NY times tries to nuance Kerry's antiwar activity

NY Times:

"On April 22, 1971, John Kerry, a decorated 27-year-old Navy veteran of two tours in Vietnam, electrified the Senate Foreign Relations Committee with his passionate testimony against the war, and with tales from fellow veterans about 'the absolute horror of what this country, in a sense, made them do' in Southeast Asia.

"Summarizing the accounts of American soldiers he had heard at an antiwar conference in Detroit weeks earlier, Mr. Kerry said the men told how 'they had personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in a fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam.'

"As both a veteran and anguished opponent of the Vietnam War, Mr. Kerry has spent years working to square the circle of a conflict that divided his generation, and the nation. Now, his old words have come back to haunt his presidential campaign, as conservative backers of President Bush question whether Mr. Kerry is 'a proud war hero or angry antiwar protester,' as National Review Online recently asked.

"The full picture is complex. In 1970 and 1971, Mr. Kerry was among the most prominent spokesmen for Vietnam Veterans Against the War, whose major patrons included the actress Jane Fonda, and which later staged takeovers of public buildings and walkouts from Veterans Administration hospitals. But when Mr. Kerry was involved, contemporaries recount, he often took steps to moderate the group's actions, believing it was better ? for it, and him ? to work within the political system that he ultimately sought to join. When he organized the mass march on Washington that resulted in his Senate testimony, Ms. Fonda was nowhere to be seen."

Notice how when a liberal has to explain something that is obviously wrong they always talk about how complex the subject is. Anti war rhetoric is complex, National Guard attendance records are simple.

It should also be noted that this story is in the Saturday moring inconvenient truths editions. Last week the NY Times admitted that the liberal myth about Max Cleland's "heroism" was not true. They even admitted that Ann Coulter's report about Max's accident was correct. This week it is time to hide "complex" truth about Kerry's involvement with the antiwar pukes.

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