Who's Behind the Kerry Smear?

Joe Conasen at Salon writes that the group attacking Kerry for his antiwar record (the "swift-boat vet attacks") is backed by a wealthy veteran with major investments in Vietnam who is profiting from his business ties to the Communist regime.

In other Kerry news, Arianna Huffington and former Dean campaign chief Joe Trippi have teamed up to draft a web petition "calling on Democratic candidate John Kerry to inspire more voters by bringing "hope and soul" back to political discourse. "

Author Bob Zimmerman examines Bush and Kerry's records and explains why the choice between Bush and Kerry should be clear. From his email:

Bush or Kerry? Stark Contrasts: The Choice is Yours!

  • Military Leadership: Bush shirked his wartime military obligation by holing up AWOL in Texas and Alabama. John Kerry fought heroically in Vietnam. After he received three purple hearts and bronze and silver stars for heroism, Kerry worked hard to bring our troops home.
  • The Invasion of Iraq: Bush lied to Congress and the American people about his motives for invading Iraq. The Bush-led Iraqi War is an evolving human catastrophe from which Bush has no exit strategy. John Kerry, a seasoned veteran, will explore every option before placing our troops in harms way. As our president, Kerry will end Bush’s occupation of Iraq quickly and honorably.
    Outsourcing Jobs: Bush says outsourcing America’s middle-class jobs is good. Bush distains unions, favoring giant corporations. Bush is unconcerned with American job losses. Bush favors exploiting cheap labor in China and India. John Kerry supports America’s middle-class and the rights of union workers. Kerry says the outsourcing of American jobs is a serious mistake. Kerry has proposed concrete solutions to reduce outsourcing and create 10 million new jobs.
  • National Security: Bush militarism is creating millions of new terrorists. Though repeatedly alerted, Bush ignored the 9/11 terrorist threat. Instead of protecting us, Bush vacationed in Texas. Prior to 9/11, John Kerry supported vital anti-terror legislation, but Senate Republicans quashed it. Kerry will strengthen our defenses, put an end to Bush unilateralism, and restore respect for America by rejoining the world’s family of nations as an equal partner instead of as a dictator.
  • Health Care and Social Security: Bush ignores the 45 million Americans, mostly women and children, who have no health insurance, and did nothing to reduce ever-burgeoning healthcare costs. Bush also seeks to gut Social Security and Medicare. John Kerry has a cost-effective plan that will immediately insure all children, 98% of all Americans, and begin the process of lowering healthcare costs. Also, Kerry, a Roosevelt Democrat, will protect Social Security and Medicare.
  • Women’s Rights/Civil Rights: Bush promotes governmental control over women’s bodies by appointing judges committed to reversing Roe v. Wade. Bush has also severely restricted our civil rights. John Kerry supports a women’s right to choose, and he will restore our civil rights by revising the overly intrusive provisions of the USA Patriot Act.

He adds a few more, but leaves off one of the most important differences: Their choices in judicial picks, including the Supreme Court.

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