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Jeb Bush’s Letter Praising Swift Liars

by Pamela Leavey

Hat tip to Peter Daou of the Daou Report, for the copy of Jeb Bush’s letter to the Swift Boat liars posted for the first on the Grit. The letter was noted in the NY Times on Sunday (see Ron’s post here).

Excerpt from the Times:

“The president’s brother, Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida, sent a letter thanking the “Swifties” for “their willingness to stand up to John Kerry.”

Excerpt from Jeb Bush’s letter:
“As someone who truly understands the risk of standing up for something, I simply cannot express in words how much I value their willingness to stand up against John Kerry.”

We hope in the weeks to come more of the documents will surface, that John Kerry’s supporters have been compiling in a dossier, that “they say will expose every one of the Swift boat group’s charges as a lie and put to rest any question about Mr. Kerry’s valor in combat.”

Recently, I wrote here about Eric Boehlert’s new book Lapdogs, which “dissects the Beltway media’s culpability during the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth smear campaign from the 2004 campaign and concludes the episode ‘likely delivered Bush the cushion he needed to win in November” and “represented an embarrassing new benchmark for campaign season reporting.’”

It is time for the truth to be told. On Tuesday, Hotline’s Blogometer reported on the NY Times story and the reaction in the blogosphere, left and right. Blogometer said, “Outside of labeling righty blogger liars, lefty bloggers left actual refutation of their claims up to the Times.” I guess they did not look hard enough, as Peter Daou gave them a taste of what is being compiled by the Kerry supporters today.

32 Responses to “Jeb Bush’s Letter Praising Swift Liars”

  1. Please note that Col Bud Day Is not a Swift Boat Veteran. He is a Marine. Gov Jeb Bush is observing proper military protocol by thanking the Swifty guests. This letter is a tribute to Col Day who insisted on maintaining military protocol during his captivity as a POW in North Vietnam.

    COLONEL GEORGE E. “BUD” DAY (RETIRED)

    Colonel George E. Day is a veteran of more than 30 years service in the Armed Forces of the United States.

    Colonel Day was born in Sioux City, Iowa, on February 24, 1925. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree and Doctor of Humane Letters from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. He has also been awarded a Master of Arts degree from St. Louis University, a Juris Doctor from the University of South Dakota and a Doctor of Laws from Troy State University. Col. Day was admitted to the South Dakota Bar in 1949 and in Florida Bar in 1977.

    Col. Day joined the Marine Corps in 1942 and served 30 months in the South Pacific as a noncommissioned officer. He received an appointment as a Second Lieutenant in the National Guard in 1950.

    Col. Day was called to active duty in the Air Force in 1951 and entered jet pilot training. He served two tours in the Far East as a fighter-bomber pilot during the Korean War.

    In April 1967, Colonel Day was assigned to the 31st Tac Fighter Wing at Tuy Hoa Air Base, Republic of Vietnam. He later moved to Phu Cat Air Base where he organized and became the first commander of the “Misty Super FAC’s,” an F-100 Squadron.

    Shot down over North Vietnam on August 26, 1967, he spent 67 months as a Prisoner of War. Colonel Day was the only POW to escape from prison in the South. He is also credited with living through the first “no chute” bailout from a burning jet fighter in England in 1955.

    At the time of his shoot-down, Colonel Day was one of the nation’s most experienced jet fighter pilots, with 4,500 hours of single engine jet time, and more than 5,000 hours of flying time. He has flown all of the modern Air Force jet fighters including the F-80, F-84, F-100, F-101, F-104, F-105, F-4E, A-4J Mongoose, A-7, F-106, FB-111, F-15, F-16, CF-5, CT-33, and CF-18.

