Tuesday, April 27, 2004

AFT*, Senator

From the New York Times:

In a day of piercing and personal exchanges, John Kerry questioned on Monday whether President Bush skipped National Guard duty 30 years ago, while Vice President Dick Cheney disparaged Mr. Kerry as an opportunist unfit to lead the nation in wartime.

Mr. Kerry had previously declined to join other Democrats in raising questions about Mr. Bush’s National Guard attendance record. But during a contentious interview on national television on Monday, when pressed on whether he threw away his Vietnam war medals in a protest in 1971, he defended himself and attacked the president.

“This is a controversy that the Republicans are pushing,” Mr. Kerry said on “Good Morning America” on ABC. “The Republicans have spent $60 million in the last few weeks trying to attack me, and this comes from a president and a Republican Party that can’t even answer whether or not he showed up for duty in the National Guard. I’m not going to stand for it.”

Later in the day, Mr. Kerry challenged what he called attacks on his military record from Republicans who did not fight in Vietnam.

“I did obviously fight in Vietnam, and I was wounded there, and I served there and was very proud of my service,” Mr. Kerry said. “To have these people, all of whom made a different choice, attack me for it is obviously disturbing.”

It’s *About F**king Time Kerry brought this issue up. Of course Bush can’t get out there himself and talk about his service record, and neither can Cheney, who says he had “other priorities.” And while it may not do much for advancing the argument for or against our current military situation, it does at least feel good to get it said.