:: Tuesday, August 03, 2004 ::
Unfit For Command?
New Hampshire Union Leader:
When Kerry appeared at the podium, a new cheesiest moment in political convention history was born. His first words and gestures were pure grist for a "Saturday Night Live" parody of him: "I'm John Kerry, and I'm reporting for duty!" he bellowed gravely, saluting the delegates in a cartoonish manner. Reporting for duty, the man who threw his medals over the White House fence in protest against the war. (Actually, he threw someone else's medals over the fence. Or his ribbons. Or something. He saved his own medals, along with the video footage he took of himself in the jungle. He knew one day there would be an entire political convention built on this warrior "legacy.")
But there are other brothers who Kerry didn't--and couldn't--call on to press his case to the American people. Brothers such as retired Rear Adm. Roy Hoffmann, commander of the fleet of swift boats Kerry served on during his tour of duty, who now heads Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.
At a May press conference in Washington, Hoffman said of Kerry: "He arrived in country with a strong anti-Vietnam War bias and a self-serving determination to build a foundation for his political future. He was aggressive, but vain and prone to impulsive judgment, often with disregard to specific tactical assignments. He was a loose cannon...In an abbreviated tour of four months and 12 days, and with his specious medals secure, Lt. j.g. Kerry bugged out of Vietnam and began his infamous betrayal of all United States forces in the Vietnam War."
That he carried around his super 8 camera reenacting phony 'battles' should tell you everything you need to know about this man's suitability for the job of commander and chief. "I'm John Kerry and I'm reporting for duty"--stick a sock in it skooter.
:: Max 9:22 PM [+] ::