November 21, 2007 | Filed Under War
Mr. Pickens, in true form of the leadership of Swift Boat “Veterans for truth” spent an evening in which he defended his John Kerry slander in public. He essentially issued a challenge in front of an American Spectator audience –you know, the “Patriots” that helped President Bush lie to get us into war to murder our children. Pickens said that he would give a million dollars to anyone who would prove any of the allegations against John Kerry as false. If you recall, the Swift Boat liars popped out of obscurity in 2004 to slander John Kerry and effectively help President Bush retain his position of power.
Now, for the drama:
John Kerry gladly accepted the challenge and promised to take the money to give back to VETERANS of the war. T Boone “Mr. Patriot, himself” Pickens took the offer off the table.
Dear Mr. Pickens,
Thank you for your response to my acceptance of your challenge.
I’m grateful that you are prepared to make good on your word and fulfill the offer you made publicly at the American Spectator Dinner in Washington, D.C. on November 6th.
I must remind you, however, that this was and is your “challenge,” not mine. You are, after all, the one who said explicitly at the dinner — in a way that was calculated to challenge any naysayer — that you would give one million dollars “to anyone who could show that anything the SBVT said was false.” (RedState.Com) These were your words — and nowhere did you ever suggest, as you are now trying to, that your challenge referred specifically and exclusively to any advertising by the SBVT.
As you know, the lies of the SBVT were not confined just to their ads; they were a constant barrage of television, radio, Internet, speeches, and forums in which — significantly bankrolled by you — they launched and repeated lie after lie. Your challenge expressly stood behind all of their allegations.
It is disturbing that in reaffirming the challenge you issued, your parsing and backtracking seems eerily reminiscent of the entire approach of the SBVT — say one thing, put out an allegation, then duck and weave, hedge and bob when your words catch up with you. I want to believe that this was not your intent because I am told that you are a man of your word, not “all hat and no cattle.”
Honor and duty, which you purport to defend, demand that you not selectively back away from your original challenge. Your offer clearly said — boldly, unequivocally — to an audience of your friends and supporters — that you would give “a million dollars to anyone who could prove wrong anything the Swiftboat Veterans charged about Kerry.” (AmericanThinker.com) In my letter, that is the offer which I accepted.
I was interested to read in your response that you don’t want to see the SBVT “maligned,” and that you aim “to prevent this important part of American history from being unfairly portrayed.” I accepted your offer precisely because I want to prevent the honorable records of the courageous men who served with me from being maligned by the repeated lies of this organization. I want to see the word “Swiftboat” restored to its original meaning — synonymous with honorable service to country, not political lies aimed to distort and divide. I would hope that your interests should also be in protecting the record of all those who served our country.
As I’ve said to you before, I am prepared to prove the lie and marshal all the evidence, the question is whether you are prepared to fulfill your obligation — no variations, no back pedaling, no retreat, no new bets, no changing the subject.
The only thing remaining now is to set the date for our meeting in an appropriate forum, after which I look forward to you keeping your word and writing a check for one million dollars payable to the Paralyzed Veterans of America so that we can put your money to good work for veterans who have returned home from Iraq and Afghanistan.
John F. Kerry
United States Senator
It is typical, that not even in the interest of “truth” as was the so-called cause of Swift Boat Veterans in 2004, would they stand up and weather the storm. What a bunch of pussies, seriously. If I were a member of the group, I’d leave because if all they are trying to do is ‘keep their reputation in tact’ at this point, they’ve already lost. They are nothing more than a smut peddling interest group that works to undermine soldiers, not honor them.
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