Wade Sanders wrote about the continuing fixation of the “Swift Boat Veterans for Truth (“Lies”)” on Military.com on Tuesday. Sanders echoed a feeling that many of share, in his post…
When faced with the continuing attacks on Senator John Kerry’s honorable military service, those of us who have taken the time and extended the effort to educate ourselves as to all the evidence concerning that service, including the official Navy record, have often felt as though we were, like Alice in Wonderland, living in a world of half-truths and flights of fancy. It has become crystal clear that those fixated on the destruction of John Kerry at all cost continue to live in parallel universe: a universe where up is down and down is up and everything is nonsense.
Sanders’ post, to be expected brought out the Swift Liars defenders, including Tom Maguire on JustOneMinute, who once again claimed that John Kerry has “never signed the military form known as an SF Form-180.” But, Kerry did sign the SF Form-180 and his records were released a year ago. I wrote about this on the old LightUpTheDarkness Blog (the archives are gone, but I saved my posts as documents), and I debunked Maguire’s similar claims then on this topic. Since Maguire felt it neccessary to revist this topic and whine today (again) about my two pieces on Swift Liar Thomas Lipscomb’s false claim about being nominated for a Pulitizer (here and here), let’s look back at what I wrote last year about the release of Kerry’s SF Form-180:
Kerry Calls Swift Boat Liars Bluff, Will They Come Clean?
John Kerry’s newly released Form 180 records revealed yesterday that there were no deep, dark secrets hiding in Kerry’s previously unreleased military records as the Swift Boat Liars had claimed. The Boston Globe noted that these newly released records prove what the Kerry campaign ascertained all along, that all of Kerry’s records were made available in April 2004. It does appear that the conspiracy theories have been disproved, yet again.
Of course, the vitriol from the right-wing continues in wake of the release of Kerry’s records, including a call from one blog for the Boston Globe to release all the records on their website as a PDF and another who has written the Globe’s ombudsman asking for verification of what is in the records. What we have not seen from the right-wing or the Swift Boat Liars is any sort of acknowledgement that they were wrong. Not that we expected that we would.
The right-wing The Disinformation Society is hard at work spinning more spew over this issue.
Aside from the media’s attention yesterday on the “grades” story further examples of the right-wing spin can be found here (including a statement from Kerry nemesis John O’Neill), here, here, here and here.
So tight is the Republican hold on the spin that the reality is, as Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. said in his Vanity Fair article in May 2005 – The Disinformation Society, “No matter who the Democratic nominee was, this machinery had the capacity to discredit and destroy him.”
The Swift Boat Liars have never had anything solid on John Kerry, nor has the right-wing for that matter. In lieu of real dirt, the next best alternative of course is to sling synthetic mud. And when that does not stick, sling more synthetic mud. Now they are slipping and sliding in their own nasty mess, like a bunch of sorry mud wrestlers and they cannot come clean on this with out a whole mess of lye soap. Not even lye soap will wash away the fact that a few men saw fit to besmirch the military record of American war hero, a candidate for president, a seated senator of the United States. It is the Swift Boat Liars, who are covered in dirt here, not John Kerry.
As a Kerry spokesperson pointed out yesterday morning, off the record, now Kerry has “called the Swift Boat Liars’ bluff and let’s see if they will come clean about THEIR records.”
One would think by now that these fools would be tired of going round and round with this. Lies spun six ways to Sunday, are still – LIES. As Wade Sanders points out in his latest post, the “lack of respect for the facts” from these liars, “is reminiscent of the tactics of Sen. Joseph McCarthy during the Army-McCarthy hearings of the early 50’s.”
When confronted with his vicious and dishonest attack of an innocent man, the Army’s attorney-general, Judge Joseph Welch decried McCarthy’s “reckless cruelty” and concluded: “Let us not assassinate this lad further, senator. You’ve done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?”
I would put the same question to all who engage in personal attacks without having taken the time to review the totality of the available records and the facts: let’s not assassinate Senator Kerry further. You’ve done more than enough. And, truly, have you left no sense of decency or respect for accurate reporting and the facts?
The end is not justified by the means. Senator John McCain’s description of the attacks mounted by Swift Boat Veterans for Truth and their allies, as “dishonest and dishonorable,” is a characterization that each of them have richly earned. And, I would say this to these dishonest and dishonorable men and women: do you not realize that by attacking John Kerry and his Vietnam service, you are also attacking all those who served beside and with him and whose courage was rewarded for the very same actions?
Regrettably, it would appear, for those who continue to reside in Wonderland, it is all about getting what you want, no matter how you get it.