Kerry’s Silver Star exaggeration

John Kerry’s web site includes a copy of his DD-214 (his discharge form), on which we find an award called a “Silver Star with combat V.” The trouble is, there’s no such thing. Also, there are three versions of Kerry’s citation, which is bizarre (to put it mildly).
This from a man who criticized Admiral Boorda for possibly wearing a V without authorization. Watch the spin on this, because an honorable veteran would profusely apologize and instantly correct the error with a DD-215 … as Kerry did when his DD-214 omitted 4 bronze stars on his Vietnam Service Medal.
The clock’s ticking, John.

UPDATE: Here, I’ll help you find it, John.
UPDATE 2: Worse still, former Navy Secretary John Lehman denies signing the most recent of the three versions of the citation. The citation on Kerry’s web site has Lehman’s signature, and might have been signed with an autopen (which is no problem by itself). But this appears to be more than a case of authorized autopen use.

“It is a total mystery to me. I never saw it. I never signed it. I never approved it. And the additional language it contains was not written by me,” he said.

Doctored records? If so, there’s no way he’ll survive the political damage.
Hat tip: Captain’s Quarters

Grab your goggles and hip waders

The New York Daily News reports on Kerry loyalists digging for dirt on the Swiftees, rather than answering their charges:

A group of Democratic loyalists is compiling incriminating dossiers on the members of the veteran group — and they sent us a preview of what might be in store for Swift Boat activist James Zumwalt, son of illustrious Adm. Elmo Zumwalt — and it isn’t pretty.
Zumwalt “attempted to kill himself with an overdose of prescription drugs,” after the murder of his ex-wife’s fiance, John Kowalczyk, according to the dossier, which is footnoted to news sources, and was “convicted of reckless driving after chasing Kowalczyk at a high speed on the highway.”

They’re clearly desperate.

Prediction: Roy Hoffman will be focus of Swift Vets ad #3

Just when John Kerry finally began responding personally to the first ad from the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, the Swiftees rolled out their second ad and knocked him further off-balance. At the moment, Kerry and his troops are attacking the motives and funding of their critics rather than refuting the Swiftees’ accusations with facts of their own. This tracks closely with the default Democrat approach of the past decade, and they will almost certainly keep trying to smear the Swiftees. Based on that and on the Swiftees’ proven patience and boldness, I have a hunch about the content of their upcoming third advertisement.
Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John KerryI’ve just finished my copy of “Unfit For Command”, and I was struck by a passage on pages 68 – 69 that described two phone calls that John Kerry made to Admiral Roy Hoffman, his former commander in Vietnam.
Back in 2003 Kerry called Admiral Hoffman and asked for his support in the presidential race. Hoffman, whom Kerry slandered as a sickening butcher in “Tour Of Duty”, told the candidate to take the proverbial long walk on a short pier.
On March 15, 2004 Kerry called again after hearing that Hoffman was busily organizing the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. Kerry made an offer: if Hoffman would back off and drop his efforts, thus killing the Swift Vets organization in the womb (how apropos), then Kerry would rewrite “Tour of Duty” to treat Hoffman fairly and retract the admittedly unfair accusations against him.
No matter how he might try to spin it, it’ll look bad. The most plausible explanation is that Kerry is an untrustworthy liar who made up his accusations against Roy Hoffman in “Tour Of Duty”, and only offered to quietly delete the lies when faced with impending disaster. Alternatively, the phone call demonstrates that Kerry is the kind of man who will whitewash war crimes if it will help him achieve his ambitions for higher office. It’s a no-win situation.
Watch for Swift Vets ad number three to highlight Kerry’s calls to Hoffman. Once Kerry gets himself way out on a limb over the next few days by calling the Swift Boat Vets liars, I think the Swiftees will saw off that limb by introducing his incriminating rewrite offer. What do you folks think?
Incidentally, guess who’s been making phone calls again?

UPDATE: That was quick. I guessed wrong. This latest ad is a very brief, very straightforward denial of the “Christmas in Cambodia” story, which Kerry’s campaign has admitted was a lie. However, Kerry still claims to have gone into Cambodia at other times. This ad features Steve Gardner, Kerry’s gunner, categorically denying that Kerry ever went to Cambodia.
I’ll take another stab at foretelling the future. In my post above, apply my guesses about the third ad to the fourth ad.

