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  • From Blue to Green and Brown

    12/30/2015 12:31:52 PM PST · by Retain Mike
    Naval History ^ | December 2015 | LT Commander Thomas J. Cutler, USN (Retired)
    MARKET TIME The transition from advisory roles to operational ones began with the creation of the Coastal Surveillance Force, designated as Task Force (TF) 115, whose primary mission—code-named Operation Market Time—was to interdict the flow of supplies to communist forces by conducting random searches among the throngs of junks and sampans that travelled these waters on a daily basis. Seventeen existing 82-foot patrol boats (WPBs) were provided by the Coast Guard, but for these shallow-water operations the Navy had to rely on modifying a 50-foot aluminum craft that was being used in the Gulf of Mexico to transport crews to...
  • Exploding the myth that brave Kerry said "send me!" to the fight... in his own words!

    08/11/2004 6:18:11 AM PDT · by adam_az · 51 replies · 2,834+ views
    Various sources | 8/11/04 | Adam_az
    John Kerry has made a number of contradictory claims about what exactly he signed up for when he signed up for the Swift boats. I cite various primary sources in an attempt to discover what it was that Kerry actually signed up for. In summary, when Kerry signed up for the Swift boats, they were used as coastal patrol boats and were one of the safest assignments in Vietnam. Two weeks into Kerry's Swift Boat assignment, they decided to use the boats on the Mekong river. Kerry and his supporters have made multiple contradictory claims about his Swift boat service...
  • As Kerry Recalled His War Experience at End of Iran Talks, Everyone Had Tears in Their Eyes

    07/16/2015 7:42:28 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 53 replies ^ | 7/15/16 | Patrick Goodenough
    ( In the closing minutes of the Iran nuclear negotiations in Vienna this week, Secretary of State John Kerry made a comment about having gone to war as a young man and not wanting to do so again, leaving everyone in the room, including the Iranians, with tears in their eyes. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, the lead U.S. negotiator in the talks, recounted the moment while addressing the annual Generation Prague Conference at the State Department on Wednesday. Sherman said that in the final plenary session, with the media out of the room, each of...
  • Even in hospital, work continues for John Kerry (Photo)

    06/09/2015 8:18:16 PM PDT · by maggief · 70 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | June 10, 2015 | Martin Finucane
    John KerryVerified account ‏@JohnKerry Feeling good a week after surgery. Good chats today w/@AmbassadorRice & @StateDept senior team. The work continues!
  • Caption John Kerry

    02/09/2015 4:57:03 AM PST · by csvset · 21 replies
    Tiny pic ^ | 8 feb 2015 | interwebs
  • Rand Paul: The Most Interesting Conspiracy Theorist in Washington

    10/20/2014 4:01:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | October 20, 2014 | David Corn
    Bilderbergers, the Iraq invasion, Alex Jonesthe GOP senator has routinely flirted with America's paranoid fringe.This past summer, Rand Paul, the libertarian senator from Kentucky and a potential 2016 presidential wannabe, was the GOP's It Girl. The New York Times Magazine splashed his mug on the cover and asked, "Has the 'Libertarian Moment' Finally Arrived?" It noted that Paul possessed a "supple mind" and was a "preternaturally confident speaker." Washington Post political prognosticator Chris Cillizza pronounced Paul the "most interesting voice in the GOP right now," and Politico gave him the No. 1 spot on its list of the 50 "most...
  • Carlton A. Sherwood, Reporter Behind 2004 Kerry Film, Dies at 67

    06/21/2014 5:52:43 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 6 replies
    NY Times ^ | 6-21-2014 | DOUGLAS MARTIN
    Carlton A. Sherwood, an investigative journalist and former Marine who lurched between accolades and controversy, most prominently with a 2004 film about the chagrin of Vietnam War veterans over John Kerrys turning against the war as a naval officer, died on June 11 in Philadelphia. He was 67. The cause was congestive heart failure, his wife, Susan, said Friday. The Sinclair Broadcasting Group, the nations largest owner of local television stations, planned to show Mr. Sherwoods film shortly before the 2004 election...(but)
  • Howard Kurtz' Media Buzz on Fox News Attacks Bergdahl's Platoon

