There’s really no mystery about why John Kerry’s war-hero credentials didn’t protect him from Bush and the SwiftBoaters; after he was a war hero, and for a longer period, he was an anti-war hero. He was involved with the “Winter Soldier” campaign to unmask U.S. atrocities in Vietnam. Conservatives and libertarians, who seem suspect all bureaucrats except for the bureaucrats in uniform, were happy to repeat the claim that Winter Soldier exaggerated the extent of the problem.
Now (too late, as usual) the LA Times reports on the details of the Army’s effort to cover up the atrocities reported by Lt. Col. Anthony Herbert, and to slime Herbert in the process. In fact, the Army’s own criminal investigators discovered far more wrongdoing that Herbert had reported, but no soldier suffered a DD or spent a single day in jail for any of the incidents, including at least one in which the victim died.
Suddenly Winter Soldier is looking a lot more credible.