Click here for the advertisement prepared by Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. Thanks to Lorie Byrd for the tip and Little Green Footballs for the link to the organization’s site with multiple players available for viewing the ad.
HINDROCKET adds: The ad is powerful, but, in my opinion, not as persuasive as it could be because it is so general. The veterans say that Kerry has lied about his service; the doctor who treated Kerry for the wound that gave rise to his first Purple Heart says Kerry’s account is untrue; they say Kerry betrayed his comrades. But there are no details, no facts. Of course, there is only so much you can do in thirty seconds. Despite the lack of detail, the ad is a lot more powerful than anything the Bush campaign has come up with, and I’ve given the Swift Boat Veterans some money to put it on the air. I hope you will too.
The Swift Boat Veterans’ web site does contain a lot more information. The web site’s main page ends with this statement:
For more than thirty years, most Vietnam veterans kept silent as we were maligned as misfits, addicts, and baby killers. Now that a key creator of that poisonous image is seeking the Presidency we have resolved to end our silence.
John Kerry chose to make Vietnam the centerpiece of his campaign. Now he may have to live with the consequences.