    06/09/2014 6:45:14 AM PDT · by xzins · 31 replies
    Vanity ^ | 9 June 14 | Xzins
    I have a confession. I watch Fox weekend programming...some. It's generally when I awaken too early in the middle of the night, and I have to choose between Ninja Blender and Golden Girl reruns. I move over to Fox News hoping to get back to sleep. Somewhere in the middle of the night last night I bumped into Kurtz' weekly show that initially featured discussion on Bowe Bergdahl. He was helped along by radical liberal Bill Press and liberal Laura Ashburn. Jim Pinkerton was a lone conservative voice in a show reminiscent of every liberal "panel" on other network TV....
  • Wow! And so it begins: White House smears vets, claims swift boating of Bergdahl

    06/04/2014 8:03:22 AM PDT · by reegs · 62 replies
    Twitchy ^ | June 4, 2014 | Twitchy Staff
    Unreal. Putting the lives of our brave troops at risk by releasing five Taliban leaders wasnt enough, apparently. Now the White House has to smear those who put their lives on the line for this country.
  • Chuck Todd: W.H. Caught Flat-Footed by Bergdahl Response ('Swift Boat')

    06/04/2014 6:31:12 AM PDT · by kristinn · 28 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | Wednesday, June 4, 2013
    Chuck Todd told Matt Lauer on Wednesday that the White House was caught flat-footed on the backlash against the prisoner swap for Sergeant Bergdahl. Ive had a few aides describe it to me as we didnt know that they were going to Swift Boat Bergdahl, Todd said, And Matt, of course, thats a reference to that political fight back in 2004 over John Kerrys military service which became so controversial in that campaign. So theres some fighting words there.
  • Chicago Tribune Columnist: Wendy Davis Getting 'Swift-Boated' for Lying

    01/25/2014 9:50:22 AM PST · by gooblah · 58 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 25 Jan 2014, 9:32 | Frances Martel
    Democrats have given up arguing that Wendy Davis is being honest about her history and are now simply demanding we all accept her narrative and her lies simultaneously. In a column suggesting Davis is being "swift-boated" for fabricating parts of her biography, Margaret Carlson in the Chicago Tribune implores readers to be generous with Davis's biography.
  • Harold Simmons Dies at 82; Backed Swift Boat Ads

    12/30/2013 3:05:15 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    New York Times ^ | 12-29-13 | Emma G. Fitzsimmons
    Harold Simmons, a billionaire who helped finance the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth attack ads against Senator John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election and donated substantially to other conservative causes, died on Saturday in Dallas. He was 82. His death was confirmed by Greg Abbott, the Texas attorney general, in a statement. Mr. Simmons, who started out in business with a single drugstore in Dallas, became a buyout investor and made his fortune by buying stakes in major companies. This year, Forbes magazine estimated his net worth at $10 billion. He was one of the largest donors in the...
  • Kerry to Lawmakers: U.S. Facing a 'Munich Minute'

    09/02/2013 10:11:20 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 36 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/9/13
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told House Democrats on Monday that the United States faced a Munich moment in deciding whether to respond to the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government. The comments were made in a 70-minute conference call in which the Secretary of State was trying to convince the lawmakers to support President Barack Obamas proposal for military action in Syria. Kerry was referring to the 1938 Munich agreement...
  • John Kerry on his boat during Egypt upheaval, State Dept. concedes [Obama admin lies despite photos]

    07/05/2013 11:49:11 PM PDT · by grundle · 35 replies
    CBS News ^ | July 5, 2013 | Jake Miller
    Secretary of State Kerry sailed his boat, the "Isabel," on Nantucket Sound in Massachusetts, Wed., July 3, 2013. / CBS Secretary of State John Kerry at the helm of his sailboat "Isabel," July 5, 2013. / Emily Hislop/CBS As regime change was unfolding in Egypt, Secretary of State John Kerry spent time on his boat Wednesday afternoon in Nantucket Sound, the State Department acknowledged to CBS News on Friday, after repeatedly denying that Kerry was aboard any boat. Psaki's acknowledgment marked a stark reversal from previous denials that Kerry was on any boat whatsoever. A "CBS This Morning" producer spotted...
  • Kerry's Offer: Release Prisoners and They'll Renew Talks(Israel-Palestine)

