John Kerry has launched a bizarre attack against President Bush, making public a letter he wrote to the President which says:
As you well know, Vietnam was a very difficult and painful period in our nation’s history, and the struggle for our veterans continues. So, it has been hard to believe that you would choose to reopen these wounds for your personal political gain. But, that is what you have chosen to do.
Kerry elaborated on this attack by appearing with his talisman, Max Cleland, at a press conference where Kerry said that the president “decided once again to take the low road of American politics. Saxby Chambliss, on the part of the president and his henchmen, decided today to question my commitment to the defense of our nation.”
It’s hard to know where to begin. John Kerry has not appeared in public on a single occasion in this millenium without mentioning his four-month service in Vietnam, so it is hardly unfair to inquire as to what he has done, with respect to that conflict and others, since leaving Vietnam in 1969. For a man who falsely accused his fellow soldiers of committing mass war crimes and atrocities to now accuse the President–who has, actually, never mentioned the subject–of “reopening old wounds” constitutes chutzpah of a record-setting variety.
Looking on the bright side, it is obvious that the Democrats believe, presumably on the basis of poll data, that Kerry’s thirty-year record of anti-American, anti-military, anti-freedom activism cannot withstand scrutiny. I think they’re right. Bear in mind that Kerry’s talisman, Max Cleland, is a former Senator, having been defeated in his bid for re-election, and rightly so, on the basis of a national security record that was nowhere near as bad as Kerry’s.