    Col. Day holds every significant combat award and is the nation’s most highly decorated officer, as well as the most decorated since General Douglass MacArthur. He holds nearly seventy military decorations and awards, of which more than fifty are for combat. Most notable are: the Medal of Honor, the Air Force Cross, the Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with nine Oak Leaf Clusters, the Bronze Star for Valor with two Oak Leaf Cluster, the Bronze Star, and the Purple Heart with three Clusters. Col. Day was presented Vietnam’s highest medal by President Thieu, two Vietnamese Gallantry Crosses, and Vietnamese Wings, and wears twelve Campaign Battle Stars.

    He is a member of the Medal of Honor Society, Legion of Valor, was the first President of NAM-POW’s (the Vietnam POW organization), President of the MISTY SUPER-FAC Association, and a member of numerous military and fraternal organizations. Colonel Day was a member of the Code of Conduct Review Board, established by the Department of Defense in 1976 to review POW conduct.

    Col. Day has taught World Politics, International Law and Political Geography at St. Louis University and Parks College of Aeronautical Technology. He taught Constitutional Law, Politics of the Middle East, and Communism in Eastern Europe at Troy State University.

    Col. Day is a member of the Okaloosa/Walton Bar Association, Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, American Bar Association, and American Trial Lawyers. He is a visiting lecturer at the Freedom’s Foundation program at Valley Forge for both St. Francis College and the University of Scranton, and lectures young officers at the Air University at Maxwell AFB, AL several times each year.

    Bud is married to his childhood sweetheart Doris Merlene Sorensen of Sioux City, Iowa, and has four children. Steven Michael of Shalimar, Florida, Capt. George Everette, Jr. (Class of ’85 Air Force Academy) F-16 pilot, twin daughters Sonja Smith of Fort Walton Beach, Florida and Sandra Mathers of San Diego, California (whose husband is Navy helicopter pilot). George Day has two grandsons Jacob and Joshua, three granddaughters Noel Elizabeth, Victoria Leigh, and Audrey Marie. He resides in Shalimar, Florida and has a law firm in Fort Walton Beach, Florida where he is a trial Lawyer.

    Col. Day is a past Florida State Republican Committeeman, and a past member of the Board of Directors of the Medal of Honor Society. He is a past National Commander of the Legion of Valor and was a delegate to Republican Conventions, Chairman of the Reagan Committee in Okaloosa Count, Florida. In 1984, he was National Chairman of Veteran’s for Reagan and campaigned extensively for and with the President. He campaigned nationally for President Bush in 1992.

    Col. Day received the BUSINESS ASSOCIATE OF THE YEAR 1988 from the American Business Women’s Association.

    Col. Day has published numerous articles on fighter performance, an article in the Saturday Evening Post, Air Force Magazine, and is the author or “RETURN WITH HONOR” his POW autobiography.

    Governor Martinez appointed Col. Day a Commissioner of Veterans Affairs. He is a past Secretary of Florida Veterans Affairs Commission.

    Senator Connie Mack placed Col. Day on the Defense Advisory Committee and he serves as a director of the Air Force Armament Museum.

    He is a past advisor to the Air Force Association, Washington, D.C.

  2. COLONEL GEORGE E. “BUD” DAY was the subject of the movie ” Stolen Honor “

  3. Robert Greer Says:
    May 31st, 2006 at 2:35 am

    Please Note Robert Greer that Col. Day lied for partisan reasons even though he did NOT SERVE with John Kerry.

    First the letter in full context:


    January 19, 2005

    Colonel George E. Day
    Day & Meade, P.A. Attorneys At Law

    Dear Colonel Day,

    Thank you for your personal support of my brother in his re-election. I look forward to joining him in Washington for his inauguration. I am so proud of the President and his re-election campaign. He offered a clear vision for the future of our country.

    Colonel Day, I know you will be joining other Swifties-POWs in Orlando soon. Please let them know that I am personally appreciative of their service to our nation. As someone who truly understands the risk of standing up for something, I simply cannot express in words how much I value their willingness to stand up against John Kerry. Their efforts, like their service to their country

    The nation’s most highly decorated living veteran told a hometown audience in Sioux City, Iowa, Democratic Party presidential candidate John Kerry “will go down in history as the Benedict Arnold of 1971.”

