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Swift Boat Veterans for Truth — on the run

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Last Friday, Senator Kerry responded to an offer made by T. Boone Pickens to give one million dollars to anyone who could disprove any of the charges made by the SBVT group against him by taking him up on his bet. Mr. Pickens responded by trying to retroactively change the terms of his original offer to limit its scope and impose additional conditions.

Below is the text of a letter Senator Kerry sent to Mr. Pickens this afternoon in reply.

Dear Mr. Pickens,

Thank you for your response to my acceptance of your challenge.

I’m grateful that you are prepared to make good on your word and fulfill the offer you made publicly at the American Spectator Dinner in Washington, D.C. on November 6th.

I must remind you, however, that this was and is your “challenge,” not mine. You are, after all, the one who said explicitly at the dinner — in a way that was calculated to challenge any naysayer — that you would give one million dollars “to anyone who could show that anything the SBVT said was false.” (RedState.Com) These were your words — and nowhere did you ever suggest, as you are now trying to, that your challenge referred specifically and exclusively to any advertising by the SBVT.

As you know, the lies of the SBVT were not confined just to their ads; they were a constant barrage of television, radio, Internet, speeches, and forums in which — significantly bankrolled by you — they launched and repeated lie after lie. Your challenge expressly stood behind all of their allegations.

It is disturbing that in reaffirming the challenge you issued, your parsing and backtracking seems eerily reminiscent of the entire approach of the SBVT — say one thing, put out an allegation, then duck and weave, hedge and bob when your words catch up with you. I want to believe that this was not your intent because I am told that you are a man of your word, not “all hat and no cattle.”

Honor and duty, which you purport to defend, demand that you not selectively back away from your original challenge. Your offer clearly said — boldly, unequivocally — to an audience of your friends and supporters — that you would give “a million dollars to anyone who could prove wrong anything the Swiftboat Veterans charged about Kerry.” (AmericanThinker.com) In my letter, that is the offer which I accepted.

I was interested to read in your response that you don’t want to see the SBVT “maligned,” and that you aim “to prevent this important part of American history from being unfairly portrayed.” I accepted your offer precisely because I want to prevent the honorable records of the courageous men who served with me from being maligned by the repeated lies of this organization. I want to see the word “Swiftboat” restored to its original meaning — synonymous with honorable service to country, not political lies aimed to distort and divide. I would hope that your interests should also be in protecting the record of all those who served our country.

As I’ve said to you before, I am prepared to prove the lie and marshal all the evidence, the question is whether you are prepared to fulfill your obligation — no variations, no back pedaling, no retreat, no new bets, no changing the subject.

The only thing remaining now is to set the date for our meeting in an appropriate forum, after which I look forward to you keeping your word and writing a check for one million dollars payable to the Paralyzed Veterans of America so that we can put your money to good work for veterans who have returned home from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Sincerely,

John F. Kerry
United States Senator

Written by Leisureguy

21 November 2007 at 8:16 pm

Posted in Election, GOP

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  1. As a Vietnam Veteran who was also decorated in combat,(and served 14 months is Vietnam, not 16 weeks) I just don’t understand John Kerry’s reluctance to disclose his records (to this day)…..Any Vietnam Veteran who served honorably would be more than happy to have their record scrutinized…(at least the ones I know would)…

    It’s just that simple…..

    So what’s up Jon Kerry?…..1036 days ago you told Tim Russert that you would make this disclosure and it still hasn’t happened….

    ???

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    Firstteam1

    2 December 2007 at 8:47 am

  2. As a Vietnam Veteran who was also decorated in combat,(and served 14 months is Vietnam, not 16 weeks) I just don’t understand John Kerry’s reluctance to disclose his records (to this day)…..Any Vietnam Veteran who served honorably would be more than happy to have their record scrutinized…(atleast the ones I know would)…

    It’s just that simple…..

    So what’s up Jon Carry?…..1036 days ago you told Tim Russert that you would make this disclosure and it still hasn’t happened….

    ???????????????????????????????????????????????????

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    Firstteam1

    2 December 2007 at 8:53 am

  3. I appreciate your service. I don’t think John Kerry reads this blog, so you’re probably not going to get an answer here. Still, it’s interesting that Kerry is putting his money where his mouth is regarding SBVT.

    Regarding Kerry’s military service, he served in the Navy from 1966-1970. He served in Vietnam until he was wounded for the third time, whereupon, according to Navy regulations, he was reassigned outside the combat zone.

    So far as public disclosure of his military record, I think that putting his military record on his website counts: “During the 2004 election, Kerry posted his military records at his website, and permitted reporters to inspect his medical records. In 2005, Kerry released his military and medical records to the representatives of three news organizations, but has not authorized full public access to those records.”

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    LeisureGuy

    2 December 2007 at 9:04 am


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