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KERRY'S LESS THAN HONORABLE
Kerry Quotes on War "I called the media. . . . I said, 'If I take some crippled veterans down to the White House and we chain ourselves to the gates, will we get coverage?' 'Oh, yes, we will cover that.' "--John Kerry, testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, April 22, 1971 "Our democracy is a farce; it is not the best in the world." Im an internationalist, Id like to see our troops dispersed through the world only at the directive of the United Nations. ''He [Kerry] spent the Seventies playing Jane Fonda and he now wants to run as John Wayne.'' -Mark Steyn
"In a sense, there's nothing that says more about your career than when you fought, where you fought and how you fought," Kerry told the Boston Herald.
"If you wind up being less than what you're pretending to be, there is a major confrontation with value and self-esteem and your sense of how others view you."
Discovered papers: Hanoi directed Kerry - Recovered Vietnam documents 'smoking gun' researchers claim - The first documentary evidence that Vietnamese communists were directly steering John Kerry's antiwar group Vietnam Veterans Against the War has been discovered in a U.S. archive, according to a researcher who spoke with WorldNetDaily.
One freshly unearthed document, captured by the U.S. from Vietnamese communists in 1971 and later translated, indicates the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese delegations to the Paris peace talks that year were used as the communications link to direct the activities of Kerry and other antiwar activists who attended.
Kerry insists he attended the talks only because he happened to be in France on his honeymoon and maintains he met with both sides. But previously revealed records indicate the future senator made two, and possibly three, trips to Paris to meet with Viet Cong leader Madame Nguyen Thi Binh then promote her plan's demand for U.S. surrender. more>
Why Wont Kerry Release His Military Record? Despite repeated demands for John Kerry to authorize the release of his military records by signing standard DO form 180, he still has not signed it. Despite his agreement to do so with Tim Russert months ago, he hasn't and many pieces of Kerry' short military career remain a mystery seven before the election.
Bush signed his form 180 during the 2000 campaign, so did Al Gore, and John McCain. Matter of fact, John Kerry is the first presidential candidate in U.S. history, who has built his entire campaign upon his self-proclaimed war hero status, and yet has gone to great lengths to intentionally conceal his military records. Why?
He is also the first in a few other areas. He is the first candidate to have 254 fellow decorated War Veterans publicly and relentlessly accuse him of being ''Unfit for Command.'' He is the first since Benedict Arnold to have thousands of former War POW's accuse him of being a traitor. He is the first to have his picture hung on the walls of a Communist War Museum, touting him as one of their hero's.
He is the first Presidential candidate known to have given false testimony to congress, maligning his former band of brothers. He is the first known to have held secret unauthorized talks with enemy delegates in France during war time, undermining the efforts of his fellow soldiers still on the battlefield and locked away in prison camps.
He is the first to not receive his honorable discharge from the military until some 30 years after leaving the military, under suspicious circumstances. more>
Questioning Kerry's patriotism - Documents prepared by the Communist North Vietnamese government in 1971, and later captured by U.S. forces, show unmistakably that Kerry was operating under the direction of the enemy. He was being steered by Hanoi. He was being coached by the Viet Cong. And he was taking this direction, this steering and this coaching willingly.
Think of what I am saying: A man who came to prominence and notoriety in American life, and who is now on the threshold of winning the White House, was actively aiding and abetting the enemy just 33 years ago. He was a tool. He was an agent. He was working for the other side. more>
A Shameful Past - Don't play the Vietnam card with me, John Kerry - The Vietnamization of the 2004 presidential campaign has unfortunately begun, thanks to the likely Democratic nominee. But John Kerry's service--Vietnam, in case you haven't heard--doesn't exist in a vacuum. His 19-year Senate record is at long odds with that short naval career, just as his vote to send troops to liberate Iraq is at odds with his later vote not to fund the mission. His supporters ask us to note his heroism in combat. We have, ad nauseam. But more important, and the thing he doesn't want discussed, is the well-documented though less well-known hypocrisy of those who use his service to further their antimilitary agenda.
I'm the daughter of Lt. Col. Roger J. "Black Bart" Bartholomew, a First Air Cavalry rocket artillery helicopter pilot who was killed in Vietnam on Thanksgiving Day 1968, when I was eight years old. I'm a former journalist with a military newspaper, a U.S. Marine widow, and I am appalled at Mr. Kerry's latest assertions that our president "has reopened the wounds of Vietnam." For months, I've heard President Bush talking about the present, while Mr. Kerry and the media want to focus on the past. I think we need to see the whole picture.
Mr. Kerry and his party overwhelmingly oppose Pentagon funding and equipment, and make life miserable for our services on Capitol Hill. The liberals who sneered at the concept of duct tape keeping us safe last year are the same congressmen who find it acceptable when our brave and resourceful Marines must use it to hold together 40-year-old helicopters in combat. My brother Jay, a CH-46 pilot, used it during the first Gulf War, and our guys are still flying those same helicopters a decade later. more>
Admiral comes forward to dispute Kerry medal - Insists he was in boat with future senator, wound self-inflicted, not from enemy fire - Retired Rear Adm. William L. Schachte Jr. has come forward to dispute John Kerry's contention that his first Purple Heart resulted from enemy fire.
But Schachte told Novak: "I was absolutely in the skimmer," code-named "Batman," in the early morning on Dec. 2, 1968, when Kerry was involved in the incident that led to the first Purple Heart.
"Kerry nicked himself with a M-79 [grenade launcher]," Schachte told the columnist in a telephone interview from his home in Charleston, S.C. more>
After WTC, Kerry Sat in a Daze for Forty Minutes - The other day, Kerry attacked President Bush for having continued to read to the Florida school children for several minutes after getting word that the second plane had hit the World Trade Center. All other things being equal, I suppose it might be a fair point. But when we remember that Bush's response to 9/11 is overall the high point of his presidency, with even his enemies admitting he was magnificent in the days and weeks following the attack, Bush's initial delayed response (if that's what it was) to the news of the attack would seem an extremely odd thing for Kerry to criticize him for.
As is always the case with Kerry, however, it gets worse than that. It turns out that on the morning of September 11, Kerry did not, like Bush, delay acting for a mere five minutes, he delayed acting for 40 minutes. Here is Kerry's reply on July 8 to Larry King who asked him what he was doing on September 11th:
"I was in the Capitol. We'd just had a meetingwe'd just come into a leadership meeting in Tom Daschle's office, looking out at the RCapitol. And as I came in, Barbara Boxer and Harry Reid were standing there, and we watched the second plane come in to the building. And we shortly thereafter sat down at the table and then we just realized nobody could think, and then boom, right behind us, we saw the cloud of explosion at the Pentagon. And then word came from the White House, they were evacuating, and we were to evacuate, and so we immediately began the evacuation. "
Since the South Tower of the World Trade Center was struck at 9:03 a.m., and the Pentagon was hit at 9:43 a.m., this means that Kerry along with several other members of the Democratic Senate leadership sat together at a table in a daze for a full 40 minutes, unable to act, unable to think.
From Kerry's description it sounds as if they weren't even watching the television, like tens of millions of normal people did, to follow and try to make sense of the unfolding events. They simply relapsed into a passive state, neither taking in nor reacting to the fact that America was under an unprecedented attack.
