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A V.N. Green Beret Officer's Response to Kerry
Email received from WWII pilot friend. | 2/25/04 | Don Bendell

Posted on 02/25/2004 1:26:32 PM PST by CIBvet

GUEST OPINION

My wife had rotator cuff surgery earlier this year, and the recovery is terribly painful. Then, she developed a staph-epi infection, and they had to cut the same scar open and operate on her again. Just thinking about the pain and anxiety of facing that painful surgery a second time in the same wound, makes me cringe. That experience, however pales in comparison to what I am going through right now, in my heart.

The old hurts are surfacing and the feelings of betrayal by fellow citizens, and their leader stirring them up, are breaking my heart again. I am being cut in the same scar. How did we who served in Vietnam suddenly become cold-blooded killers, torturers, and rapists, of the ilk of the Nazi SS or the Taliban? Most of us were American soldiers who grew up idolizing John Wayne, Roy Rogers, and all the other heroes. That was why I volunteered. But for political expediency, John Kerry has rewritten history, again. After spending only four months in the country of Vietnam, John Kerry testified before Congress in 1971 with these exact words about incidents he supposedly witnessed or heard about from other vets: "They personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam."

I was a Green Beret Officer who volunteered for duty in Vietnam and fought in the thick of it in 1968 and 1969 on a Special Forces A-team on the Ho Chi Minh Trail, just for starters. We were the elite. We saw the most action. Everybody in the world knows that. But we did not just kill people, we built a church, a school, treated illnesses, passed out soap, food, and clothing, and had fun and loving interaction with the indigenous people of Vietnam, just like our boys did in Normandy, Baghdad, Saigon, and everywhere American soldiers ever served. We all gave away our candy bars and rations to kids. Our hearts to oppressed people all over the globe.

My children and grandchildren could read your words, and think those horrendous things about me, Mr. Kerry. You are a bold-faced, unprincipled liar, and a disgrace, and you have dishonored me and all my fellow Vietnam veterans. Sure, there were a couple bad-apples, but I saw none, and I saw it all, and if I did, as an army officer, it was my obligation to stop it, or at the very least report it. Why is there not a single record anywhere of you ever reporting any incidents like this or having the perpetrators arrested? The answer is simple. You are a liar. Your medals and mine are not a free pass for lifetime, Senator Kerry, to bypass character, integrity, and morality. I earn my green beret over and over daily in all aspects of my life.

Eight National Guard Green Berets, and other National Guard soldiers, have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, and you totally dishonored their widows and families by lumping National Guard service in with being a draft-dodger, conscientious objector, and deserter, just so you can try to sabotage the patriotism of our President who proudly served as an Air National Guard jet pilot. I have a son earning his Green Beret at Fort Bragg right now, and his wife serves honorably in the Air National Guard, just like President Bush did, and I am as proud of her as I am my son. I volunteered for Vietnam and have no problem whatsoever with President Bush being our Commander-In-Chief. In fact, I am proud of him as our leader.

John Kerry, you personally derailed the Vietnam Human Rights Bill, HR2883, in 2001, after it had passed the House by a 411 to 1 vote, and thousands of pro-American Montagnard tribespeople in Vietnam died since then who could have been saved, by you. Earlier, as Chair of the Senate Select Committee on MIA/POW Affairs, you personally quashed the efforts of any and all veterans to report sightings of living POW's, when you held those reins in Congress. You have fought tooth and nail to push for the US to normalize relations with Vietnam for years. Why, Mr. Kerry? Simple, your first cousin C. Stewart Forbes, CEO, of Colliers International, recently signed a contract with Hanoi, worth BILLIONS of dollars for Collier's International to become the exclusive real estate representative for the country of Vietnam.

"Hanoi John," now that it works for you, you beat your chest about your Vietnam service, but to me, you are a phony, opportunistic, hypocrite. You are one of those politicians that is like a fertilizer machine: all that comes out of you is horse manure, and you are spreading it everywhere.

Medals do not make a man. Morals do.

Don Bendell

Canon City, Colorado


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: 2004; democrats; elections; greenberet; hanoijohn; kerry; vietnam
Thank you Don Bendell for your service to our country ... then and now, Sir.

May God continue to bless you and yours.

1 posted on 02/25/2004 1:26:32 PM PST by CIBvet
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To: CIBvet
"Hanoi John," now that it works for you, you beat your chest about your Vietnam service, but to me, you are a phony, opportunistic, hypocrite.

Something tells me that John Kerry has a greater character deficit than Bill Clinton.

