The Vietnam War should be renamed "America's 40-Year War" because it's still being fought - if not on the battleground, then in the political arena.
The refighting of the war that ended 30 years ago escalated Thursday with the release of a political ad by an organization called Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. The 60-second ad features Vietnam veterans who accuse Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry of lying about his decorated Vietnam War record and betraying his fellow veterans by later opposing the conflict.
We suppose one could argue that Kerry's war record is fair game because the candidate himself has stressed his service as the commander of a swiftboat during the Vietnam War. It also could be argued that the Democrats opened up this can of worms when they raised questions last winter about President Bush's service in the Texas National Guard during the Vietnam era.
Yet we agree with Republican Sen. John McCain, a former prisoner of war in Vietnam, who quickly condemned the new ad. McCain said he spoke out against the ad because "it reopens all the old wounds of the Vietnam War, which I spent the last 35 years trying to heal."