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Christmas in Cambodia - On the floor of the U.S. Senate on March 27, 1986, Sen. John Kerry said:
I remember Christmas of 1968 sitting on a gunboat in Cambodia. I remember what it was like to be shot at by Vietnamese and Khmer Rouge and Cambodians, and have the president of the United States telling the American people that I was not there; the troops were not in Cambodia. I have that memory which is seared seared in me.
It wasn't the first time Kerry told that story. It wasn't the last time.
In some versions of the story, he mentioned the name of the president Richard Nixon.
Nobody bothered to question the story until recently when John O'Neill and Jerome Corsi authored their book, "Unfit for Command," and pointed out that Kerry never got near Cambodia on Christmas 1968 or any other time during his brief tour of duty in Vietnam.
I don't know what Kerry was smoking when he was in Vietnam, but he apparently is so confused about his four months there that he doesn't even realize who was president at the time. Richard Nixon, the president who, much later, did send covert forces into Cambodia, wasn't even sworn into office for another month. more>
Dont Use Vietnam as a Campaign Issue - Excerpted from the Congressional Record -- February 27, 1992 (Page: S2479):
Mr. KERRY. Mr. President, I also rise today -- and I want to say that I rise reluctantly, but I rise feeling driven by personal reasons of necessity -- to express my very deep disappointment over yesterday's turn of events in the Democratic primary in Georgia.
I am saddened by the fact that Vietnam has yet again been inserted into the campaign, and that it has been inserted in what I feel to be the worst possible way. By that I mean that yesterday, during this Presidential campaign, and even throughout recent times, Vietnam has been discussed and written about without an adequate statement of its full meaning. more>
Four months in Vietnam won't cut it - John Kerry was anti-war before he ever set foot in Vietnam, so the idea that he became pacifistic only after seeing the horrors of war is baloney. In 1966, two years before Kerry entered the Gulf of Tonkin, he told his graduating class at Yale that "The United States must, I think, bring itself to understand that the policy of intervention that was right for Western Europe does not and cannot find the same application to the rest of the world."
In any case, I'm far more concerned with John Kerry's record since he got back to the United States. His record starts with stabbing in the back American soldiers who were still under fire. In 1971, he told Congress that American military members "raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, [blew] up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam ... " more>
Holiday in Cambodia - The most damning testimony on John Kerry in Vietnam has come from John Kerry - John Kerry volunteered for service in Vietnam. John Kerry was wounded in Vietnam. And a number of the men with whom John Kerry served testify to acts of courage on his part.
This much seems beyond question, and I see no reason to weigh in on the factual disputes surrounding Mr. Kerry's medals being waged by pro-Kerry vets like Jim Rassmann and the anti-Kerry vets of Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. Both sides strike me as sincere, but eyewitness accounts of fast-moving and stressful situations like combat are too unreliable for there to be much hope of getting at the "truth" here.
But Americans have never accepted that a record of service, however honorable, should forever entitle a man to deference on matters of war and peace. (Ask George McGovern.) And the political uses to which Mr. Kerry would later put his Vietnam experience are certainly fair game for criticism. Which brings up Mr. Kerry's claim--repeated in at least three different decades, and on the floor of the Senate--that he spent Christmas Eve of 1968 not in Vietnam but in Cambodia. He obviously considered it a point of some significance, since he used it to impugn the integrity of those who waged the Vietnam War.
This is how he described it to the Boston Herald in 1979: "I remember spending Christmas Eve of 1968 five miles across the Cambodian border being shot at by our South Vietnamese allies. . . . The absurdity of almost being killed by our own allies in a country in which President Nixon claimed there were no American troops was very real."
In 1986 Mr. Kerry argued on the Senate floor against U.S. support for the Nicaraguan contras, again citing the 1968 Christmas in Cambodia and "the president of the United States telling the American people I was not there; the troops were not in Cambodia. I have that memory which is seared--seared--in me." In a 1992 interview with the Associated Press the story came back: "By Christmas 1968, part of Kerry's patrol extended across the border of South Vietnam into Cambodia."
Trouble is, the person who appears to have been wrong here about Mr. Kerry's location was not the president--who was Lyndon Johnson, not Nixon, by the way--but Mr. Kerry himself. His commanding officers all testify to this fact, as do men who were on his boat at the time. And so now, reluctantly, does the Kerry campaign.
HOW DO YOU ASK A MAN TO BE THE LAST MAN TO DIE FOR A MISTAKE - From John Kerry's statement before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, April 22, 1971-
"I would like to say for the record, and for the men behind me who are also wearing the uniform and their medals, that my being here is really symbolic. I am not here as John Kerry, but as one member of a group of one thousand, which in turn is a small representation of a very much larger group of veterans in this country. Were it possible for all of them to sit at this table they would be here and present the same kind of
Hysterical women for Kerry - During World War II, young Rose Will Monroe was the face of American women in adversity: strong, supportive and resolute against the enemy forces that threatened our existence. Tens of thousands like Rosie rolled up their sleeves, gritted their teeth, and flexed their muscles in factories and shipyards and arsenals across the country.
They made rockets and rifles and bombs and boats. They painted and drilled and welded. When they got home to their kids, they cooked and cleaned and collapsed in bed after praying for their husbands and brothers and uncles on the battlefield. Rosie and her sisters in arms didn't have the luxury of complaining about their lack of "me time." There was a war to be won. And so, as this presidential campaign season has constantly reminded us, there is today.
But Rosie is gone. And in her place, we have Hysterical Women for Kerry. They are self-absorbed celebrities who support banning all guns (except the ones their bodyguards use to protect them and their children). They are teachers' union bigwigs who support keeping all children hostage in public schools (except their own sons and daughters who have access to the best private institutions). They are sanctimonious environmentalists who oppose ostentatious energy consumption (except for their air-conditioned Malibu mansions and Gulfstream jets and custom Escalades.)
They are antiwar activists who claim to love the troops (except when they're apologizing to the terrorists trying to kill our men and women in uniform). They are peace activists who balk at your son bringing in his "Star Wars" light saber for the kindergarten Halloween parade (but who have no problem serving as human shields for torture-loving dictators). They are ultrafeminists who purport to speak for all women (but not the unborn ones or the abstinent teenage ones or the minority conservative ones or the newly enfranchised ones in Afghanistan). more>
I'm John Kerry's Record and I'm Reporting for Exposure - Let's first expose the fact that John Kerry was not the enthusiastic patriot he portrays himself to be. This isn't to say he is unpatriotic even though I believe his patriotism should be examined. His insistence that the United Nations, especially in light of the Oil-for-Food scandal, approve any U.S. military action, suggests that he would acquiesce to the whim of the international community before taking action to secure our nation. This sentiment alone mandates an examination of his patriotism, especially when one considers the ''over the top'' rhetoric he used in false testimony before the Senate in 1971--but I digress.
Kerry applied for a deferment in 1966 so he could study in France for a year. Only when he was denied this deferment did he opt to volunteer for the Navy signing an officer candidate contract to join the Naval Reserves. It was popular among young men of that day to volunteer in an effort to avoid being drafted into the Army.
