The London Times on SBVFT
..by arguing so forcefully that Mr Kerry's courage under fire 35 years ago qualified him for the Oval Office, the campaign opened the door to the subsequent vitriolic attacks on Mr Kerry from fellow veterans.
Mr Kerry, against his instincts, was persuaded not to respond personally and immediately to their charges that he had fabricated part of his glittering combat record, which includes three medals for wounds and two for bravery.
By the time Mr Kerry did, the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth had already succeeded in raising awkward questions about his reputation, even though most of their claims have since been disproved(my added emphasis).
But their success gave the well-funded veterans, who have links to Karl Rove, Mr Bush's chief strategist, sufficient momentum to move on to the more politically justifiable ground of questioning Mr Kerry's stance against the Vietnam war once he returned early from his second tour of duty.
Letters to The Editor (firstname.lastname@example.org)seemed to be called for. I am sure somewhere there is a simple list of SBFVT claims and whether they have been proved (Christmas in Cambodia), appear probable (Purple Hearts 1 & 3), are a matter of debate (One or two tours), or have been disproved (?)
But certainly my impression is that the majority haven't been disproved.