Read this assessment of Swift Boat veteran John O'Neill's accusations against John Kerry, by an old high-school friend of O'Neill's. In this Texas insider's view, O'Neill's misrepresentations may be motivated not only by anger at young Kerry's intemperate anti-Vietnam war pronouncements, but by ambition: O'Neill is likely to be rewarded, if Bush is re-elected, with White House support to run for Kay Bailey Hutchison's Texas Senate seat.
Full disclosure: Whitley Strieber, O'Neill's old friend, is, or was, an old friend of ours. We appear as ambiguous witnesses, who saw and heard strange things in his upstate house one night, in his book Communion, the first of his many books about contact with extraterrestrial or extradimensional "visitors." Do not write Whitley off as a kook, even if you are highly skeptical of many of the far-out phenomena he covers on his website unknowncountry.com. He is a brilliant man who also writes incisive, searching, compassionate commentary on foreign policy, climate change, and the human future. His archived journal and opinion entries on these earthly subjects are well worth reading, even if you're not a UFO-sighting and crop-circle buff.