I’ve been meaning to comment about John Quiggin’s recent short post on the US elections. John said:
The crucial issue is to determine which candidate has the better record on Vietnam, and will therefore make the better president. As I understand it:
Kerry fought in Vietnam, but then came back and denounced the war Bush didn’t fight, but supported the war There are a lot of memos
That seems to be all I need to know. Have I missed anything important?
Well, actually there is a pretty salient fact that John has studiously overlooked. The memos he refers to have been fairly conclusively shown to be fakes, created by Kerry sympathisers. This article in The Age sums events up pretty succinctly, and the dreaded Tim Blair has been following developments with microscopic closeness for anyone who wants more detail.
This sort of fraud and calculated character assassination needs to be forthrightly condemned by everyone, irrespective of their political orientation. Cutely disingenuous statements like “there are a lot of memos” do John no credit. By the same token, I haven’t noticed Tim Blair condemning the equally odious activities of the so-called “Swift Boat Veterans“, who might more appropriately (if verbosely) be titled “Republican Swift Boat Veterans with such a complete lack of moral fibre that they have no compunction about character-assassinating a fellow veteran for cheap political gain“. The truism that “evil triumphs when good men do nothing” is worth keeping in mind in these days of scientific negative campaigning and wedge politics..