It all depends on what your definition of “we” is

The spin continues, this time on a new front. John Kerry’s first Purple Heart award has run afoul of Kerry’s own wartime diary, and his campaign is dodging furiously. The point being examined: whether or not there was any enemy fire when Kerry was hurt.

A journal entry Mr. Kerry wrote Dec. 11, however, raises questions about what really happened nine days earlier.
“A cocky feeling of invincibility accompanied us up the Long Tau shipping channel because we hadn’t been shot at yet, and Americans at war who haven’t been shot at are allowed to be cocky,” wrote Mr. Kerry, according the book “Tour of Duty” by friendly biographer Douglas Brinkley.

A Kerry campaign official, speaking on background, told The Washington Times yesterday that the “we” in the passage from Mr. Kerry’s journal refers to “the crew on Kerry’s first swift boat, operating as a crew” rather than Mr. Kerry himself.
“John Kerry didn’t yet have his own boat or crew on December 2,” according to the aide. “Other members of the crew had been in Vietnam for some time and had been shot at and Kerry knew that at the time. However, the crew had not yet been fired on while they served together on PCF 44 under Lieutenant Kerry.”
[emphasis added]

Here we go again, this time parsing the definition of “we.” A few days ago, it was “served together.” Not so many years ago, we had to argue over the definition of “is.”
Kerry’s own words demolish this weak attempt at spin. The “we” Kerry refers to is that group composed of “Americans at war who haven’t been shot at”, not “any rearranged group of Americans who’ve never been in that particular crew yet.”
I’m willing to bet that the guys who were assigned to the boat when Kerry took over had been in-country long enough to be fired upon by the enemy. If we’re to believe the spin, then new guy Kerry had already been shot at, and the others in the crew had likely been shot at before, but because they’d been rearranged into a brand-new crew that hadn’t yet been fired upon “as a crew”, their blissfully ignorant cockiness suddenly returned. Did they suddenly forget being fired upon “as other crews”? I’ve never heard of Transfer-Induced Amnesia before.
I suppose every time somebody in Kerry’s crew rotated home or was temporarily replaced by someone else, the whole crew must have experienced a cockiness renaissance. Hey, here’s a simple solution to any morale problem in combat: take two guys from adjacent boats and switch ’em. Instant cockiness!

Mr. Kerry’s campaign could not say definitively whether he did receive enemy fire that day.

We’re going to watch this Kerry Story make a big smoking crater this week. You’re running out of tall tales, Senator. Either release your records or admit your lies.

UPDATE: Captain’s Quarters picks at the story from a different angle, wondering who was the OinC of the Boston Whaler back on December 2nd.
UPDATE 2: Another of Kerry’s boatmates (who “served together” with Kerry on this mission, even if we use Kerry’s definition) is breaking his silence on the matter of Kerry’s first Purple Heart and whether there was any enemy fire involved. Word is, Kerry’s not going to like this.
UPDATE 3: The boatmate is Admiral William Schachte, who is not a member of Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. His statement will devastate Kerry.

Let the feeding frenzy begin

Unlike the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Washington Post has finally put John Kerry’s “Christmas in Cambodia” lie front and center, and this will almost certainly signal that it’s open season on the Democratic nominee.

Now a new official statement from the campaign undercuts Brinkley. It offers a minimal (thus harder to impeach) claim: that Kerry “on one occasion crossed into Cambodia,” on an unspecified date. But at least two of the shipmates who are supporting Kerry’s campaign (and one who is not) deny their boat ever crossed the border, and their testimony on this score is corroborated by Kerry’s own journal, kept while on duty. One passage reproduced in Brinkley’s book says: “The banks of the [Rach Giang Thanh River] whistled by as we churned out mile after mile at full speed. On my left were occasional open fields that allowed us a clear view into Cambodia. At some points, the border was only fifty yards away and it then would meander out to several hundred or even as much as a thousand yards away, always making one wonder what lay on the other side.” His curiosity was never satisfied, because this entry was from Kerry’s final mission. [emphasis added]

There’s blood in the water. Stand back, folks.
Hat tip: Captain’s Quarters

UPDATE: ABC’s The Note is in the fray at last.

