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By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF

Swifties put in their place, once again.A War Hero or a Phony? Published: September 18, 2004 o is John Kerry a war hero or a medal-grabbing phony?

Swifties put in their place, once again.

A War Hero or a Phony?


Published: September 18, 2004

So is John Kerry a war hero or a medal-grabbing phony?

Each time that I've written about President Bush's dalliance with the National Guard, conservative readers have urged me to scrutinize the accusations against Mr. Kerry. After doing so over the last week, here's where I come out: Read full article

The bottom line? Mr. Kerry has stretched the truth here and there, but earned his decorations. And the Swift Boat Veterans, contradicted by official records and virtually everyone who witnessed the incidents, are engaging in one of the ugliest smears in modern U.S. politics.

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