A Swift Boating Firestorm A Brewin’

There’s a Swift Boating firestorm a brewin’ in the media and blogopshere over remarks made by General Wes Clark yesterday, which were apparently cropped by Fox, that set the wingnuts in an uproar and caused Barack Obama to jump in an disavow Wes Clark and also diss MoveOn today in a Patriotism speech.

This is as pegged last night turning into the “mother of all hissy fits.” When the McCain team went to slap back on Wes Clark’s comments, which were taken out of context, Swift Boat liar extraordinaire Colonel Bud Day, stepped into the mix and Ben Smith from Politico fed the fire by asking Day whether “he’d compare the attacks he was saying McCain faces today — from Wes Clark and other Democrats — to the attacks on John Kerry’s war record from the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth in 2004.”

Oh no Ben Smith didn’tOh yes, he did.

Day said: “The Swift Boat ‘attacks’ were simply revelation of the truth.” Whose truth Colonel??? The truth of a proven pack of liars?  

Kerry slapped back with this statement to reporters on a conference call with reporters today:

“Colonel Day’s comments today only further highlight the McCain campaign’s disregard for a new kind of politics. John McCain condemned these kinds of attacks in 2004 when he called the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth ‘dishonest and dishonorable.’ Senator McCain should condemn these remarks and cut ties with the Colonel and anyone else connected to SBVT. Day’s comments only serve to disparage all those who served on swift boats in Vietnam.”

In jumps Thomas Lipscum on the HuffPo perpetuating his lies once again about John Kerry. Of course Lipscum couldn’t resist as he’s smeared Wes Clark in the past too.

It’s going to be a long hot summer… Memeorandum has the whole mess, link by uglier link.

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4 Responses to A Swift Boating Firestorm A Brewin’

  1. It contiues to amaze me how politicans use “pride” to divide instead of unite. In the 2004 campaign Senator Kerry, a decorated war hero, was demonized as being a traitor. I like Senator Kerry, also served in Vietnam. As most GI’s I served with, I was totally against the war. I constantly see bumper stickers stating, “America, Love It Or Leave It.” This type of blind loyality helped facilitate the rise of Nazi Germany. The sticker should more accurately state, “America, Love It or Change It.”
    Then, of course, Obama’s patriotism was questioned when he didn’t wear a lapel pin. The far right is constantly emphazing his middle name, Hussian, to make folks question his loyality. His wife’s words about “for once being proud of he country ” were quoted out of context, in order to have us believe that she is ashamed of her country. Now, General Clark makes a serious campaign gaff in questioning Senator McCain’s patriotism. This,however, was just a gaff and not an orchestrated “swift boat” campaign to discredit him. Apparently Colonel Day is not capable of distinguishing between a miss-speak and a cordinated smear campaign. Patriotism, like King George himself, has often become a great divider instead of a great uniter. Those who exhibit blind loyality too often inherite blind tyranny. Buzz

  2. John Stone says:

    The right really does have a double standard, they called Bill Clinton, draft dodger Clinton. Then they trashed the war records of distinguished veterans like Max Cleland, John Kerry and Jack Murtha., with out and out lies. George W. Bush has a military service record that is questionable at best. Also what about Dick Cheney’s military service?

  3. Darrell Prows says:

    Oh, Obama disappoints! How do you fault what Wesley Clark actually said (as opposed to the way it came out from the time warp it traveled through to get to the right wing reality world)?

    If Betrayus Petraeus announed for office would we be required to spread rose petals to mark his progress up Pennsylvania Avenue? And how would this standard apply to General Clark, himself?

  4. Darrell

    Sadly I fear we may be in for more Obama diappoints.