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William_Rood.jpgThe real issue in the Bush campaign to discredit John Kerry’s Vietnam record with the lies in the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth commercial isn’t what happened in Vietnam. It’s what happened when Kerry came home and testified against the war to Congress.
It’s easy to see why some of the veterans who fought in Vietnam are angry that Kerry spoke out. They feel that their own service and beliefs are being called into question and they are hurt. But that’s not a reason to lie about or discredit Kerry’s war record. The Swift Boat Veterans, as The New York Times and The L.A. Times have proven, have close ties to Bush and Karl Rove. They are doing his dirty work. Only one of them was even there! (And his story has been discredited by Army records.)
Now William Rood, (Above) an editor on the Chicago Tribune’s metropolitan desk