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Ex-green beret to Kerry: 'You are a liar'
World Net Daily ^ | Feb 26, 2004 | By Ron Strom

Posted on 02/26/2004 5:37:05 AM PST by beaureguard

A former Special Forces green beret who served in Vietnam has touched a nerve with fellow veterans after penning a scathing column hammering Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry.

"I've been deluged with e-mails," Don Bendell told WND. Most of the e-mails and phone calls he's received are from fellow Vietnam veterans, though he says some are from military personnel serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"Take a look at my website," Bendell said, "and the number of guest-book entries."

Bendell says the servicemembers in Iraq and Afghanistan who have contacted him have been "fervent" about their desire not to see Kerry as their commander in chief.

In his column, Bendell accuses Kerry of "rewriting history" through his 1971 testimony to Congress. In that speech, which has been referenced by many opponents of Kerry, he said of fellow soldiers in Vietnam: "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."

Writes Bendell:

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 bald-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, Sen. Kerry, to bypass character, integrity and morality. I earn my green beret over and over daily in all aspects of my life.

Since it was first posted on Feb. 11, Bendell's column has been passed all over the world via e-mail and has been posted on several different websites.

Besides criticizing Kerry's testimony before Congress, Bendell slams him for opposing a bill that would have helped the Montagnard people of Vietnam:

John Kerry, you personally derailed the Vietnam Human Rights Bill, H.R.2883, 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 POWs, when you held those reins in Congress. You have fought tooth and nail to push for the U.S. 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. Bendell says he has an expose coming out in the April issue of American Spectator that further details his charges against the senator.

In talking with WND, the veteran also criticized Kerry for marrying two women who happened to be multibillionaires: "I'm sure that it was true love," he said.

Emphasizing the fact his opinions do not represent any organization, Bendell mentioned he has been involved in non-political veteran groups, including a stint as president of the Rocky Mountain chapter of the Special Forces Association.

He says he tells Democrats to vote for John Edwards in the primaries: "Just don't vote for Kerry."

Bendell, who has spoken on many radio shows since his column gained popularity, is the author of several books and owns karate studios in Colorado.

The parting shot from Bendell in his column: "Medals do not make a man. Morals do."


TOPICS: Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: johnkerry; vietnam; warrecord
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1 posted on 02/26/2004 5:37:06 AM PST by beaureguard
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2 posted on 02/26/2004 5:41:01 AM PST by Coop ("Hero" is the last four-letter word I'd use to describe John Kerry)
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To: beaureguard
Haven't seen Bendell's article posted here previously. Another good article about JFK, and his postwar activity.
3 posted on 02/26/2004 5:41:05 AM PST by beaureguard (Herman Cain for Senate!)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; chesty_puller; kellynla

4 posted on 02/26/2004 5:41:59 AM PST by Coop ("Hero" is the last four-letter word I'd use to describe John Kerry)
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To: Coop

6 posted on 02/26/2004 5:43:24 AM PST by Paleo Conservative (Do not remove this tag under penalty of law.)
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To: newgeezer
ping
7 posted on 02/26/2004 5:44:42 AM PST by biblewonk (I must try to answer all bible questions.)
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To: beaureguard
I wish I could send this to Don.

Kerry

I thank you for your service,
Way back in Viet Nam.
But that is no free ticket,
To let you pull this scam.
You spit upon our nation,
Betrayed our young brave men.
You called them baby killers,
It’s not true now, nor then.
I’ll vote for Bush this coming fall,
And pray you'll go away.
If you should win, we all will lose,
That's all I have to say.

Conspiracy Guy 2/16/4
8 posted on 02/26/2004 5:46:17 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Conspiracy Guy's comments may not reflect his own opinions.)
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To: beaureguard
Excellent! ! ! !
We need to get this out, but NOT until Scarry is nominated.
just MHO
9 posted on 02/26/2004 5:47:44 AM PST by DeaconRed
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To: Coop
Do ya think this book cover will find it's way to any ads this fall? Double-edged sword?
10 posted on 02/26/2004 5:49:50 AM PST by Use It Or Lose It (JFKerry: Jane Fonda in a pin-striped suit.)
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To: beaureguard
Your medals and mine are not a free pass for lifetime, Sen. Kerry, to bypass character, integrity and morality.

Will this fit on a bumper sticker?