    Day said Kerry’s testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and his other anti-war activities encouraged the North Vietnamese to continue the war and mistreat the POWs. (no proof to that at all)

    http://horse.he.net/~swiftpow/article.php?story=20041027075323715

  4. Robert,
    Col Day was John McCain’s cell mate at the Hanoi Hilton and I had the honor of meeting him while working on McCain’s 2000 Presidential campaign.
    He received the highest military awards from two countries: US and South Vietnam.
    There aren’t enough accolades to describe his military service.
    To be honest, he worked very hard to defeat Kerry and I always wanted to have a serious discussion with him about it.

    The letter is an invite to Col Day to join the Swifties.

    Does this link the Bush campaign to an organization made up of liars?

    When has Jeb Bush taken a risk to stand for or against anything? He is a more adept political stooge then Pres DumbDumb.

  5. continuance of the letter posted before completed.

    January 19, 2005

    Colonel George E. Day
    Day & Meade, P.A. Attorneys At Law

    Dear Colonel Day,

    Thank you for your personal support of my brother in his re-election. I look forward to joining him in Washington for his inauguration. I am so proud of the President and his re-election campaign. He offered a clear vision for the future of our country.

    Colonel Day, I know you will be joining other Swifties-POWs in Orlando soon. Please let them know that I am personally appreciative of their service to our nation. As someone who truly understands the risk of standing up for something, I simply cannot express in words how much I value their willingness to stand up against John Kerry. Their efforts, like their service to their country, speaks volumes about what matters most.

    Thank you again for your unwavering support,

    Sincerely,
    Jeb Bush

    Robert Greer where in that letter does it pertain to your conclusion? “This letter is a tribute to Col Day who insisted on maintaining military protocol during his captivity as a POW in North Vietnam.” This letter is an answer to thanking Col. Day and all the other Swifty LIARS for helping his brother. Dispicable and disgusting.

    Please Note Robert Greer that Col. Day lied for partisan reasons even though he did NOT SERVE with John Kerry.

    The nation’s most highly decorated living veteran told a hometown audience in Sioux City, Iowa, Democratic Party presidential candidate John Kerry “will go down in history as the Benedict Arnold of 1971.”

    Day said Kerry’s testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and his other anti-war activities encouraged the North Vietnamese to continue the war and mistreat the POWs. (no proof to that at all)

    http://horse.he.net/~swiftpow/article.php?story=20041027075323715

    Now let me prove just how partisan Col. ay is :

    Parke emphasized that O’Neill is helping him on his own, and that the Swift Boat group’s political action committee is not involved.

    “When you’re trying to raise money nationally, it helps to have somebody who is recognized nationally,” said Parke, who met O’Neill only once but secured his help through another supporter, retired Air Force Col. George “Bud” Day. “I’m very honored to have his (O’Neill’s) support. The response to his letter has been tremendous.”

    Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., who supports Sanders, said he is appalled that the Swift Boat group would get involved in the state’s politics.

    “These ideologues are specialists in the art of the smear and in raking in contributions from far-flung extremists who know nothing about Vermont,” Leahy said.

    http://bernie.org/?p=164

    Now lets hear from someone who is a Republican but because of his conscience could not continue on with the lies of the Swift Boat group.

    Steve Hayes former member of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth on Ed Schultz, May, 30th.

    http://audio.wegoted.com/podcasting/53006Hayes.mp3

    Robert Greer go back to the hole you crawled out of.

  6. battlebob

    The letter is an invite to Col Day to join the Swifties
    ” at a luncheon at Disneyworld.”

    There is a well known American joke which I believe is
    attributed to the ice skater Nancy Kerrigan. (correct me
    if I am wrong)

    What are you going to do after you win ?

    I am going to Disneyworld.