Kerrys contract was for six years of active and reserve duty, and one year of inactive standby reserves. The ''three Purple Hearts and out'' clause simply made it possible for Kerry to transfer out of harm's way. It didnt void the contract he signed with the Navy. He was still obligated to serve out his contract, a contract that would have seen his active duty ending in 1972 and reserve duty ending in 1978.
In Kerry's letter asking for early release from active duty, he falsely stated that his ''regular period of obligated service would be completed in December of this year.'' On January 3, 1970, Lt. Kerry was transferred to the Naval Reserve Manpower Center in Bainridge, Maryland. On July 1, 1972, Lt. Kerry was transferred to Standby Reserve Inactive. On February 16, 1978, Lt. Kerry was discharged from Naval Reserve.
John Kerry was discharged from active duty, not the military, on January 3, 1970 after serving only three years and eighteen days of his contract with the Navy. At this time he was obligated to attend 48 Naval Reserve drills per year and complete 17 days of active training during each of the years required. But because Kerry hasnt been forthright with the American people, because he hasnt been transparent to the point of signing a Form 180 to release the total of his military records--not the incomplete and embellished offerings posted on his campaign website--well never know if he satisfied these requirements or not. Of course, the mainstream media could force him to open his files as they have forced President Bush to do, but that would require the media to be non-partisan, something they have consistently proven they're not.
Even though Kerry's contract with the Navy mandated that his service would have been completed in total in 1978 it is troubling to note that he didnt receive an Honorable Discharge until March 12, 2001. This raises questions as to the category of his discharge at the time he left military service. It also raises questions as to how he came to acquire an Honorable Discharge almost 30 years after the fact. But that isnt the most troubling aspect of the time directly after his service in Vietnam.
It's interesting to note that no official military records have been released regarding the whereabouts, actions or daily status of John Kerry from January 3, 1970 to July 1, 1972. We know he was active with Vietnam Veterans Against the War during this time and that he even appeared before the Senate, testifying--or perjuring himself--to the atrocities American soldiers were committing, ''on a daily basis and with the full knowledge of their superiors,'' both actions in violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. But where the military is concerned, nothing.
As the liberally biased media start to rehash President Bush's National Guard record, let's demand some straight answers from Senator Kerry about his military record beyond the ''honors'' he insists he acquired. Let's find out if he satisfied his military obligation and if his actions and testimony after he left the service constitutes activities illegal. Let's get Senator Kerry to release all of his records so we can truly see who and what he is. It's the least he can do when asking for the trust of the American people.
John Kerry's Puzzling Silver Star Citations - Having sowed the wind by carefully crafting his tour of duty in Vietnam as a campaign gimmick, John Kerry is now reaping the whirlwind. He has seen virtually everything about his four months in country challenged with provable eyewitness accounts backed by sworn affidavits: the wounds which never required hospitalization or lost time, for which he finagled three Purple Hearts; his Bronze Star with a combat V for heroically rescuing a special forces soldier who was about to be pulled from the water by a nearby Swift boat, the man in danger, perhaps, of drowning but not under hostile fire; his gallantry for back-shooting an enemy soldier, for which he was awarded the Nations third-highest decoration, the Silver Star.
Now, on the heels of yet another revelationthat Kerrys DD 214 (Report of Transfer or Separation), displayed on his website, shows his Silver Star embellished with an unauthorized V for valorwhich makes it facially false and at variance with official government records (see our article, John Kerrys Mysterious Combat V)it has come to light that his Silver Star award is fraught with other peculiarities.
In the United States military, the process of awarding a medal begins with preparation of a form prescribed by official regulations. The current Navy form (OPNAV 1650/3, Personal Award Recommendation), substantively identical to the one in use during John Kerrys time in Vietnam thirty years ago, provides that when an award is recommended, attached to that recommendation is a proposed citation. A citation, in essence, is a narrative description of the service that the recipient performed to warrant the award. In other words, the citation explains why the award was made and in what way it was earned. (The regulations pertaining to Personal Award Recommendations also recommend that combat awards be supported by at least two witnesses.)
Heres where it gets puzzling. Lieutenant John Kerrys award for the Silver Star hasnot one citation, but threean unheard of number for a single award. more>
John Kerry's secret meeting with the enemy - On Sept. 21, 2004, the Swift Boat Veterans for the Truth introduced a TV ad titled, "Friends," with the message that "John Kerry Secretly Met Enemy Leaders" during the Vietnam War, in 1970, while he was yet in the Naval Reserves.
The Kerry immediate response team jumped into action, charging rather characteristically that the Swift Vets were lying. John Kerry, his surrogates maintained, did not meet "secretly" with Vietnamese communist negotiators to the Paris Peace talks he openly told Sen. Fulbright's committee in April 1971 that he had traveled to Paris and met with "both sides" to the Paris Peace talks.
Since he told the Fulbright Committee about his meeting, it could not be "secret," the spokespersons for the campaign maintained. Besides, since he met with "both sides," implying that one of the sides had to be ours, how could the trip have been anything else other than a fact-finding trip? Besides, many anti-war radicals were in Paris in 1970 and 1971 meeting with the Vietnamese communists, why wouldn't John Kerry have done the same?
Dissecting "Kerry-speak" takes some doing. First, the meeting was secret. Only in March of this year, did Michael Meehan, one of Kerry's top spokespersons, finally admit to the Boston Globe that Kerry did actually meet with Madame Binh, the top Viet Cong negotiator to the Paris Peace talks. Even today, we do not know how Kerry arranged the meeting, where it was held, how long it lasted, or what precisely Kerry and Madame Binh discussed. These details remain hidden.
All we know for sure is that on July 22, 1971, John Kerry held a press conference in Washington, D.C., where surrounded by POW families he called upon President Nixon to accept Madame Binh's peace proposal, a peace proposal that called for the United States to set a date for military withdrawal and pay reparations in effect, to surrender all this to induce the Vietnamese communists to set a date for the release of our POWs.
Lo Duc Tho and Madame Binh crafted a clever plan designed to undermine the formal peace negotiations being undertaken on behalf of the United States government by Richard Nixon's appointed team of negotiators headed by Henry Kissinger. The point of Madame Binh's 7-point peace proposal was that the only barrier to our getting our POWs back was our own unwillingness to set a date for withdrawal. The Vietnamese communists wanted the world to perceive that the only unreasonable party in this conflict was the USA, not the Vietnamese communists. In other words, we ourselves in our refusal to set a date to end the war were the sole reason our POWs were not coming home.
When John Kerry appeared on the scene, a handsome and decorated war veteran turned anti-war activist, he was the perfect candidate to carry the communist message back to the United States. Judged by the outcome, Kerry's trip to Paris no simple "fact-finding mission." The evidence is that Kerry while still in the Naval Reserves inserted himself into a complex negotiation with the result that he advanced the communist side to the detriment of our official negotiating position. more>
John Kerry's Speech Against the Vietnam War - full text of his Vietnam Veterans Against the War Statement by John Kerry, 1971 to the Senate Committee of Foreign Relations April 23, 1971. A must read. more>
Kerry contradicts self in his own war diary? At least 9 days after Purple Heart, wrote he had not 'been shot at yet' - A previously unnoticed passage in John Kerry's approved war biography, citing his own journals, appears to contradict the senator's claim he won his first Purple Heart as a result of an injury sustained under enemy fire.