11 posted on 02/26/2004 5:50:10 AM PST by SpinyNorman
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To: Voter#537
From everything I've seen in the newspapers and on TV, he may well have the nomination wrapped up after next Tuesday.
12 posted on 02/26/2004 5:56:51 AM PST by beaureguard (Herman Cain for Senate!)
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To: beaureguard
Bendell says he has an expose coming out in the April issue of American Spectator that further details his charges against the senator.
13 posted on 02/26/2004 6:02:31 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: beaureguard
Its material like this that will stop lurch's campaign before it really gets started. Look there are rats who would literally vote for hitler before they voted for W but; the truth of what a piece of crap lurch really is, will deliver us the victory that we expected to get from running against how-odd? dean.
This is great stuff indeed!
14 posted on 02/26/2004 6:02:59 AM PST by jmaroneps37 ( lurch is dukakis with the eyebrows hacked off. That's the only difference.)
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To: beaureguard
Calling a democrat a liar is like saying rain is wet.

Ademocrat lies because he/she is incapable of telling the truth, even a simple one such as "the sun is shining".

The same applies to the main stream media.

Satan will tell the truth before either a democrat or a member of the main stream media does.
15 posted on 02/26/2004 6:07:07 AM PST by sport
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To: sport
"Calling a democrat a liar is like saying rain is wet."

One of my co-workers recently asked me what the difference was between Democrats and Republicans, my reply was, "you can catch a Republican lying but you can never catch a Democrat telling the truth".
16 posted on 02/26/2004 6:15:32 AM PST by RipSawyer (Mercy on a pore boy lemme have a dollar bill!)
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To: Paleo Conservative
Now, that is a very, very good bumper sticker/political slogan! Sends a buncha negative messages about Kerry -- I like it!!

Your work?
17 posted on 02/26/2004 6:18:40 AM PST by Taxman
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To: RipSawyer
Great reply.

I really like that.
18 posted on 02/26/2004 6:27:28 AM PST by sport
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To: sport
Calling a democrat a liar is like saying rain is wet.
I like that one!
19 posted on 02/26/2004 6:30:55 AM PST by wjcsux (A gun in the hand is better than a cop on the phone.)
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To: beaureguard
The parting shot from Bendell in his column: "Medals do not make a man. Morals do."

And a real war hero doesn't go around telling everyone he's a hero. Kerry is a fraud on so many levels.

20 posted on 02/26/2004 6:31:52 AM PST by mountaineer
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To: Taxman
Your work?

No. I'm just linking to a image posted on a previous thread about political bumber stickers.

21 posted on 02/26/2004 6:38:29 AM PST by Paleo Conservative (Do not remove this tag under penalty of law.)
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To: beaureguard
Attention Senator Kerry:

Having been born after the Vietnam War, I could care less about your service there. What you did 35 years ago makes no bearing on what you do today. President Bush, on the other hand, fulfills his job function as mandated by the US Constitution to defend freedom and liberty from the Islamikazes. I do not trust a Democrat to protect me from the Islamikazes. I do trust President Bush to do this. This makes my voting choice simple.

22 posted on 02/26/2004 6:38:49 AM PST by xrp
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To: beaureguard
bump for later
23 posted on 02/26/2004 6:40:36 AM PST by wewillnotfail (I am not a socialist but I play one on DU.)
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To: Coop
Coop, I don't know if you listen to the Laura Ingraham radio show but I was on her program Tuesday and I told Laura that I was with the 1st Battalion, 5th Marines in Viet Nam in 1969 and 1970 and that I had access to Marine Corps intelligence during those years and that there were no "mass atrocities" in Viet Nam. I also told her that Kerry was a bald face liar. I understand that Kerry has "backed off" from those slanderous attacks this week. Semper Fi, Kelly
24 posted on 02/26/2004 7:12:43 AM PST by kellynla (U.S.M.C. "C" 1/5 1st Mar Div. Viet Nam 69&70 Semper Fi VOTE "NO" ON PROPOSITIONS 55-58)
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To: kellynla
I've heard Laura in person, but haven't heard her show. I'm sure you were an excellent interview! Semper Fi, Bro.
25 posted on 02/26/2004 7:15:37 AM PST by Coop ("Hero" is the last four-letter word I'd use to describe John Kerry)
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To: beaureguard
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 bald-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, Sen. Kerry, to bypass character, integrity and morality. I earn my green beret over and over daily in all aspects of my life.

There had to have been individual soldiers and groups of soldiers who tried to help the ordinary people of Vietnam, but that was not the policy of the government we were supporting. I've seen interviews with VietNamese farmers who claimed that the VietMinh had given them land taken from absentee landlords (they had been sharecroppers with no hope of owning land), only to have the South Vietnamese government retake the territory, and hand the land back to the absentee landlords.

