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Friday, March 05, 2004
 
Hey, it's Debunk the GOP liE-Mail Time!
I like this. First, we look at an RNC sponsored distortion that's been making the rounds of people's in-boxes, then we check the facts. Ready?

liE-Mail number one. You may have received something containing the following text concerning John Kerry:
He voted to kill the Bradley Fighting Vehicle
He voted to kill the M-1 Abrams Tank
He voted to kill every Aircraft carrier laid down from 1988
He voted to kill the Aegis anti aircraft system
He voted to Kill the F-15 strike eagle
He voted to Kill the Block 60 F-16
He voted to Kill the P-3 Orion upgrade
He voted to Kill the B-1
He voted to Kill the B-2
He voted to Kill the Patriot anti Missile system
He voted to Kill the FA-18
He voted to Kill the B-2
He voted to Kill the F117
This is from the RNC Research Briefing of 22 February. Of course, it's pure crap.

Slate has a great article that analyses this claim. I recommend reading the whole thing as there are some amusing bits about certain prominent Republicans who wanted to cut a few weapons systems. Here is a pertinent paragraph, though:
"...In other words, Kerry was one of 16 senators (including five Republicans) to vote against a defense appropriations bill 14 years ago. He was also one of an unspecified number of senators to vote against a conference report on a defense bill nine years ago. The RNC takes these facts and extrapolates from them that he voted against a dozen weapons systems that were in those bills. The Republicans could have claimed, with equal logic, that Kerry voted to abolish the entire U.S. armed forces, but that might have raised suspicions. Claiming that he opposed a list of specific weapons systems has an air of plausibility. On close examination, though, it reeks of rank dishonesty...."
Of course, some of our less refined right wing brethren have added comments and embellishments, such as:
"... In short, he voted to kill every military appropriation for the development and deployment of every weapons systems since 1988 to include the battle armor for our troops. With Kerry as president our Army will be made up of naked men running around with sticks and clubs..."
Isn't this fun?


 
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