An Open Letter To G.w. From Michael Moore


Sep 30, 2002
August 26, 2004

Dear Mr. Bush,

I know you and I have had our differences in the past, and I realize I am the one who started this whole mess about "who did what" during Vietnam when I brought up that "deserter" nonsense back in January. But I have to hand it to you on what you have uncovered about John Kerry and his record in Vietnam. Kerry has tried to pass himself off as a war hero, but thanks to you and your friends, we now know the truth.

First of all, thank you for pointing out to all of us that Mr. Kerry was never struck by a BULLET. It was only SHRAPNEL that entered his body! I did not know that! Hell, what's the big deal about a bunch of large, sharp, metal shards ripping open your flesh? That happens to all of us! In my opinion, if you want a Purple Heart, you'd better be hit by a bullet -- with your name on it!

Secondly, thank you for sending Bob Dole out there and letting us know that Mr. Kerry, though wounded three times, actually "never spilled blood." When you are in the debates with Kerry, turn to him and say, "Dammit, Mr. Kerry, next time you want a Purple Heart, you better spill some American red blood! And I don't mean a few specks like those on O.J.'s socks -- we want to see a good pint or two of blood for each medal. In fact, I would have preferred that you had bled profusely, a big geyser of blood spewing out of your neck or something!" Then throw this one at him: "Senator Kerry, over 58,000 brave Americans gave their lives in Vietnam -- but YOU didn't. You only got WOUNDED! What do you have to say for yourself???" Lay that one on him and he won't know what to do.

And thanks, also, Mr. Bush, for exposing the fact that Mr. Kerry might have actually WOUNDED HIMSELF in order to get those shiny medals. Of course he did! How could the Viet Cong have hit him -- he was on a SWIFT boat! He was going too fast to be hit by enemy fire. He tried to blow himself up three different times just so he could go home and run for president someday. It's all so easy to see, now, what he was up to.

What would we do without you, Mr. Bush? Criticize you as we might, when it comes to pointing out other men's military records, there is no one who can touch your prowess. In 2000, you let out the rumor that your opponent John McCain might be "nuts" from the five years he spent in a POW camp. Then, in the 2002 elections, your team compared triple-amputee Sen. Max Cleland to Osama bin Laden, and that cost him the election. And now you are having the same impact on war hero John Kerry. Since you (oops, I mean "The Swift Boat Veterans for Truth!") started running those ads, Kerry's poll numbers have dropped (with veterans, he has lost 18 points in the last few weeks).

Some people have said, "Who are you, Mr. Bush, to attack these brave men considering you yourself have never seen combat -- in fact, you actively sought to avoid it." What your critics fail to understand is that even though your dad got you into a unit that would never be sent to Vietnam -- and even though you didn't show up for Guard duty for at least a year -- at least you were still IN FAVOR of the Vietnam War! Cowards like Clinton felt it was more important to be consistent (he opposed the war, thus he refused to go) than to be patriotic and two-faced.

The reason that I think you know so much about other men's war wounds is because, during your time in the Texas Air National Guard, you suffered so many of them yourself. Consider the paper cut you received on Sept. 22,1972, while stationed in Alabama, working on a Senate campaign for your dad's friend (when you were supposed to be on the Guard base). A campaign brochure appeared from nowhere, ambushing your right index finger, and blood trickled out onto your brand new argyle sweater.

Then there was the incident with the Crazy Glue when your fraternity brothers visited you one weekend at the base and glued your lips together while you were "passed out." Though initially considered "friendly fire," it was later ruled that you suffered severe post-traumatic stress disorder from the assault and required certain medicinal attention -- which, it seems, was provided by those same fraternity brethren.

But nothing matched your heroism when, on July 2, 1969, you sustained a massive head injury when enemy combatants from another Guard unit dropped a keg of Coors on your head during a reconnaissance mission at a nearby all-girls college. Fortunately, the cool, smooth fluids that poured out of the keg were exactly what was needed to revive you.