    03/23/2013 7:17:58 PM PDT · by haffast · 32 replies
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry held talks with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Saturday evening, after earlier discussing ways to push a new peace plan with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, U.S. and Israeli sources said. A radio report said Netanyahu and Kerry had a first round of private talks and were then joined by Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, Netanyahu's personal envoy Yitzhak Molcho and his national security adviser Yaakov Amidror. Channel 10 News reported that Kerry is planning on offering Israel and the PA an outline which would see Israel releasing terrorists from its prisons and transferring areas...
  • John Kerry Calls American Troops Terrorists

    12/22/2012 1:25:17 PM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 21 replies
    YouTube ^ | November 9, 2006 | Uploaded by notoriousgop
    John Kerry calls American troops terrorists John Kerry says American troops terrorize women and children and that they should stop...because that's the job of the Iraqi military.
  • Obama nominates Kerry for secretary of state

    12/21/2012 11:37:37 AM PST · by seanmerc · 45 replies
    AP ^ | 21 Dec 12 | Julie Pace
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama on Friday nominated Sen. John Kerry as his next secretary of state, elevating the longtime lawmaker and foreign policy expert to the top diplomatic job he had coveted. "He is not going to need a lot of on-the-job training," Obama said, standing alongside Kerry at the White House. "Few individuals know as many presidents and prime ministers or grasp our policies as firmly as John Kerry."
  • Obama has chosen John Kerry as Secretary of State

    12/15/2012 11:54:43 AM PST · by yoe · 175 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | December 14, 2012 | MICHAEL SNEED
    President Barack Obama has chosen Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts to be the next secretary of state, a source has told Sun-Times columnist Michael Sneed. His replacement as head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will be Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey, the Sneed source said.
  • Lipsky Column: Kerry Not Fit For State

    12/09/2012 3:44:44 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Friday, 07 Dec 2012 12:58 PM | Dan Weil
    Sen. John Kerry should not be named secretary of State, says former Wall Street Journal editorial board member Seth Lipsky. The Massachusetts Democrat is said to be President Barack Obamas second choice for the position after U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice. Current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton plans to step down early next year. Why in the world is Mr. Obama floating the name of John Kerry for secretary of either state or defense? Lipsky writes in the Journal.It is hard to think of anyone who did more to besmirch the name of the GIs who fought in Vietnam than Sen....
  • Susan Rice Secretary Of State, John Kerry At Defense?

    11/13/2012 4:28:20 PM PST · by raptor22 · 51 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | November 13, 2012
    Leadership: Two of the most important national security positions may be soon held by a diplomat who helped perpetrate a Benghazi-gate lie and a senator who has voted against every major defense system in the last 25 years. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrived in Australia on Tuesday before a summit about deepening defense links between Australia and the U.S. as our dwindling forces pivot to the Pacific Rim. Of course, Wednesday hearings on Benghazi have nothing to do with her getting as far from Washington, D.C., as possible. She'll be conveniently unavailable to testify on the terrorist attack...
  • T. Boone Pickens Should Top Romney-Ryan Appointment List

    08/15/2012 6:19:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 52 replies ^ | August 15, 2012 | Bob Barr
    With only the formality of the Republican National Convention standing between them and the November election, the Comeback Team of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan has a little less than three months in which to convince a majority of the American electorate it is better equipped to govern the country for the next four years than its Democrat counterpart. If these two Republican leaders wish to get a jump start on accomplishing that goal, there is one person with whom they quickly should set up an appointment Texan T. Boone Pickens. Romney noted in his speech last Saturday at...
  • Obama uses 'swift-boated' Kerry to slam Navy SEAL critics

    08/18/2012 7:08:52 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 40 replies
    WND ^ | August 17, 2012 | Art Moore
    Invoking his 2004 battle with Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., thinks he can impart lessons to Barack Obama learned from his failed White House campaign as the president faces criticism from a group of former special forces and intelligence agents for exploiting sensitive national-security information and bragging about killing Osama bin Laden for political gain. In a letter to Obama supporters, Kerry warns that attacks, smears, and lies can be effective, lamenting he learned the hard way eight years ago that even completely baseless attacks can stick if people dont call them out quickly enough. No...
  • Democrats, White House wage coordinated attack on Romney taxes

