Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Swift Boat Veterans II

A reader feels I am 'defending' Jerome Corsi's anti-Catholic comments. My point in the original post was that Kerry Catholics, and now even the Kerry campaign, are assuming that because of these comments the whole of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth organization is an anti-Catholic group and is advocating an anti-Catholic agenda. Is it not obvious this is a deceitful way to attempt to discredit a group of some 200 Vietnam vets who served and witnessed the conduct and service of then LT Kerry? Again, Corsi's comments about the pope and Catholic priests were despicable, and though he has apologized, it says much about the man's character that he made them at all.

Yet, rather than labeling the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth as anti-Catholic or a Republican hack group, I suggest all Catholics read and think about what these men have to say concerning Senator Kerry's service. It is Senator Kerry who is making his Vietnam service a cornerstone of his campaign, not the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. Look, the media and many interested citizens looked long and hard at President Bush's National Guard service record, with many making false claims about his service based on rumor and hearsay from only a handful of witnesses. No stone was left unturned. This happened in 2000 and again in 2004. But now, with some 200 witnesses and information compiled into a book the media is silent.

To see the media unmoved, DNC lawyers threatening television and radio stations who will air the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth ad with law suits, Kerry surrogates accusing these vets of being a Republican financed and backed group, Kerry Catholics falsely accusing these men of being anti-Catholic, and the Kerry campaign trying to 'ride it out', instead of honestly answering the many questions being raised by these men and this book, makes it all much easier to believe there is much truth here.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you stating that the American public should believe 200 veterans OVER the United States government? Are you honestly telling us that some of the claims of these people, which fly directly against what our government has told us about the Vietnam War, is golden because they say it is? 200 witnesses don't make it true; our government tells us what's true. Ya Dig?

10:37 AM  
Blogger Jeff Miller said...

The slander by association charge is silly especially when the Kerry site links to a page where the Pope is called the Anti-Christ. So do we now disregard the whole Kerry Camp as bigots. Yet that is how they approach an editor on the Unfit for Command book. This is a case of not arguing the facts but doing everything you can to discredit those behind it. The media gives Kerry the credit for being a Veteran yet the swifties they treat with disdain.

2:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Guilt-by-Association is the name of the game in politics. It's played on both sides, is it not? The punks that did the Swifties ads also did the McCain smear. Cest la vie.

5:25 PM  
Blogger Christopher said...

Dismissing the criticisms of the Swift Boat Veterans on account of some comments this or that member said, without actually responding and refuting the positions they take against Kerry, is what philosophers call the genetic fallacy: "a line of 'reasoning' in which a perceived defect in the origin of a claim or thing is taken to be evidence that discredits the claim or thing itself."

It's simply bad logic and says nothing about the truth or falsehood of the Swift Boat Veterans' claims themselves.

8:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're right Christopher, but if you search for swift boat veterans on most major newspaper sites, you will find that they have been discredited already. Maybe news doesn't travel very fast for this website, but there's no need to refute that the world is round...

6:46 AM  

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