Cleveland Plain Dealer still stalling

I’ve been pointing out the Cleveland Plain Dealer‘s embargo on news addressing John Kerry’s lies about his service in Vietnam, and I don’t plan to stop. To this day, the only article that even mentions John Kerry’s “Christmas in Cambodia” lie is this one, which gently skims the surface thus:

Kerry also said in the Senate in 1986 that he entered Cambodia on secret missions, which would have been illegal, and in other accounts he specifically recalled being there on Christmas Eve, 1968, a memory “seared” in his mind.
Fellow officers and living commanders said he was 55 miles from the Cambodian border and never entered Cambodia.
They also criticize him for associating President Nixon with the alleged Cambodian incursions of 1968, since Nixon didn’t take office until 1969.
Kerry adviser Michael Meehan said on Friday that Kerry was “near and around the border” on Dec. 24, 1968 – Christmas Eve – and “for certain he transported Special Operations folks into Cambodia” other times.

Talk about missing the point and omitting the real story. So that’s the way we get our printed “news” in Cleveland. No other mention of the lie. Anywhere.
I can guess why.

Second Swift Vets ad released

The Swift Boat Veterans for Truth have released a second ad, this one hammering on John Kerry’s shabby treatment of his fellow vets after he returned home from Vietnam to become an anti-war superstar.
There’s also another free chapter of this book …

Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry
Unfit for Command
By John E. O’Neill

available for anybody who wants it.
Hat tip: Hugh Hewitt

Cleveland Plain Dealer’s bad news embargo enters Day 16

John Kerry lied about his service in Vietnam, and The Cleveland Plain Dealer has one response:

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It’s been over two weeks since the accusations surfaced, and it sure looks like they’re trying to hold out for another 74 days.
As I predicted yesterday, today’s PD has reported nothing about the most damning news: Kerry’s “Christmas in Cambodia” lie, which Kerry’s campaign was forced to admit as such. There are six stories today mentioning John Kerry, and not a one of them even touches the Cambodia story. The PD focuses on “medals, medals, medals” when the explosive story is “Cambodia, Cambodia, Cambodia.” Don’t even get me started on Kerry’s magic hat and his adventures in gun-running. This guy’s another Walter Mitty masquerading as a presidential nominee, but apparently that’s not news around here.
I’m forced to conclude that the Plain Dealer is trying to protect their candidate, John Kerry. Rather than mention the news that’s finally breaking into public view (depite furious mainstream media spin), the PD continues to abdicate its responsibility to report it. Instead, they run a single AP article reporting on Kerry’s speech yesterday (“parroting Kerry’s speech” would be a more accurate description). But at least the AP wrote something, which beats the PD’s non-effort.
I did find one mention of Kerry’s “Christmas in Cambodia” lie in today’s paper … in a letter to the editor by Corrie Bergeron of Eastlake, Ohio. Bravo, Corrie! You’ve managed to do more reporting on the biggest political story around than the nation’s twentieth largest newspaper.

UPDATE: More here.

Larry Thurlow takes fire from Kerry’s partisans

The Washington Post’s Michael Dobbs casts doubt on Larry Thurlow’s Bronze Star. Who’s Larry Thurlow? He’s a Swift Boat Veteran for Truth, of course.

In newspaper interviews and a best-selling book, Larry Thurlow, who commanded a Navy Swift boat alongside Kerry in Vietnam, has strongly disputed Kerry’s claim that the Massachusetts Democrat’s boat came under fire during a mission in Viet Cong-controlled territory on March 13, 1969. Kerry won a Bronze Star for his actions that day.
But Thurlow’s military records, portions of which were released yesterday to The Washington Post under the Freedom of Information Act, contain several references to “enemy small arms and automatic weapons fire” directed at “all units” of the five-boat flotilla. Thurlow won his own Bronze Star that day, and the citation praises him for providing assistance to a damaged Swift boat “despite enemy bullets flying about him.”

Thurlow responds:

I am convinced that the language used in my citation for a Bronze Star was language taken directly from John Kerry’s report which falsely described the action on the Bay Hap River as action that saw small arms fire and automatic weapons fire from both banks of the river.

I believed then as I believe now that I received my Bronze Star for my efforts to rescue the injured crewmen from swift boat number three and to conduct damage control to prevent that boat from sinking.