    08/07/2012 4:35:51 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 7, 2012 | By Richard Cowan
    (Reuters) - Senator Harry Reid and the White House may be taking different roads, but when it comes to Mitt Romney and his taxes, the destination is the same. [snip] The strategy is a familiar one in modern campaigns, with extreme accusations from outside a campaign serving as a way for the campaign itself to highlight its message without embracing the inflammatory rhetoric. In the 2004 presidential campaign, it was the "swift boat" attack ads that became a central theme in the drive to defeat President George W. Bush's Democratic challenger, John Kerry. Four years later, when Barack Obama first...
  • Will Navy SEALs swift-boat Obama over the bin Laden raid?

    05/02/2012 9:01:12 AM PDT · by Signalman · 14 replies ^ | 5/1/2012 |
    A backlash is growing to the victory dance over the terrorist's death, fueling concerns that Obama's biggest foreign policy success could be turned against him Many Navy SEALs are not happy that President Obama is "taking the credit for killing Osama bin Laden," says Toby Harnden at Britain's The Daily Mail. Quoting retired and active SEALs, both on the record and off, Harnden makes the case that many SEALs resent Obama for using the group as "ammunition" in his re-election campaign. Some U.S. commentators dismissed the report as a conservative hatchet job, but others aren't so sure, saying Republicans could...
  • REED: Bain coverage wont be Romneys 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...
  • John Kerry, Soldiers in Iraq are stupid, lazy.

    10/31/2006 5:30:35 AM PST · by Leisler · 65 replies · 8,276+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | October 31, 2006 | uk
    John Kerry has never hidden his contempt for the armed forces very well, not even when he served as an officer in the Navy. Yesterday the mask slipped a little bit, as John Ziegler at KFI notes on his website, and Allahpundit mirrors at Hot Air. At a political rally for California's Democratic challenger to Arnold Schwarzenegger for governor, Phil Angelides, Kerry told the Pasadena City College crowd to study hard and get an education -- or wind up like the losers in the military: You know, education, if you make the most of it, if you study hard and...
  • John Kerry says he will run for Senate re-election

    08/04/2011 12:46:17 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 38 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August 4, 2011
    BOSTON (AP) -- John Kerry says he is planning to run for a sixth term in the U.S. Senate and has begun fundraising for his 2014 campaign. When asked, Kerry told reporters in Boston on Thursday, "this is the job I want. This is the job I'm enjoying doing."
  • Liveshot swift-boated again!

    07/24/2010 9:18:33 PM PDT · by raccoonradio · 21 replies · 2+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 7/25/10 | Howie Carr
    Liveshot swift-boated again! By Howie Carr | Sunday, July 25, 2010 | | Columnists Forget Isabel - Liveshot Kerry should rename his $7 million sloop The Botched Joke. You remember that was how he tried to explain away his nasty little dig at the military, back in 2006, saying that if kids dont study hard, theyll end up in Iraq. He said it was a botched joke. So I wonder how Liveshot is trying to explain this latest botched joke to his ancient gold-digging bride in her $9.2 million mansion on Brant Point in Nantucket. Lovey, theyre swift-boating me...
  • Obama Sends Kerry on Swift Boat Mission to Find Lost Jobs

    11/13/2009 9:17:11 AM PST · by jerhad · 8 replies · 686+ views
    Cold Mash ^ | 11/13/09 | jerhad
    Nov200912 admin Comments Obama Sends Kerry on Swift Boat Mission to Find Lost Jobs As unemployment numbers continue to rise, and job losses mount, President Obama announced that he has assigned Senator John Kerry to go on a swift boat mission to find the missing jobs.“I am honored to be selected for this task,” said Kerry. “As a Vietnam veteran and swift boat commander, I am the right man for the job. Senator Kerry, reporting for duty! I can remember clearly on Christmas day in 2008 listening to the radio while sitting in Canada and hearing President Bush say...
  • John Kerry's 'Band of Brothers' Includes Child Porn Pervert

