Friday, August 20, 2004

Swift Boat Bloat

I don't know what all the fuss is about.
Apparently, serving on a Swift Boat in the Mekong Delta wasn't that big a deal, since those veterans against President Kerry (who weren't on the same boat as him) were able to completely ignore what they were doing and focus specifically on Kerry's actions, on his boat hundreds of yards away.
And Kerry wasn't all that busy either, according to GOP contributor and Chief Disgruntled Veteran, Larry Thurlow.
Seems during the same skirmish, Thurlow won his bronze medal for "courage under fire" in the Vietcong controlled waterway... not because it happened, but because he said Kerry wrote up the paperwork for everyone in the Delta that day, despite the fact that earlier Kerry had stuck shrapnel into his own leg, on his way to his own private war medal-fabricating workshop, hidden in the jungle.
And never mind all the guys on Kerry's boat who said he was a hero.
Who are we to believe, guys who were on the same boat or the eagle eyes of Larry Thurlow?
Since Thurlow has disputed the swift boat fleet being under fire, I suppose it's only a matter of time before he returns his bronze medal and apologizes to the nation for accepting it under false pretenses.
But that's not the most important thing to recall 30 years later.
What's essential to recall is that, even though the Bush campaign says it does not question Kerry's heroism or his war record, we have Larry Thurlow's account.
Though Kerry's medals are supported by Navy documents and the memories of all the surviving swift boat crew mates who served beneath him, we have to seriously consider Thurlow's account, even if his ads are funded by Republican donors.
Because if we Americans can believe in George W. Bush, we'll fall for any goddamn thing.

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