The Vietnam Divide
The Swift Boat issue is not about about whether Kerry served with distinction. It is about what Kerry did after he served. Some in the veterans community took Kerry's comments about Vietnam War atrocities personally (even though he didn't name them specifically) and have held a grudge against him ever since. The smear artists in the GOP are taking advantage of their (perhaps not entirely unjustified) anger to destroy a political enemy. Once again, they are being used by those to whom they have given the full measure of their loyalty.
Thinking on the deep divides within the veterans community over the question of Vietnam, I can't help but wonder what kind of ill feelings will be left behind by the war in Iraq. Are we going to repeat this same sad scenario 30 years from now when the first Iraq War vet runs for President?