While the date of the four-day excursion on PCF-44 [Patrol Craft Fast] is not specified, Brinkley notes it commenced when Kerry "had just turned twenty-five, on December 11, 1968," which was nine days after the incident in which he claimed he had been wounded by enemy fire.
"They pulled away from the pier at Cat Lo with spirits high, feeling satisfied with the way things were going for them. They had no lust for battle, but they also were were not afraid. Kerry wrote in his notebook, 'A cocky feeling of invincibility accompanied us up the Long Tau shipping channel because we hadn't been shot at yet, and Americans at war who haven't been shot at are allowed to be cocky.'" more>
Kerry, in 1971, Admitted Writing Combat Reports - Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry's 1971 testimony to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee reveals that the then anti-war activist admitted to writing many of the battle reports during his four months of combat in Vietnam.
Kerry told the committee on April 22, 1971, "...I can recall often sending in the spot reports which we made after each mission..."more>
Kerry in 1971: 'Our Democracy Is a Farce' - John Kerry, the presumed Democrat nominee for president, was quoted by a student newspaper at West Virginia's Bethany College in 1971 as saying, "Our democracy is a farce; it is not the best in the world."
Kerry made the remarks on Nov. 2, 1971, according to the Bethany College student newspaper, The Tower. CNSNews.com has obtained a copy of the article written by John Majors, which details Kerry's visit to the college and appeared in the Nov. 11, 1971 issue of the newspaper. At the time, Kerry was still a leader of Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW).
"There is a disbelief in the American Dream," Kerry was quoted as saying. "People are questioning if it is really a dream or if the dream still exists," he reportedly told the students gathered in the school's Weimer Lecture Hall. more>
Kerry Museum Photo Documented - Communist Vietnamese honor John Kerry, the war protestor, as a hero in their victory over the United States in the Vietnam War -- Part II - On Memorial Day, May 31, 2004, Vietnam Vets for the Truth broke an extraordinary story about a photograph hanging in the Vietnamese Communist War Remnants Museum (formerly known as the "War Crimes Museum") in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). The photograph, displayed in a room dedicated to foreign activists who contributed to the Communist victory over America in the Vietnam War, shows Senator John Kerry being greeted by Comrade Do Muoi, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam. Jeffrey M. Epstein of Vietnam Vets for the Truth acquired the photograph during the Memorial Day weekend in response to a general request for photographs and records detailing Kerry's activities on behalf of the enemy.
Vietnam Vets for the Truth has now further documented the photograph. Photographer Bill Lupetti returned to the War Remnants Museum in Saigon on June 2 at the request of Dr. Jerome Corsi, co-author of the original article, and photographed a current edition of the "Viet Nam News" next to the display honoring John Kerry. more>
Kerry praised Ho Chi Minh! - Think again. On June 29, 1971, according to an FBI report, Kerry praised Vietnam's communist dictator Ho Chi Minh, comparing him to George Washington.
At the time, Kerry was serving as the point man for the Vietnam Veterans Against the War. The president of the organization was Al Hubbard, who claimed to be an Air Force captain who was severely injured during his service in Vietnam. It turned out Hubbard was a sergeant who never served in Vietnam. He did, however, as Kerry knew, serve the communist cause with great enthusiasm and distinction making propaganda trips to Hanoi paid for by the Communist Party USA.
Furthermore, Kerry himself made two trips to Paris to meet with representatives of the enemy.
He was also present at VVAW steering committee meetings in which debates took place about assassinating three U.S. senators. Kerry, of course, did not report these crimes to any authorities. Kerry tried to say he had quit the organization before these meetings. Now he claims his memory is hazy about what took place that he doesn't recall hearing any of these dire plots. more>
Kerry Purple Heart Doc Speaks Out - Some critics of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry have questioned the circumstances surrounding the first of three Purple Hearts Kerry won in Vietnam. Those critics, among them some of Kerry's fellow veterans, have suggested that a wound suffered by Kerry in December 1968 may have made him technically eligible for a Purple Heart but was not severe enough to warrant serious consideration, even for a decoration that was handed out by the thousands. Whatever the case, Kerry was awarded the Purple Heart, and, along with two others he won later, it allowed him to request to leave Vietnam before his tour of duty was finished.
The story he told was different from what his crewmen had to say about that night. According to Kerry, they had been engaged in a fire fight, receiving small arms fire from on shore. He said that his injury resulted from this enemy action.
Some of his crew confided that they did not receive any fire from shore, but that Kerry had fired a mortar round at close range to some rocks on shore. The crewman thought that the injury was caused by a fragment ricocheting from that mortar round when it struck the rocks.
What I saw was a small piece of metal sticking very superficially in the skin of Kerry's arm. The metal fragment measured about 1 cm. in length and was about 2 or 3 mm in diameter. It certainly did not look like a round from a rifle.
I simply removed the piece of metal by lifting it out of the skin with forceps. I doubt that it penetrated more than 3 or 4 mm. It did not require probing to find it, did not require any anesthesia to remove it, and did not require any sutures to close the wound.
The wound was covered with a bandaid.
Kerry ran from the enemy, claims former Vietnam crewman of Democrat candidate - John Kerry, the Democratic challenger for the White House, is embroiled in fresh controversy over his much-vaunted Vietnam war record, after one of his crew members accused him of cowardice and making strategic mistakes in battle.
"He absolutely did not want to engage the enemy when I was with him," Mr. Gardner said in an interview with the Boston Globe, which contacted him about the presidential candidate. "He wouldn't go in there and search. That is why I have a negative viewpoint of John Kerry.
"His initial patterns of behaviour when I met him and served under him were of somebody who ran from the enemy, rather than engaged it." more>
Kerry Sides With Insurgents, Again: Our Friends and Allies Die, Again - Vietnam recently celebrated the 29th anniversary of the fall of Saigon and the withdrawal of American troops. In observance of the day, Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap and Col. Bui Tin both gave credit to their friends in the U.S. anti-war movement and especially people like Jane Fonda, Ramsey Clark, and John Kerry for their efforts to bring the war to an end. They said that it was the anti-war movement that gave their people the motivation to continue fighting even when they felt that the U.S. forces might overpower them. more>
Kerry Teamed Up with Jane Fonda's "FTA - F*** The Army Tour" - When Democratic presidential front-runner John Kerry teamed up with 'Hanoi' Jane Fonda and actor Donald Sutherland for a September 1970 anti-Vietnam War protest at Valley Forge, Pa., he was joining the same cast that Fonda had assembled earlier that year for her "F*** the Army" tour a kind of reverse USO tour designed to undermine the morale of U.S. soldiers fighting in the jungles of Southeast Asia. more>
Kerry's curiously edited website - John Kerry addressed the Veterans of Foreign Wars this last Wednesday. Noteworthy of the speech was the fact that significant numbers in the hall stood with their backs to him as he addressed them. Noteworthy also was the less than overwhelming reception he was given. His speech was a bit of a rehash of his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention.
There were however a handful of items I thought very useful and I aired them on my show and planned on writing this column about them. Because I wished to specifically quote his exact words, I went to the Kerry website to look at the transcript of the speech. The only problem was, much of what appeared had been altered, and significant passages of things Kerry said were missing.
