Attacks on McCain’s Service Beyond The Pale
There were arguably fair reasons for the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth campaign waged against John Kerry in 2004. There are no such arguably fair reasons for questioning McCain’s service, though it appears some on the left are going to be intent on doing so.
But farther to the left—and among some of McCain’s conservative enemies as well—harsher attacks are circulating. Critics have accused McCain of war crimes for bombing targets in Hanoi in the 1960s. Sunday, a widely read liberal blog accused McCain of “disloyalty” during his captivity in Vietnam for his coerced participation in propaganda films and interviews after he’d been tortured.
The only “fair” argument I can imagine is one where McCain misrepresents himself or exaggerates his leadership experience, something I doubt will happen but cannot be ruled out. A dark horse could be if something in his service record (which has not been completely released) comes up, but that is even more doubtful and its unlikely those will be fully released.
Will John Kerry stick up for McCain the way McCain spoke out against the attacks on his service in 2004?