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John Kerry: forged in the fires of Vietnam (barf alert, has 1 good quote)
Asia News via Yahoo ^ | 1/28/03 | unknown

Posted on 02/09/2004 12:42:13 PM PST by GailA

Wednesday January 28, 3:15 PM

http://asia.news.yahoo.com/040128/afp/040128071557people.html

John Kerry: forged in the fires of Vietnam

WASHINGTON (AFP) - John Kerry, after graduating from Yale University in 1966, enlisted in the US Navy and like tens of thousands of other young American men was sent to Vietnam.

It was to become a defining experience in the life of the 60-year-old US senator who has emerged as the front-runner for the 2004 Democratic nomination for president and an experience that he credits for putting him on the campaign trail for the White House.

"There's a sense after Vietnam that every other day is extra, that you have to do what is right," Kerry said in a television spot. "That's why I'm running for president."

Born December 11, 1943 in Denver, Colorado, John Forbes Kerry spent part of his childhood in Europe, where his father was a diplomat, and in the northeastern state of Massachusetts, which he has represented in the US Senate for the past two decades.

After leaving Yale, Kerry became an officer on a gunboat patrolling the Mekong Delta in Vietnam -- hazardous duty immortalized in the Francis Ford Coppola film "Apocalypse Now."

Lieutenant Kerry earned Silver and Bronze Stars for valor and three Purple Hearts for wounds, a distinguished military record which has served him well with veterans' groups.

On his return home, however, Kerry became a leader of the anti-war movement and threw away some of his medals. He co-founded Vietnam Veterans of America and was a spokesman for Vietnam Veterans Against the War.

"I was an instrument of a foreign policy with no common sense. I was forced to carry an M-16 to serve that policy," he tells campaign rallies.

Kerry helped organize a huge anti-war protest outside Congress in Washington in 1971, appearing alongside Black Panther Angela Davis and earning a place on president Richard Nixon's notorious "enemies' list."

That same year, a 27-year-old Kerry testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, earning headlines with his remark "How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?"

After a failed bid for the House of Representatives in 1972, Kerry went back to law school. He served as a prosecutor in Massachusetts and went into private practice before winning election as lieutenant governor of the New England state in 1982.

Two years later he was elected to the US Senate. He has been re-elected three times since, serving alongside his supporter and mentor, Ted Kennedy.

At 6 feet 4 inches (1.93m) with greying hair, a long face and an air of gravitas, Kerry bears a slight physical resemblance to Civil War president Abraham Lincoln. But he has more often been compared to another former president, John F. Kennedy, whose initials he shares.

His win on Tuesday in the New Hampshire primary moved Kerry a step closer to following in JFK's footsteps to the White House although he will have a formidable opponent in the Republican incumbent Bush in November.

With his war record and years of service on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Kerry says he has the best qualifications to counter Bush on national security.

Although he voted for a congressional resolution which Bush used to justify the invasion of Iraq and toppling of Saddam Hussein, Kerry has been highly critical of the Bush administration since.

"I think this administration has run the most reckless, arrogant, inept, and ideological foreign policy in modern history," he said.

Kerry, who underwent a successful operation for prostate cancer last year, has two grown daughters, Vanessa and Alexandra, from his first marriage.

His wife, Teresa Heinz, is the heiress to a fortune estimated at some 500 million dollars from the Heinz ketchup family.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2004; communist; hanoijohn; kerry; rat
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1 posted on 02/09/2004 12:42:15 PM PST by GailA
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To: GailA
I don't think his whole body was forged - just the bolts sticking out of his neck.
2 posted on 02/09/2004 12:43:33 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: GailA
Kerry served in Vietnam? ;)
3 posted on 02/09/2004 12:44:18 PM PST by TheBigB (I got a fever...and the only prescription...is MORE COWBELL!)
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To: GailA
John Kerry: forged in the fires of Vietnam

Apparently by someone hitting him in the face with a frying pan.

4 posted on 02/09/2004 12:44:22 PM PST by dirtboy (We have come here not to insult Howard Dean, but to bury him...)
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To: GailA
"I was an instrument of a foreign policy with no common sense. I was forced to carry an M-16 to serve that policy,"

Would he have felt better carrying a flamethrower?