    05/04/2009 1:52:27 PM PDT · by Michael Eden · 7 replies · 758+ views
    Start Thinking Right ^ | May 4, 2009 | Michael Eden
    When John Kerry ran for President in 2004, an outraged group of men rose up against him - his own fellow Swift Boat sailors. Two hundred and fifty signed a letter stating that John Kerry - who had demonized his own fellow veterans as war criminals and who had repeatedly made claims that these eyewitnesses knew weren't true - was unfit for command. Against these 250 war veterans were 12 men who claimed that John Kerry was a man of honor. And now we learn that one of these dozen men is a child porn pedophile. FEDERAL COURT War...
  • Kerry suggests hot pursuit of pirates (Mega Hurl)

    12/30/2008 5:08:27 AM PST · by PasorBob · 51 replies · 1,408+ views ^ | December 30, 2008
    As a young Navy swift boat commander in Vietnam, Senator John F. Kerry was no stranger to the perils of hot pursuit in combat. He was awarded a Silver Star for beaching his boat after a rocket attack and racing ashore to chase down and kill a Viet Cong fighter armed with a rocket launcher. Nearly 40 years later, as incoming chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Kerry favors using hot pursuit against pirates in the waters off Somalia, but urges a cautious approach before US officials consider sending American forces to chase them ashore. Kerry plans committee hearings...
  • CA: Ex-Garamendi adviser pleads guilty to child-porn possession (former Clinton dep. sec'y of Navy)

    12/23/2008 9:33:27 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 1,078+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | 12/23/08 | Suan Shroder
    SAN DIEGO A former adviser to Lt. Gov. John Garamendi and a former deputy assistant secretary of the Navy under President Clinton pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to possession of child pornography, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. Retired U.S. Navy Capt. Wade Rowland Sanders, 67, an attorney, entered the plea before U.S. District Judge Thomas J. Whelan, U.S. Attorney Karen P. Hewitt said in a written statement released Monday night. According to court records, Sanders admitted that on or about May 2, he possessed a computer and computer media that he knew contained more than 600 images of...
  • Swift-boating Obama

    10/03/2008 10:36:28 AM PDT · by sevinufnine · 9 replies · 1,217+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | October 2, 2008 | Thomas and Dorothy Litwin
    ..... The Obama Nation is, well, an abomination.
  • Obama vs. The Lunatic Fringe

    08/19/2008 3:42:06 PM PDT · by steve-b · 31 replies · 162+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 8/18/08 | Clarence Page
    So you think the chorus of white hate groups is seething with rage that Barack Obama could become president? Think again. Members of the knuckle-dragging set are taking a rosier view, judging by their Internet posts. They say the possibility of a biracial president is helping their recruitment efforts.... Obama has a bigger immediate headache than [David] Duke and his allied dimwits. It's the rising chorus of anti-Obama attack books that don't always let truth get in the way of a good hatchet job. Leading the pack is "Obama Nation" by Jerome R. Corsi. It leads the New York Times...
  • The night that changed McCain's life

    08/19/2008 8:15:29 AM PDT · by CometBaby · 19 replies · 267+ views ^ | August 18, 2008 | John King
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- It was September 1967, and Lt. Cmdr. John McCain was back from Vietnam on home leave. He invited Chuck Larson over for dinner, and during a late night game of bridge, McCain pulled his buddy from the U.S. Naval Academy and flight school aside. Larson recalls being stunned at what he heard. "You know Chuck, I might have to get out of the Navy," McCain told him. "And I said, 'Why is that John?' and he said, 'Well I want to be a serious naval officer. And when I go places now, people tend to not take...
  • Obama meets oilman who funded '04 [swift boat] attacks on Kerry

    08/18/2008 8:19:38 AM PDT · by Hadean · 23 replies · 203+ views
    Reuters ^ | 8-17-2008 | Jeff Mason
    RENO, Nevada (Reuters) - White House hopeful Barack Obama talked energy policy on Sunday with T. Boone Pickens, a billionaire oil investor who funded the "Swift Boat" attacks on Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry in 2004. Pickens, a lifelong Republican, has endorsed neither his party's candidate, Arizona Sen. John McCain, nor Democrat Obama in the November 4 election and wants to make energy a top campaign issue. He has advocated a plan to cut U.S. oil use by converting cars to run on natural gas. Pickens funded efforts in 2004 by a group called Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, which...
  • Kerry For Vice President?

