Tim Blair


New Criterion



Monday, August 09, 2004
FAIRFAX DEFENDS KERRY, excites Mark Steyn.

The Age, thought that US democracy had been "marred" by those unkind patrol boat officers who were not impressed by John Kerry's four months in Vietnam.
Older veterans think the endless exhibitionist preening about one's war record is cheap and vulgar. To everybody else, the Vietnam act is just a bummer, a reminder of a bad time in the national story. Doesn't matter whether it's John Kerry in "The Green Berets" or John Kerry in "Apocalypse Now."
The Bush-haters outsmarted themselves: Nobody wants to hear about Vietnam. And Mr. Kerry hasn't anything else to run on. Or as Country Joe and the Fish would put it: And it's one, two, three, what is he fighting for?