Kerry campaign spokespersons have conflicting accounts of this incident — the latest one being that Kerry’s boat did leave but only briefly and returned under withering enemy fire to rescue Mr. Rassmann. However, none of the other boats on the river that day reported enemy fire nor was anyone wounded by small arms action. The only damage on that day was done to boat three — a result of the underwater mine. None of the other swift boats received damage from enemy gunfire.

Notice that Kerry’s still attacking his accusers, not refuting their accusations. Release your records, Senator Kerry.

UPDATE: The ever-stylish Jennifer of Demure Thoughts remarks on the contrast of character displayed by these two swift boat veterans. As the Puppy Blender says … indeed.

John Kerry just scuttled his own campaign

Kerry’s campaign just issued a statement on the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth controversy. Dumb move.
This is the beginning of the end. Kerry can’t afford to have any attention focused on his twenty-year record in the Senate … or on his wealthy 527 money machine … or on his incomplete military records … or on his “Christmas in Cambodia” lie … or on his magic hat story and his various fallback stories that don’t stand up to scrutiny. The mainstream media has been trying very hard to keep this all out of the public eye, thus protecting Kerry.
So what did Kerry just do? He focused attention on the Swift Boat controversy. Dumb, dumb, dumb.
OK, John, if you insist.

Kerry Statement on Bush Front Group ‘Swift Boat Veterans for Truth
To: National Desk, Political Reporter
Contact: Chad Clanton or Phil Singer, Both of Kerry-Edwards 2004, 202-464-2800; http://www.johnkerry.com
BOSTON, Aug. 19 /U.S. Newswire/ — During a speech at the International Association of Fire Fighters Convention today, Sen. John Kerry (news – web sites) made the following statement in response to attacks from the Bush campaign front group “Swift Boat Veterans for Truth:”
“Over the last week or so, a group called Swift Boat Veterans for Truth has been attacking me. Of course, this group isn’t interested in the truth – and they’re not telling the truth. They didn’t even exist until I won the nomination for president.
“But here’s what you really need to know about them. They’re funded by hundreds of thousands of dollars from a Republican contributor out of Texas. They’re a front for the Bush campaign. And the fact that the president won’t denounce what they’re up to tells you everything you need to know – he wants them to do his dirty work.
“Thirty years ago, official Navy reports documented my service in Vietnam and awarded me the Silver Star, the Bronze Star and three Purple Hearts. Thirty years ago, this was the plain truth. It still is. And I still carry the shrapnel in my leg from a wound in Vietnam.
“As firefighters you risk your lives every day. You know what it’s like to see the truth in the moment. You’re proud of what you’ve done – and so am I.
“Of course, the president keeps telling people he would never question my service to our country. Instead, he watches as a Republican-funded attack group does just that. Well, if he wants to have a debate about our service in Vietnam, here is my answer: ‘Bring it on.’
“I’m not going to let anyone question my commitment to defending Americathen, now, or ever. And I’m not going to let anyone attack the sacrifice and courage of the men who saw battle with me.
“And let me make this commitment today: their lies about my record will not stop me from fighting for jobs, health care, and our security – the issues that really matter to the American people.”

TV news still trying to ignore swifties

The Media Research Center weighs in on the Swift Boat Vets’ inability to get a hearing on network TV news:

Even though the Swift Vets have now published a book, Unfit for Command, and sponsored a TV ad, the networks still aren’t investigating their charges. MRC analysts examined ABC, CBS and NBC’s morning and evening news shows. They found 75 stories this year questioning Bush’s National Guard service, but only nine detailing any of the Swift Vets’ anti-Kerry charges, an eight-to-one disparity. But the networks’ double standard runs far deeper than the amount of coverage.

Read the rest.

Cleveland Plain Dealer notices the elephant in the room

The Cleveland Plain Dealer has finally noticed John Kerry’s lies as revealed by the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. Sort of. And it only took them twelve days.
Here’s the extent of their coverage:

Kerry also said in the Senate in 1986 that he entered Cambodia on secret missions, which would have been illegal, and in other accounts he specifically recalled being there on Christmas Eve, 1968, a memory “seared” in his mind.
Fellow officers and living commanders said he was 55 miles from the Cambodian border and never entered Cambodia.
They also criticize him for associating President Nixon with the alleged Cambodian incursions of 1968, since Nixon didn’t take office until 1969.
Kerry adviser Michael Meehan said on Friday that Kerry was “near and around the border” on Dec. 24, 1968 – Christmas Eve – and “for certain he transported Special Operations folks into Cambodia” other times.

