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  • Former Navy SEAL Team Six Commander Says Special Ops Assault on Obama Is Just Beginning

    08/17/2012 5:20:54 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 64 replies
    Politicker ^ | 8-17-12 | Hunter Walker
    Earlier this week, Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund Inc., a group of former U.S. intelligence and Special Forces personnel, launched a campaign criticizing President Barack Obama for unfairly taking credit for killing Osama bin Laden and leaking national security information for political gain. This is the second high-profile attack on the president from ex-elite military operatives. Last month, Ryan Zinke, a Montana State Senator and former commander of Navy SEAL Team Six, started a super PAC, Special Operations for America, which is dedicated to supporting Mitt Romney and hitting President Obama on leaks and on politicizing Bin Laden’s death. According...
  • REED: Bain coverage won’t be Romney’s ‘Swift Boat’

    01/23/2012 9:53:40 AM PST · by Interesting Times · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Jan. 22, 2012 | Rick Reed
    Our national commentariat is twisted in an impossible yoga pose trying to compare anti-Bain Capital coverage to the famous 2004 “Swift Boat” ad campaign. The two situations are not close to analogous. I have a more-than-passing acquaintance with the Swift Boat ads - I helped produce them. Our liberal news media continue to fabricate and fantasize about the Swift Boat saga, which proved to be a decisive moment in the 2004 election. In the parlance of the media, the ads run by a group of veterans opposed to John Kerry were a “smear” and were “discredited.” They were neither, and...
  • Swift-Boat Vet Slams Gingrich

    01/03/2012 10:42:50 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 72 replies
    National Review ^ | January 3, 2012 | Brian Bolduc
    Incensed by the negative ads that have spoiled his campaign, Newt Gingrich recently complained he’d been “Romneyboated,” an allusion to the group Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, whose ads helped derail Sen. John Kerry’s presidential campaign in 2004. John O’Neill, the swift-boat captain who led the anti-Kerry movement, is none too pleased with the comparison. “To me, it reflects Gingrich’s very cynical hypocrisy, which he shares with Kerry,” O’Neill tells National Review Online. That hypocrisy “is the reason why he can appear with [Nancy] Pelosi in climate-change ads and why he can take money from Freddie Mac: If you’re part...
  • Fellow ex-POW eager to back McCain against Obama [Col. Bud Day-Medal of Honor winner]

    07/11/2008 3:33:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies · 334+ views
    Townhall ^ | July 11, 2008 | Mike Glover
    In the decades since they shared a prison cell in North Vietnam, George "Bud" Day has remained a close friend of Republican John McCain and emerged as a staunch opponent of Democrats seeking the presidency. As he did in 2004, when he took the lead in questioning Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry's Vietnam War record, Day is eager this fall to do whatever he can to retain the White House for the Republicans _ especially this Republican. "I just want everyone to understand the difference between a board-certified physician and a student in medical school, because that is the difference,"...
  • Continued Unfitness for Command

    07/07/2008 9:53:48 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 26 replies · 126+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 7-8-08 | Mark Hyman
    Continued Unfitness for Command By Mark Hyman Published 7/8/2008 12:08:20 AM Perhaps John Kerry and the New York Times should have adhered to the old adage to let sleeping dogs lie. It appears the Times' Kate Zernike used Kerry campaign talking points rather than the facts in her breathless account of how the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth "smeared" John Kerry over his Vietnam record during the 2004 presidential campaign. In her 1,283-word "Veterans Fight to Reclaim the Name 'Swift Boat,'" Zernike came across as a Kerry campaign spokesman rather than as an independent journalist. Zernike wrote, "'Swift boat' has...
  • Swift Boat Veterans for Truth gear up for 2008 White House race (Misleading headline/barf alert)

    07/06/2008 9:18:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies · 238+ views
    The New York Daily News ^ | July 6th 2008 | David Saltonstall
    The swift boats are coming. They'll go by different names this year, but the largely unregulated interest groups like Swift Boat Veterans for Truth - which in 2004 torpedoed Democrat John Kerry with allegations he'd inflated his war record - are gearing up for the 2008 White House race like never before. So far this year, so-called 527 groups - named for a section of the IRS tax code - have raised a staggering $210 million, up from $182 million at this point in 2004. But here's the ideological bottom line - roughly two-thirds of that $210 million has been...
  • NYT's Attack on Verb 'Swift Boat' Ignores Facts and Media's Role