That you never got a Purple Heart for any of these incidents is a shame. I can fully appreciate your anger at Senator Kerry for the three he received. I mean, Kerry was a man of privilege, he could have gotten out just like you. Instead, he thinks he's going to gain points with the American people bragging about how he was getting shot at every day in the Mekong Delta. Ha! Is that the best he can do? Hell, I hear gunfire every night outside my apartment window! If he thinks he is going to impress anyone with the fact that he volunteered to go when he could have spent the Vietnam years on the family yacht, he should think again. That only shows how stupid he was! True-blue Americans want a president who knows how to pull strings and work the system and get away with doing as little work as possible!

So, to make it up to you, I have written some new ads you can use on TV. People will soon tire of the Swift Boat Veterans and you are going to need some fresh, punchier material. Feel free to use any of these:

ANNOUNCER: "When the bullets were flying all around him in Vietnam, what did John Kerry do? He said he leaned over the boat and 'pulled a man out of the river.' But, as we all know, men don't live in the river -- fish do. John Kerry knows how to tell a big fish tale. What he won't tell you is that when the enemy was shooting at him, he ducked. Do you want a president who will duck? Vote Bush."

ANNOUNCER: "Mr. Kerry's biggest supporter, Sen. Max Cleland, claims to have lost two legs and an arm in Vietnam. But he still has one arm! How did that happen? One word: Cowardice. When duty called, he was unwilling to give his last limb. Is that the type of selfishness you want hanging out in the White House? We think not. Vote for the man who would be willing to give America his right frontal lobe. Vote Bush."

Hope these help, Mr. Bush. And remember, when the American death toll in Iraq hits 1,000 during the Republican Convention, be sure to question whether those who died really did indeed "die" -- or were they just trying to get their faces on CNN's nightly tribute to fallen heroes? The 16 who've died so far this week were probably working hand in hand with the Kerry campaign to ruin your good time in New York. Stay consistent, sir, and always, ALWAYS question the veracity of anyone who risks their life for this country. It's the least they deserve.


Michael Moore
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P.S. George, I know you said you don't read the newspaper, but USA Today has given me credentials to the Republican Convention to write a guest column each day next week (Tuesday to Friday). If you don't want to read it, you and I will be in the same building so maybe I could come by and read it to you?

Lemme know ...
Dear Mr. Moore,

Perhaps you should check the facts, but that would go against you belief and history, for your history has shown that you only publish opinion and a truly biased one at that.

First, if you bothered to check, you would see that I have only had the highest of praise for the military service of John Kerry. Perhaps you should check a little more closely into the accounts that are coming our of the Kerry camp. First, there is the account of his first purple heart. It seems that, although it is from shrapnel, it is quite possible that it was self inflicted and not from an encounter with the enemy as he has stated in the past. Even from his own journal where nine days later he tells of still not having come under enemy fire.

Second, you should go back a take a closer look at the senate race in Georgia where Max Cleland lost his seat. It had nothing; I repeat NOTHING to do with his patriotism or service to his country. It had to do with the fact the he sold himself and those he claimed to represent to the whim of the democratic party elite and that those who had the chance to vote for him, decided that they would rather have someone serving in congress that represented their beliefs. As a maker of pseudo documentaries, is has become obvious that when the fact don’t support you assertion, you just change them to fit.

Third, everyone wants to go back and say that the “Official Navy Records†of these incidents seem to support the Kerry version of what happened. Why should they do otherwise, he was the person that gave the “Official†version in the first place.

Fourth, you are the first person to assert the claim that President Bush was AWOL during his service in the Guard. This assertion is completely contradicted by the records, all the records that the President has had released that show he was present all the times he was required and was discharge honorably. Since you seem to support fully the claims of John Kerry for his service and medals, perhaps you can get him to explain the Silver Star with combat “Vâ€, since that award does not now nor has it ever existed.

Since you seem such an expert on the military record of John Kerry perhaps you can explain a couple of things.

John Kerry was quoted as saying: "I remember well April 1968, I was serving in Vietnam, a place of violence, " in reference to the assignation of Martin Luther King. One problem, John Kerry did not begin his four-month tour of duty in Vietnam until at least 7 months after the shooting. How is it a man, running for president can remember things that never happened?

He has on many occasions stated that the memory of Christmas in 1968 being in Cambodia, ordered there by President Nixon was “Seared†into his memory. Except, Nixon was not president at the time and Kerry was not in Cambodia on that day. Perhaps you can explain these “altered†memories, or are you going to try to push those off on President Bush and the Swift Boat Vets?

Since I won't presume to speak for the President I won't sign his name, but I would really love to hear the answers to these questions.

Fred Flintstone

Concerned citizen of Bedrock.
I have to ask myself, over and over again.......How can anybody in his or her right mind vote for Bush???? This man is dangerous....don't you people see that?
Fly said:
I have to ask myself, over and over again.......How can anybody in his or her right mind vote for Bush???? This man is dangerous....don't you people see that?

No we don't because we can see past the media hype, past the garbage spewed by the likes of Moore and, past the bias and the single sided reporting of the liberal media. We can see and think for ourselvs without relying on the governemt to decide things for us. We see news reports and ask where the rest of the story is and then we find it ourselvs.

We choose not to become dependant and beholden on the government teat. We see that someone that has not taken a stand on anything in the last 20 years that they have kept, that bases their whole qualifications for the office if President on 4 1/2 months of service in a war 30 years ago, yet refuses to talk about the last 20 years in the senate, is a very scarry proposition to have as president.

We understand that this President does what is right weather it is popular or not. We see that this President has the courage to stand by his convictions and continue with what he started even though it may cost him his job. He is doing what he believes is right and needs to be done. This President refuses to let other nations have the final say in how we defend ourselvs.

We ask ourselves how can we not support this man. Ask yourself why you support John Kerry and what he will do to make this country safe? Ask yourself what stances he has taken in the last 20 years in the senate that he still stands for today. Ask yourself if someone that says they believe they will only defend this country if the UN approves it is someone that you want in charge of your defense.
All I have to see is the mess that became of this country ever since Bush was selected president. Republicans talk out of both sides of their mouths. You say you want a "hands off" government but I've never felt the government interference in my life as I have for the last 4 years. The best thing that could have happened to this country is if Bush's wife had bought a bigger bag a pretzels that day. :mf_boff:
Quote of the Day:

I got a young man named George W. Bush in the National Guard when I was Lt. Gov. of Texas and I’m not necessarily proud of that.  But I did it. And I got a lot of other people into the National Guard because I thought that was what people should do, when you're in office you helped a lot of rich people.  And I walked through the Vietnam Memorial the other day and I looked at the names of the people that died in Vietnam and I became more ashamed of myself than I have ever been because it was the worst thing that I did was that I helped a lot of wealthy supporters and a lot of people who had family names of importance get into the National Guard and I’m very sorry about that and I’m very ashamed and I apologize to you as voters of Texas.

--Ben Barnes, the former Speaker of the House in Texas

Does anybody know if doing this was possible for the regular military? Maybe Bush just joined the guard caus there was no way they would have let him be a pilot in the regular Air Force?
Does anybody know if doing this was possible for the regular military? Maybe Bush just joined the guard caus there was no way they would have let him be a pilot in the regular Air Force?
remember this tune??

Some folks are born to wave the flag,
Ooh, they're red, white and blue.
And when the band plays "Hail to the chief",
Ooh, they point the cannon at you, Lord,

It ain't me, it ain't me, I ain't no senator's son, son.
It ain't me, it ain't me; I ain't no fortunate one, no,

Some folks are born silver spoon in hand,
Lord, don't they help themselves, oh.
But when the taxman comes to the door,
Lord, the house looks like a rummage sale, yes,

It ain't me, it ain't me, I ain't no millionaire's son, no.
It ain't me, it ain't me; I ain't no fortunate one, no.

Some folks inherit star spangled eyes,
Ooh, they send you down to war, Lord,
And when you ask them, "How much should we give?"
Ooh, they only answer More! more! more! yoh,

It ain't me, it ain't me, I ain't no military son, son.
It ain't me, it ain't me; I ain't no fortunate one, one.
It ain't me, it ain't me, I ain't no fortunate one, no no no,
It ain't me, it ain't me, I ain't no fortunate son, no no no,
Fly said:
I have to ask myself, over and over again.......How can anybody in his or her right mind vote for Bush???? This man is dangerous....don't you people see that?
hows this for openers?

In a eulogy entered into the Congressional Record six years ago, John Kerry gave a conflicting version of the now-famous incident during the Vietnam War in which he rescued Special Forces officer Jim Rassman.

Kerry reunited with Jim Rassman in Iowa.

Rassman's dramatic on-stage reunion with Kerry 34 years later, just before the crucial Iowa caucuses in January, is regarded by some political analysts as the campaign's catalyst to victory and the eventual Democratic presidential nomination.

Rassman, a former Green Beret, wrote recently in a Wall Street Journal editorial posted on the Kerry campaign website that he was blown off of Kerry's swiftboat, PCF-94, by a mine blast on March 13, 1969.

But in a eulogy for crew member Thomas Belodeau, which Kerry entered into the Congressional Record in 1998, the senator said Rassman fell overboard when the swiftboat made an abrupt turn on the Bay Hap River, not as a result of the mine blast.

There was the time we were carrying special forces up a river and a mine exploded under our boat sending it 2 feet into the air. We were receiving incoming rocket and small arms fire and Tommy was returning fire with his M–60 machine gun when it literally broke apart in his hands.
He was left holding the pieces unable to fire back while one of the Green Berets [Rassman] walked along the edge of the boat to get Tommy another M–60. As he was doing so, the boat made a high speed turn to starboard and the Green Beret kept going -- straight into the river.

That apparent conflict in Kerry's own retelling of events adds to already existing confusion over whether Rassman was on Kerry's boat or on another of the five boats on that mission. For example, Douglas Brinkley, author of Kerry's authorized war biography "Tour of Duty," wrote in an article published by American History magazine that Rassman was on another boat, PCF-3, when he was blown overboard by a mine. But Rassman and the Kerry campaign say the Special Forces officer was on Kerry's boat.
so in a nutshell,bush lied
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All I have to see is the mess that became of this country ever since Bush was selected president. Republicans talk out of both sides of their mouths. You say you want a "hands off" government but I've never felt the government interference in my life as I have for the last 4 years.

You think you've got Government interference now? Wait until JK gets elected and starts digging his hands DEEP into your pockets to pay for his gargantuan budget proposals. Or perhaps maybe you're an unemployed illegal alien, have 8 illegitimate children all here on welfare, and don't feel like trying to get work, in which case you'll be the eventual recipient of the hard earned dollars I'm making by working every day. Sorry, even though Mr. Edwards wants to tear down the "two Americas", we need to stand up for the democracy and free capital government we have now, otherwise we might as well be communist.

The best thing that could have happened to this country is if Bush's wife had bought a bigger bag a pretzels that day.

The best thing about our country is that we can let ignorant people like yourself speak such foolish things. Get American or get out.

Four More Years, it's the only way we'll make it.
USAir757 said:
Get American or get out.

That was an evil thing to say! :angry:

I was born an AMERICAN, I live in AMERICA, I will always be an AMERICAN and I'm an AMERICAN who wants jobs for people who are out of work! I'm an AMERICAN who wants our economy to turn around and grow, I'm an AMERICAN who wants a President, with excellent foriegn relation skills! I can go on and on until the keys on my keyboard break about how we need a new leader! The best thing though is, I live, breath, eat, sleep, work as an AMERICAN! I'm an AMERICAN!
That was an evil thing to say!

I apologize if I offended you, as I was referring to a previous quote by another person. Although, considering your obvious level of patriotism, I'm surprised that you would stand for the comment regarding the wishful death of our president... If you're an "American" as you say, you'd never let somebody say these kinds of things and then speak out against someone who condemns it.

Nonetheless, I don't believe it is evil to be against closing our borders, securing our nation by any means possible, and ridding the world of nasty dictators and terrorists who wish death upon our democracy, and the very livlihood we enjoy as Americans. Moreover, I don't believe it is either of our responsibilities to provide for people who have the ability to provide for themselves, but elect not to employ that ability.

Our president has protected this nation more than we can possibly fathom, and has been faced with more difficult decisions than any president in modern history. I would not suggest that he is perfect, or that he has not made mistakes in his administration. But I will say that at this time, as Americans, we need to take a deep look within ourselves and ask, where do we want to go, and who has the plan to get us there.

I'm sorry, but Senator John Kerry will tell you whatever you want to hear to get your vote. He's proved it to us again and again. But I would never wish him harm. And that's why I'm an American.