Because I had the audio, it was easy enough for me to go pull out what I felt was the most egregious quote of the day:
Let me make this clear ... for 35 years I have stood up, and fought, and kept faith with my fellow veterans ... as president I will stand with you to complete that mission.
I also allowed them to hear part of that 35-year history and his "standing with, and fighting for, and keeping faith with" his fellow veterans from 1971:
Yes, I committed the same kinds of atrocities as thousands of other soldiers have committed ..."more>
Kerry's Vietnam Whitewash - Kerry now denies ever making those well-preserved, well-remembered, well-documented statements about Winter Soldier campaign with Jane Fonda and the Vietnam Veterans Against the War.
Kerry Visited Vietnam Peace Talks - John Kerry's opposition to the Vietnam War led him to many places, including Paris, where he met with the North Vietnamese in 1970. Kerry said then, and says now, that the meeting was a part of an effort to learn more about U.S. POWs. But some question the propriety of a commissioned Naval officer meeting with the enemy at a time of war.
When Kerry testified before the Senate in 1971, he pushed for an immediate, unilateral withdrawal of U.S. forces. If that happened, he said he knew the North Vietnamese would return all U.S. POWs.
"I have been to Paris. I have talked with both delegations at the peace talks, that is to say the Democratic Republic of Vietnam and the Provisional Revolutionary Government," Kerry said.
Kerry referred to an eight-point withdrawal plan that was offered to the U.S. by Madame Nguyen Thi Binh, then-foreign minister of the Provisional Revolutionary Government. While on his honeymoon in Paris with his first wife Julia Thorne, Kerry met with Madame Binh at a meeting that included members of both delegations to the peace talks, according to Kerry spokesman Michael Meehan. more>
KERRY WAR COMRADES PREPARE BATTLE -- AGAINST KERRY - But a group of veterans will soon try to convince a nation how what is presented on the convention stage tonight -- may not be the full story: "Only 2 of John Kerry's 23 fellow Swift boat commanders from Coastal Division 11 support his candidacy today."
Kerry war journal contradicts key claim? At least 9 days after Purple Heart, wrote he had not 'been shot at yet' A previously unnoticed passage in John Kerry's approved war biography, citing his own journals, appears to contradict the senator's claim he won his first Purple Heart as a result of an injury sustained under enemy fire.
But Douglas Brinkley's "Tour of Duty," for which Kerry supplied his journals and letters, indicates that as Kerry set out on a subsequent mission, he had not yet been under enemy fire.
While the date of the four-day excursion on PCF-44 [Patrol Craft Fast] is not specified, Brinkley notes it commenced when Kerry "had just turned 25, on Dec. 11, 1968," which was nine days after the incident in which he claimed he had been wounded by enemy fire.
"They pulled away from the pier at Cat Lo with spirits high, feeling satisfied with the way things were going for them. They had no lust for battle, but they also were were not afraid. Kerry wrote in his notebook, 'A cocky feeling of invincibility accompanied us up the Long Tau shipping channel because we hadn't been shot at yet, and Americans at war who haven't been shot at are allowed to be cocky.' more>
Kerry's War Wound Called 'Fingernail Scrape' - Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry insisted on being awarded his first Purple Heart in Vietnam even though his injury amounted to no more than a "fingernail scrape," his commanding officer at the time now says.
Retired Lt. Cmdr. Grant Hibbard tells the Boston Globe that he can still recall Kerry's wound, and that "it resembled a scrape from a fingernail," the paper said. more>
Kerry was asked to leave Vietnam - The image Americans were asked to believe, at the Democratic National Convention, of a John Kerry who "defended this nation" as a soldier in Vietnam and "will defend this nation" as its commander in chief has hit a snag.
The soldiers he served alongside of don't really believe that he did defend his country very well. And as one of his former commanding officers told my radio show on Wednesday, Kerry's chain of command was so fed up with his actions, they asked him to go home after he received his third purple heart. more>
Kerry's Soggy Tall Tale - John Kerry was involved in his final "combat" in Vietnam on March 13, 1969.
Here is Kerry's account of the final episode of his four-month Vietnam cameo, for which he received his third Purple Heart and a Bronze Star:
A mine went off alongside Kerry's Swift Boat, PCF 94. Rassmann was blown into the water. Kerry was terribly wounded from the underwater mine.
Kerry, 25, turned his boat back into the fire zone and, bleeding heavily from his arm and side, reached into the water and pulled Rassmann to safety with enemy fire all around. Kerry then towed a sinking boat out of the action.
There is only one problem with this scenario involving five Swift Boats on the Bay Hap River, described in Douglas Brinkley's biography "Tour of Duty: John Kerry and the Vietnam War" (William Morrow, 2004) and elsewhere: It is another gross exaggeration of what actually happened and, in several ways, a fraud perpetrated upon the Navy and the nation.
Notwithstanding the fake submission for his Bronze Star after this incident, Kerry never was wounded or bleeding from his arm.
All reports, including the medical reports, make clear that he suffered a minor bruise on his arm and minor shrapnel wounds on his buttocks. The minor bruise on his arm would never have justified a Purple Heart and is not mentioned in the citation.
This leaves only Kerry's rear-end wound. This wound, like the injury received at Cam Ranh Bay on Dec. 2, 1968, for which he received his first Purple Heart, was of the minor tweezer-and-Band-Aid variety.
How did Kerry receive a shrapnel wound in his buttocks from the explosion of an underwater mine, as his report suggests? Many participants in the incident state that neither weapons fire nor a mine explosion occurred near Kerry. more>
Kerry's wounds self-inflicted? More blockbuster charges leaked from new book by Vietnam comrades - Two of John Kerry's Purple Hearts were for self-inflicted wounds, charges a new book by two of the presidential candidate's Vietnam comrades.
All three of Kerry's Purple Hearts were for minor injuries, not requiring a single hour of hospitalization, as O'Neill has previously explained.
During the Vietnam War, a searing image in the anti-war movement was one of American GIs torching huts with cigarette lighters. It turns out, according to "Unfit for Command," that Kerry did just that entering an abandoned Vietnamese village, slaughtering domestic animals and burning down their homes with his Zippo lighter.
O'Neill tells of a joke circulated among his colleagues that Kerry "left Vietnam early not because he received three Purple Hearts, but because he had recorded enough film of himself to take home for his planned political campaigns." more>
Military Record of Teresa's First Husband Mirrors Bush's - If first lady wannabe Teresa Heinz Kerry hasn't said much about her current husband's attempts to demean President Bush's National Guard service, it may be because her first husband, the late Sen. John Heinz, did very much the same thing during the early phase of the Vietnam War.
Most decorated U.S. vet: Kerry a 'Benedict Arnold' - Ex-POW campaigns against Democrat, denounces him for 'war crimes' charge - The nation's most highly decorated living veteran told a hometown audience in Sioux City, Iowa, Democratic Party presidential candidate John Kerry "will go down in history as the Benedict Arnold of 1971."
