Given that it is written by Oliver North, this open letter to John Kerry probably won’t have much impact on the Kerry campaign: “Bring it on, John.” But it nevertheless packs a wallop. Here’s Ollie’s conclusion:
In 1988, Jane Fonda said: “I would like to say something … to men who were in Vietnam, who I hurt, or whose pain I caused to deepen because of things that I said or did. I was trying to help end the killing and the war, but there were times when I was thoughtless and careless about it and I’m … very sorry that I hurt them. And I want to apologize to them and their families.”
Even Jane Fonda apologized. Will you, John?
As long as we’re in the open letter mode, here’s one I’m sending to President Bush and Senator McCain:
Dear President Bush and Senator McCain, Is it okay for Vietnam veterans who have taken up work as columnists to express their opposition to John Kerry in the newspapers? I’m sure you’d agree that their right to express their views is protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution.
But what happens to those vets who’ve chosen to lead more productive lives than columnists? Are their voices to be muffled if they have to pay for an advertisement to express their views? If so, can you explain to me what they were fighting for over in the rice paddies of Vietnam?
(Thanks to one of our most faithful attorney readers for the tip on Ollie’s column.)