Tuesday, October 26, 2004


Swift-Boat Veterans are at it again: The Right is atwitter

The right-wing WorldNet Daily posted a story today "Discovered papers: Hanoi directed Kerry" that purports to relate the discovery of two new documents in the U.S. Archives that somehow implicate Kerry in the activities of the North Vietnamese.

The source is none other than the co-author of "Unfit for Command." [All emphasis in quotes is mine.]

Jerome Corsi, a specialist on the Vietnam era, told WND the new discoveries are the "most remarkable documents I've seen in the entire history of the antiwar movement."

"We're not going to say he's an agent for Vietnamese communists, but it's the next thing to it," he said. "Whether he was consciously carrying out their direction or naively doing what they wanted, it amounted to the same thing – he advanced their cause."

But why were they unearthed now, just one week before the Nov. 2 election?

Corsi insisted the timing was unintentional.

"It's truly one of those accidents of how things develop in research," he said. "We did not spring any surprise, we just found these documents, and even the archivist didn't know they were there."

This would be remarkable, but—

The two documents were found in boxes containing papers from antiwar activities during 1971-72, but they also turned out to be posted in an Internet database, which enabled further verification, Corsi said.

You mean, they could have just googled them up and saved a trip to the Archives? The WorldNet reporter didn't ask.

I haven't the heart to "analyze" this latest attack. I'm only doing a post so you won't be surprised if you hear it somewhere in the media.

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