Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry on Saturday night urged President Bush to "stand up and stop" what he called personal attacks on him over his combat record in Vietnam.This is whining nonsense. It is as if Bush asked Kerry to make Michael Moore stop telling lies about Bush's record. It is just another example of how Kerry is not man enough to take on the Swiftvets by himself and answer their specific charges. Instead he responds with ad hominum attacks and aasks Bush to make them stop saying things Kerry does not like. Come on Kerry, be a man. Stop whining. Read "Unfit for Command" and respond to the specifics if you can. Tell us why you tried to convince us you spent Christmas 1968 in Cambodia. Tell us why two weeks after your first Purple Heart incident, you were writing in your journal that you had not been in combat yet. Explain how injuries you got from throwing grenades into an enemy rice storage area resulted in your third Purple Heart and your ticket for an early out. Explain why most of the officers you served with do not respect you and think you are unfit for command. That is what it is going to take to deal witht he Swiftvets. Quit trying to shut them up and respond to them. Then again, maybe that is just another reason why they do not respect you.
At a fund-raiser attended by about 750 people, Kerry said the attacks by a group of Vietnam veterans and former Swift Boat commanders have intensified "because in the last months they have seen me climbing in America's understanding that I know how to fight a smarter and more effective war" against terrorists.
"That's why they're attacking my credibility. That's why they've personally gone after me. The president needs to stand up and stop that. The president needs to have the courage to talk about it."