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"But if the cause be not good, the king himself hath a heavy reckoning to make, when all those legs and arms and heads, chopped off in battle, shall join together at the latter day and cry all 'We died at such a place;' some swearing, some crying for a surgeon, some upon their wives left poor behind them, some upon the debts they owe, some upon their children rawly left. I am afeard there are few die well that die in a battle; for how can they charitably dispose of any thing, when blood is their argument? Now, if these men do not die well, it will be a black matter for the king that led them to it; whom to disobey were against all proportion of subjection." (Henry V, Act V, Scene 4)

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Bill Kumbier Letter 9/11/04

Dear Editors:
Why has President Bush only generally and vaguely "denounced" the so-called "527s"—political action groups that raise unregulated soft money—and not specifically the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth? Why would he not want to distance himself, as clearly and unequivocally as possible, from this group, whose lies about John Kerry’s Vietnam service continue to sprawl all over the news media and now top the best-seller list? Could it be because, as reported in the New York Times (9/11/04), the biggest chunks of the $6.7 million the Swift Boat Veterans have received come from Bush backers, like T. Boone Pickens, who gave $500,000 to the Swift Boaters, and Bob Perry, a Texas Bush supporter who gave $200,000 in seed money to the group, not to mention many others who have supported both Bush and the Swift Boat Veterans with contributions of $1,000 or more?
As Hendrik Hertzberg recently argued in the New Yorker magazine, the Swift Boat schemers want us to worry about whether, at Christmastime in 1968, John Kerry "was a few thousand yards on one side or the other of the border between Cambodia and South Vietnam." What we really should be worried about is why the Swifties have shoveled millions into a campaign to benefit, whether he admits it or not, George W. Bush, who, as Hertzberg put it, "spent Christmas of 1968 on the East Coast . . . about fourteen million yards from the Vietnam-Cambodia border."
Bill Kumbier


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