Alessandra Stanley of the Times reviews "Stolen Honor", an abbreviated version of which will air in some television markets. This controversial broadcast addresses John Kerry's days as an anti-war protestor.
Yesterday's commentary from the Times was provided by Jim Rutenberg and Kate Zernike.
Last February, Todd Purdum of the Times wrote about Kerry's anti-war days. Extended excerpts are here.
David Halbfinger of the Times took a turn in April.
From yesterday's Rutenberg/Zernike piece:
Several historians said yesterday that Mr. Kerry's testimony could be legitimately criticized for greatly exaggerating the frequency of atrocities but that atrocities did occur.
"They didn't happen with the frequency with which John Kerry talks about them in the truncated comments we've all heard," said Gary D. Solis, a former marine who is a law professor at West Point.
But, Professor Solis said, "All the things that Senator Kerry described did happen, no question."
He said My Lai was unparalleled in ferocity, and in the number of Vietnamese killed and raped.
"Were there things like cutting off ears and war crimes?'' he asked. "Sure there were."
Mr. Solis was also quoted by Todd Purdum last February:
But Gary Solis, a former Marine lieutenant colonel, Vietnam veteran and expert on war crimes who is an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center here, said Mr. Kerry had made a grave error.
"Sure it's true," Mr. Solis said. "Sure there were people raped, ears cut off and so on. Each one of the things that he mentioned happened, in some cases I know, and in others I'm confident. But when you put them all together in one sentence and say this was well known at every level of command, it impugns, it seems to me, everyone who fought over there and it gives the impression that everyone who fought over there was a war criminal and that's just not true."
The Times must have had more free space to fill back then.
Here is Kerry's Senate testimony from April 1971.