It seems like anyone these days with a few bucks and a website
can start a veterans for this or veterans for that organization. So with that in mind I'm putting myself forward as the executive director of Concerned Vietnam Combat Veterans Whose Service Records Have Been Attacked by Friends of President Bush Even Though President Bush Has Nothing To Do With It and Did His Best to Stop it But Failed.
Now, I'll admit that the acronym we're working with at the moment -- CVCVWSRHBABFOPBET PBHNTDWIADHBTSIBF -- is less than euphonious. But I'm figuring that the importance of our mission will make up for that shortcoming.
You'll remember that friends of the president pulled this stuff with John McCain back in South Carolina in 2000. And McCain just told the AP
that this swift boat nonsense about Kerry was "dishonest and dishonorable
" and called on the president to disavow it -- something his spokesman, Scott McClellan has now declined to do. So I figure I can get him and Kerry to sign up without much problem.
Now, perhaps to your surprise, I take a somewhat sympathetic view of the president on this question. I see it as one more in a long line of unlucky breaks he's had to endure. Years ago, remember, he tried to go to Vietnam, but couldn't manage to get there because the program he asked someone about
got shut down a week before he asked about it. Then the CIA bamboozles him about the WMD business. More recently, records were lost
which might have discredited charges that he'd been off carousing when he was supposed to be protecting the Gulf of Mexico from the Viet Cong. And now these so-called
friends of his are butting their way into his reelection campaign and attacking his opponent's combat record.
All of this tells me that as long as I'm going to have to get a lawyer to help me set up CVCVWSRHBABFOPBETPBHNTDWIADHBTSIBF that I might as well have him help me set up another political outfit, Rich Kids Who Can't Catch a Break (RKWCCAB). I can think of at least one member.