Col. George "Bud" Day, an Air Force pilot who spent 67 months in a North Vietnamese prison and was awarded the Medal of Honor among other decorations,
"The notion that his guy would think he is qualified to be president of the United States when he has already pledged his allegiance to North Vietnam makes absolute zero sense,'' Day told the Sioux City Journal. "My view is he basically will go down in history sometime as the Benedict Arnold of 1971.'' more>
Mystery Surrounds Kerry's Navy Discharge - An official Navy document on Senator Kerry's campaign Web site listed as Mr. Kerry's "Honorable Discharge from the Reserves" opens a door on a well kept secret about his military service.
The document is a form cover letter in the name of the Carter administration's secretary of the Navy, W. Graham Claytor. It describes Mr. Kerry's discharge as being subsequent to the review of "a board of officers." This in it self is unusual. There is nothing about an ordinary honorable discharge action in the Navy that requires a review by a board of officers.
According to the secretary of the Navy's document, the "authority of reference" this board was using in considering Mr. Kerry's record was "Title 10, U.S. Code Section 1162 and 1163. "This section refers to the grounds for involuntary separation from the service. What was being reviewed, then, was Mr. Kerry's involuntary separation from the service. And it couldn't have been an honorable discharge, or there would have been no point in any review at all. The review was likely held to improve Mr. Kerry's status of discharge from a less than honorable discharge to an honorable discharge.
A Kerry campaign spokesman, David Wade, was asked whether Mr. Kerry had ever been a victim of an attempt to deny him an honorable discharge. There has been no response to that inquiry.
The document is dated February 16, 1978. But Mr. Kerry's military commitment began with his six-year enlistment contract with the Navy on February 18, 1966. His commitment should have terminated in 1972. It is highly unlikely that either the man who at that time was a Vietnam Veterans Against the War leader, John Kerry, requested or the Navy accepted an additional six year reserve commitment. And the Claytor document indicates proceedings to reverse a less than honorable discharge that took place sometime prior to February 1978.
The most routine time for Mr. Kerry's discharge would have been at the end of his six-year obligation, in 1972. But how was it most likely to have come about?
NBC's release this March of some of the Nixon White House tapes about Mr. Kerry show a great deal of interest in Mr. Kerry by Nixon and his executive staff, including, perhaps most importantly, Nixon's special counsel, Charles Colson. In a meeting the day after Mr. Kerry's Senate testimony, April 23, 1971, Mr. Colson attacks Mr. Kerry as a "complete opportunist...We'll keep hitting him, Mr. President."
Mr. Colson was still on the case two months later, according to a memo he wrote on June 15,1971, that was brought to the surface by the Houston Chronicle. "Let's destroy this young demagogue before he becomes another Ralph Nader." Nixon had been a naval officer in World War II. Mr. Colson was a former Marine captain. Mr. Colson had been prodded to find "dirt" on Mr. Kerry, but reported that he couldn't find any.
The Nixon administration ran FBI surveillance on Mr. Kerry from September 1970 until August 1972. Finding grounds for an other than honorable discharge, however, for a leader of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War, given his numerous activities while still a reserve officer of the Navy, was easier than finding "dirt."
For example, while America was still at war, Mr. Kerry had met with the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong delegation to the Paris Peace talks in May 1970 and then held a demonstration in July 1971 in Washington to try to get Congress to accept the enemy's seven point peace proposal without a single change. Woodrow Wilson threw Eugene Debs, a former presidential candidate, in prison just for demonstrating for peace negotiations with Germany during World War I. No court overturned his imprisonment. He had to receive a pardon from President Harding.
Mr. Colson refused to answer any questions about his activities regarding Mr. Kerry during his time in the Nixon White House. The secretary of the Navy at the time during the Nixon presidency is the current chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Senator Warner. A spokesman for the senator, John Ullyot, said, "Senator Warner has no recollection that would either confirm or challenge any representation that Senator Kerry received a less than honorable discharge."
The "board of officers" review reported in the Claytor document is even more extraordinary because it came about "by direction of the President." No normal honorable discharge requires the direction of the president. The president at that time was James Carter. This adds another twist to the story of Mr. Kerry's hidden military records.
Mr. Carter's first act as president was a general amnesty for draft dodgers and other war protesters. Less than an hour after his inauguration on January 21, 1977, while still in the Capitol building, Mr. Carter signed Executive Order 4483 empowering it. By the time it became a directive from the Defense Department in March 1977 it had been expanded to include other offenders who may have had general, bad conduct, dishonorable discharges, and any other discharge or sentence with negative effect on military records. In those cases the directive outlined a procedure for appeal on a case by case basis before a board of officers. A satisfactory appeal would result in an improvement of discharge status or an honorable discharge.
Mr. Kerry has repeatedly refused to sign Standard Form 180, which would allow the release of all his military records. And some of his various spokesmen have claimed that all his records are already posted on his Web site. But the Washington Post already noted that the Naval Personnel Office admitted that they were still withholding about 100 pages of files.
If Mr. Kerry was the victim of a Nixon "enemies list" hit, one might have expected him to wear it like a badge of honor, like many others such as his friend Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the Pentagon Papers, CBS's Daniel Schorr, or the actor Paul Newman, who had made Mr. Colson's original list of 20 "enemies."
There are a number of categories of discharges besides honorable. There are general discharges, medical discharges, bad conduct discharges, as well as other than honorable and dishonorable discharges. There is one odd coincidence that gives some weight to the possibility that Mr. Kerry was dishonorably discharged. Mr. Kerry has claimed that he lost his medal certificates and that is why he asked that they be reissued. But when a dishonorable discharge is issued, all pay benefits, and allowances, and all medals and honors are revoked as well. And five months after Mr. Kerry joined the U.S. Senate in 1985, on one single day, June 4, all of Mr. Kerry's medals were reissued.
The New Soldier by John Kerry 1971 -From wintersoldier.com - Here is what we have all been waiting for: the almost complete text with photos from the book John Kerry does not want you read - more>
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POW/MIA Families Against Kerry
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All about Traitor Hanoi Jane Fonda
Old Crimson Interview Reveals A More Radical John Kerry - The Harvard Crimson reported Kerry called for U.N. control of troops in 1970: Im an internationalist, Kerry told The Crimson in 1970. Id like to see our troops dispersed through the world only at the directive of the United Nations. Kerry said he wanted to almost eliminate CIA activity. The CIA is fighting its own war in Laos and nobody seems to care. more>
Operation Dewey Canyon III - Vietnam Veterans Against the War - Sunday April 18th to Friday April 23 rd 1971 - THE DAILY EVENT ITINERARY FROM JOHN KERRY'S ADDRESS - "The President hopes individuals will continue to have the opportunity to express themselves in a peaceful manner" - Ron Ziegler, Press Secretary more>
Photo of Kerry with Fonda enrages Vietnam veterans - A photograph of John Kerry together with Jane Fonda at an anti-Vietnam War rally in 1970 in Pennsylvania has surfaced on the Internet, angering veterans who say his association with her 34 years ago is a slap in the faces of Vietnam War veterans. more>
Plot thickens after checking records - In the midst of the controversy between the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth and Kerry campaign representatives about Kerry's service in Vietnam, new questions have arisen.
But the official records on Kerry's Web site only add to the confusion. The DD214 form, an official Defense Department document summarizing Kerry's military career posted on johnkerry.com, includes a "Silver Star with combat V."
