Now that his legal troubles are behind him, President Bush's chief political operative Karl Rove is back commandeering his campaign Swift Boat. As usual, his attacks are targeted to true patriotic American veterans who served their country--people like Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) and Sen. John Kerry (D-MA)--while Rove and his chickenhawk pals in the GOP managed to avoid serving at all. And with the Iraq war spiraling out of control, and a movement by some Democrats to push for a troop withdrawal, Rove's attacks have intensified while he sits on his "big, fat backside," according to Murtha, while our soldiers are dying.
Used to be, the most patriotic thing one could do was enlist in the military to serve and defend his or her country. That's what Kerry and Murtha have done. But under the Bushevik monarchy, war and military service have been shamefully politicized. You're a patriot only if you agree with them. And they'll crucify you if you don't, regardless of how courageously and honorably you've served your country; worse, regardless if they haven't. I cannot think of a more despicable act by a government than to dishonor, exploit and vilify its war heroes purely for political purposes.
John Kerry enlisted for not one, but two tours of duty in Vietnam; requested command of a Swift Boat down the Mekong Delta, one of the most dangerous missions one could assume; and won five medals in the process. He is a hero. He served our country. He bled in battle. And he more than any GOP chickenhawk has the right to speak out on the horrors of war.
Murtha in particular is, by any benchmark, untouchable when it comes to matters of military and national defense. Up until the Fall of '05, when he introduced his controversial troop draw-down resolution, he was perhaps the most highly respected defense expert in Congress. A hawkish Democrat war hero with a highly decorated 37-year career in the U.S. Marine Corps. He volunteered for Vietnam in '66-'67 and received two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star with Combat "V". Retired from the Marine Corps Reserve as a colonel in 1990. Awarded the Navy Distinguished Service Medal by the Marine Corps Commandant when he retired. Well-respected by both parties for his first-hand knowledge of military and defense issues, of which he has dutifully served and advised both Republican and Democratic presidents. One of the most effective advocates for a strong national defense. A ranking member and former chairman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. He was an early key Bush ally on the Iraq war, serves as a de facto spokesman for the Pentagon, and has very close relationships with many top generals. Rove should be jailed for his attacks on such a true American patriot and hero. It's downright treasonous.
But Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice and Rove's political legacies are inextricably tied to the Iraq war, and they will chew up and spit out anyone or anything that threatens their deception and propaganda campaign. I bet if Jesus Christ were alive today, and he came out against the war, he'd be Swift-Boated so fast his almighty head would spin. I can hear Rove & Company now:
"Hey, who's this Jesus guy, and what the hell does he know about war? He's a total fraud. A pawn of the liberal media. A long-haired pacifist freak who had sex with his prostitute mother. A Jew."
In fact, with his feed the poor and love thy neighbor teachings, Jesus would be Swift-Boated by these conservative thugs simply for being, well, Jesus.