That's not the sort of cause most people would fight for, to say the least. That's sure as hell not the cause you draft anybody for.

26 posted on 02/26/2004 7:21:15 AM PST by greenwolf
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To: beaureguard
Kerry is less of a war hero than Benedict Arnold.

His name belongs right up there with Judas Iscariot and Ephilates.

He's a traitor.
27 posted on 02/26/2004 7:29:04 AM PST by ZULU (GOD BLESS SENATOR McCARTHY!!!!)
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To: PAC67
I'll be mailing this one around. Thanks!
28 posted on 02/26/2004 7:46:59 AM PST by FormerLib ("Homosexual marriage" is just another route to anarchy.)
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To: beaureguard
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.

Pretty easy to bat this one down. Kerry cited the Winter Soldier Investigation, not his own experience of the sensational war crimes.

Republican Senator Mark Hatfield called for an investigation of the WSI. The subsequent Naval Investigative Service supposedly unmasked the WSI witnesses as imposters, but no one can find that report..

A good group has started to see if they can expose the WSI:

http://ice.he.net/~freepnet/kerry/

They seem slow today - hopefully a popular site this season.

29 posted on 02/26/2004 7:50:01 AM PST by secretagent
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To: beaureguard
Last night on Hannity & Colmes, Oliver North brought up the subject of John Kerry and his 4 months in Vietnam and his medals, questioning the validity of it all. Colmes shut him down but they won't be able to silence this story all the many months until November.
30 posted on 02/26/2004 7:59:13 AM PST by BonnieJ
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To: beaureguard
"From everything I've seen in the newspapers and on TV, he may well have the nomination wrapped up after next Tuesday"

NEVER
NEVER
Did I say Never? Count your chickens till the eggs hatch. That means after the convention and the papers have been signed.
Not when the MEDIA says it is OK.
I really think Scary Kerry would be easier to beat than the Breck Girl. The Breck Girl could possibly carry some of the south.

31 posted on 02/26/2004 8:11:58 AM PST by DeaconRed
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To: BonnieJ
3 PH's, a Bronze Star and a Silver Star in 4 months...I don't think even Audie Murphy could have done that. LOL From what I understand it sounds more like the officers were giving each other medals. ROFLMAO
32 posted on 02/26/2004 8:22:24 AM PST by kellynla (U.S.M.C. "C" 1/5 1st Mar Div. Viet Nam 69&70 Semper Fi VOTE "NO" ON PROPOSITIONS 55-58)
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To: beaureguard
great great piece.

my bet (as stated elsewhere) is that Kerry's issues with his Vietnam service are his own, and are rooted in his own malformed conscience.

33 posted on 02/26/2004 8:29:50 AM PST by the invisib1e hand (do not remove this tag under penalty of law.)
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To: kellynla
Kerry was lying yet again when he "backed off" the slanderous attacks in claiming he was critical of leaders not the soldiers. His testimony is pretty clear and this will be an issue because Kerry is wrapping himself up as the great American war hero with that alone being his response for national security issues. All one has to do is look at how he turned on those in uniform when he got his way out of Vietnam with that third Purple Heart after 4 months. Right on home and turning on the soldiers. Just who we'd want for our Commander-in-Chief.
34 posted on 02/26/2004 8:45:18 AM PST by bushfamfan
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To: bushfamfan
Well it's been over 30 years in the making and I can't understand how the good people of Massachusetts could have ever elected Kerry as senator from their state but the lies are finally coming home to roost. Semper Fi, Kelly
35 posted on 02/26/2004 8:51:00 AM PST by kellynla (U.S.M.C. "C" 1/5 1st Mar Div. Viet Nam 69&70 Semper Fi VOTE "NO" ON PROPOSITIONS 55-58)
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To: beaureguard
I served up in Phu Bai in 1972, and while I was not out in the bush I knew those who were. I recall passing our food out to refugees as they walked past our camp. I also recall being called a baby killer when I returned home thanks to Kerry and his friends at VVAW. I knew of Kerry then, and I will recall when it is time to vote. In my opinion Kerry is in the same class as Benedict Arnold, both fought for there country and both betrayed it.
36 posted on 02/26/2004 8:54:11 AM PST by 20yearvet
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Without the use of a crystal ball, I predict, by the time the Democratic Convention is held Kerry will flame out. Hillary awaits!
37 posted on 02/26/2004 9:11:06 AM PST by Bringbackthedraft (I saved my "JEB" signs for 08. I'll use them in 04 if Hillary runs.)
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To: Voter#537
It will be interesting to see how well Breck Girl does here in GA next Tuesday. One poll (think there is another FR thread somewhere) has him closing in on Scary Kerry. I agree that BG would be a much tougher opponent for GWB here in the South than JFK.
38 posted on 02/26/2004 9:15:10 AM PST by beaureguard (Herman Cain for Senate!)
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To: beaureguard
"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 think that's was what the Viet Cong did to the indigenous Montagnards wasn't it?
39 posted on 02/26/2004 9:15:29 AM PST by Plumrodimus
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To: PAC67
Save & bump.
40 posted on 02/26/2004 9:21:19 AM PST by JimRed (Disinformation is the leftist's and enemy's friend; consider the source before believing.)
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To: kellynla
Well it's been over 30 years in the making and I can't understand how the good people of Massachusetts could have ever elected Kerry as senator from their state

