I haven't read the posts, I get tired of the Alf's, the Jaysits, the Rsmiths on here that continually attack without asking questions.
I could tell you hadn’t been actually reading the posts, but I appreciate your candor. I promise as soon as you start referring us to some good sources supporting your arguments you will be through with us. I’ve been waiting for sources from several anti-Kerry posters in the past few days, and I’ve been continually disappointed
You have some questions, that’s great. Tell you what, if I answer yours, will you answer mine. (And I’ll make you a deal: I won’t quote “Salon” or “the Nation” or “The Guardian” if you don’t quote the “Drudge Report”, the “Washington Times” or the “Telegraph”.)
Has John Kerry come out and refuted all of the material presented?
The material has been pretty badly torched. Contrary to the complaints from the right, the media has been investigating this matter thoroughly. The Boston Globe has run several stories on the SBV campaign starting as far back as two weeks ago well before the story starting breaking out on all the right-wing blogs. Unfortunately, the SBV campaign also appears to be badly foundering when it is held up to even the most minimal media scrutiny. Several links to stories critical of the SBV campaign have been posted on this and another thread, but I’ll post them here again for your reference: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/08/20/politics/campaign/20swift.html
Please actually read them before you criticize.
Have his lawyers threatened law suits to publishers and television stations for providing the book and commercials?
No, and this is very rarely done in the U.S. because it is very difficult for a politician to win defamatory/libel law suits. In fact, I cannot think of a politician or public figure who has even filed such a law suit in the last twenty years, can you name me one? The last person who actually won such a lawsuit was General William Westmorland in 1983.
Also note that the TV
stations would not actually be liable for defamation just for running these commercials.
Could that convey guilt by aversion?
Not sure what “aversion” is. If you mean, is Kerry tacitly admitting the truth of the allegations by not contesting them in court, then no I don’t think so for the reasons above. Of course this argument can be turned around just as easily. If Michael Moore, Moveon etc. are all spreading lies about GWB, why aren’t his lawyers threatening legal action? Could this be guilt by “aversion”?
Did he get jammed up on something as simple as Cambodia?
It appears that Kerry may not have been there on 12/24/1968 (still unclear), but he was in Cambodia in January and February of 1969. Thankfully, George Bush, was safely tucked away at this time in Midland, TX
Are there questions regarding his service and how he came about his medals?
Sure, the entire SBV campaign is based on that, see my answer to your first question above. Again, the SBV campaign is not holding up well to factual scrutiny.
Has the media taken the time (a la Bush/Guard Service) to investigate? Am I surprised?
Don’t know if your surprised, but the media has investigated Kerry's service record thoroughly. Moreover, there is a difference with regard to Bush’ s TANG service in that there were always further lingering questions that the Bush Administration never adequately answered and that kept the story going. For example, the Bush Administration will not release his military medical records, nor have they been able to prove that Bush performed any TANG-related function while supposedly in Alabama between May 1972 and October 1972.
Additionally there is an objective aspect here that you ignore. The dispute about Bush's TANG was an objective question, he could either prove that he had done his full service or he couldn't. By contrast, here people are questioning whether Kerry was sufficiently brave or sufficiently wounded to earn five combat decorations. No one has every tried to do that to a veteran before (Given the SBV's spotty factual record, you see why).
At any rate the media gave the TANG story a complete pass in the 2000 campaign. You should be thanking them for that.
Now my questions for you:
Where did George Bush perform his TANG responsibilities from May 1972 to October 1972 when he was supposedly in a guard unit in Alabama? (Please include a source with your answer).
Swift Boat Veterans George Elliot, Adrian Lonsdale, and Roy F. Hoffman who all criticize John Kerry in the SBV commercials, have all previously praised John Kerry and his Vietnam service with the highest praise. Were they lying then, or are they lying now?
The Bush campaign claims that: “it will not raise questions about [Kerry’s] military service”.
So when a supporter says to GWB’s face that John Kerry received his purple hearts for “two self-inflicted scratches” does Bush have an obligation to correct the supporter that John Kerry’s military service is not at issue?
Assuming Kerry misspoke when he said that he was in Cambodia on 12/24/68, and in fact he wasn’t in Cambodia until the next month, January 1969, what is the implication for Kerry’s honesty and character?
Looking forward to your answers! Hope they are not "drivel".