AEI Magazine has a fascinating interview with John O'Neill, who spearheaded Swift Boat Veterans for Truth and authored the best seller Unfit for Command, both of which did considerable damage to John Kerry's presidential aspirations. He provides his perspective of the election, the role he and his group played, and the often-hostile treatment they received at the hands of the mainstream media who at first ignored them and then later attempted to discredit them.
For those of my readers who were Kerry voters and who view O'Neill and the Swift Boat Vets as nothing more than a blatant Karl Rove-backed smear operation, I urge you to take a few moments to at least read through his version of events. Some of it you have to take with a grain of salt - O'Neill portrays himself as something of naive vet, surprised by the controversy he unleashed in the 2004 election, while in fact he is an experienced lawyer who has worked in the past for political organizations. At the same time, his statements about Viet Nam, his role in the war, and the visceral reaction he and other vets had to Kerry's actions and his later portrayal of himself as war hero/war protester ring very true.
(Hat tip: Power Line)