2 posted on 02/25/2004 1:40:55 PM PST by elbucko
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To: CIBvet
BTTT
3 posted on 02/25/2004 1:41:19 PM PST by neverdem (Xin loi min oi)
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To: elbucko
BULLS-EYE.

I thought this fellow's assessment of Kerry was pretty apt.

Every time I see him hit the stage and whip out his sloppy-assed salute I get a v-e-r-y sick and ANGRY feeling.

4 posted on 02/25/2004 1:50:52 PM PST by CIBvet (It's about preserving OUR Borders, OUR Language and OUR American Culture)
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To: CIBvet
I find it ironic that Mr. Kerry's 120 days of service in Vietnam, which he believes makes him qualified to be President has, in reality, made him unfit to hold that office. I believe his actions after returning from that service are the result of the trauma he encountered there and his feelings of guilt about being there. His denunciation of the war after returning to the US and his votes against modernizing the military throughout his time in public office are nothing more than self-flagellation. His recent rant about having his patriotism challenged when it in fact was not, is akin to being shell shocked and/or paranoid. Even his wife Terry has said he has nightmares and flashbacks of Viet Nam. For these reasons, I believe he cannot be trusted to use the military properly in the defense of our country and should not be President.
5 posted on 02/25/2004 1:52:11 PM PST by billb
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To: neverdem
What's this about derailing a Viet Nam relief bill? Are there details?
6 posted on 02/25/2004 1:52:31 PM PST by Thebaddog (Woof this!)
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To: CIBvet
BTTT!
7 posted on 02/25/2004 1:56:54 PM PST by Godebert
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To: CIBvet
It is amazing that Americans have forgotten 9-1-1 and list terrorism lowest on polls regarding what is worrying people. Jobs and the economy worry people more. What? About 5.6% of people are unemployed, yet 48% in polls say they are worried about jobs? Kerry is getting a pass by the commie press and newspapers, etc. He served 4 months in Nam. Bush had two years of active duty BEFORE he was in the guard. Yet, you hear absolutely nothing about that on TV or in the press. I have quit watching TV news and reading newspapers. If I do not find something on the web to read, I don't know what is going on.

The road is long and dark and I am afraid America is heading off down it at a rapid pace.

8 posted on 02/25/2004 1:58:07 PM PST by RetiredArmy (We'll put a boot in your ass, it's the American Way! Toby Keith)
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To: CIBvet
DANG! Your letter is one I KNOW I will NEVER see in my local rag-the St.Pete Times here in Floriduh...........
9 posted on 02/25/2004 2:05:07 PM PST by litehaus
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To: Godebert
bttt
10 posted on 02/25/2004 2:12:02 PM PST by Chapita
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To: billb
"I believe his actions after returning from that service are the result of the trauma he encountered there and his feelings of guilt about being there"

I think he's been successful in sellin' you a line of that fertilizer the author referred to.

This guy is a political opportunist ... always has been ... an ambitious little East Coast boy-elite ... just another JFK wannabe.

As just another VN Grunt, I'll tell you I don't see trauma in his eyes, just unbridled ambition.

11 posted on 02/25/2004 2:12:33 PM PST by CIBvet (It's about preserving OUR Borders, OUR Language and OUR American Culture)
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To: CIBvet
Wow! Don't hold back, say what you mean. :)
12 posted on 02/25/2004 2:15:19 PM PST by billb
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To: SAMWolf; snippy_about_it; Darksheare
ping
13 posted on 02/25/2004 2:20:15 PM PST by Professional Engineer (We're going to Mars & Venus & Titan & Saturn and then on to Jupiter and Uranus.~Yeeeeeeaaaaaahh!)
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To: litehaus
I'll not be seeing anything like that in the Jacksonville Times-Union, either.
14 posted on 02/25/2004 2:20:19 PM PST by Dixie Pirate
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To: PhilDragoo
ping
15 posted on 02/25/2004 2:21:07 PM PST by Professional Engineer (We're going to Mars & Venus & Titan & Saturn and then on to Jupiter and Uranus.~Yeeeeeeaaaaaahh!)
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To: Professional Engineer
Glad somebody made this a thread. I posted it in a reply two days ago at the Finest thread.
16 posted on 02/25/2004 2:23:46 PM PST by WVNan
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To: billb
It's still a serious subject for alot of guys who actually lived it out.

Kerry's a character-less phoney POS.

17 posted on 02/25/2004 2:25:42 PM PST by CIBvet (It's about preserving OUR Borders, OUR Language and OUR American Culture)
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To: CIBvet
Medals do not make a man. Morals do.