    The real joke being that Disneyworld may have paid her quite
    well to say that on national television

    The Bushs promised to send the Swifties to Disneyworld if
    they won and that is exactly what they did.

    Col Day the most decorated American War hero was an
    additional Election Day gift to the Swifties.

  7. battlebob, fedup

    The group that linked the Bush campaign to Col Bud Day is called the United States Marine Corps.

    *** EDITED BY MODERATOR***

    …… but please be more thoughtful about calling them liars.

  8. fedup

    Stop worrying about how John Kerry will go down in history

    Think about your own history.

    You could be the first girl with the name “fedup” in a history book

  9. Least we not forget, Jeb Bush is a member of the Bush Crime Family. Case closed.

  10. Robert,

    There are others more able to talk military with you. My husband was in for three years during Vietnam, but not combat, and we both lost friends.

    What John Kerry said, the fullness of what he said, spoke about what wrong policy makes soldiers do and the pain that never heals. You must have heard and seen the entire speech from 71, so I’m having a hard time understanding your persistent name-calling and judgments.

    That you continue blaming him for a few sentences he quoted of others about the Winter Soldiers, now vindicated, makes me wonder more about you.

    Have you seen the movies about the protest years, the anguish and the soldiers’ stories. Going Upriver is a good place to start.

    Few have been more supportive and an advocate for veterans’ rights upon returning than John Kerry. That’s a lot of years of steadfast caring, when many, especially this adminstration, so want to put Vets in harms way, during and after service.

    If talking memories and anger through with BattleBob can give you closure, a release from some anger, on your way to a more fact-based truth, so be it. We are all here to learn.

    Anything else is counter-productive and more poison than truth.

  11. Robert,
    The Swifties were a bunch of liars whose sole intent was to disgrace Kerry.
    There were members of all services. Kerry’s 1971 speech was distorted and taken out of context.
    How do I know this?
    Because I watched the speech after it was given with other VN vets who agreed with every word Kerry said.
    Another distortion is Kerry’s trip to Paris. He was trying to get the POWs home.

    His desire to end an unjust war and bring the troops home has always been honorable.
    Those who lie, twist and distort his words are dishonorable and cowards; regardless of where or how they served. They are attacking a person who was trying to do something for them. Instead of supporting him, they curse him.

  12. Corsi, O’Neil and the rest of the smearvet leaders should be horsewhipped for leading this disgusting activity against Kerry.
    The Vets who went along with them are either still suffering from their service, are ignorant of what Kerry really said, or both. They are still being used and abused by an administration that could care less about their welfare.
    So let me get this straight…these ex-soldiers are praising someone who ducked the VN conflict, has sold them out time and time again by funding cuts, supply cuts, equipment cuts, benefit cuts and jamming them in the middle of an unjust war where they are targets.
    How can anybody proclaim love for the troops and still support this administration and their policies that treats everyone like used toilet paper; use and flush? Those that support this administration and this war and this abuse of our soldiers are responsible for the nightmare that is Iraq.
    Kerry is the one that is trying to end this conflict and bring the troops home. If there is a lack of patriotism, it is with the liars, the distorters, the abusers of vets that is a staple of this administration.

  13. Robert,

    Would of responded to you sooner but I was busy trying to get my MILITARY ID renewed, my husband served for 20 years, and is a Vietnam Vet and fought in that war after Kerry protested and watched as 3 sailors got killed and 5 seriously wounded on his destroyer, 9 days before Christmas ’72. He proudly supported John Kerry, because John Kerry and other brothers fought for him back then.

    I would rather go down in history with the name fedup, knowing that I fought for TRUTH and the honor of a veteran, then to go down in history with the name Robert Greer, who clung to lies just to win. Where is your conscience?

  14. Robert Greer Says:
    May 31st, 2006 at 2:52 am

    The movie Stolen Honor was made with the express purpose of smearing John Kerry with lies about his service.

