Unfit – My Letter To The Swift Boat Organization
August 25, 2004
By John Cory
In the face of fact after fact that exposes your lies, you continue
to foul and slander John Kerry. Your words and deeds cast doubt
on all the honorable men who served gallantly; question the competence
of former military leadership; and hurl dispersions on fellow soldiers,
while denigrating the dead.
And for what?
You choose to align yourselves with those who smeared an honorable
Vietnam POW, calling into question his sanity and his survival of
the Hanoi Hilton. You choose to serve those who disgracefully painted
a Vietnam veteran triple amputee as unpatriotic and less than a
Where were you then? John Kerry was there for his fellow veteran
brothers, where were you?
You choose to support men who had other priorities than serving
their country. Men, whose self-interest was more important than
duty, honor, and country; and you prefer to serve a man who treated
his military obligation like Alcoholics Anonymous; picking and choosing
what meetings he would or would not attend.
You choose to aid those who have soiled themselves with the blood
You choose to be finger-puppets of a media obsessed with ratings
and tabloid sensationalism. A media that willfully avoids the truth
and pain of the daily toll in Iraq: willing to set veteran against
veteran in order to increase viewer share. A media, that happily
promotes an old war as a means of avoiding responsibility for its
promotion of the new war.
You choose to inflate your shriveled egos with the spotlight of
hate and slander. You choose to deny both the truth and the lie
that was Vietnam. Like the man you support, you choose to look away
from the flag-draped reality of today, and instead, seek yesterday’s
false reflection, in hope of revenge. But you cannot right a wrong
war, whether then or now.
I crawled the mud paddies of Vietnam and stuck my fingers in the
gaping wounds, trying to stop the oozing blood that drained the
life from my fellow soldiers. I have walked the old paths of war
and seen the children that even today lose limbs from the unexploded
ordinance of yesterday's war. I have seen more honor and compassion
in the eyes of the men who were once my enemy, than in the twisted
piety of your vitriolic defamation.
You now seek to cover your previous words of endorsement with
the stench of vomit and partisan bile. You speak of wanting honesty
and openness, but your actions belie your lips.
You have chosen vanity over valor, hubris over honor, character
assassination and fraud over fact. You have chosen to enfold yourself
in the shadows of partisan politics while sniping at those who stand
in the open light of their record. You have chosen to wear the uniform
No sirs, with all due respect, I submit that it is you, who are