I served in the Air Force during the Vietnam conflict, spending a year at Utapao Air Force Base in Thailand. I was almost killed by communist infiltrators on the road from the base to the local town during my last month of service. My younger brother Alan, a ranger in the 101st Airborne, died in Vietnam. My parents took his medals (Purple Heart and Bronze Star) and ribbons and had them framed, after which this little memorial hung on our living room wall until my mother died.
I tell you this because when John Kerry made his Vietnam service one of the centerpieces of his campaign I had misgivings over what I had read about him over the years. Earlier this year I had heard of a non-partisan group, Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, that had come out against Kerry. What they said about him, accusing him of lies and distortions over his service record and awards, was surprising for someone running for president. I must admit their statements are compelling. The group has released an ad in which they bluntly call John Kerry a liar. [Note: if their website is overloaded, you can download the Quicktime version from my site here).
Hannity and Combs (Fox News 9 P.M. EDT) are going to run the ad tonight and have two veterans from the clip on the show to debate the issues with a representative from the Kerry campaign. I am not sure how Senator Kerry’s campaign can recover from these revelations, which are presented in such a direct and straight forward manner.