Guilt by Association only applies if you're John McCain, and your "associate" is the Most Highly Decorated Living Veteran

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According to Huffington Post writer Sam Stein:

Sen. John McCain's campaign on Monday launched the McCain "Truth Squad" - a group of political and Vietnam contemporaries who would counter attacks on the Senator's military record.

In hopes of nipping any criticism in the bud, the campaign brought on board a man quite familiar with how these types of attacks gain legs: Bud Day, a fellow POW who was part of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth that worked so hard to defame Sen. John Kerry's own Vietnam record.

Day has been targeted by the Left as a "right-wing extremist" ever since he spoke against John Kerry in the 2004 campaign (remember 2004? That was the year that service in Vietnam was supposed to make you qualified to be President -- as opposed to 2008, when the opposite is now supposed to be true).

The pundits and bloggers who attack Day for speaking out about Vietnam service, the effect of virulent protests like those engaged in by John Kerry after his return from combat, always seem to leave out any biographical information about the retired Colonel, except, occasionally, for the fact that he served in Vietnam, and that he was a POW for a period of time.

Given the dearth of information provided by media members bent on marginalizing the man and his opinions, you may be asking a very important question right about now: Just who is this Bud Day character, and why in the world does he matter?

I'll tell you why.

You might remember Col. Day's name if you were alive during Vietnam, or if you pay any attention whatsoever to military history.

However, if you don’t know who he is, here’s a down-and-dirty on a real American hero. According to the U.S. Air Force’s Air University website, Colonel George E. "Bud" Day earned “nearly 70 decorations and awards, of which more than 50 [were] for combat” (and one was the Medal of Honor).

He logged 5,000 career flying hours, including combat duty in WWII, in Korea, and in Vietnam.

After being shot down in 1967, Day suffered as a POW for 67 months (that's five and one-half years for the mathematically challenged), with a two week “respite” after escaping from the North Vietnamese, during which, despite serious injury, he evaded the enemy all the way back into South Vietnam, “earning the distinction of being the only prisoner to escape from North Vietnam” - only to be recaptured and imprisoned until March 1973.

That is who this "Bud Day" character the Left loves to pile on as a "right-wing extremist" really is. There is a very good reason why the building to my left in this picture carries the name it does -- Col. Day is a bona-fide American hero, and the very personification of the phrase "Return with Honor."

The opposite phrase could be applied to former Swift Boater John Kerry, who responded thus to the "Truth Squad" formation:

"Colonel Day's comments today only further highlight the McCain campaign's disregard for a new kind of politics," said Kerry. "John McCain condemned these kinds of attacks in 2004 when he called the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth 'dishonest and dishonorable.' Senator McCain should condemn these remarks and cut ties with the Colonel and anyone else connected to SBVT. Day's comments only serve to disparage all those who served on swift boats in Vietnam."

Again, if there is a veteran of Vietnam who is above reproach and deserving of respect from both sides of the aisle, it is Col. Day -- not John Kerry.

As my RedState colleague Dan McLaughlin points out, "So, Obama's associations with racists, Marxists and crooks is just fine....but how dare McCain associate himself with America's most decorated living war veteran?"

By the way, the commentariat at HuffPo is having quite a time with this. One reader, posting under the handle "bigdaddyvike," had this to say about the Medal of Honor recipient:

Col. Bud Day is not just a Swiftboater- he is one of the architects and top chickenhawks behind the PNAC/neocon boys. Apparently the neocons have now embraced McCain. Maverick that he is

Chickenhawk? As Mandy Patinkin's Inigo in the Princess Bride so famously said: "I don't think that word means what you think it means."

Especially not in regard to Bud Day.

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Or maybe to Ariana: The seventies called they want their idiocies back.


"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it."
-Thomas Paine: The American Crisis, No. 4, 1777

The left should never have cooked this scheme up.

Just when I don't think Obamaworld can get any dumber, they prove me wrong again.