    Last night I got that you got what we are about here – we SUPPORT John Kerry.

    I had you on moderated comments after your first few attempts of bashing the Senator. You then made a few attempts to express that you understood us here.

    No, Mr. Greer – You do not. This blog WILL NOT service as a forum for you or anyone else to continue to spread the lies about John Kerry’s service.

    End of discussion. Consider yourself on moderated commments again and note I have very little tolerance for this crap – and will have no problem what so ever of blacklisting you.

  15. Pamela, I support you blacklisting Robert Greer. We don’t need trolls like him here! There are lots of other web sites and blogs where he would be welcome to spread his lies -

  16. Instead of always being on defense, how about some revelations about the Swifties, their characters, their connections to the Nixon and Bush administrations, etc. Parisan motivation, but also money grubbing through Texas real estate connections.

    Assumptions are always made that these are old wounds, and just a misguided sense of history and hurt. It’s a lot more knowingly craven, and motivations need to be public.

  17. Robert Greer

    You have a comment in the moderation que that for now will NOT be posted. I will however respond to you, although your comment is not addressed to me.

    The testimony John Kerry gave at the Fulbright Commission, helped to begin the end of the Vietnam War.

    As we all know, My Lai happened. As we all know atrocities have happened in Iraq as well.

    If some veteran’s take offense to members of the military speaking out and telling the truth about these incidents then they need to take a cold hard look at why the don’t want the truth to be told.

    John Kerry did not call anyone names – but he has been called many, for his courage to speak the truth to power. He recanted stories to the Fulbright Commission that we told by many veteran’s of the Vietnam War.

    Enough is enough. Truth no matter how painful must be told. You can live with the truth, find peace and understanding for the truth or you can live in denial.

    John Kerry served this country with honor in Vietnam, and since as Lt Governor of MA and a U.S. Senator. He has done more to help Veteran’s than most in Senate.

    We all know here, the partisan history of the attacks on John Kerry that stem from Richard Nixon’s fear and hatred of John Kerry for exposing the truth.

    Dissent is patriotic, Robert Greer.

  18. It certainly isn’t worth the time to argue with someone who claims there’s any credibility to the Swift Boat Lies. It has been repeatedly shown that their claims contradict the Navy record as well previous positive statements made about Kerry. The ties between them and GOP operatives have also been demonstated.

    There’s only one reason someone could continue to spread these lies–a political motive to smear Kerry regardless of the truth. Anyone who persists in spreading such smears has no interest in the truth, and presenting the facts to them is not going to change their actions.

    Similarly those who attack Kerry based upon his Vietnam testimony are distorting the truth with frequent distortions of his testimony. Kerry’s testimony was critical of the political leaders and their treatment of soldiers, but was not an attack on his fellow soldiers as the Swifties claim. If they must resort to their clever editing of film and other techniques to distort what Kerry said they clearly do not have any real case.

  19. Swifties need a real good swift kick to the A**. Good Grief, November has them runnig scared already. Just blacklist the nutjob and get it over with.

    Pamela and Ron, When I have more time after I get off work at midnight tonight, I have a story that might very well make you wet your pants. A lil story of a lawyer for a company I used to work for, and his mention of me getting very active with politics. A Republican lawyer that helped to run Bush’s campaign at that!! you are gonna love this one.

  20. Hi Pamela,As a veteran and now back in the Army Guard I did watch Kerry’s 71 testimony and it did not sit well.Now to be fair, I think Kissinger should be the one that should be horsewhipped for telling the Chinese it did not matter if Vietnam went communist while our men were fighting.The reason Kerry was not elected I believe is no one on my side of the aisle would not follow him in a war if he was CnC.This nation seems so divided in the face of danger,we are in big trouble…..By the way I have no doubt Hillary would be tough on our enemies.People have to feel our President can be Tony Soprano when he/she has to be.

