Kerry's Vietnam Focus Not a 'Swift' Idea

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Monday, August 30, 2004

Kerry's Vietnam Focus Not a 'Swift' Idea

August 30, 2004

I like the spirit of the Bush campaign.

When former Senator Max Cleland and Jim Rassman -- the man John Kerry supposedly pulled from the water in Vietnam -- delivered a letter to President Bush at his ranch last calling on him to specifically denounce Swift Boat Veterans for Truth ads, they were met by a marine Vietnam veteran with a letter of his own.

Jerry Patterson, the Texas Land Commissioner, greeted the two and handed them a letter signed by several congressman -- including two Medal of Honor winners.

The letter from the president’s supporters stated that John Kerry cannot claim to be a war hero while also claiming he and his crewmates committed atrocities against the Vietnamese people.

In the letter, Kerry was also cautioned against trying to silence his critics.

Let’s not forget who started this ‘Vietnam war hero’ business. It was John Kerry.

It was Kerry who wrapped himself in the flag after slandering his fellow soldiers as war criminals.

It was Kerry who gave aid and comfort to the Vietnamese communists while our men were being held prisoner.

It was Kerry whose words toughened the resolve of our torturous enemies.

Let’s not forget. Those congressmen didn’t.

I’m Cal Thomas in New York.

Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C. Watch his television show, After Hours with Cal Thomas, on the Fox News Channel, Saturdays at 11 p.m. Eastern Time.