Tom McGuire has three extensive posts on The New York Times thumbsucker kicking off what apparently is John F. Kerry's latest attempt to rehabilitate himself with Vietnam Veterans like me and others who did not fully appreciate his famous "reporting for duty" beginning to the 2004 election campaign.
Rick, Peter UK, and I have made a number comments on Tom's first post which has, as of this time, attracted more than 600 comments.
I am not interested in fomenting another string of that extent, or in distracting attention from Tom's great blogging on the article.
I am interested in questioning and commenting on the timing of the article over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. I suspect the timing was more than coincidental. Articles like this, to my understanding, often begin as a press release authored by public relations or campaign consultant types.
The article primarily accuses the Swift Boat Veterans of lying. That seems to me a cynical ploy on Memorial Day weekend. It is a bald attempt to burnish Kerry's war hero status at the expense of other veteran's reputations for truth and veracity.
Why on Memorial Day weekends of all weekends?
Why not, rather, some material devoted to explaining Kerry's Senate testimony and Winter Soldier activity which so denigrated those who served with him in Vietnam?
Why not some acknowledgement of the wounded feelings of Vietnam Veterans who served with Kerry caused by his post VN activities?
Why not an Op Ed by the esteemed Senator praising the Veterans with whom he served?
Why not something much more appropriate for Memorial Day Weekend?
Why not, indeed?