The free exchange of ideas inevitably yields both heat and light.

Wesley Clark actually went on MSNBC tonight and stood by his remarks about Sen. McCain. Clark, of course, claimed to have been "Swiftboated," which means he was accurately quoted or described factually. When even MSNBCommunist failed to buy into that line, Clark commented he wasn't associated with the Obama campaign although he is listed as a special advisor. Obamabus will get a second-helping of Wesley.

But/for his failure to throw his 70 medals over the fence (or at least part of them), his failure to meet with the enemy, his failure to lie about where he was around Christmas in '70, Col. Day could have been beloved at HuffPo. As it is, he's just another one of the troops they didn't support then and don't support now.


"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it."
-Thomas Paine: The American Crisis, No. 4, 1777

Then one thing I know: RedState is on the right side.

Bring it on, ladies

Someone with "Bigdaddy" is using the word "Chickenhawk"?

I guess that's appropriate...given my understanding of the word.

Sheesh.

that should be 'someone with the NAME "Bigdaddy"'

Jeff, you're an Air Force puke. I thought better of you. :)

FCCS(SW/AW) Jeff Weimer, USN

Cowardice asks the question, is it expedient? And vanity asks the question, is it popular? But conscience asks the question, is it right? - Martin Luther King, Jr.

...a few pilots, but mostly guys on the Teams. Good dudes.

Is that at Fairchild? The sky looks right.

Pluto, the Ninth Planet - Forever!

...finest high desert in the land :-)

I went through there the year before Bud Day was shot down, so even if that building existed then, it didn't have that name.

My week in E & E and POW training was perfectly timed. The week before was 24/7 rain. The week after was snow. We had beautiful fall days except in prison camp, and there was shelter there, anyway.

I went back to Spokane with my dad for a 3rd Division reunion in the mid 80's. I liked the town.

Pluto, the Ninth Planet - Forever!

I well remember the frustration that many of us felt when McCain went off on the SBVT for denigrating Kerry's military record. Interesting that Kerry has not said a word about the attacks on McCain's record.

I've got to say, I wasn't the biggest fan of SBVT last election cycle. I thought that the attacks on Kerry's post-war record (throwing away medals, lying about the troops, etc.) were a whole lot more legitimate than the attacks on his wartime record. However, as I recall, only the SBVT's who actually served with Kerry questioned his war record, while the rest criticized his post-war record. Since Day, as this diary points out, was an aviator it does not seem likely that he actually knew Kerry himself and would have been in a position to talk about his war record.

BTW, great post Jeff. You look a whole lot younger than I would have thought.

Hang all traitors and secessionists! Hang them high!
- Me

SVBT was made up of actual swift boaters who served with Kerry.

COL Day, Paul Galanti and other POWs didn't join until later, at which time the organization became "Swift Boat Vets and POWs For Truth." The POWs focused on Kerry's anti war activities.

FYI, CNN Headline News is parroting the HuffPo line this morning. They are describing COL Bud Day as a member of SBVT, mentioning that he was a POW---but I didn't hear mention of his Medal of Honor or his record of heroism. How typical.

"Who will stand/On either hand/And guard this bridge with me?" (Macaulay)

....a whole lot more legitimate than the attacks on his wartime record

If you read the book (I forget the title at the moment), you can decide for yourself, but they make EXTREMELY compelling cases for everything they say. It neither sounds nor smells like sour grapes or over-hyped nonsense. They cited all their sources, put their own names out there on the line.

Impeach the 5 usurpers

1. The book about Kerry - "Unfit for Command" - deconstructed his service and his activities after he left Vietnam in explicit detail. Not a single point was ever addressed directly by Kerry.

2. To this day Kerry has not made his full military records public.
____
CongressCritter™: Never have so few felt like they were owed so much by so many for so little.

