Joe Conason, in a Salon article titled “Smear Boat Veterans for Bush” details the inner workings of a group of U.S. Navy officers who are in league with operatives for the Bush campaign to denigrate the Vietnam service record of John Kerry. According to John O’Neill, a founder of the group and someone who debated Kerry in 1971 on TV, 19 of 23 officers who served with Kerry have signed a letter declaring he is unfit to be commander-in-chief.
I’d humbly like to point out that it’s a lot easier for people to complain about your fitness when you actually served with them. We can’t get yeas or nays from any of the folks Bush served with in his time with the Alabama Air National Guard. Despite Garry Trudeau of “Doonesbury” fame offering $10,000 to anyone who could prove they’d served in Alabama with Bush, there’s been nothing. Their silence is deafening.