    07/03/2008 10:59:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies · 440+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | June 30, 2008 | Noel Sheppard
    The New York Times published an article Monday about the anger some Vietnam veterans feel over the vessel they used to serve on, Swift Boat, now being synonymous with "the nastiest of campaign smears." In dredging up this issue, Times' writer Kate Zernike not only misrepresented many of the facts surrounding the claims made by the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, but also completely ignored the mainstream media's role in turning the name of this patrol craft into a political pejorative. In fact, something the Times conveniently chose not to share with its readers was how one of its own...
  • John Kerry (Who Served in Vietnam) Trashes Col. Bud Day Over Swift Vets and McCain Ties

    06/30/2008 7:00:47 PM PDT · by kristinn · 46 replies · 191+ views
    Monday, June 30, 2008 | Kristinn
    Failed 2004 Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry (Mass.) lashed out today at the most decorated living American serviceman, Col. Bud Day, who was awarded the Medal Honor for his heroism as a POW during the Vietnam War.Kerry attacked Day for his role in the McCain Truth Squad (a new effort by presumptive Republican presidential candidate John McCain to defend his military service from criticism) because of Day's participation in the Swift Vets and POWs for Truth (SBVT) 2004 campaign which criticized Kerry's service in Vietnam as a junior naval officer and his actions protesting the war when he returned...
  • Lack Of Money Hobbling 'Republican Attack Machine'

    06/30/2008 10:09:14 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 27 replies · 126+ views
    McClatchy Newspapers ^ | June 30, 2008 | Steven Thomma
    WASHINGTON — Democrats and the media have used the term so much that it's almost an article of faith. But the so-called "Republican attack machine" waiting with piles of unregulated cash to chew up Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is anything but. Obama cited the threat of unregulated attack groups — called "527s" because they're authorized to raise unlimited cash under that section of the Internal Revenue Service code — to justify dropping his pledge to take public financing — along with its spending limits — for the general election campaign. Yet there's no 2008 equivalent to the 2004 Swift...
  • "Swiftboating"

    06/23/2008 1:25:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies · 110+ views
    The National Review ^ | June 23, 2008 | Byron York
    It's common to see mentions in the press these days about some "swiftboating" of Barack Obama that is allegedly in the works, or might someday allegedly be in the works, or might someday be thought to be allegedly in the works. While I'm sure there will be some hit jobs on Obama — this is a presidential campaign, after all — this talk seems to be based on a fundamental misunderstanding, perhaps willful in some cases, of the swiftboat episode in the 2004 campaign. The swiftboat veterans in that year were the officers who served alongside John Kerry in Vietnam....
  • Veterans Rebut ‘Swift Boat’ Charges Against Kerry in Answer to Challenge

    06/22/2008 11:27:28 AM PDT · by neverdem · 150 replies · 322+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 22, 2008 | KATE ZERNIKE
    For most people, “Swift boat” has become a political verb, a synonym for the kind of attack that helped destroy the presidential campaign of Senator John Kerry in 2004. But for a group of Vietnam veterans at the center of the attacks, it is still a fresh fight. On Friday, the group, who served with Mr. Kerry in Vietnam, sent a letter to T. Boone Pickens, the billionaire Texas oilman who helped finance the 2004 attack advertisements, taking him up on a challenge he issued last November: that he would give $1 million to anyone who could disprove a single...
  • Ready to Attack Obama, if Some Money Arrives

    06/20/2008 10:03:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies · 228+ views
    The New York Times ^ | June 21, 2008 | Michael Luo
    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. — A Bible verse taped to a whiteboard in Floyd Brown’s office that he uses to track his efforts to attack Senator Barack Obama reads, “That is why for Christ’s sake I delight in weakness, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties.” Mr. Brown, 47, a 6-foot-6 bear of a man is perhaps best known for his involvement with the Willie Horton television advertisement that helped sink Michael S. Dukakis’s candidacy in 1988. Mr. Brown has had much in his career to be delighted about as the source of scores of conservative assaults on Democrats that...
  • To Swift-Boat or Not

    06/13/2008 10:02:28 AM PDT · by nikos1121 · 63 replies · 137+ views
    Time Online ^ | Thursday, Jun. 12, 2008 | MICHAEL KINSLEY
    John McCain and Barack Obama are about to face a moral choice. It will probably be made in bits and pieces over the next five months, but we can imagine it as a single dramatic incident: the adviser approaches and says, "Yes or no. Do you want to swift-boat?" If you were the presidential candidate, what answer would you give? Swift-boat is shorthand for the brilliant, despicable Republican campaign strategy in 2004 that turned John Kerry's honorable service in Vietnam into a negative factor in his campaign. The phrase has become more broadly the term for a particular category of...
  • Obama braced to torpedo swift boats (Mega Barf Alert)

