August 31, 2004

Dog-gonit, Kerry's at it again

Dog-gonit, Kerry's at it again

Humane USA asked Kerry in a candidate questionaire if any pets had an impact in his life. He didn't mention kissing the Hamster, but he did mention this

When I was serving on a Swift Boat in Vietnam, my crewmates and I had a dog we called VC

And what is so special about this dog?

One day as our Swift Boat was heading up a river, a mine exploded hard under our boat," he continued. "After picking ourselves up, we discovered VC was MIA (missing in action). Several minutes of frantic search followed, after which we thought we'd lost him. We were relieved when another boat called asking if we were missing a dog." Said Mr. Kerry: "It turns out VC was catapulted from the deck of our boat and landed, confused but unhurt, on the deck of another boat in our patrol

Sounds like Kerry had a real buddy in his dog VC well except when Hugh Hewitt caught up with a Swift Boat Veteran and asked Steve Gardner about the dog

HH: "Steve, was there a dog named VC on your boat?"
SG: ""Buddy, to the best of my knowledge (laughing), I never saw any dog at any time on the 44 boat."
HH: "Is it possible that it was on the other boat."
SG: "Oh, a distinct possibility (laughing)."
HH: "In the time that you were on the swift boats --totally-- did any of the swift boats have a dog?"
SG: "Never saw one, ever."
HH: "Would it have been a good idea to have a dog on the swift boats?"
SG: "Not likely."
HH: "Why not?"
SG: "Because there was just too much action going on. We had hot brass rolling around there any time we were in a firefight. He would have got beat up."
HH: "Is this the first time you have ever heard of the dog story?"
SG: "It sure is."

So Kerry claims he had a dog while in Vietnam, but nobody else can recall a dog on the boats. I wonder if the dog was on the boat that was in Cambodia at Christmas time while Kerry was wearing his magic hat, a memory that is seared, seared into his mind.

Hattip to Harrison at The Terrorist for raising his leg on this story.

Posted by Quality Weenie at August 31, 2004 01:27 PM