Tuesday, March 23, 2004

When do we get to the "war crimes" videos?

GI John's New Ad Highlights War Record
John Kerry yesterday launched a new TV ad showing video of him as a young soldier in Vietnam and stressing he "fought for his country," as the Democratic nominee tries to rebound from President Bush's charges he's weak on defense.

Kerry's new 30-second spot, which goes up today in 17 swing states, features video of a helmeted, rifle-toting Kerry in fatigues walking past what appears to be a thatched hut and also has a shot of Kerry being decorated with a Silver Star for his service.
But, but, but ... I thought he testified before the Senate that he and his fellow soldiers were war criminals?
Wintersoldier.com also features audio sound bites -- in the MP3 format -- of Kerry describing what he did in Vietnam, both in testimony before the Senate and in an interview.

"Yes, I committed the same kinds of atrocities as thousands of other soldiers have committed," Kerry said in the sound bite. "I took part in search and destroy missions, in the burning of villages."
Maybe he'll make up for it with an ad about his trip to Paris to surrender to the North Vietnamese:
"I have been to Paris. I have talked with both delegations at the peace talks -- that is to say the Democratic Republic of Vietnam and the Provisional Revolutionary Government," Kerry said during testimony on April 22, 1971, before the Foreign Relations Committee
He's so fair and even handed!