As if this wasn't enough, Kerry fought endlessly over the years to resume normal trade relations with Vietnam even though the prerequisite for this was for the Vietnamese government to prove that it had released all POWs and accounted for MIAs. Sounds reasonable, right? Despite numerous documents detailing sightings of POWs in Vietnam, Kerry shredded copies to prevent the news from being leaked and, thus, derailing his trade normalization pet project.
In his guilt over his part in the Vietnam War, Kerry bent over backwards to aid the Viet Cong and bulldoze normal trade relations over the bodies of those soldiers tortured and/or dead in Vietnam.
You see, it's not all about the fact that Kerry served and that he acted heroically in battle. That's not enough. Kerry would have to have been proud of his service and to back his fellow Americans serving in the war accordingly. Yet his testimony before Congress, his ties to anti-war groups and activities and his Senate record demonstrate that this was not the case.
Want to argue that Bush assaulted the memories of the dead with his 9/11 ads? Fine. Just remember that the only viable alternative to occupy 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue has repeatedly assaulted the memories of MIAs and the sensitivities of POWs to assuage his guilt over his involvement in Vietnam.
Yet, he will not let us forget that he's a war hero, and never mind the rent-a-Vietnam-Vet-mob, standing behind Kerry. Why was not Kerry behind them? That is what the smart, informed voter will be asking.