    06/15/2008 5:18:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies · 74+ views
    The Austin American-Statesman ^ | June 15, 2008 | The Editorial Board
    Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama learned an important lesson from the 2004 presidential campaign: Don’t be passive about false rumors. When Democratic nominee and Vietnam War veteran John Kerry, who served with distinction in the U.S. Navy and won multiple Purple Hearts for wounds in battle, was attacked for a lack of patriotism, his campaign was slow to respond. Obama won’t be so passive. The scurrilous attack on Kerry, largely funded by Houston homebuilder Bob Perry, a Republican Party sugar daddy, was outlandish. A group called Swift Boat Veterans for Truth posted the ads, coining a new term for dirty...
  • McCain Slams Swiftboat Vets (McCain Scrambles to Control Backers)

    02/27/2008 9:27:03 PM PST · by Sir Gawain · 167 replies · 428+ views
    McCain Slams Swiftboat Vets Wed, Feb 27, 2008 at 1:19:32 pm PST Has anyone ever really shown that the allegations made by the Swift Boat Veterans against John F. Kerry were false? If someone has refuted the charges conclusively, I’ve never seen it—which makes John McCain’s continuing antipathy toward the Swiftboaters inexplicable: McCain Scrambles to Control Backers. Speaking to reporters aboard his campaign tour bus late Tuesday, McCain acknowledged that conservative independent groups pursuing a similar line to Cunningham’s could be impossible to control. “I think you have to worry about that, particularly the 527s,” McCain said, referring to the...
  • Why many conservatives can't vote for McCain

    02/10/2008 2:42:33 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 224 replies · 694+ views
    The Everett Herald ^ | February 10, 2008 | Mona Charen
    I posted a squib on the National Review Web site about a robo call I received from John McCain. (Virginia's primary is Tuesday.) The call stressed that he would, if elected, be a down-the-line limited government conservative who would never raise taxes, would defend life, would enforce immigration laws and would win the war on terror. The candidate is trying, I said, to meet conservatives "more than halfway." The response of readers was, shall we say, emphatic. One lady wrote that she would never vote for him as "He is the most disloyal, ill-tempered man and he brings out the...
  • Return of the Swift Boaters (Barf Alert)

    01/05/2008 10:26:45 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 100 replies · 732+ views
    Yahoo! News/The Nation ^ | January 2, 2008 | Christopher Hayes
    More than three years after John Kerry's bitter defeat, at the dawn of what looks like a far more promising campaign cycle for the Democrats, the party is still haunted by the specter of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. Once upon a time, "Swift boat" denoted an obscure military vessel, but thanks to the activities of this group it has come to represent movement conservatism's penchant for ruthlessly (and effectively) smearing any and all political opponents, from a sitting senator and war hero to an 11-year-old boy with a cranial fracture. Research by The Nation into Federal Election Commission...
  • Kerry, His 2008 Democratic Opponent, And the Persistent "Swift Boat" Issue

    11/24/2007 12:05:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies · 323+ views
    The New Republic ^ | November 23, 2007 | Marty Peretz
    Senator John F. Kerry already has a Democratic opponent for his U.S. Senate seat. He is not from the party's right since there is barely anyone sitting in those seats in blue Massachusetts. Kerry's antagonist is Ed O'Reilly, a Gloucester lawyer who, according to the Wednesday Boston Globe, is targeting Kerry from the anti-Iraq war left. And, lo and behold, he wants to know the truth about Kerry's military record and has questions himself about the Swift Boat record and the Swift Boat ads. Besides, like a lot of the senator's tormentors, he is suspicious about whether Kerry is really...