That’s it. Four innacurate paragraphs at the end of a single article, and Kerry slinks away with minor damage. I pointed out the PD’s .000 batting average on Kerry’s “Christmas in Cambodia” lie two days ago. The PD still doesn’t mention Kerry’s magic hat, nor does it dig into his unbelievable fallback lie #1 or fallback lie #2.
For August 16-18, here’s the PD’s John Kerry news tally:

  • “John Kerry”: 5
  • “John Kerry” and “Cambodia”: 1
  • “Swift Boat Veterans”: 2
  • “anti” and “John Kerry” : 3

Ah, but what about those shadowy swift boat vets? There’s a two-paragraph item from PD Washington bureau chief Stephen Koff, the last half of which reads:

The group’s financing is highly partisan. The source of the Swift Boat group’s money wasn’t known when it first surfaced, but a report filed July 15 with the Internal Revenue Services now shows its initial funding came mainly from a Houston home builder, Bob R. Perry, who has also given millions to the Republican party and Republican candidates, mostly in Texas, including President Bush and Republican Majority Leader Tom DeLay, whose district is near Houston. Perry gave $100,000 of the $158,750 received by the Swift Boat group through the end of June, according to its disclosure report.

Oh, no … not the dreaded partisans! The next thing you know, Cleveland sports fans will start preferring the Browns over the Steelers, and heaven knows we can’t have people choosing sides. It’s like, y’know … just not nice. Or something. I guess non-partisan campaigning is the way to go. I can see the bumper sticker now: “Elect Somebody in 2008.”
Koff highlights Bob Perry’s $100,000 donation to the swifties, but makes no mention of the $400,000 raised online from 8,000 donors, leaving Perry’s $100,000 contribution as 17.9% of the total of $558,750. Spare me the veiled insinuations of back-room skullduggery, please.
Koff also makes no mention of Democrat-friendly 527 committees like MoveOn.org and America Coming Together, which are liberally funded by billionaire lefty uber-partisans like George Soros (who’s contributed over $12,000,000) and Cleveland’s own Peter B. Lewis (who’s contributed over $14,000,000). If you’re going to cast aspersions about big money donors, your story ought to report relevant contributions from the other side. Bob Perry’s $100,000 looks a bit less significant when compared to the $26,000,000 these two billionaires gave to Kerry-boosting 527 committees.
You want a second source, Plain Dealer? Here, knock yourself out. Now you have confirmation. This is what’s known as “journalism.” You guys ought to try it sometime.

UPDATE: More here.

Cleveland Plain Dealer ignores Kerry’s lies

My home state, Ohio, is a critical battleground state for this presidential election. Cleveland is Ohio’s biggest media market (TV, radio, newspaper). The Cleveland Plain Dealer is the only newspaper in this city, and it routinely leans leftward. I doubt that the intrepid PD editors have missed the discovery of John Kerry’s war-stories-that-never-happened.
Yet between August 4th (when the release of the ad by the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth reached the news) and August 15th, here’s what the PD has had to say about John Kerry, tracked by number of mentions:

  • “John Kerry”: 27
  • “John Kerry” and “Cambodia”: 0
  • “Swift Boat Veterans for Truth”: 0
  • “anti” and “John Kerry” : 1
    (and this one doesn’t refer to the ad from Swift Boat Veterans for Truth)
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Nice work, guys. In John Kerry’s Navy, this would be called “dereliction of duty.”
Kevin O’Brien, where are you?

UPDATE: As to mentions of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, I stand somewhat corrected. The PD published one AP story on August 6th, which mentions the ad as follows …

Disputing that vow was a group of Vietnam veterans who unveiled a television ad challenging Kerry’s medal-winning service in the war. Another veteran, Republican Sen. John McCain, put the president on the spot by urging the White House to condemn the “dishonest and dishonorable” commercial. The Arizona lawmaker, in working for the president’s re-election, has campaigned with both Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.
Bush’s spokesman declined to condemn the ad, taking a slap instead at McCain and his fight for campaign finance reform.

