Monday, May 03, 2004

Kerry 'Unfit to be Commander-in-Chief,' Say Former Military Colleagues

If this could be any more devastating to the Kerry campaign, I cannot imagine how. It does not speak well when your comrades-in-arms take this unprecedented action: - Hundreds of former commanders and military colleagues of presumptive Democratic nominee John Kerry are set to declare in a signed letter that he is "unfit to be commander-in-chief." They will do so at a press conference in Washington on Tuesday.

"What is going to happen on Tuesday is an event that is really historical in dimension," John O'Neill, a Vietnam veteran who served in the Navy as a PCF (Patrol Craft Fast) boat commander' told The event, which is expected to draw about 25 of the letter-signers, is being organized by a newly formed group called Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.

"We have 19 of 23 officers who served with [Kerry]. We have every commanding officer he ever had in Vietnam. They all signed a letter that says he is unfit to be commander-in-chief," O'Neill said.

19 of 23 of his fellow officers, and every commanding officer? Like I said, this is devastating.

I know, there are those who will think that this is some sort of "Republican plot", but veterans, particularly Vietnam veterans are generally not a group that criticizes one of its own without good reason. It would appear that, in their mind, they have very good reason.

I'll be interested as to how this story plays out in the media, if it's even covered.