    11/08/2007 9:59:40 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 39 replies · 120+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 11-08-07 | Russ Vaughn
    November 08, 2007 Re-sinking John Kerry Russ Vaughn When I saw this report that John Kerry is finally ready to take on the Swift Boat Veterans, my muse could not be held in check: Re-sinking John Kerry From Davy Jones' locker a zombie emerges, A Purple Heart phony with political urges; Assuring the press he regrets his Swift boating, John Kerry believes his boat is still floating. He readily admits that he got torpedoed, But he's up on his sail board, defiant and Speedo'd. The arrogant fool believes his wife's riches Is enough to trump all of us Swift sons-of-bitches....
  • Kerry critics...aren’t convinced: Swift Boat members, others insist senator isn’t telling the truth

    11/07/2007 8:14:45 AM PST · by Phil Harmonic · 19 replies · 341+ views
    The Patriot Ledger ^ | Nov. 7, 2007 | Tom Benner
    Kerry critics still aren’t convinced: Swift Boat members, others insist senator isn’t telling the truthBy TOM BENNER Patriot Ledger State House Bureau November 07, 2007 BOSTON - A liar. A traitor. Hanoi John. U.S. Sen. John Kerry’s comments on Monday regarding a possible future bid for the presidency, and his arming up against the group Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, are reopening old wounds from the Vietnam War and the 2004 presidential race. [snip] Your Views Do you think Sen. John Kerry has done enough to release all of his military records? Write: Your Views, The Patriot Ledger, 400 Crown...
  • Kerry says he’ll be ready next time

    11/07/2007 1:53:01 AM PST · by xtinct · 46 replies · 171+ views
    The Patriot Ledger ^ | 11/7/07 | Tom Benner
    RANDOLPH -- John Kerry said Monday there might be a next time for his presidential aspirations, and if there is, the 63-year-old U.S. senator from Massachusetts says he’ll be ready for the political torpedoes that helped sink his 2004 White House bid. Kerry, whose service as a U.S. Navy Swift boat skipper during the Vietnam War came under attack in his race against President Bush, said he has compiled a dossier on his war record critics that he wishes he had as the Democratic presidential nominee. ``We have put together a documented portfolio that frankly puts their lies in such...
  • John Kerry: I'm Now Prepared to Fight Off Swift Boat Veterans

    11/06/2007 11:38:53 AM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 228 replies · 1,224+ views
    Fox News ^ | Tuesday, November 06, 2007
    Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, perhaps preparing to get back into the presidential ring one day, claims he's now armed with materials that will make war record critics from his 2004 presidential campaign go running tail between legs. The 63-year-old Democratic senator told The Patriot-Ledger on Tuesday that the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, a group of Navy servicemen who served with Kerry and criticized his record in Vietnam, will be revealed as liars. "We have put together a documented portfolio that frankly puts their lies in such a total light of absurdity and indecency, that should they ever rear their...
  • John Kerry's time is coming — again (Projectile hurl alert)

    10/16/2007 5:54:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies · 286+ views
    The Politico ^ | October 16, 2007 | Elizabeth Wilner
    Here’s a burning question no one is asking: Whither John F. Kerry? He is his party’s most recent presidential nominee. He came tantalizingly close to winning. And yet no one is looking for him to put his stamp on the 2008 Democratic primary or wondering aloud who he’ll endorse — even though Al Gore campaign manager Donna Brazile says that in the early-state contests, “most of the voters would be thrilled to know who Kerry would back and why.” But the lack of an audible clamor for an endorsement by Kerry is more than a bit deceiving, as is the...
  • 'Hillary Haters' have claws out

    08/27/2007 6:19:06 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies · 1,682+ views
    UPI ^ | August 26, 2007
    The Internet is helping so-called "Hillary Haters" prepare for battle should Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton become the Democratic presidential nominee. A vast army of the self-proclaimed "haters" is repackaging old news and rumors for use on the blog-loaded Internet, the Chicago Tribune reported. Among them is Richard Collins, a wealthy Texas philanthropist, businessman and political aficionado who openly aims to destroy the presidential ambitions of the New York senator. Collins, 60, is behind, a snide Web site with a cartoon called "The Hillary Show," a satire portraying Clinton as a mean and unforgiving talk show host, the Tribune reported....
  • Bush withdraws nomination after Swift Boat criticism

    03/30/2007 4:20:52 AM PDT · by crazedsocialist · 47 replies · 195+ views
    CNN/AP ^ | March 28, 2007 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush on Wednesday withdrew the ambassadorial nomination of businessman Sam Fox after Democrats denounced Fox for giving money to a controversial conservative group that undermined Sen. John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign. Kerry, D-Massachusetts, had criticized Fox because of a $50,000 contribution that Fox made in 2004 to the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. Many Democrats blame the group for sinking Kerry's presidential hopes that year after it aired a series of controversial ads that impugned Kerry's military record in the Vietnam War. "Sam Fox had every opportunity to disavow the politics of personal destruction and to...
  • The Truth about Viet Nam Vets (oldie, but bears repeating)