But according to a U.S. Navy spokesman, "Kerry's record is incorrect. The Navy has never issued a 'combat V' to anyone for a Silver Star."
Naval regulations do not allow for the use of a "combat V" for the Silver Star, the third-highest decoration the Navy awards. None of the other services has ever granted a Silver Star "combat V," either. more>
Purple Heart wound treated with Band-Aid - Doctor recalls hearing of Kerry's boast he'd be 'next JFK from Massachusetts' - The wound that made John Kerry eligible for the first of three Purple Hearts was not severe enough to warrant consideration, according to the physician who treated him in December 1968. more>
Questions About Kerry's Discharge Make The Mainstream Media - For weeks, speculation has swirled on e-mail regarding the discharge granted to John Kerry. Some have speculated that Kerry received a dishonorable discharge that only was reversed under Bill Clinton. As these charges have been largely unaccompanied by objective evidence, I've passed on mentioning them here at CQ. I know that the Swiftvets and their supporters such as River Rat and Bandit have been researching the issue more carefully, and that if anything reportable arose, we'd hear it soon enough, if an enterprising reporter or two didn't.
Questions swirl around Kerry's Silver Star - Researchers say 'unheard of' multiple citations 'sanitize' record - Raising questions about John Kerry's Silver Star medal won in Vietnam, two researchers say its accompanying citation was reissued twice, an "unheard of" occurrence serving to expunge from the record the shooting of an enemy solider in the back and upgrade the signer from an admiral to the secretary of the Navy.
The authors, who want Kerry to release all documents related to the citations, have noted another peculiarity about Kerry's Silver Star -- its unauthorized "V" for valor which "makes it facially false, they say, and at variance with official government records." That's because Silver Stars are given for gallantry and never are accompanied with a combat "V," which would be redundant. But Kerry's DD 214, or "Report of Transfer and Separation," displayed on his website, shows the "V." more>
Revealed: how 'war hero' Kerry tried to put off Vietnam military duty - The Harvard Crimson newspaper followed a youthful Mr Kerry in Boston as he campaigned for Congress for the first time in 1970. In the course of a lengthy article, "John Kerry: A Navy Dove Runs for Congress", published on February 18, the paper reported: "When he approached his draft board for permission to study for a year in Paris, the draft board refused and Kerry decided to enlist in the Navy."
Saving Private Hamster - Re: Kerry only served 4 months 12 days in Nam.
Seditious behavior - Unlike President George W. Bush, former Vice President Al Gore and most candidates for office, Kerry refuses to allow the Pentagon to release his military records. Speculations are rife, from his Purple Hearts, to criteria about his medals, and why Kerry did not receive an honorable discharge until March 2001, nearly 30 years after his service ended on July 1, 1972.
Setting Straight Kerrys War Record - Taking a look at Mr. Kerrys much-promoted Vietnam service, his military record was, indeed, remarkable in many ways. Last week, the former assistant secretary of defense and Fletcher School of Diplomacy professor, W. Scott Thompson, recalled a conversation with the late Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt Jr. that clearly had a slightly different take on Mr. Kerrys recollection of their discussions:
[T]he fabled and distinguished chief of naval operations, Admiral Elmo Zumwalt, told me 30 years ago when he was still CNO that during his own command of U.S. naval forces in Vietnam, just prior to his anointment as CNO, young Kerry had created great problems for him and the other top brass, by killing so many non-combatant civilians and going after other non-military targets. We had virtually to straitjacket him to keep him under control, the admiral said. Bud Zumwalt got it right when he assessed Kerry as having large ambitions but promised that his career in Vietnam would haunt him if he were ever on the national stage. And this statement was made despite the fact Zumwalt had personally pinned a Silver Star on Mr. Kerry.
Mr. Kerry was assigned to Swiftboat 44 on December 1, 1968. Within 24 hours, he had his first Purple Heart. Mr. Kerry accumulated three Purple Hearts in four months with not even a day of duty lost from wounds, according to his training officer. Its a pity one cannot read his Purple Heart medical treatment reports which have been withheld from the public. The only person preventing their release is Mr. Kerry.
By his own admission during those four months, Mr. Kerry continually kept ramming his Swiftboat onto an enemy-held shore on assorted occasions alone and with a few men, killing civilians and even a wounded enemy soldier. One can begin to appreciate Zumwalts problem with Mr. Kerry as commander of an unarmored craft dependent upon speed of maneuver to keep it and its crew from being shot to pieces.
Mr. Kerry now refers to those civilian deaths as accidents of war. And within four days of his third Purple Heart, Mr. Kerry applied to take advantage of a technicality which allowed him to request immediate transfer to a stateside post.
SwiftVets.com The Real Story on John Kerry's Military Service - Here's what fellow Swift Boat veterans really think about Kerry's "service" in Vietnam. more>
Swift vet ad: Kerry 'Dazed and Confused' - Group challenging senators' war record launches 5th commercial - Swift Boat Veterans for Truth launched its fifth ad today, titled "Dazed and Confused," charging Kerry's contradictory explanations of a 1971 protest in which he threw away war decorations is another reason not to trust him.
At the end of the spot, LaCivita pieces together two Kerry phrases obviously designed to pack a punch with patriotic Americans, " ... we threw away the symbols of what our country gave us ... and I'm proud of it."
The group's previous ad has a similar theme, asking, "How can the man who renounced his country's symbols now be trusted?" more>>
The Sampan Incident - Steve Gardner will not forget the night as long as he lives. It was mid-January 1969. He was manning the double .50-caliber machine-gun mount in Lt. John Kerry's swiftboat. "The PCF 44 boat, engines shut off, lay in ambush near the western mouth of the Cua Lon River," writes John O'Neill in his best-seller "Unfit for Command."
Kerry was in the pilothouse monitoring the radar. But, Gardner claims, Kerry had given his crew no heads-up when, suddenly, a sampan appeared right in front of them. The swiftboat lights were thrown onto the sampan. Kerry, however, still had said nothing and was nowhere in sight. Gardner yelled to the sampan to stop. No reaction. more>
The Unknown Kerry - Could he sink all his swift boat enemies if he released all his Vietnam records? - In the mainstream media, only a few reportersamong them Michael Dobbs in The Washington Post and Thomas Lipscomb, writing in the Chicago Sun-Times and other papershave actually tried to get the entire record of John Kerry's service in Vietnam. His widely acclaimed acceptance speech at the Democratic convention in Boston insistently focused on those four months while devoting only about 40 seconds to his 20 years in the Senate.
Continually, Kerry's spokespeople have been emphasizing in the media that all his service records are on his website. But deep in a long, front-page story in the August 22 Washington Post"Swift Boat Accounts Incomplete; Critics Fail to Disprove Kerry's Version of Vietnam War Episode"Michael Dobbs raised the question of why Kerry has been hiding considerable parts of his Vietnam record. more>
Vet: Officer told Kerry to leave Vietnam - Colleagues couldn't take John's behavior, attitudes anymore. Sen. John Kerry was told to leave Vietnam by three colleagues upset with his behavior and attitudes, according to a fellow swift-boat officer during the war.
Thomas Wright says the misbehavior of the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate got to the point where he no longer wanted him in his boat group. So, at Wright's request, his divisional commander assigned Kerry to another group.
