Kerry.
It’s been 4 years and Kerry STILL hasn’t disproven a single charge?
He should be able to hold up something right here, right now rather than saying “I WILL begin the process of researching and disproving these charges...”
I wish Kerry would wager his senate seat on disproving, the truth.
Kerry is the kind that would have run from a duel.
“Too risky for Kerry.”
I agree, considering that the only way Johnny can come
up with a million is from Tahhhrazor.
She just might cut off his allowance.
Senator Kerry Accepts Challenge [semi-satire]
Senator John Kerry (D-Mass), whose 2004 presidential campaign was dogged by critics of his Vietnam War record, said he has personally accepted billionaire Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens offer to pay $1 million to anyone who can disprove even a single charge of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.
While I could show that everything they said about me was a lie, I will be merciful and merely refute the one charge Mr. Pickens requires for payment, Kerry announced.
Kerry said the charge he will refute is that he is a lying weasel (Mustela kathiah). I am a human being, Kerry insisted. A simple DNA test will verify that. The money is as good as mine.
Awesome, and Kerry has already stupidly stepped into it.
BRING IT ON!
Torpedoed again. Maybe he can send T Boone some Gilligan Island reruns??
Pray for W and Our Victorious Troops
Yeah, based upon what Kerry said all he had to do was somehow prove one of the charges false. I doubt Kerry wants this letter made public as these are conditions he definitely will not make good on. Kerry wants to cherry pick what he supplies just as he did with his records to the hand picked Boston Globe lackeys.
Kerry will try to spin this by trotting out something other than the complete records. This is a safe bet for T Boone.
Don’t miss this ping.
Read the challenge put forth by T. Boone Pickens very carefully.
Pickens wants access to 100% of Kerry’s records for the period 1971 to 1978. This does not cover the period that Kerry was in Viet Nam or searing his Cambodia claims into his memory.
If Kerry opens his records from 1971 through 1978 then he opens his activities with the commies and trips to Paris and the circumstances of his discharge.
Johnny will never have the nerve to open these records.
2) Your military record, specifically your service records for the years 1971-1978,
the very thing that kerry fears the most.......I sincerely hope that Pickens et al know that it is the Secretary of the Army who had the authority and responsibility for upgrading discharges for all services, not just the Army.....
Ping Ping Ping
Ha, ha, ha!
I thought maybe T. Boone Pickens had stepped into it when he made that offer.
No, it appears that Kerry has stepped into it.
Pickens got where he is by being a very sharp guy.
Kerry got where he is by marrying increasingly rich women.
And it shows.
As if the “career” of John Forbes Kerry wasn’t enough of a disaster, he is about to make it even worse.
1977-78 is also the time when certain of his records were changed during the Carter Administration.
Kerry thinks that having a few former crewman on the Heinz payroll will somehow provide the requisite "truth".
Good thing Pickens wants documentation. That'll throw a monkey wrench into Kerry's plan.
I vaguely recall one instance where Kerry's journal doesn't even jibe with his letters sent home (Brinkley inadvertently let that one slip).
Kinkos is going to need TWO fax machines to fabricate this many documents.
Surprise.......according to this AP reporter, the Swiftboat Veterans have already been proven wrong.
You've got to hand it to the main stream media.
Kerry vows to disprove Swift boat claims
11/16/2007, 7:48 p.m. CST By GLEN JOHNSON
The Associated Press
(Edited by poster)
First in the book "Unfit for Command," and then in a series of television commercials, Kerry's critics challenged the circumstances for his military awards, accused him of doctoring reports and argued he never traveled into Cambodia as claimed.
While fellow veterans and reporters disproved many of the group's claims at the time, Kerry refused to air ads responding to the criticism. His own response was muted for fear of legitimizing his critics' attacks. The senator conceded after losing to Bush that his lackluster response likely cost him the election.
Ever since, Kerry has worked to lay the criticisms to rest.
In May 2005, he began allowing reporters access to his full Navy personnel and medical records something he refused to do during the campaign.
Those records mostly duplicated documents Kerry released during the 2004 campaign. In addition, they included numerous commendations from commanders who criticized Kerry's service during the presidential race.
That disclosure renewed questions about why Kerry did not respond more forcefully with control over the White House at stake.
Kerry decided against launching a second bid for president, but vowed to defend his record and prevent other candidates from being "Swift-boated."
Ditto that. How many times has ketsup boy siad that he was going to sign his Form 180 and/or had already signed it? But it still aint signed.
So he let "reporters" only see his records? I heard it was only ONE "reporter" who just happens to be a Kerry supporter. And if it makes Kerry look so damn good, why not release it to the public?
Kerry will never run for president ever again, no sir... so why shouldn’t he release his form 180? Because there is something in it more embarrassing than simply being shown to be a traitor and liar. What is it? And will he try some slick trick to somehow prove something wrong, without releasing his records?
He should be honest and say that he wants to prevent other candidates from being “Mark Folied”.
I still have a hunch that his "sleepwalking" problem was resulting in Kerry ending up crawling into occupied bunks...if you know what I mean. That might be a long shot but I'd need to see the 180 before I could totally abandon that hunch.
T Boone may live in Amarillo, but he ain’t totally dumb.
Wonder if you can buy some “book” on jon cary taking the bait?
This will end badly for kerry. T. Boone Pickens is not some beltway fop. kerry’s own arrogance and denial of reality have come back to bite him hard.
“Senator Kerry, let’s get down to business. Tell me which single charge you are disputing and in the interest of speeding up to process, we’ll just mark all the others are true and undisputed.”
I expect Kerry to put in every bit as much work proving his record as O.J. has finding his wife’s “real” killer.
He outsourced it to OJ, who was supposed to combine this quest with his search for the real killers. One thing led to another, and now OJ is trying to clear his calendar for another trial.
Brilliant conditions from Pickins.
Precisely. His discharge is the sticking point. If he has a discharge for the good of the Navy in his background he will never release his complete record.
I found it strange that Senator Kerry abruptly quit his quest for the 2008 nomination. One possible reason is that the Clintons have his records and threatened to reveal them.
Just tin foil hatin, or is that CIA Christmas time in Cambodia hatin?
He would have managed to be the owner of the pistols used, then tampered with the one he'd have so it would inflict a superficial wound on himself, thus ending the duel before it began. And while the dueling process was going on, he'd have had the whole thing filmed to show the world what a big, brave doofus he is.
BANG!!!, “I will ultimately need you to provide the following: 1)...”, got you DA:-)
Mr. Pickens, I tip my hat to you sir.
Every month that John Kerry rufuses the challenge to release the complete un-edited records, up the anty by $1 million dollars a month to other various organizations that support the children of the military! The higher the cash goes, the more Kerry's reputation and chances for re-election will be destroyed!
I thought kerry agreed to do it, no? is there a copy of a letter from kerry to T. Boone Pickens accepting the challenge?