    11/13/2006 11:08:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies · 1,420+ views
    D Magazine/POW Network ^ | June 1998 | B.G. Burkett and Glenna Whitley
    The morning of Friday, April 18, 1997, Daniel Wells of McKinney took the stand in his own defense. Charged with aggravated sexual assault for fondling his girlfriend's 8-year-old daughter, Wells explained it was all a misunderstanding. Wells was a decorated Vietnam war hero, with two Purple Hearts and two Bronze Medals for valor. On cross-examination, testimony revealed that even the mother initially hadn't believed the little girl. It was the war hero's word against the child's. In desperation the prosecutor's office tracked down B.G. Burkett, a silver-haired Dallas financial adviser who has obtained a national reputation as a military researcher...
  • Vets Against Kerry Celebrate in DC Too

    01/20/2005 10:04:43 PM PST · by kattracks · 2 replies · 599+ views ^ | 1/21/05 | Carl Limbacher
    Leaders of prominent "527" military service veterans groups, film producers, Websites and authors who made substantial contributions to the veterans revolt against Senator John Kerry's 2004 Presidential bid were honored by their supporters at an "Un-augural" reception at the National Press Club Thursday. Unlike the scores of balls, parades and fetes typical of the frenetic day, the tongue-in-cheek event at the Club's First Amendment room was, according to organizer Lou Priebe, geared to "celebrate the absence of Senator Kerry from the Inauguration Day proceedings, most particularly the swearing-in ceremony." U.S. Army Infantry veteran Lou Priebe added, "These courageous advocacy groups...
  • Bush Sworn-In, Swift Boat Vets Glad It's Not Kerry

    01/20/2005 3:11:09 PM PST · by Thanatos · 28 replies · 1,270+ views
    Reuters Wire ^ | 1-20-2005 | Reuters
    Bush Sworn-In, Swift Boat Vets Glad It's Not Kerry Thu Jan 20, 2005 5:53 PM ET By John Crawley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With thousands of Republican faithful cheering the inauguration of President Bush to a second term on Thursday, a group of veterans at the forefront of the "Swift Boat" campaign banded quietly to salute their part in thwarting the candidacy of Sen. John Kerry. "Swift Boat guys were not unified in supporting George Bush. Many were independent or many were Democrats. The only point of union was that they did not want John Kerry to be president," Jerry Corsi,...

    11/11/2004 5:56:26 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 18 replies · 837+ views
    The election is finally over. For those of us who have had to suffer through the last 18 months of debates, primaries, polls, pundits, and attack ads, it is a blessed relief. Now, perhaps, politicians will actually start to do their jobs instead of yak-yak-yakking about how terrible (fill in the blank) is and how they'd do a much better job. Thankfully, President Bush won re-election. I say thankfully because 1) I strongly supported his candidacy and 2) I did not want a traitor in the White House. Again. America has four more years of strong, compassionate leadership to look...
  • MSNBC's Larry O'Donnell's L Word (to John O'Neill: 'disgusting, lying book...That's a lie')

    11/01/2004 1:20:43 AM PST · by Cableguy · 26 replies · 2,323+ views
    Wash Post ^ | 11/1/04 | Howard Kurtz
    When Swift Boat Veterans author John O'Neill appeared on "Scarborough Country" two weeks ago, MSNBC commentator Lawrence O'Donnell ripped into him and his "disgusting, lying book." O'Donnell, a Democrat and "West Wing" writer, repeatedly interrupted O'Neill with his literary critique: "That's a lie, John O'Neill. Keep lying. It's all you do." And: "That's a lie. It's another lie. That's a lie." And: "You lie in that book endlessly." And: "You're just lying about it." And: "You're totally afraid of the truth." Undeterred when O'Neill accused him of lying, O'Donnell kept firing: "You have no standards, John O'Neill, as an author....
  • The Bottom Line (Why liberalism is a disease)

    10/29/2004 5:48:17 AM PDT · by Shortwave · 3 replies · 526+ views
    The following is from an email I received. Thanks to the sender. This may have been posted before, but it's worth reading again. If you know a VET who is going to vote for Kerry, it may be worth printing this off for him/her to read. An Open Letter to Senator John F. Kerry >From Robert Bowie Johnson, Jr. October 19, 2004 Dear Senator Kerry, I never met my uncle Will. He was a lieutenant in the Navy during WWII. He was killed in action on his PT boat in the Pacific. For his fatal wounds, he received the Purple...
  • Post Mortem

