Moveon.org and the Huffington Post have teamed together and launched the McCain Watch citing, “It’ll be fair, clear, and tough-the way news is supposed to be.”
Neither the Huffington Post nor Moveon.org are noted for “fairness,” but their intent is always “clear,” as was shown in the infamous General Betrayus ad, showing their disdain for Military Veterans and Heroes.
Launching their new “exposé” site, they continue exhibiting their hate of the Military by attacking former Prisoner of War and recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor, Colonel George ‘Bud’ Day because he joined together with the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth in opposing the candidacy of John ‘F’in Kerry (who served in Viet Nam) in the 2004 election.
Colonel Day is one of America’s highest decorated Combat Veterans, displaying courage and heroism in three wars fought by American Forces. He was imprisoned in a North Vietnamese Communist Prisoner of War Camp from 1967 to 1973. He is the only American POW to have escaped from one of their camps, although he was recaptured.
If anybody has a right to criticize candidates for higher office, it is he, who bore the brunt of Combat for America’s Freedom much more than most did.
Apparently, Moveon.org and the Huffington Post don’t agree that real War Heroes have that right, only opportunists such as John ‘F’in Kerry (who served in Viet Nam) and silky failures like former General Wesley Clark, who remains the only Four-Star General ever to be fired by the only Draft Dodger ever elected to the presidency.
Clark made news this week by denigrating the Military Service of John McCain, the presumptive GOP candidate and also former Prisoner of War. Many assume it was a coordinated attack launched by the Obama campaign, as Senator Obama came out later saying how he will not question any one’s patriotism, not will he allow questions of his. Clark stands by his attacks and has been joined in now by other former officers who have been disgraced and Moveon.org and the Huffington Post.
That Col. Day would stand by a fellow honorable Veteran and POW should come as no surprise to anyone, but you would think the so-called “McCain Watch” is grievously offended that anybody would stand by honest Veterans as they stated,
“That Day would politicize Vietnam in his defense of McCain is not surprising. During the 2004 campaign, he said of Kerry: "My view is he basically will go down in history sometime as the Benedict Arnold of 1971." And after appearing in a national advertisement for the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth campaign, Day formed the Vietnam Veterans Legacy Foundation, an extension of the Swift Boat effort.”
Col. Day has indeed launched a site known as the Vietnam Veterans Legacy Foundation, but not as an “extension of the Swift Boat effort,” but rather as
“an organization created to better educate and inform the public about the Vietnam War, its events, its history, and the men and women who sacrificed to serve their country.”
If anybody “politicized” Viet Nam, it was John Kerry in 2004 and Wesley Clark in 2008.
Attempting to draw a comparison to the revelations against Kerry in 2004, “McCain Watch” says,
“Asked to compare the attacks he helped launched against Kerry in 2004 to those being waged at McCain today, Day said the defining issue was truthfulness,” and “The irony of it all is that McCain publicly deplored the Swift Boat ads back in 2004, saying they were reminiscent of the smear campaigns launched against him during his initial White House run in 2000.”
McCain did indeed defend his Senatorial friend, John Kerry in 2004 by calling the initial ad by the Swift Vets “dishonest and dishonorable.” Of that statement in 2004, Col. Day said,
“I have a different take on the Swiftboat tape and disagree with my good friend John [McCain].”
The statement also drew the ire of several Veterans, a contributing factor in the less than glowing support Senator McCain receives today from many.
In return for the defense, John Kerry today says,
“Colonel Day’s comments today only further highlight the McCain campaign’s disregard for a new kind of politics. John McCain condemned these kinds of attacks in 2004 when he called the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth 'dishonest and dishonorable.' Senator McCain should condemn these remarks and cut ties with the Colonel and anyone else connected to SBVT. Day’s comments only serve to disparage all those who served on swift boats in Vietnam.”
Does Kerry not think that his own words "disparage" not only Brave Swift Boat Sailors, but all Viet Nam Veterans when he said,
"They told the stories at times they had personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam in addition to the normal ravage of war…."
"The country doesn't know it yet, but it has created a monster, a monster in the form of millions of men who have been taught to deal and to trade in violence….."
"there will be some recrimination but far, far less than the 200,000 a year who are murdered by the United States of America…..?"
Does he not think he "disparages" today's Brave Troops when he said,
"And there is no reason, Bob, that young American soldiers need to be going into the homes of Iraqis in the dead of night, terrorizing kids and children, you know, women, breaking sort of the customs of the – of – the historical customs, religious customs,"
"You know, education, if you make the most of it, if you study hard and you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, uh, you, you can do well. If you don't, you get stuck in Iraq. ...?"
Earlier in June, Kerry said of McCain’s comments,
“It is unbelievably out of touch and inconsistent with the needs of Americans and particularly the families of troops who are over there. To them it’s the most important thing in the world when they come home. It’s a policy for staying in Iraq.”
Obviously, the friendship stops at the campaign trail, when it comes to Liberal Democrats.
Neither Kerry, Moveon.org or the Huffington Post speaks against Wesley Clark for slamming McCain’s Service Record, but chooses instead to denigrate one of the most heroic Veterans America has still living. Supporters of Senator Obama claim he “rejects the statement of Wesley Clark,” but I have not seen an actual quote from Obama.
Missed by “McCain Watch,” “Moveon.org” and “the Huffington Post” is that the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth were comprised of Honorable and Decorated Combat Veterans of all political persuasion who banded together to oppose John ‘F’in Kerry for President due to his slanderous statements and testimony against those of us who served there back in 1971. The left would have you believe it was only his scant 4 months in Viet Nam we opposed, but nothing could be further from the truth, even though Kerry’s “awards” do raise questions that have yet to be answered publicly.
The Swift Boat Veterans for Truth “stood down” shortly after Kerry’s defeat in 2004 and just recently announced formally disbanding. Yet, they left such an indelible mark upon the political scene, a true grassroots effort unlike before that was very effective, that the left still fears them and uses their name as a denigration of Honorable Veterans.
“McCain Watch” has been launched on lies and denigration of a Heroes Service. You can expect more of the same as we approach this next presidential election.
You can also expect Veterans like yours truly to be there exposing their lies and standing up Honorable veterans and true War heroes like Colonel George ‘Bud’ Day.
We owe men like him our very freedoms. We will stand against the slander and denigration of Veterans. We owe despotic websites like Moveon.org and McCain Watch nothing!!