Jeb Bush slurs war hero John Kerry: Will the GOP call him out like Donald Trump?
Bush still backs GOPers who slurred John Kerry’s military service. How does that differ from Trump’s hit on McCain?
by Joan Walsh
Jeb Bush was quick to denounce Donald Trump after the reality show host-turned-presidential candidate made his ugly claim that Sen. John McCain was “not a war hero” last weekend. “Enough with the slanderous attacks. @SenJohnMcCain and all our veterans – particularly POWs have earned our respect and admiration,” he tweeted Saturday.
But journalists quickly saw a problem for Bush: he had signed on to a similar attack on a decorated war hero: 2004 Democratic Presidential nominee John Kerry, when he was running against Jeb’s brother George. Unbelievably, Bush reiterated his support for those ugly attacks on Kerry Tuesday afternoon in South Carolina.
To recap: Bush backed the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth’s shameful attacks on Kerry, writing a letter to the group’s founder, Col. Bud Day, thanking him and the “other Swifties” for their “support of my brother in his re-election.” It went on: “I simply cannot express in words how much I value their willingness to stand up against John Kerry.” That “willingness,” of course, involved claiming Kerry lied about the military service that won him the Purple Heart.
Thank you for pointing out the hypocrisy, Joan Walsh. My only wish is that John McCain (and all the others who served) had spoken out more loudly against torture and that their actions within the policing making apparatus of the USA government supported those words.
Let’s see if Guantanamo Bay will indeed get closed forever. And let’s see if both sides (the Republicans and the Democrats of the USA) will choose a diplomatic rather than a war path with Iran – and all other nations for that matter.
Instead of running on being tortured, captured, or wounded, the heroes of the future will be those who serve in an intellectual capacity to calm the waters and make reasonable agreements that lead to peace not war.
In the future they will be called peace heroes, not war heroes.
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