    10/28/2004 9:53:36 PM PDT · by Interesting Times · 34 replies · 1,051+ views ^ | October 28, 2004 | Jeff Carrington
    Mr. Leonard Downie, Executive Editor Mr. Michael Getler, Ombudsman The Washington Post On October 27, 2004 Washington Post executive editor Leonard Downie Jr. penned an op-ed entitled, “A Strict Separation”. Therein Mr. Downie, the self-described “ultimate gatekeeper” (Post, “Live Online” 10/6/04) for everything printed in the newspaper, reassures readers that there is what amounts to a Chinese wall between the editorial and news reporting departments at the Post. Mr. Downie’s op-ed has a pedantic, just-for-the-record, ‘let’s get this straight’ flavor. The purpose for the article is to stipulate that the home-stretch flurry of political endorsements by the Post has nothing...
  • Swiftboat Vets Hit Goal!

    10/27/2004 4:37:09 PM PDT · by pabianice · 77 replies · 3,087+ views
    We did it! Thanks to wonderful citizens such as you, we have raised enough money to get our message into Pennsylvania. Our ads started playing this morning. The importance of this cannot be understated. We have obtained an email from the Kerry campaign which proves his campaign has been actively blocking the ability of the POWs to have their video Stolen Honor played. Three different venues have been booked in the Philadelphia area, and in each instance, the facility cancelled after various threats. It just seems so unfair to us that a man like Michael Moore can readily have his...
  • Van Odell Cleans Colmes’ Unprofessional Clock

    10/16/2004 4:45:12 PM PDT · by Screaming Eagle Red Leg · 54 replies · 2,473+ views
    Sorry [not really] about the vanity, but something happened last night on Hannity & Colmes that really burned me up. Swiftie Van Odell was on and when Colmes got his turn, he claimed that some Vietnamese civilians had come out and taken Kerry’s side about the incident where Kerry had pursued and killed either a teenager or a young man … the “loincloth” incident, and that the Swifties’ accusation was therefore false. Odell, very calmly, pointed out that their charge was not based on anything a Swiftie was saying, but came from Kerry’s own words in Tour of Duty. Odell...
  • Statement from John O'Neil about ABC's Nightline with Ted Koppel Oct 14 [read last paragraph]

    10/15/2004 4:59:25 AM PDT · by Mike Fieschko · 227 replies · 8,696+ views ^ | Oct 15, 2004 | John O'Neil
    The following statement from John O'Neil, member of Swift Boat Veterans and POW's for Truth, concerns a news segment that aired on October 14th on ABC's Nightline with Ted Koppel. "While I have a tremendous amount of respect for Ted Koppel and ABC News I was appalled to learn that ABC News would go to the lengths of traveling to Vietnam to interview three Viet Cong communists in yet a third attempt by ABC to corroborate John Kerry's version of the events that took place on February 28th, 1969. "I would only ask the American people: 'Who do you...
  • Vanity Request. ABC Nightline Tombstone Screen Capture

    10/14/2004 10:25:39 PM PDT · by nonkultur · 32 replies · 1,569+ views
    <p>If soeone can get a clear screen shit of the dead V.C.'s tombstone it would be appreciated.</p>
  • Nightline: John O'Neil Interview Audio

    10/14/2004 11:37:04 PM PDT · by bahblahbah · 22 replies · 1,155+ views
    Here is the audio of tonights interview on Nightline where Ted Koppel tried to debunk the silver star story.
  • JOHN O'NEILL ON NIGHTLINE TONIGHT (Dems are e-mailing Ted Koppel to stop it!)

    10/14/2004 1:55:15 PM PDT · by areafiftyone · 516 replies · 20,753+ views
    The Swift Boat Controversy: New Witnesses October 14, 2004 John Kerry's service in Vietnam has become a campaign issue. The group calling itself Swift Boat Veterans for Truth alleges that Kerry has distorted the truth about what happened during the war and questions whether he deserved the medals he received. Tonight, you'll hear from eyewitnesses who have not spoken before: the Vietnamese who fought against him. We've had the debates and the race is a virtual dead-heat. This is the part of a campaign when there are daily fires--issues that rise, flare, and then go away, only to be replaced...
  • Kerry Fools the Times

    09/29/2004 7:14:58 PM PDT · by ironman · 34 replies · 1,509+ views
    PowerLineBlog ^ | September 29, 2004 08:09 PM | Hindrocket
    From this morning's Corrections section of the New York Times: An article on Thursday about political advertising in the presidential campaign, including a commercial that accused John Kerry of having "secretly met with the enemy'' in Paris in the 1970's, misidentified the parties with whom Mr. Kerry said he had met at the Vietnam peace talks. (The error was repeated in articles on Friday and Saturday.) The parties were the two Communist delegations - North Vietnam and the Vietcong's Provisional Revolutionary Government - with whom he discussed the status of war prisoners. He did not say he had met with...
  • Steve who? Steve Pitkins? Whose he?

