September 22, 2004


The Swift Vets have put up a new ad touching on John Kerry's meeting with our enemies in Paris.

Posted by David Cohen at September 22, 2004 6:33 PM

And in other news more or less related to Vietnam, the Democrats, in a classic act of desperation, have started spreading a rumor that a second Bush Administration will re-institute the draft. Unfortunately for them, the only legislation currently before Congress proposing such a thing is sponsored and co-sponsored by some of the hardest-left people in Congress, and sharply opposed by the DoD and GOP.

Posted by: Joe at September 22, 2004 7:36 PM

What ever happened to that band of brothers? Anybody here from Rassman lately? Don't tell me he was thrown into the drink again.

Posted by: Melissa at September 22, 2004 7:50 PM

>...the only legislation currently before
>Congress proposing such a thing is sponsored
>and co-sponsored by some of the hardest-left
>people in Congress...

...0ut of nostalgia for Vietnam.

The counterculture of the Sixties (all genuflect and burn the pinch of incense) had The Draft as The Big Establishment Enemy, so We Must Revive it.

(And if we imitate Vietnam just right, the Gods will land and give us Cargo.)

Posted by: Ken at September 22, 2004 8:36 PM

One of Kerry's "brothers" (David Alston) cannot appear with him anymore, having been on his boat for approximately 2 days (if that), while command switched from Tedd Peck (Kerry's predecessor who was wounded) to Kerry. The rest of the band have evidently been replaced by former Air Force General Merril McPeak (identified on this blog as 'Skeletor').

What is really interesting is why Anthony Zinni and the other pseudo-Democratic general officers have disappeared from Kerry endorsements and defense on cable TV. Maybe the Swiftys got them upset, too.

Posted by: jim hamlen at September 22, 2004 8:41 PM

Any more shoes drop and it'll look like Imelda Marcos' closet after a 7.5 quake.

Posted by: Mike Morley at September 22, 2004 9:21 PM

Mike: Kansas City here we come.

Posted by: David Cohen at September 22, 2004 9:34 PM

Melissa - Maybe Teresa got tired of throwing money away on a losing cause, and revoked Rassman's salary?

Posted by: pj at September 22, 2004 9:46 PM

The ad doesn't mention two damning aspects: 1) Kerry was in the Naval Reserves when he went on this trip, and 2) the deal he "negotiated" with the North Vietnamese: the U.S. would withdraw from Vietnam, pay reparations, and then our P.O.W.s would be released. Kerry's one tough negotiator, yessiree.

Posted by: PapayaSF at September 22, 2004 10:21 PM

After Kansas City, comes the Hanoi War Memorial Museum (or whatever they call it over there).

Posted by: ratbert at September 22, 2004 10:54 PM

With the best will in the world to believe the worst of John Kerry, I can't get all that excited by the War Memorial, which just seems to be celebrating a visit by a US Senator. I wonder, though, if a list of foreign trips taken by the Senator is available. How many involve cozying up to dictators?

Posted by: David Cohen at September 22, 2004 11:02 PM

You can tell the Clinton people are running the media operation right now, based on the early spin on the new ad, which is, "This is old news. Kerry mentioned this at the 1971 hearing. Let's move on."

The thing is, they're right -- this is old news. The only problem is their candidate keeps wanting to make his Vietnam experience pertanent to today, and his and Bush's service 35 years ago a deciding factor in the election. Because he can't get away from old news and wants to keep it in the spotlight, that makes it fair game for all the old news to be brought out in front of a new generation of voters.

Posted by: John at September 22, 2004 11:36 PM

John, good catch.

I've noticed that the spin from the Kerry camp has been much better the past couple days.

Too bad that candidate keeps stepping on his own message (whatever that might be this week).

Posted by: H.D. Miller at September 23, 2004 1:36 AM