Kerry frequently suggests that a wartime president needs war experience, but the remark carried extra weight Thursday as a group of fellow veterans questioned his combat credentials.
“When the chips were down, you could not count on John Kerry,” says Larry Thurlow, one of several veterans who criticizes Kerry in a new 60-second ad.
Thurlow didn’t serve on Kerry’s swiftboat, but says he witnessed the events that led to Kerry winning a Bronze Star and the last of his three Purple Hearts. Kerry’s crewmates support the candidate and call him a hero.

No mention of “Swift Boat Veterans for Truth”, but the ad has technically been mentioned in a veiled reference in a single wire story. Hardly impressive.
Meanwhile, Kerry’s “Christmas in Cambodia” lie and his “magic hat” story are still missing. It’s still dereliction of journalistic duty.

UPDATE: More here.

The lame spin begins

Atrios floats a trial balloon … and fails miserably to answer Hugh Hewitt’s challenge to answer the Swift Boat Veterans’ debunking of John Kerry’s “Christmas in Cambodia” tall tale.

Cambodia regularly charged that forces attacked targets, military and civilian, in their territory throughout this time period. I’ll leave it to contemporary scholars to unravel the truth/lack of truth of those claims. But, it’s quite clear that at this time the US was in possession of quite a bit of intelligence about North Vietnamese troop positions and strongholds in Cambodia which would have been difficult to derive without some cross-border surveillance.

Oh, I see. Because Cambodia said US troops crossed into its territory at some point, then John Kerry must have been there on Christmas Eve in 1968 … despite all the evidence to the contrary. Why didn’t I see it before?
Please. Try again, Atrios.

UPDATE: Here’s the latest from The Daily Kos. Get a load of the comments; the Kos denizens are looking for anything to cling to.

UPDATE 2: Atrios slings more mud. And still has no substantive response.

Fraudulent Purple Hearts & no Cambodia Christmas

The first detonation in the Swift Boat Veterans controversy made waves. Now we’ve got secondaries.
Captain’s Quarters has new information on the swift boat TV ad that’s got John Kerry so frightened. In response to the Democrat lawyers acting as Kerry’s hit squad, the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth have sent letters to the TV stations that the Democrats threatened to sue. To reassure the TV stations that they won’t be liable for defamation, the Swifties have had their own legal team explain the truth behind the ad in more detail. Plus, Captain’s Quarters is tracking the mainstream media’s slowly growing coverage of the “Christmas in Cambodia” story (see below for more links).
Keep it in mind that Kerry’s campaign is just as responsible as the Democratic National Committee for the threat letters. His general counsel co-signed the letters.
Reader drymast points out another weakness in Kerry’s denigration of Larry Thurlow’s Bronze Star:

One point about Larry Thurlow’s Bronze star. There are two types of Bronze stars: one is for meritorious service in non-combat related activities. The other is a Bronze star … for valor in combat. I suspect that Thurlow received the lesser of the two bronze stars for helping pull the damaged SWIFT boat to safety, while Kerry fraudulently won the Bronze star with Oak Leaf clusters by lying on his after-action report that he was under enemy fire. So you see, there is probably nothing hypocritical about Thurlow criticizing Kerry.

I’d missed that point. It’s entirely possible that in one action, Thurlow received his Bronze Star for meritorious service or acheivement performed with distinction, and Kerry received his for fraudulently claiming to have been a brave lad under enemy fire.
Further, John of Castle Arrgggh reminds us not to call Kerry’s wounds “self-inflicted”, and I think he’s right. Call them “accidentally self-inflicted.”
The biggest controversy is Kerry’s stories about spending Christmas of 1968 in Cambodia. Under fire. Or maybe not. Or delivering a CIA operative. Or maybe not. Or maybe not even in Cambodia.
No Oil For Pacifists has a great summary of Kerry’s “Christmas in Cambodia” lie. This one’s going to really hurt him.
There’s lots more available at Hugh Hewitt, Instapundit, and Captain’s Quarters (I won’t link individual posts because you need to scan through several at each site to get the picture).
Mudville Gazette did an interview with one of the Swift Boat Vets recently that’s also worth reading.
My thousand words on Kerry’s campaign today?

Train wreck!

This ought to be fun to watch.