The final chapter of whether Sen. John Kerry would sue John O’Neil and Dr. Jerome Corsi and the publisher of their book “Unfit for Duty, Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry” that undeniably killed any chance that Kerry had of becoming our Commander in Chief in 2004, has closed forever. (Thank you for the continued enlightenment, Beldar.)
The expiration of all statutes of limitations, the last coming August 25, 2007 in Kerry’s home state of Massachusetts, has surely left a bittersweet taste with O’Neil. I imagine a huge sense of disappointment is felt by the 200 or so Swift Boat Navy veterans — including every single officer Kerry ever served under in Vietnam — who spoke out about Kerry’s myriad of lies told to advance his own political career and revealed the painful truths about the man John Kerry really was and is, none of which is honorable or good.
This week’s death of any defamation claim Kerry could ever bring against the authors and publisher was predicted by everyone from Day One. While some wackos will claim Kerry simply didn’t want to provide any more media time to the SwiftVets by resuscitating their claims in a defamation suit, he actually had no incentive to vindicate himself in court, because in doing so, claims made by him and O’Neil would be examined in detail and he would reap complete exposure as a fraud. And time has undoubtedly dulled the memories of those paying even the slightest attention in 2004, giving Kerry an advantage today in the court of public opinion that a court of law could never have delivered. Good move on his part.
Forever preserving the validity of so many who predicted this very outcome of inaction, Kerry has now protected himself from having to address the details of his Vietnam tour that he so highly exaggerated and touted in his 2004 run, from having to bring the entirety of his own questionable military records and service into public record, and certainly from ever having to answer the wholly damning testimonies of those who served with him that such a suit would have provided.
Most dastardly of all, Kerry will continue to skate past any accounting for his reprehensible claims before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on April 22, 1971, in which he told the Senators and a national audience that American troops “…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…” and insisted the entire U.S. military was committing war crimes “on a day-to-day basis with the full awareness of officers at all levels of command.”
John Kerry was responsible for the propaganda effort that so effectively smeared all American servicemen in Vietnam as murderous, drug-addled psychotics and that created hatred in which returning veterans were cursed and spat upon in the streets.I found Beldar’s Blog about a year ago when Kerry once again began to test the waters for a renewed run for President. No one else has provided the depth of coverage of the SwiftVets or Kerry that Beldar has, for which I am grateful. Must Read of the Day is his post, “Sen. Kerry permits last statute of limitations for defamation to lapse, forever barring any defamation claim against SwiftVet authors O’Neill and Corsi.” Double unmitigated dittos to Beldar for his outstanding gauntlet thrown to Kerry. Unlikely we will see it come to pass, alas!
Remind yourself of the SwiftVets’ questions and complaints, review their ads and, for Heaven’s sake, watch the 1971 video where a 25-year-old O’Neill summarily vanquished Kerry’s anti-war rants on the Dick Cavitt Show. Read Beldar’s extensive and remarkable archive of articles written on the subject. Then find some heavy reading about Kerry’s unfortunate and well-documented history at WinterSoldier.com.
If there is anything at all I can find worthy of offering thanks to Kerry for, it is singularly for the consistent group of veterans and caring civilians who join Bert Brady daily at Terminal D, Gate 22 at DFW Airport to make damned certain our soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan receive a WARM, APPRECIATIVE WELCOME. I can only hope soldiers returning home in every airport in the United States enjoy the same.
Thanks to John Kerry, soldiers who followed him home from Vietnam and Korea certainly did not, and that group included my loved ones.