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Sunday, August 22, 2004

Newsweek examines Kerry's Bronze Star and the Bay Hap River action; Sandusky backtracks on enemy fire

In its latest issue, another news weekly, Newsweek, begins to look closely at the Bay Hap River action out of which Kerry's Bronze Star was awarded, and offers this new bit to the mix:

Del Sandusky, the man steering Kerry's boat, told a different version to NEWSWEEK. He says his boat was jarred by an explosion, probably from a rocket, knocking the soldier, Jim Rassmann, off the boat. Kerry was thrown against the bulkhead, injuring his arm. Sandusky says he could see muzzle flashes from the jungle and bullets skimming across the water. Sandusky says he can't remember if anyone was still shooting when Kerry pulled Rassmann from the river, but in any case, the boat was banged up and taking on water.

Oh my gosh, how could Sandusky's protectors from the Kerry campaign let him stray from the party line?  (Hat-tip to Captain Ed.)

Posted by Beldar at 12:44 PM in Mainstream Media, Politics (2006 & earlier), SwiftVets | Permalink


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(1) Patrick R. Sullivan made the following comment | Aug 22, 2004 1:43:58 PM | Permalink

Someone should ask Sandusky why he wasn't injured when he was in the pilot house alongside Kerry.

(2) M. Simon made the following comment | Aug 22, 2004 3:03:49 PM | Permalink

A boat taking on water will not be used for a tow if other undamaged boats are available. A tow would make it swamp faster.

I believe Sandusky is still going with the now removed PCF3 Feb 28 material.

Talk about screwing up the party line.


What is the War Hero Afraid of?
Form 180. Release ALL the records.

(3) M. Simon made the following comment | Aug 22, 2004 3:07:45 PM | Permalink

I'm still on target for this to totally unravel by 3-4 Sept.

None of the stories totally mesh.

Unlike the swifties.


What is the War Hero Afraid of?
Form 180. Release ALL the records.

(4) jim made the following comment | Aug 22, 2004 4:16:17 PM | Permalink

Based on the woefully unfilled demand still building for 'Unfit for Command', the monumental evidence of Kerry's entire life being nothing but fraud piled upon fraud and more of the same, the increasing (albeit less than voluntary) attention being paid by the MSM, John O'Neill's and the other SwiftVets' sharply rising street credibility, that there are so many more organizations, individuals and issues (POW/MIA's, blocking human rights standards for Vietnam (which kills more Montagnards), pro-Sandinista/anti-Contra) and loads of additional silver bullets still stacked against him, I think Pandora's Box of anti-Kerry has just barely opened and he's already overcome by the first blush of self-accumulated whoop-ass.

Besides, the Internet can research, discuss and dispose in an hour or three what the MSM can't do in a week. This is also their death knell.

Barring Osama getting through somehow and assassinating GWB, GWB doing something beyond awful, a Toricelli/Lautenberg-like switch by the DemonRats to another candidate (whether Kerry is driven out voluntarily or involuntarily), I'll go on the hook and predict that this weekend marks the official end of any further viability of a Kerry campaign. He's done, toast, stick a fork in him, save your time, attention and money. It's over now. Oliphant, Sulzberger, the Globe, the NYT, WaPo and LAT be damned. Yes, there will be some arrogant noise, inappropriate whining, spitting, spewing, ranting and drivel, but IT.IS.NOW.DONE.

GWB can only hold or rise, Kerry has nowhere to go but down from here.

I suggest that the MSM get down to seriously researching what their next devolving business model might be -- oversized Pennsavers -- standalone classifieds. They have nothing else left to offer, and cannot possibly survive what has happened here.

And McAuliffe, the principal architect of Bush-hatred (or Bush Derangement Syndrome) and this massive meltdown, remains clueless.

Kerry may as well leave the country in shame by the time this is over. If he isn't driven out.

You KNOW Kerry can't and won't sign the Form 180. He might as well eat a bullet, since they are essentially 2 different forms of the same suicide.

(5) Pat Curley made the following comment | Aug 22, 2004 4:36:05 PM | Permalink

Newsweak repeats the canard about Kerry's boat's windows being shot out being possible evidence of a firefight; in Tour of Duty Kerry himself mentions that they had been shot out the day before.

(6) cyndi made the following comment | Aug 26, 2004 8:27:42 AM | Permalink

Did anyone notice that the copy of Kerry's posted bronze star citation is the one that was issued by the Sec. of Navy 17 years after the fact. Where is the originally issued citation, and what is different about the two.

(7) dee desaire made the following comment | Nov 1, 2004 7:12:07 PM | Permalink

Mr. Thurlow was a pall bearer at my cousins funeral, a Nam Vet, two tours, last week and if he has a version I will listen to his. Anyone else, such as news media, can go to hell, they weren't there.

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