Memo to Kerry: Shut Up about Vietnam Already

What is John Kerry thinking? The Republicans spend the week laying out one charge after another — some fair, others not. To hear the Republicans, Kerry is a flip-flopping Senator who is at heart a leftist peacenik in the Dukakis mould. So what is Kerry’s response? That’s right, he served in Vietnam, and his opponents didn’t,

I’m not going to have my commitment to defend this country questioned by those who refused to serve when they could have and by those who have misled the nation into Iraq

. . .

The vice president even called me unfit for office last night. I guess I’ll leave it up to the voters whether five deferments makes someone more qualified to defend this nation than two tours of duty.

It’s just bizarre to see the extent to which Kerry’s answer to everything is “I served in Vietnam”. Howard Dean almost won the nomination by exposing the holes in Kerry’s Vietnam strategy, but Kerry and/or his campaign seems to have learned nothing from that primary experience.



Kerry Criticizes Cheney for Avoiding Vietnam War. Patricia Wilson, Reuters, September 3, 2004.

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