THE INSIDE SCOOP on John Kerry's Past
(archived broadcast )
A special 90-minute broadcast will play the full June 30, 1971 Vietnam War debate on the Dick Cavett Show between 27-year-old John Kerry and his nemesis, 25-year-old John O’Neill.
John O’Neill, the author of Unfit for Command and founder of “Swift Boat Veterans for Truth” has been dogging John Kerry ever since O’Neill was asked to do so by President Richard Nixon 23 years ago. O’Neill’s vicious personal attacks and John Kerry’s measured statesmanlike responses, and their respective comments on the war are surprisingly illustrative of the same situation we face today. An articulate Kerry explains his view on “war crimes” committed by U.S. troops, an articulate O’Neill, beneath a polite veneer, can barely mask his contempt for anyone who opposes the Vietnam War. And there is no mention of any of the charges that Kerry did not earn his medals (the charges O’Neill would make 23 years later).
You won’t want to miss the debate or Mark Levine’s commentary on it for an incisive understanding of what drives the man who will likely be the next President of the United States — John Kerry — and the forces that drive his enemies.
Far more than soundbites and superficial discussion, it’s THE INSIDE SCOOP.