Then Wright and like-minded boat officers took matters into their own hands, according to John B. Dwyer, a Vietnam veteran and military historian writing in the online magazine American Thinker.
"When he got his third Purple Heart, three of us told him to leave," Wright said, according to Dwyer. "We knew how the system worked and we didn't want him in Coastal Division 11. more>
Veterans to Kerry: stop using photo - Ex-colleagues say adoption by campaign 'a total fraud'. A group of more than 220 veterans who served in Sen. John Kerry's swift-boat unit in Vietnam are calling on the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate to stop unauthorized use of their images in national campaign advertising.
Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, which has declared the Massachusetts senator "unfit to be commander in chief," says 11 of the 20 officers in one photo Kerry uses have signed a letter condemning him. more>
Veterans, Vietnamese unite to oppose Kerry, while photo of candidate with Jane Fonda circulates on the internet - Vietnam Veterans Against John Kerry was founded by Ted Sampley, a U.S. Army Green Beret and veteran of two combat tours in Vietnam. A Vietnam veterans organization and a Vietnamese-American group have united in opposition to Democratic presidential front-runner Sen. John Kerry. more>
VETS CHARGE: KERRY KILLED FLEEING TEEN; LIED FOR MEDAL A veterans group seeking to deeply discredit Democrat John Kerry's military service will charge in the new bombshell book UNFIT FOR COMMAND:
"Kerry earned his Silver Star by killing a lone, fleeing, teenage Viet Cong in a loincloth."
The book also claims to detail how Kerry personally ordered the slaughter of small animals at a small hamlet along the Song Bo De River.
Vets' evidence against Kerry ironclad - John McCain dishonored himself when he appeared with John Kerry to denounce the statements of the Vietnam veterans who say John Kerry is unfit to be commander in chief. McCain obviously spoke before he knew the facts.
The Kerry campaign and much of the media went ballistic when a television ad featuring several veterans who oppose Kerry's candidacy was aired by Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. The Kerry campaign immediately launched a campaign to get TV stations to bar the ad, threatening legal repercussions.
The vets for truth are not backing down. The group's attorney, John E. O'Neill, replied with a letter setting forth extensive documentation of the statements made in the advertisement.
Kerry's third Purple Heart, for example, which entitled him to reassignment away from the battlefield, was awarded fraudulently, according to O'Neill's documentation. No one who reads O'Neill's complete document can doubt the authenticity of his evidence. Dozens of outright lies and fabrications from the Kerry campaign are fully documented.
The photograph that John Kerry so blatantly used in his campaign to show his "Band of Brothers" includes only one surviving veteran who supports him. Eleven of the others issued a cease and desist letter demanding that Kerry stop using the photograph. more>
Video Shows Kerry Conducting 'War Crimes' Interviews - a 1971 videotape shows Sen. John Kerry taking an active roll at the infamous Winter Soldier Investigation by personally grilling Vietnam vets about alleged war crimes they committed. more>
Vietnam Veterans Against John Kerry - On the campaign trail, Sen. John Forbes Kerry regularly mentions his Vietnam War combat experience, during which he received three Purple Hearts, the Silver Star and Bronze Star. However, the Massachusetts Democrat doesn't like to talk much about how he received the awards or the time after he returned home when he was rubbing shoulders with Hanoi Jane Fonda as a much-celebrated organizer for Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW), one of America's most radical pro-communist groups. more>
Was John Kerry A.W.O.L? - While leftists question where George Bush was during the final year of his obligation, they and the press ignore completely the similar obligations of John Kerry. John Kerry enlisted in the Navy and signed an Officer Candidate Agreement on February 18, 1966. This agreement called for the candidate to
Par 3 - to serve a total period of 6 years in the Naval Reserve of the United States, including active and inactive duty.
Par 4 - agrees that on completion of active duty, he will remain for Service in the Ready Reserve for a period which when added to his active duty will total 5 years. Upon completion of 5 years of satisfactory service on active duty and in the Ready Reserve he will be eligible to transfer to the Standby Reserve for the remaining portion of his service obligation.
Par 5 - the candidate understands that the provisions of law require satisfactory participation in the Ready Reserve, unless relieved of such participation by competent authority or as provided by law. Such participation may be satisfied annually by not less 48 drills and not more than 17days active duty for training.
Lt. John Forbes Kerry was released from active duty and transferred to the Naval Reserve on January 3, 1970. He wasnt transferred to inactive standby status until July 1, 1972, then Honorably Discharged on February 16, 1978. Where was Lt Kerry during the18 months from 1970 to 1972? Did he attend the required drills and active duty that he agreed to? Was he AWOL or did he violate his agreed commitment on accepting a commission as an officer in the service of the United States.
We do know that he made an unauthorized trip to Paris in June, 1970, to meet with Madam Win Thi Binh, the foreign minister of the Provisional Revolutionary Government of Vietnam (PRG), which is the political wing of the Vietcong, and with representatives of Hanoi who were in Paris for the peace talks--in direct violation of the UCMJ's Article 104 part 904, and U.S. Code 18 U.S.C. 953.
That meeting, and Kerry's subsequent coddling of communists while leading mass protests against our military in the year that followed, also place him in direct violation of our Constitution's Article three, Section three, which defines treason as ''giving aid and comfort'' to the enemy in time of warfare. In April, 1971, he went before the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs claiming all kinds of atrocities on the part of his fellow comrades in arms in further in violation of Article 3.
While John Kerrys hero status is in question in the United States he is still considered a hero in Vietnam where his picture is in a place of honor in the Vietnam War Museum in Ho Chi Minh City. He is honored for leading the Vietnam Veterans against the war and helping the communists bring the war to conclusion. more>>>
We won't forget, Jane - Former POW: I was a civilian economic development advisor in Vietnam, and was captured by the North Vietnamese communists in South Vietnam in 1968, and held for over 5 years. I spent 27 months in solitary confinement, one year in a cage in Cambodia, and one year in a "black box" in Hanoi. My North Vietnamese captors deliberately poisoned and murdered a female missionary, a nurse in a leprosarium in Ban me Thuot, South Vietnam, whom I buried in the jungle near the Cambodian border. At one time, I was weighing approximately 90 lbs. (My normal weight is 170 lbs.) We were Jane Fonda's "war criminals." more>
What went down in Kansas City? - VVAW's leadership meeting in Kansas City, Nov. 12-15, 1971. more>
"Who is the REAL John Kerry?" - Consider that John Kerry:
- Is out of the mainstream of American life with an aristocratic upbringing and current lifestyle!
- Promotes heroism in Vietnam based on questionable medals and reenacted war scenes!
- Joined Communist inspired antiwar groups, castigating his fellow comrades and creating an atmosphere of hatred that exists today!
- Put his political ambitions ahead of his family abandoning his wife, and children, when she was suffering from depression and was suicidal!
- In 18 years never put forth any major legislation in the US Senate!
- Is rated as the most Liberal member of the Senate!
- Has voted against most measures to improve the security of this country against terrorism!
- Has never held a position of leadership anywhere!
- Has serious character flaws!
- Constantly Flip-Flops on major issues!
- Lacks support of prominent Democrats!