    08/15/2008 2:08:33 PM PDT · by pissant · 76 replies · 267+ views
    WBZTV ^ | 8/15/08 | John Keller
    Barack Obama has yet to name a vice presidential nominee and some are wondering if he might turn to Massachusetts to round out the ticket. John Kerry for vice president? Don't dismiss the notion just yet. Some political insiders are telling WBZ it could happen. So why would Obama reach out to Kerry as his choice? Kerry brings more money and name recognition to the table than any other name on the Obama list so far. Americans do tend to love a comeback kid and this would be the most amazing political comeback since Richard Nixon came back from the...
  • Don't let Swift-boaters sail again

    08/15/2008 8:00:33 AM PDT · by SmithL · 109 replies · 100+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/15/8 | Eugene Robinson, Washington Post Writers Group
    Here come the goons, right on schedule. The "author," and I use the term loosely, whose vicious lies damaged John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign has crawled back out from under his rock to spew vicious lies about Barack Obama. Right-wing radio talk-show hosts are dutifully transmitting this concocted venom. This presidential campaign has officially gotten ugly. The "author" I'm talking about is a man named Jerome Corsi. In a book published last year, "The Late Great USA: The Coming Merger with Mexico and Canada," Corsi claimed that George W. Bush was at the heart of a secret conspiracy to subsume...
  • Book attacking Obama makes the bestseller list

    08/12/2008 6:50:16 AM PDT · by AmericanMade1776 · 92 replies · 199+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 12, 2008 | Kate Linthicum
    Right-wing author Jerome Corsi hit it big in 2004 with a book attacking John F. Kerry. "Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry" soared to No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list. Now Corsi has done it again -- taking aim at a different Democratic presidential candidate. Corsi's latest, "The Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality," will top the Aug. 17 New York Times hard-cover nonfiction bestseller list. The book lashes out at Barack Obama and alleges, among other things, that the politician has a secret radical Islamic agenda. But being...
  • Continued Unfitness for Command

    07/08/2008 9:33:37 AM PDT · by Just Another Guy · 13 replies · 138+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | July 8, 2008 | Mark Hyman
    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.
  • The swiftboating of Barack Obama

    07/03/2008 9:29:33 AM PDT · by pissant · 49 replies · 242+ views
    Guardian UK ^ | 7/3/08 | Zach Roth
    The Republican party's attempts to portray Obama as arrogant could hurt him in the election. Presidential races generally hinge on character issues - as Republicans understand. That's why, the last two times out, the GOP has won the White House by hammering into voters' minds the idea that the Democratic candidate embodies a particular negative quality. In 2000, Al Gore was depicted (with the help of a lazy and compliant press corps) as a serial exaggerator. Four years later, John Kerry was portrayed as a weak-willed flip-flopper. Ultimately, it was these personal caricatures, far more than any specific policy prescriptions,...
  • Obama defends his patriotism; McCain and Clark trade shots (Dems Trash Col "Bud" Day)

    07/01/2008 3:51:24 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 32 replies · 263+ views
    LA Times ^ | 1 July 08 | Peter Nicholas and Maeve Reston
    INDEPENDENCE, MO. -- Sen. Barack Obama said Monday that no candidate should use patriotism as a "political sword" in the presidential race, vowing to push back against charges that he is not fervent about his country. Yet even as Obama repeated his call for a new brand of politics that avoids personal attacks, the day was dominated by an old-style clash over the military credentials of his Republican opponent, Sen. John McCain. __________________________________________________________________ Air Force Col. George E. "Bud" Day, a Medal of Honor recipient who was McCain's cellmate in North Vietnam, said Clark's "backhanded slap" was "one of the...
  • Veterans Long to Reclaim the Name Swift Boat (Megabarf alert)

    06/30/2008 9:27:15 PM PDT · by neverdem · 40 replies · 303+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 30, 2008 | KATE ZERNIKE
    Correction Appended Years ago, when William Miller talked about being in the Vietnam War if he talked about being in the Vietnam War he would tell people he served on a Swift boat. At least now they have heard of it. But not in the way he would like. I was proud of what I did, and all the guys I was with, Mr. Miller said. Now somebody says Swift boat and its a whole different meaning. They dont associate it with the guys we lost. Thats a shame. Swift boat has become the synonym for the nastiest...
  • 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...
  • Bayh Warns That GOP May 'Swift Boat' Obama Over His Former Pastor

