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ABC News: Bush Swift Boats Belgium, Congress

From the famously objective ABC News:

Bush Swift Boats Belgium, Congress

President Slips Swift Boat Ambassador Past Congress


April 4, 2007 — While Congress is out of session, President Bush flexed his executive power muscle, appointing businessman Sam Fox as U.S. ambassador to Belgium less than a week after his nomination was pulled when Senate Democrats hammered away at him for donating money to a conservative group that helped sink Sen. John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign.

Kerry and Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., led Senate Democrats’ opposition to Fox, who in 2004 contributed $50,000 to the slanderous Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, which used a series of television ads to undermine Kerry’s combat record.

Despite his grilling by Democrats, Fox, the national chairman of the Jewish Republican Coalition, refused to apologize for his donation.

Bush was forced to withdraw Fox’s nomination last week after 11 of Kerry’s Vietnam crewmates sent a letter to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee urging members to oppose Fox’s nomination.

“In our judgment, those who finance smears and lies of combat veterans don’t deserve to represent America on the world stage,” Kerry’s former comrades wrote.

In a statement released Wednesday, Kerry accused the Bush administration of abusing the president’s power of appointment.

“It’s sad but not surprising that this White House would abuse the power of the presidency to reward a donor over the objections of the Senate,” Kerry said.

The 2004 Democratic contender continued, “This nomination was withdrawn because the administration realized it would lose in the Foreign Relations Committee. Unfortunately, when this White House can’t win the game, they just change the rules, and America loses.” …

Dodd said he intends to question the legality of the appointment…

One assumes by “swift boat” ABC means that President Bush told the truth about Belgium and Congress.

From this article you would never know that recess appointments are done all of the time.

You would also never know that there is absolutely nothing wrong with contributing to a group that runs truthful campaign advertising.

Perhaps this will finally compel Senator Kerry to produce his oft-claimed proof that the Swift Boat Veterans For Truth lied about him.

(Just kidding.)

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, April 5th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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