Last night on Hannity & Colmes, Kerry lied about his opposition to the Vietnam War — specifically, when his opposition started:
COLMES: How do you feel about the fact that there are those veterans who have come out against you? It’s got to hurt you personally.
KERRY: No, don’t worry about it. Listen, 1971 I made a decision — actually, in 1969 I made the decision that the war is to be opposed.
But this 1970 Harvard Crimson article pointed out by Mickey Kaus says that Kerry’s opposition to the war began in 1966:
At Yale, Kerry was chairman of the Political Union and later, as Commencement speaker, urged the United States to withdraw from Vietnam and to scale down foreign military operations. And this was way back in 1966.
When he approached his draft board for permission to study for a year in Paris, the draft board refused and Kerry decided to enlist in the Navy. The Navy assigned him to the USS Gridley which between December 1966 and July 1968 saw four months of action off the Vietnam coast. In August through November, 1968, Kerry was trained to be the skipper of a patrol boat for Vietnamese rivers. For the next five months, until April of 1969, Kerry was the commanding Lieutenant of a patrol boat in the Mekong Delta. He was wounded slightly on three different occasions and received a Silver Star for bravery.
Key question: Why doesn’t Kerry want the public to know that he opposed the war in 1966?