    04/30/2008 2:54:52 PM PDT · by Bubba_Leroy · 38 replies · 71+ views
    Washington Post ^ | April 30, 2008 | Dan Balz
    Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) today praised Sen. Barack Obama for denouncing his former pastor, but warned that Republicans will use the association to try to "Swift Boat" the Illinois senator if he becomes the Democratic presidential nominee this fall. Bayh, who is supporting Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton for president, said he hoped other issues -- the economy, gasoline prices, health care and the cost of college -- will drive the decisions of most voters in Tuesday's Indiana primary. Obama has struggled in other states to win the votes of white, working class voters, and they could be the deciding vote...
  • Obama: Cant Swift Boat Me

    04/20/2008 10:43:45 AM PDT · by george76 · 55 replies · 154+ views
    NEWSWEEK ^ | Apr 28, 2008 | Mark Hosenball and Michael Isikoff
    <p>Seeing Ghosts: Obama's ties to Ayers and Auchi are distant, but his foes plan to pounce .</p> <p>The Obama campaign is planning to expand its research and rapid-response team in order to repel attacks it anticipates over his ties to 1960s radical Bill Ayers, indicted developer Antoin Rezko and other figures from his past.</p>
  • Redefining 'Swiftboating' and Rewriting History

    04/20/2008 6:23:28 AM PDT · by Nony · 63 replies · 117+ views
    American Thinker ^ | April 20, 2008 | Henry P. Wickham, Jr.
    If the words "swift" and "boat" must be combined and turned into a verb, then let us insist on its proper use. The word as a verb originates from the campaign undertaken in 2004 by the Swift Boat Veterans in response to the John Kerry presidential candidacy. The word means, or should mean, the exposure of a fraudulent autobiography of one seeking political office or public influence. It is the correction of a personal and professional record that has been selectively and dishonestly compiled, as the Swift Vets did so effectively to that of John Kerry. Although swiftboating may be...
  • Kerry: Obama Won't Be Swift Boated

    04/05/2008 4:16:22 PM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 39 replies · 94+ views
    hotlineblog ^ | 04/05/08 | (NBC/NJ's MATTHEW BERGER)
    LANSDOWNE, Pa. - Sen. John Kerry reached out to veterans here on Barack Obama's behalf Saturday, saying he believes Obama is more prepared to be commander in chief than Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton were when they took office. Kerry told the crowd he did not think Obama would be victimized by GOP attacks the way he was in 2004 by the "Swift Boat Veterans for Truth." Kerry took responsibility for not fighting the Swift Boat assaults more effectively, but he said advisors, including Bill Clinton, suggested he not defend himself aggressively. "We didn't lose to them, I didn't lose...

    03/26/2008 3:03:32 PM PDT · by Syncro · 51 replies · 3,563+ views ^ | March 26, 2008 | Ann Coulter
    HILLARY: SWIFTBOATED!March 26, 2008 Hillary is being "swiftboated"! She claimed that she came under sniper fire when she visited in Bosnia in 1996, but was contradicted by videotape showing her sauntering off the plane and stopping on the tarmac to listen to a little girl read her a poem. Similarly, John Kerry's claim to heroism in Vietnam was contradicted by 264 Swift Boat Veterans who served with him. His claim to having been on a secret mission to Cambodia for President Nixon on Christmas 1968 was contradicted not only by all of his commanders -- who said he would have...
  • Watch Out, John Kerry(Former Delta Force officer & businessman running for Kerry's senate seat)

    03/07/2008 6:16:01 AM PST · by kellynla · 42 replies · 645+ views ^ | 03/07/2008 | Roger D. Carstens
    Last week, I had the chance to sit down with Jeff Beatty, a Republican U.S. Senate candidate for the state of Massachusetts. Beatty is currently rallying support in order to offer a strong challenge to the current seat holder, Senator John Kerry. Jeff, who was in town to receive the prestigious "Guardian Award" from the International Association of Counter-terrorism and Security Professionals (IACSP), left me confident that we are putting our best foot forward in November's race and that Kerry will be facing a worthy opponent. Jeff's unique background as a counterterror professional and businessman positions him well to unseat...