    09/28/2004 4:19:11 AM PDT · by newsgatherer · 11 replies · 539+ views ^ | 28 Sept. 2004 | Mr. Larry Austin
    ...A true story reveals the bias of the liberal media not because these news organizations ran the story but because they refuse to touch it with a ten foot pole. It is the true story of Steven dJ. Pitken, a Viet Nam soldier who appeared at the "Winter Soldier Investigation" conducted in 1971 in Detroit by reserve Navy Lt(jg). John Kerry and his group of Viet Nam Veterans Against the War. Steven Picket now states that Lt(jg). John Kerry forced him to lie in his public testimony. According to the affidavit signed by Mr. Pitkin, on August 31, 2004, he...
  • Many veterans on the political left have not forgiven Kerry either

    09/28/2004 12:07:16 AM PDT · by kattracks · 2 replies · 682+ views
    Union Leader ^ | 9/28/04 | COLBERT I. KING , WP
    THOSE WHO dismiss critics of John Kerry’s Vietnam service as just a bunch of right-wing Republicans out to advance George W. Bush’s cause don’t know what they are talking about — or they are engaged in wishful thinking. OK, I may have once thought that about the critics, too. But after poring over the large volume of e-mail I received after my Aug. 28 column, “What Matters About Kerry and Vietnam,” I don’t any longer. I had taken to task the authors of the blistering anti-Kerry bestseller “Unfit for Command” for giving readers an unbalanced view of Kerry’s service...
  • Swift Boat Veteran Suspended

    09/24/2004 7:08:11 PM PDT · by kristinn · 110 replies · 4,061+ views
    Oregon Live ^ | Friday, September 24, 2004 | Associated Press
    Swift boat veteran suspended 9/24/2004, 5:23 p.m. PT The Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Clackamas County prosecutor has been suspended for two weeks without pay because he used office equipment to prepare his affidavit as one of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, District Attorney John Foote said Friday. Alfred French, a senior deputy district attorney, used the computer in his office to receive and print a draft of the affidavit on July 21. On the same day, he asked a legal secretary in the office to notarize the document, Foote said in a statement. The Swift Boat...
  • Note to Bill O'Reilly: Call the Swiftvets by their proper name.

    09/22/2004 11:28:01 PM PDT · by Jenya · 29 replies · 703+ views
    On tonight's Factor show, you, Billy O'Reilly referred to the Swiftvets, in your usual condescending tone, as "those Swiftboat people". I know it's hard to conceal your disdain for these distinguished Veterans. However, for the record Bill, the following terms are acceptable: Swiftvets, Swiftboat Veterans, Swiftboat Veterans For Truth. Try to work the word "Veteran" in there. They earned it, despite what you may think. If you cannot bring yourself to call these noble men Veterans, I think calling them Swifties is acceptable as John O'Neill uses that term.Show some respect for the men who fought to make this a...
  • Protesters gather outside O'Neill house

    09/18/2004 2:15:37 PM PDT · by The_Victor · 103 replies · 2,685+ views
    Houston Comical (AP) ^ | Sept. 18, 2004, 3:39PM | PAM EASTON
    About 15 protesters gathered for two hours today outside the home of John O'Neill, a Houston attorney who co-wrote "Unfit for Command," a new book that questions Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry's military service. "Who in their right mind would attack a veteran who actually volunteered to go to Vietnam?" protester John Cobarruvias asked. "Attacking a veteran who went to war, who got shot at, is wrong." O'Neill wasn't home Saturday because his daughter was getting married. In a statement, he said he thought it would have been more appropriate for protesters "to read the book and then engage in...
  • (Pro-Kerry)Swift Boat vet rallies 'troops' in Flag

