"Unfit For Command" Author Has Been Kerry Foil For Thirty Years
The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports this morning, "For more than 30 years, John O'Neill has been challenging John Kerry's combat service record in Vietnam. . . . In a book that was released Wednesday O'Neill presents a sweeping indictment of Kerry, including charges that the wounds for which Kerry received two of his three Purple Hearts were self-inflicted rather than from enemy fire. . . . In 1971, when Kerry emerged as the articulate and telegenic leader of Vietnam veterans trying to end U.S. involvement in wars in Southeast Asia, the Nixon White House offered up O'Neill as 'the un-Kerry.'"
WPost Says Attack By Swift Boat Veterans For Truth "Crosses The Line."
The Washington Post editorializes, "To the extent. . .that there are legitimate questions about Mr. Kerry's behavior either in Vietnam or back home as a prominent antiwar activist those are fair game. . . . He used his third Purple Heart to go home early, and his wounds were relatively superficial. Some veterans remain understandably bitter about Mr. Kerry's antiwar statements; indeed, the candidate himself has said he would rephrase some of his more cutting accusations about U.S. troops committing war crimes." But "a new assault on Mr. Kerry in an ad by a group calling itself Swift Boat Veterans for Truth and in a new book crosses the line in branding Mr. Kerry a coward and a liar."