"But with Kerry, even before any gaffes or scandals, the official narrative makes no sense. He's publicly opposed to the Vietnam War. But he volunteers for it. Then he comes back disgusted with his experience in war, publicly hurls his medals away (or someone else's: that story keeps changing), denounces his fellow veterans as war criminals, torturers and rapists, and claims that he personally committed atrocities.
But then he decides to run for president and suddenly Jane Fonda morphs into John Wayne and all those war criminals are war heroes he wants at every rally and he's got his medals back and his disgust at his wartime experience has mysteriously turned into pride in his wartime experience to the exclusion of all else."
Monday, August 09, 2004
Nuance or subterfuge?
The Globe is still Sominex in sheet form, but Mark Steyn has some good observations in The Telegraph concerning why it is difficult to get a good handle on JFK. Maybe that is why the campaign conversation keeps coming back to the period 1968-1971: