If the Swift Boat allegations are fabrications then here's a way for an enterprising individual to get his retirement nest egg all at once.
Not possible because everything in the Swiftboat ads were innuendo and hearsay. Most, if not all of the stuff would not be possible to prove [with Pickins' criteria] one way or the other 40 years after the fact.
I can look back now at events that occurred at about the same time [a bit later] and I bet if you queried each of the 12 of us [or those still alive] on a specific mission you would get at least half a dozen nuanced answers.
Now, if you got a collective of us together and instilled a political motivation, wonder what the outcome would be?
Right now I have a hard time remembering some of the faces that I would have sworn that I would have never forgotten, I tangle that pilot's name with another or all the detailis of the mission where we had two BUFFs fall out of the sky at the same time - other than we had way too much attention showered upon us that day-night-day.
How guys who were on other boats, on some missions, not in the same chain suddenly remember stuff about a nondescript young officer is beyond me. They had way too much other stuff to keep their minds occupied rather than what John Kerry was, or was not doing.