Swift Boat Bully Appointed as Ambassador to Belgium

I’m really outraged by the news that one of the main swift boaters has been appointed to ambassador of Belgium:

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Bush named Republican fundraiser Sam Fox as U.S. ambassador to Belgium on Wednesday, using a maneuver that allowed him to bypass Congress where Democrats had derailed Fox’s nomination.

Democrats had denounced Fox for his 2004 donation to the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. The group’s TV ads, which claimed that Sen. John Kerry exaggerated his military record in Vietnam, were viewed as a major factor in the Massachusetts Democrat’s losing the election.

Wikipedia has the scoop as to why this is about outrageous (SBVT is the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth organization):

SBVT characterized itself as a non-partisan group both in the legal sense and in spirit, yet several prominent individuals who assisted SBVT also have had close ties to the Republican Party. According to information released by the IRS on February 22, 2005, more than half of the group’s reported contributions came from just three sources, all prominent Texas Republican donors: Houston builder Bob J. Perry, a longtime supporter of George W. Bush, donated $4.45 million, Harold Simmons’ Contrans donated $3 million, and T. Boone Pickens, Jr. donated $2 million. Other major contributors included Bush fundraiser Carl Lindner ($300,000), Robert Lindner ($260,000), GOP contributor Aubrey McClendon ($250,000), George Matthews Jr. ($250,000), and Crow Holdings ($100,000).

The Bush campaign became part of the general SBVT controversy when Senator John McCain condemned the first SBVT ad, and said, “I hope that the president will also condemn it.” The Bush campaign did not condemn SBVT or the SBVT ads. The campaign did not endorse the group either, stating “We have not and we will not question Senator Kerry’s service in Vietnam.” Kerry was dismissive of this statement, saying, “Of course, the President keeps telling people he would never question my service to our country. Instead, he watches as a Republican-funded attack group does just that.” Kerry also alleged that SBVT was “a front for the Bush campaign. And the fact that the President won’t denounce what they’re up to tells you everything you need to know — he wants them to do his dirty work”.

This is how they work. They lie in public and reward service years later when no one is watching.

Kerry should have gone on the offensive here. This is the main reason he lost the election. I think subconsciously people thought that if he couldn’t stand up to Bush then he couldn’t stand up to Al Queda.



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