  21. Darth

    I don’t think that anyone liked hearing what Kerry had to say. Tragedy of any sort is tough to take for anyone. Do we want to admit that bad things happen sometimes – hell no.

    Too bad your side didn’t get that Kerry has infinitely more foreign policy experience than the resident in chief. Many republicans now have voters remorse because they see what a travesty re-selecting Dubya has been.

    Dubya’s no Tony Soprano – he more like a bumbling Inspector Clouseau.

  22. Pamela I wish Tony was on the ballot.I wish Bush were Patton.I also never got the sense that Kerry would ever stand up to our enemies.That is a lot of wishes isn’t it? Well Pamela time for me to turn in because Mrs.Malice says so. Maybe tomorrow will be better for all of us.Nite all!

  23. Donnie,

    Can’t wait to hear your little story! :)

  24. Darth

    It astounds me that Dubya went AWOL for his country and you Repub’s call him tough. Kerry fought in battle in Vietnam and saved lives and you perpetuated the bull sh*t that he would not stand up to our enemies.

    Talk about twisted friggin logic.

    I must say there is something very familiar about you… Have a great night!

  25. Pamela Leavey Says:
    May 31st, 2006 at 7:34 pm

    Yep, very odd logic on who has displayed toughness in their careers and the lives they’ve led…

  26. Darth, guess you never heard about those Kerry forays into Central America.

    That observation on 9/11, when everyone was running away, he could be seen looking up, calmly studying the sky. Definitely not reading to children looking stunned.

    What is it about some voters who prefer the shoot first, ask questions later, even knowing there are negative consequences, like what happened with a war of choice in Iraq. Usually with people totally unacquainted with war except through John Wayne.

    Then there is someone with military experience, who understands how to fight war, and as a last resort, after diplomacy has failed, like Kerry, and other voters would rather a careful approach, especially when facts weren’t known in Iraq. A hornet’s nest you don’t want to stoke.

    Kerry foretold what would happen, as it happened, and as a reason not to invade for those reasons. That’s a leader.

    Sorry, the IWR worked, but Bush didn’t keep his word.

  27. I really do not understand people like Greer and Darth Malice. Kerry goes to Vietnam, leads men into combat, is wounded, comes back home and comes to the conclusion that the war wasn’t worth it. War is scary business. Was the government being honest in sending troops into combat then. Was it now?
    As was mention here ealier, it appears as thought Kissenger and the Nixon Administration came to the conclusion (by Kissenger’s own documents) that it was fine if North Vietnam won the war. Where’s the outrage over that? Who’s being honest here. How many lives were lost before that conclusion was made?

    One more thought: George W. Bush leading a squad in combat? I’ve seen pictures for Kerry doing it. Where’s the picture with W?

  28. Wow,did I get zinged!Easy Pamela I’m new!…Blue I believe Kissinger should be in prison……..Pamela I believe Sen.Kerry would admit he did not do a good job reassuring people he would whip our enemies.As has been said “that’s politics”.Maybe in 08 he will come up with a different tack.

  29. It’s obvious that for once, Bush might have told the truth. He claimed to be a uniter. Well he sure looks like he wants everyone to be united in universal hatred of him!! ;)

  30. Donnie,

    It looks like the Democrats have an excellent chance of becoming the majority party based upon former indepenedents and Republicans uniting with Democrats in opposition to what Bush has done. Yes, in a sense Bush is turning into a uniter.

  31. Because of redistricting, Dems can only take control of the House if a lot of Repubs vote Dems. This will take a huge effort because changing party affiliation is a big deal. But if it does happen, Dems will be the majority party for a while.

  32. battlebob,

    Initially the conventional wisdom was that Democrats couldn’t take control of the House due to redistricting and not enough competitive seats.

    Over the last couple of month many sources have increased the number of House seats which are considered competitive, and many even think that the Democrats would take control if the election was held today. Obviously a lot can happen between now and November to determine which way these seats go, but there are at least far more seats in play than was originally thought.