    09/15/2004 12:14:09 PM PDT · by QQQQQ · 9 replies · 637+ views
    ARizona Daily Sun ^ | Sept. 15, 2004 | SETH MULLER
    Retired Navy Capt. Wade Sanders, who commanded a Swift Boat alongside John Kerry in the Vietnam War, came to Flagstaff Tuesday night to energize local Democrats and talk with the veterans at the American Legion. The second group proved the tougher crowd to win over. Sanders -- a former Navy undersecretary in the Clinton administration, now a San Diego attorney -- spoke before more than 200 Democrats at Little America before they held a closed-door meeting to discuss their grassroots strategy for the coming weeks of campaigning. "John Kerry is coming not from fear, but hope," Sanders said. His speech...
  • Anti-Kerry Ads Generate Millions in Donations

    09/12/2004 10:13:45 AM PDT · by FairOpinion · 30 replies · 1,013+ views
    Lexington Herald Leader ^ | Sept. 12, 2004 | Glen Justice And Eric Lichtblau
    WASHINGTON - Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, an advocacy group that jolted the presidential race with commercials questioning Sen. John Kerry's military service, said it has raised $6.7 million in a windfall brought about by the group's high profile in recent weeks. Several of the largest donors are longtime supporters of President Bush, according to a financial disclosure report filed on Friday with the Federal Election Commission. The largest contributor was T. Boone Pickens, a famous Texas oilman and longtime Republican supporter who was a major political backer of Bush's father, who contributed $500,000 to the swift boat group. Aubrey...
  • Former Akron veteran speaks against Kerry

    09/12/2004 10:09:40 AM PDT · by FairOpinion · 5 replies · 592+ views
    Acron Beacon Journal ^ | Sept. 12, 2004 | Jim Carney
    While Akron native Kenneth Cordier was imprisoned at the ``Hanoi Hilton'' in 1971, John Kerry, back from four months in Vietnam, was testifying before Congress of atrocities committed in Vietnam. Kerry's statements, considered by Cordier to be a betrayal of fellow veterans, continue to anger the retired Air Force colonel today. The 67-year-old resident of Dallas is one veteran who was featured in a Swift Boat Veterans for Truth advertisement, and was recently taken off a Veterans for Bush Steering Committee list. Cordier still serves on a Department of Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee. Brendon Cull, a spokesman for the Ohio...
  • Swift-boat veterans step up the fight

    09/06/2004 7:38:02 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 40 replies · 2,807+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | Sept. 7, 2004 | Atlanta Journal-Constitution
    "The event received scant notice by traditional media," according to MRC. The result is that veterans make their case through targeted television commercials, the Internet, cable and the book, which was so popular that the original printing of 85,000 copies has been expanded by 550,000. At the American Legion national convention last week, Kerry missed an opportunity to speak to the issue of his post-Vietnam claims. The group and others, therefore, will fight on. They will convene next Sunday in Upper Senate Park in Washington for a "Kerry Lied . . . While Good Men Died" rally. "John Kerry told...
  • Swift Boats and Double Standards /Why aren't the media scrutinizing lawyers and advisers to Kerry?

    09/04/2004 8:23:57 PM PDT · by Former Military Chick · 40 replies · 1,527+ views
    WP ^ | September 1, 2004; Page A19 | Benjamin L. Ginsberg
    Think you're getting unbiased, balanced coverage of politics? Or is there a double standard in the way the media treat Republicans and Democrats, liberals and conservatives? My recent visit to the center of a media storm suggests there is. Consider this: A $500,000 ad buy made by Swift Boat Veterans for Truth brings searing media scrutiny and "proof" of illegal coordination based on a lawyer (me) representing both the Bush-Cheney campaign and the Swift Boat Veterans; on an accountant working for Tom DeLay's political action committee; and on a $200,000 contributor to the group who is not a major donor...
  • Who Will Answer Bill Maher's Good Question?

    08/30/2004 3:17:37 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 54 replies · 2,338+ views
    Town ^ | August 30, 2004 | Jay Bryant Who Will Answer Bill Maher's Good Question? Jay Bryant August 30, 2004 Friday night, Bill Maher had John O'Neill on his HBO television program. O'Neill, of course, is the principal author of Unfit for Command, the book version of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth campaign to challenge John Kerry's military record. The interview itself was almost unbearably anger-provoking, as Maher snidely attempted to skewer O'Neill over and over again, while a studio audience laughed and applauded the host's every word. At least, unlike Chris "Motormouth" Matthews, he didn't interrupt O'Neill's every sentence. In the face of this hostility,...