5 posted on 02/09/2004 12:45:15 PM PST by Doctor Stochastic (Vegetabilisch = chaotisch is der Charakter der Modernen. - Friedrich Schlegel)
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Ya know, we can all have a big laugh about Kerry's looks, record, manners, etc. We know what a a-list a-hole he is. But this is getting serious, Kerry is picking up support and accolades while trashing Bush all the way. His Vietnam stump message does pack a wallop with many folks, and gives him a way to spin his war stance that is tough to counter.
6 posted on 02/09/2004 12:49:12 PM PST by over3Owithabrain
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To: Doctor Stochastic
So Kerry was in Viet Nam. He was a war hero. That is all well and good but the operative word here is WAS. Is he going to strap on a bandolero ala Rambo and flush out AlQuaeda himself? What's his being in Viet Nam have anything to do with the War on Terror?
7 posted on 02/09/2004 12:50:10 PM PST by AngieGOP
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To: over3Owithabrain
and gives him a way to spin his war stance that is tough to counter

His “war stance” is that he voted in favor of the war because he was so against it.

That’s a hard sell outside of the moron-world of a Democratic primary.

8 posted on 02/09/2004 12:50:53 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: GailA
Yeah, well, too bad Kerry was ashamed of his service in Vietnam once he returned to the states.
9 posted on 02/09/2004 12:51:21 PM PST by My2Cents ("Well...there you go again.")
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To: dead
"I was an instrument of a foreign policy with no common sense. I was forced to carry an M-16 to serve that policy," he tells campaign rallies.

Kerry helped organize a huge anti-war protest outside Congress in Washington in 1971, appearing alongside Black Panther Angela Davis and earning a place on president Richard Nixon's notorious "enemies' list."

Another article http://www.u-magazine.com/magazine/print.php?articleid=652

10 posted on 02/09/2004 12:53:49 PM PST by GailA (Millington Rally for America after action http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/872519/posts)
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To: GailA
He was not forced to become an officer. If he engaged in actions he believed to be illegal, then he is by definition a war criminal.

Didn't he hunt down and kill a wounded enemy combatant? What's that all about?
11 posted on 02/09/2004 12:54:13 PM PST by js1138
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To: GailA
"I was an instrument of a foreign policy with no common sense. I was forced to carry an M-16 to serve that policy," he tells campaign rallies.

Did fast boat captains in the Navy have M-16's issued to them?

Methinks this might be 'fabbed' material too ...

12 posted on 02/09/2004 12:55:18 PM PST by _Jim ( <--- Ann C. and Rush L. speak on gutless Liberals (RealAudio files))
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To: GailA
Kerry, Not Fit to Lead
13 posted on 02/09/2004 12:55:37 PM PST by smith288 (If terrorist hate George W. Bush, then he has my vote!)
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To: GailA
I think 'forged' is the opperative word do describe his character.
14 posted on 02/09/2004 12:56:24 PM PST by tbpiper
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To: GailA
"Apocalypse Now" Kerry.

It works for me.
15 posted on 02/09/2004 12:56:59 PM PST by sergeantdave (Gen. Custer wore an Arrowsmith shirt to his last property owner convention.)
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To: over3Owithabrain
But this is getting serious, Kerry is picking up support and

The season is still young yet - he's not even a nominee yet!

He deserves little, if any, comment from a sitting president at this time - and THAT'S what he got Sunday, a 'little' comment ...

16 posted on 02/09/2004 12:58:01 PM PST by _Jim ( <--- Ann C. and Rush L. speak on gutless Liberals (RealAudio files))
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To: over3Owithabrain
Nah, Kerry doesn't even scare me a little bit.  When people get a load of his bizarre stances (raise taxes, fuzzy feeling social programs, amnesty for illegals, and what about gay marriage, eh John?) even the most brainwashed NTY/WP/LAT reader/ ABC/NBC/CBS/PBS viewer is going to think twice.
 
Only 16-20% of this country is liberal, 35-40% is conservative.  The creamy middle isn't going for that loony left B.S.  It's one thing to say "whoever is running against Bush" with February muscle, but when the curtain closes, people will hold their noses and do the right thing.
 
 
Owl_Eagle

”Guns Before Butter.”

18 posted on 02/09/2004 1:02:13 PM PST by South Hawthorne (“Before going out drinking, always tape a handcuff key to the inside of your watch band.”)
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To: GailA
Huh. I thought he was forced to use a 50 caliber machine gun against the Viet Cong?

What an @asshole...
19 posted on 02/09/2004 1:02:50 PM PST by TheSpottedOwl (Until Kofi Annan rides the Jerusalem RTD....nothing will change.)
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