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  •  Some resources (4.00)
    that WE can use...

    FAS BCCI documents - Kerry exposed them, and the Bushies and henchman have been gunning for him ever since then and Iran Contra.

    eriposte a comprehensive and copious rebuttal of the entire swift boat series of lies and smears, including the so-called Cambodia non-issue.

    AWOLBush a comprehensive comparison of Bush and Kerry military performance, pay, awards, and attendance records.

    Krugman's latest Which is the best summary and pointed series of condensed talking points I have yet read - short, sharp, detailed, incisive, and powerful.

    The only way to ensure a free press is to own one

    by RedDan on Mon Aug 23, 2004 at 10:01:56 PM PDT

    •  Great part (none)
      from Krugman:
      It should come as no surprise, then, that Mr. Bush - who must defend the indefensible - has turned to those who still refuse to face the truth about Vietnam.

      All the credible evidence, from military records to the testimony of those who served with Mr. Kerry, confirms his wartime heroism. Why, then, are some veterans willing to join the smear campaign? Because they are angry about his later statements against the war. Yet making those statements was itself a heroic act - and what he said then rings truer than ever.

      In one short section, he makes all of these critical points:
      a. JK's critics are in denial re Viet Nam
      b. JK is a true war hero
      c. decrying the atrocities of war was also heroic
      d. this kind of heroism is needed now more than ever
      •  Digby speaks to this today very well (none)
        Why It Matters

        I keep hearing that John Kerry has has brought the character assassination on himself by playing up Vietnam in his campaign. The assessment seems to be that if he hadn't made a big deal out of it the Swift boat Borgias wouldn't have felt the need to come forward. This is, of course, nonsense. If he hadn't brought up his service they would have said he was trying to hide it. This was always in the cards. The Swift Boat Borgias hate John Kerry because he said that Americans committed atrocities in Vietnam and they have never been able to forgive him for agitating against a war they felt proud to have fought.

        Please go to Hullabaloo to read the rest of this moving post.

        Political skill in the absence of statesmanship is the first act of a tragedy. - Garrison Keillor

        by bumblebums on Tue Aug 24, 2004 at 02:24:55 PM PDT

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