Skip to comments.John Kerry's war record
Posted on 01/26/2004 9:21:40 PM PST by restornu
As Sen. John Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat, considers a bid for the White House, Americans should know a few things about him that he might prefer go unmentioned ? and I don't mean his $75 haircuts.
When Mr. Kerry pontificated at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Veterans Day, a group of veterans turned their backs on him and walked away. They remembered Mr. Kerry as the anti-war activist who testified before Congress during the war, accusing veterans of being war criminals.
The dust jacket of Mr. Kerry's pro-Hanoi book, "The New Soldier," features a photograph of his ragged band of radicals mocking the U.S. Marine Corps Memorial, which depicts the flag-raising on Iwo Jima, with an upside-down American flag.
Retired Gen. George S. Patton III charged that Mr. Kerry's actions as an anti-war activist had "given aid and comfort to the enemy," as had the actions of Ramsey Clark and Jane Fonda. Also, Mr. Kerry lied when he threw what he claimed were his war medals over the White House fence; he later admitted they weren't his.
Now they are displayed on his office wall. Long after he changed sides in congressional hearings, Mr. Kerry lobbied for renewed trade relations with Hanoi.
At the same time, his cousin C.Stewart Forbes, chief executive for Colliers International, assisted in brokering a $905 million deal to develop a deep-sea port at Vung Tau, Vietnam ?
An odd coincidence.
As noted in the Inside Politics column of Nov. 14 (Nation), historian Douglas Brinkley is writing Mr. Kerry's biography. Hopefully, he'll include the senator's latest ignominious feat: preventing the Vietnam Human Rights Act (HR2833) from coming to a vote in the Senate, claiming human rights would deteriorate as a result. His actions sent a clear signal to Hanoi that Congress cares little about the human rights for which so many Americans fought and died.
The State Department ranked Vietnam among the 10 regimes worldwide least tolerant of religious freedom. Recently, 354 churches of the Montagnards, a Christian ethnic minority, were forcibly disbanded, and by mid-October, more than 50 Christian pastors and elders had been arrested in Dak Lak province alone.
On Oct. 29, the secret police executed three Montagnards by lethal injection simply for protesting religious repression. The communists are conducting a pogrom against the Montagnards, forcing Christians to drink a mixture of goat's blood and alcohol and renounce Christianity.
Thousands have been killed or imprisoned or have just "disappeared." The Montagnards lost one-half of their adult male population fighting for the United States, and without them, there might be thousands more American names on that somber black granite wall at the Vietnam memorial.
As Mr. Kerry contemplates a run for the presidency, people must remember that he has fought harder for Hanoi as an anti-war activist and a senator than he did against the Vietnamese communists while serving in the Navy in Vietnam.
MICHAEL BENGE Foreign Service officer and former Vietnam POW (1968 to 1973)
It's not interesting. It's a fact of life many in the media and educational establishment were working to see that the communists won in Viet Nam and are still working to rationalize that position. Kerry is part of that coalition, as are the Clintons.
That speaks Volumes !
John Kerry was in a war?
HEY KERRY .. No one is questions your service .. We are questioning you actions after the war and how you spit on your fellow soldiers
Kerry shaking hands with Daniel Ortega as Senator and Mrs. Tom Harkin look on.
Kerry and Clark earned their 'Nam medals and Kerry had every right to demonstrate against the war. He earned that right and he did it in the open unlike Clinton who went off shore to protest. We need to get Clark and Kerry on the modern day issues. Clark and Kerry have to be defeated on ideas.
Kerry scares the White House and it should. Fight smart. This startegy of attack on this issue is bad one.
First .. Clark as more of a leg to stand on this issue then Kerry does on many levels
Second .. the fact that Kerry protest against this war is not the issue or why many Vietnam Vets are ticked off at him
It's the fact that instead of protesting against the government and the war .. He accused he fellow soldiers of being criminals ..
What Kerry did was spit on his fellow soldiers for what he said in his speech before Congress
Yes, I agree this should not be the focus of why Kerry shouldn't be elected .. But at the same time it can not be ignored
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