... but I did hear enough from SBVT in the form of e-mails, commercials, and interviews on TV and radio to get the jist of their argument. Correct me if I'm wrong, but the main points were as follows:

1) Kerry didn't really deserve all his medals, including his purple hearts, because they were for insignificant injuries.

2) Kerry may have actually wounded himself to get his third purple heart, and his subsequent trip home.

3) Kerry only spent just over three months in Vietnam, after which time he returned to the U.S. because of his third "wound."

4) Kerry was generally considered untrustworthy and unreliable in Vietnam, and most of his comrades loathed him.

5) Kerry may have killed a fleeing and unarmed Viet Cong while on a mission which later earned him a medal.

The responses to those arguments are fairly predictable. 1) Who says what kind of wound does or does not merit a purple heart? 2) Seriously, prove it. 3) Not his problem, those were the rules. 4) Big deal. He was a douche bag back then, and he's a douche bag now. 5) I guess Charlie shouldn't have run.

I suppose I'm tipping my hand a little bit here. I never really cared about the war record debate, and I always thought it was a bit demeaning to our side to even be involved in it. After all, douche bag that he was, Kerry did serve over there for a couple of months and our guy did not. Now, on the other hand, the post-war stuff was totally legitimate. Kerry was a lying, stinking, defaming bast**d who hurt the reputation of the United States military, and he deserved what he got.

Hang all traitors and secessionists! Hang them high!
- Me

Hi, L. Long time no read.

"After all, douche bag that he was, Kerry did serve over there for a couple of months and our guy did not. Now, on the other hand, the post-war stuff was totally legitimate."

I think there were two factions within the SBVFT. The ones that served with him on the river wanted to let people know that Kerry was no "war hero" but "was a douche bag back then, and he's (probably still) a douche bag now." Others were POed at him for his Winter Soldier lies, and they wanted to make sure that testimony wasn't forgotten.

In any event, it was never really about the war record (nor is it now about it in McCain's case). It was, and is, about character and personal integrity. In that context, military service is as legitimate an area for discussion as any other prior acts would be.

We observe behavior, interpret it within the context that it happened and our own experience, and infer motives for the behavior based on that interpretation. Sometimes the behavior is the most important factor; sometimes the motives are. The interpretation is never questioned. (^:^)

Pluto, the Ninth Planet - Forever!

is if you are a democrat. The only time it does not count is if you are a Republican candidate.
The only veterans who have the right to speak about the military are democrats and the veterans who STFU are Republicans. The only people who can criticize a military campaign are democrat veterans and the only veterans who have to be quiet are Republican. The only military families who have the right to speak about loved ones in the service are democrat and the only families that must never be heard from are Republican.
Simple, huh?

we love veterans (D)
we love them not (R)
we love veterans (anti-war)
we love them not (not anti-war)
we love veterans (self-identifying victims)
we love them not (not " ")

Yet again.

And Karl Rove, whom I respect as a knowledgeable campaigner, said that you don't attack your opponent for his aspects that are favorable or strong.

The American people will eventually figure out what each candidate's strengths and weaknesses are. You should highlight your opponent's weakness and ignore their strengths.

So according to Karl, Opossum is really screwing this up. It couldn't happen to a nicer guy.

I meant what I said and I said what I meant. An elephant's faithful 100 percent.

But I think it applies whenever "democrats" and "military" are in the same sentence:

"Always be honest with yourself. Even if you are honest with no one else."
--me

Check out this interview clip of a Dem Senator, Obama Supporter with Chris Matthews. The guy can't name one Obama senatorial accomplishment, although he can name what obama claims to represent- change and unity.
http://www.greenfaucet.com/hanlons-pub/obama-a-lightweight-nahhh

At Air Force Officer School they would discuss Spaatz, Eaker, Doolittle, Chappie James, Hap Arnold, Jimmy Stewart and Bud Day..

"Small town folks get bitter after which they cling to guns or religion, or antipathy to people who aren't like them, or anti-immigrant sentiment"- Barack Carter Obama

 
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