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In her taped interview with John Kerry on yesterday’s “Inside Politics,” Judy Woodruff approached Kerry’s wild accusations of daily soldier raping and pillaging and shooting animals for fun with great vagueness and permissiveness. And liberals think the White House press corps is wimpy?? Check this out:

WOODRUFF: Two other very quick things, Senator. One is, it’s been reported that, well you’re aware of this, Vietnam veterans upset with the fact that when you came back from the war, you went to Capitol Hill, and you testified in so many words against the kinds of things that U.S. soldiers were doing over there…

KERRY: Yes, I did.

WOODRUFF: To the Vietnamese.

KERRY: Yes, I did.

WOODRUFF: They are saying, in effect, you were accusing American troops of war crimes.

KERRY: No, I was accusing American leaders of abandoning the troops. And if you read what I said, it is very clearly an indictment of leadership. I said to the Senate, where is the leadership of our country? And it’s the leaders who are responsible, not the soldiers. I never said that. I’ve always fought for the soldiers. In fact, not only did we oppose the war, but we proudly stood up and fought for the additions to the GI Bill so that vets would be able to use it. We fought for the V.A. Hospitals. I wrote the Agent Orange legislation with Tom Daschle. I helped with the post-Vietnam stress syndrome outreach centers.

I’m proud of the record of fighting for soldiers and for veterans. And the fact is if we want to redebate the war on Vietnam in 2004, I’m ready for that. It was a mistake, and I’m proud of having stood up and shared with America my perceptions of what was happening.

WOODRUFF sees nothing worth challenging, and goes on to asking about Edwards…

Tim Graham — Tim Graham is Director of Media Analysis at the Media Research Center, where he began in 1989, and has served there with the exception of 2001 and 2002, when served ...

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