Swift Vets and POWs for "Truth" v. The Truth
[Formerly Swift Boat Veterans for "Truth" v. The Truth]

 

Acknowledgements


Home Page Kerry Purple Heart 1 Kerry Bronze Star Kerry and Cambodia
Bush campaign and SBV Kerry Purple Heart 3 Kerry Silver Star Kerry - Other War Related
Who's behind SBV? Other Lies or B.S. SBV v. SBV Who served "with" Kerry? 
Appendix A: Republicans saved by Kerry  Appendix B: The Double-Standards Game
Appendix C: GOP Attack Dogs Inc.  Appendix D: The "He-Said, She-Said" Game

INTRODUCTION to Swiftvets.eRiposte.Com 
(email: feedback-at-eriposte-dot-com)

Welcome! 

This website (a sub-domain to eRiposte.com) is dedicated to revealing the real truth about the claims from the following bunch of closely linked individuals:

1. Those who are part of (or fund) the so-called "Swift Vets and POWs for Truth" - formerly known as "Swift Boat Veterans for Truth".

2. Those who wrote (or contributed to) the fraudulent, lie-ridden, anti-Kerry book titled "Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry"

3. Those who made/produced/contributed to the fraudulent, lie-ridden, anti-Kerry film "Stolen Honor, Wounds That Never Heal

For convenience, I use the term SBV to refer to anyone who is part of any of these groups above [they are perhaps more appropriately referred to as Swift Boat Veterans (and POWs) Who Have a Major Problem With The Truth. On the blogosphere you will find other, equally appropriate names for SBV - such as Swift Boat Veteran Flip-Floppers for Bush or Smear Boat Veterans for Bush or Swift Boat Liars for Bush). Pick the name you like. I'll stick with SBV.]

Many media outlets (see below) have been providing a relatively easy opening for SBV (at least until 8/19/04) - sometimes parading these folks before viewers (or readers), often without critically examining the full breadth and depth of their egregiously false charges against Senator John Kerry (some media, "journalists", and serial liars are far worse than others on this). In an attempt to correct the lack of balance in the media's treatment of this group and to refute the false allegations that form the basis of the book and the film, this website explores SBV's charges in detail and shows you the truth behind the so-called "truth". 

What will become clear when you review the material here is that SBV has major ultra-right-wing, partisan, Bush supporters and Kerry haters and GOP slime operators who are merely kicking off Part II of "The Hunting of the President" - while creating the appearance of being an "independent" group.

What is even more remarkable is that SBV's hate-filled mendacity is nothing other than a direct attack on the integrity of the American Armed Forces - something that Republicans like them claim to hold dear. 

As Digby has eloquently noted:

It has struck me lately what a terrible indictment of the military these charges are and how once again the Republicans have absolutely no limits in terms of how fully they are willing to trash the American institutions they allegedly love in order to win. What these people are saying is that the US Navy awarded some of its highest medals for bravery to a coward. The many officers who signed those glowing fitness reports and awarded those citations are either liars or they are incompetent. The word of his shipmates, even the man whose life he saved, are worth nothing. You can't believe military documentary evidence. It was all bullshit, every last piece of it.
And because of this it can now be said that all medals awarded for bravery are suspect. A superior military record is no longer a recommendation. Who can ever believe the government on this issue, now?
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The conservative attack on the military is, on the other hand, so small minded, so parochial. For puny, partisan reasons they are accusing the military of widespread corruption --- merely to excuse the behavior of their less than stellar candidate.
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Too bad for the men and women who are risking their necks as we speak for Junior's Big Adventure. Any act of bravery on which the military might bestow a medal is now subject to interpretation. Nothing is sacred to these people.

Some veterans agree:

As was shamefully done previously against decorated veterans like John McCain and Max Cleland, extreme right-wing groups such as the so-called 'Swift-Boat Veterans for Truth' are again spreading lies meant to discredit a decorated veteran. A veteran who volunteered for combat, who was brave enough not only to withstand the rigors of battle but then the equally difficult struggle to speak the truth about war's inevitable dark side: savagery, stupidity, recklessness, maiming, and death. These are the truths of every war -- those necessary and those avoidable; those just and those unjust.

"The slander about John Kerry's Purple Hearts and courage in command is fallacious at best and spuriously shameful. More, the attacks against Kerry's post-discharge protest of Vietnam represent a concerted attempt to prevent others from speaking the necessary truth of their experience by those too cowardly to admit their own share in our flawed humanity...
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If they succeed, hundreds of thousands of young soldiers and Marines will find it that much more difficult to tell their difficult stories -- whether heroic, tragic, barbaric, or all three -- when they return from Iraq and Afghanistan. So that another generation of veterans will not be rent by the difficult choice between living with a lie and feeling shamed for telling the truth, we ask you: do not listen to those who would distort a brave man's struggle.

Please select one of the menu options at the top of this page to see all the facts - which show how this band of frauds calling themselves "Swift Vets and POWs for Truth" have no interest in facts and are a complete national disgrace. Indeed, their fraudulent campaign against Sen. John Kerry transparently revealed that they represent the worst of America.

OTHER SITES

Eric Rasmussen has done a great job reviewing the SBV book "Unfit for Command". Please be SURE to pay his site a visit and review his research. His main page is here. The summary of his rebuttal/refuting of the charges in "Unfit for Command" is here.  

Reader E. L. pointed me to the movie about John Kerry's great contributions to the U.S. in the Vietnam era - "Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry". The website for the movie is goingupriver.com. I watched the movie on opening night and I was moved by Kerry's bravery in not just going to Vietnam (a fairly unpopular thing to do) but his courage in taking on a corrupt, lying Government (Nixon's) after he returned - something, arguably, that was a far more unpopular act. If there is any doubt in your mind that Kerry puts values and principles above popularity, this movie will remove that doubt. 

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