Swift Boat Veterans Still An Issue
The Swift Boat issue refuses to go away, probably because of Obama’s decision to refuse Federal campaign funding, as the NYT reports. The Swift Boat 527 probably played a big role in defeating Kerry in 2004, and Obama doesn’t want to get caught in the same bind, without money to challenge whatever the Republican dirty-tricksters come up with to attack him.
It still rankles me as a Vietnam veteran that Kerry’s service in Vietnam was used against him. He may not have been the best example of a veteran, but at least he went, unlike George Bush, Dick Cheney, Bill Clinton, and many other leading politicians. Ironically, Al Gore also served in Vietnam; so, clearly this country hates veterans. It can kiss up to veterans now, because without the draft no one is in danger of going to Iraq or Afghanistan unless they volunteer. But McCain’s opposition to the new, improved GI Bill of Rights shows that caring about veterans is not widespread.
I can only conclude that Swift Boat veterans are unpatriotic, America haters. It’s probably an over generalization, but the image of a whole group of veterans has been sullied as far as I am concerned.