That is a powerful statement.

18 posted on 02/25/2004 2:32:07 PM PST by TheSpottedOwl (Until Kofi Annan rides the Jerusalem RTD....nothing will change.)
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To: WVNan
Didn't mean to steal any 'Posting Thunder' around FR.

I just received it in email this AM from a friend, and after a quick FR search drew nothing, knew it had to be posted.

Maybe you can tell us where it was published. I've e'd my buddy for details on where he got it, but haven't heard back yet.

19 posted on 02/25/2004 2:35:34 PM PST by CIBvet (It's about preserving OUR Borders, OUR Language and OUR American Culture)
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To: RetiredArmy
"The road is long and dark and I am afraid America is heading off down it at a rapid pace."

Stick around reliable sites on the net like FR, load your guns with truth, and then stand up squarely in the liberal faces you encounter and hit 'em right between the eyes with it.

We've got to get loud and proud to save our country from these Red, Diaper, Doper Babies.

20 posted on 02/25/2004 2:49:53 PM PST by CIBvet (It's about preserving OUR Borders, OUR Language and OUR American Culture)
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To: litehaus
But you could make some copies of the article and leave them posted around various bulletin boards around town.

Maybe leave a few off at the local VFW/American Legion etc.

Scatter a few around the local Starbucks, so the local Liberal pukes don't feel left out. In fact, that's where I'm headed right now for a cup. d;^}

21 posted on 02/25/2004 2:57:52 PM PST by CIBvet (It's about preserving OUR Borders, OUR Language and OUR American Culture)
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To: Thebaddog
What's this about derailing a Viet Nam relief bill? Are there details?

If you're referring to the Vietnam Human Rights Bill HR2883 about which the author wrote, I know about as much as you. I "Googled" Kerry+HR2883 and only found this same open letter cited on 29 blogs.

22 posted on 02/25/2004 3:04:22 PM PST by neverdem (Xin loi min oi)
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To: CIBvet
Copy pasted and emailed.
23 posted on 02/25/2004 3:24:19 PM PST by SeeRushToldU_So (Error 404. No taglines available.)
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To: billb
I believe his actions after returning from that service are the result of the trauma he encountered there and his feelings of guilt about being there.

Now don't you go takin' this personal, Mr. billb, but...BULLSHIRT!

If you truly feel that way, then you have been sucked in by the goofy idiot, just like all the others.

Kerry is a arrogant, two-bit, piece of brahmin excrement, who knew exactly what and why he did as he did.

He simply made a small mistake, in that he incorrectly assumed he would ride the liberal tide all the way to the White House, and that the tide started to come in at the time he made the decision to jump into the midst of protest.

He didn't do it for his "conscience".

Hell, he's a Kennedy wannabe, he ain't got no conscience, first of all.

Everything, every single thing, that long-faced goofy doofus does is calculated.

He can stick his medals up his third point of contact as far as I am concerned.

I might, might have more respect for him if he had at least thrown his own damn medals over that fence.

I have difficulty finding the appropriate words to express my disgust for him, without descending to profanity and vulgarities, therefore, all I can say is what I've said before:

Hanoi John, go to hell.

You do not speak for me.

Your crap cheapens and dishonors me and all the other good men that went to VN and totally disrespects and dishonors those good men who did not come home.

If, by some long shot, some cosmic transgression, some, some momentous occurrence, he is elected to the presidency, I will never, ever recognize him as such and I will counsel all those within my sphere of influence to act accordingly.

I feel very strongly about a person that uses that type of record for personal gain, especially when that record is suspect.

Enough said. My blood pressure is rising.

24 posted on 02/25/2004 4:47:18 PM PST by OldSmaj
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To: OldSmaj
You, OldSmaj, are a silver-tongued devil! JF'inK doesn't speak for me, either!
25 posted on 02/25/2004 4:51:29 PM PST by 68 grunt (3/1 India, 3rd, 68-69, 0311)
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To: CIBvet
I'm glad you posted it. I only put it in a reply box. I also received it via e-mail. Don't know where it originated.
26 posted on 02/25/2004 6:33:31 PM PST by WVNan
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To: CIBvet
bttt
27 posted on 02/26/2004 1:52:29 AM PST by lainde (Heads up...We're coming and we've got tongue blades!!)
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To: elbucko
Maybe it's because Clinton was a charming liar whereas Kerry does it with such a straight and mournful face.
28 posted on 02/26/2004 2:52:13 AM PST by AmericanVictory (Should we be more like them, or they like us?)
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