I am not making this up - a mere three years too late, Kerry has pieced together his autobiography:
John Kerry: I'm Now Prepared to Fight Off Swift Boat Veterans
Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, perhaps preparing to get back into the presidential ring one day, claims he's now armed with materials that will make war record critics from his 2004 presidential campaign go running tail between legs.
The 63-year-old Democratic senator told The Patriot-Ledger on Tuesday that the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, a group of Navy servicemen who served with Kerry and criticized his record in Vietnam, will be revealed as liars.
"We have put together a documented portfolio that frankly puts their lies in such a total light of absurdity and indecency, that should they ever rear their ugly heads again, we have every single 't’ crossed and 'i’ dotted, and I welcome that in a sense,'' Kerry said after addressing Boston's South Shore Chamber of Commerce. "It’s a shame we weren’t able to produce all that at the time.''
Cool - Kerry has finally wrestled his personal history to the canvas. Did Douglas Brinkley, Tour of Duty author, finally allow Kerry access to Kerry's "War Notes"? The WaPo couldn't get ahold of them back when a decisive rebuttal of the Swifties might have won Kerry the election, but maybe time heals all wounds.
Whatever - we spun this oldie back in May 2006, the last time Kerry claimed he was ready to bring it on against the Swifties. I know everyone who followed the Swifties has a personal favorite, but mine is this - what in the record suggests that the two members of the Band of Brothers who now claim to have been with Kerry when he won his first Purple Heart were actually there?
The glaringly obvious reason for doubting their presence is this - Zaladonis was a crewman on Kerry's first boat from December 1968 to Jan 1969; because he was a former crewman for Kerry, he was interviewed by both the Boston Globe and historian Douglas Brinkley in 2003, as Kerry geared up his Presidential run. In fact, in his book intro Brinkley claims he interviewed Zaladonis repeatedly. Yet neither Brinkley nor the Globe reporters got from Zaladonis the news that he was with Kerry for Kerry's first combat and his first Purple Heart
- that only emerged in 2004. Either Brinkley and the Globe share a glaring deficiency in interviewing technique or the Zaladonis story evolved over time.
I still hope that reporters ask to see the relevant portions of Kerry's War Notes to evaluate his contemporaneous account of his first combat and first medal - should be easy, now that Kerry is ready.
UPDATE: Critics, including our own Other Tom, get some ink in a follow-up.