Mass has no trouble reelecting a killer as Senator over and over. Why should they object to a traitor?

41 posted on 02/26/2004 9:29:18 AM PST by LexBaird ("I don't do diplomacy." - Donald Rumsfeld)
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To: beaureguard
We all gave away our candy bars and rations to kids,

Isn't giving those rations to civilians a war crime?

42 posted on 02/26/2004 10:26:11 AM PST by sharktrager (The last rebel without a cause in a world full of causes without a rebel.)
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To: Paleo Conservative
Needs alotta exposure!
43 posted on 02/26/2004 3:15:54 PM PST by Taxman
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To: mountaineer
FRaud on EVERY level?

Throughout his entire life -- what we have is Slick Willy redux -- deja vu (characterwise) all over again. And, further left than Der Sleichmeister.

44 posted on 02/26/2004 3:18:36 PM PST by Taxman
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To: kellynla
The way I understand it, he recommended himself for and wrote the narrative for each of his "awards."

There have to be surviving crewmen who have first-hand information re: Hanoi John Effing Kerry's bogus "bandaid" purple hearts and Bronze and Silver Stars.

And, he ran out on them to boot!

First rule of leadership -- take care of the troops! When the troops are taken care of, then the "0" (if he is worth a sh!t) can take care of his own needs.

The troops he left behind when he claimed the "three purple heart" rule (bogus rule?) and shagged a$$ out of the combat zone have got to be pi$$ed, still!
45 posted on 02/26/2004 3:27:36 PM PST by Taxman
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To: beaureguard
you personally quashed the efforts of any and all veterans to report sightings of living POWs, when you held those reins in Congress. You have fought tooth and nail to push for the U.S. 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. Bendell says he has an expose coming out in the April issue of American Spectator that further details his charges against the senator.

WOW!! That's the FIRST I've heard of this cozy deal!!!

46 posted on 02/26/2004 3:32:17 PM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion: The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: kellynla
Kerry says all this stuff happened, yet he didn't REPORT IT?? He should be STRIPPED of ANY medals he may have gotten.

Speaking of medals, is there a report as to what his injuries were and HOW he got them?

47 posted on 02/26/2004 3:36:31 PM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion: The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Ann Archy
Kerry's bio is floating around FR somewhere and if you do a little searching I think you can find it. 3 Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star and a Silver Star in 4 months? Yea...right...the officers must have been writing those commendations for each other in the Officers Club. Ooops, a paper cut! Where are those forms for the Purple Heart commendations? ROFLMAO
48 posted on 02/26/2004 5:50:42 PM PST by kellynla (U.S.M.C. "C" 1/5 1st Mar Div. Viet Nam 69&70 Semper Fi VOTE "NO" ON PROPOSITIONS 55-58)
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To: greenwolf
Can't speak for S.V. policy - but my Dad was a Colonel in the southern part. He normally worked 6 1/2 days a week, then spent Sunday afternoons helping at a nearby orphanage.

After his death in a helicopter in Apr 72, his brothers raised money and the oldest traveled to Vietnam to give it to the orphanage.

After the fall, my uncles tried to contact the orphanage. They never heard from anyone at the orphanage again.

The cause was just. The government of SV may not have been good, but it was good enoough to allow the orphans to be cared for, and to allow Americans to help.

My Dad's third war was his last - but I'm confident he never raped, tortured, or abused folks for fun or for policy, as JFKerry so slanderously charges!
49 posted on 02/26/2004 6:08:08 PM PST by Mr Rogers
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To: Mr Rogers
Your relatives plainly did the best anybody could with the situation they ran up against.

The cause was just. The government of SV may not have been good, but it was good enoough to allow the orphans to be cared for, and to allow Americans to help.

For the sort of effort that got put into Nam, that in my view is not good enough. It's certainly not good enough to draft anybody into.

In Nixon's place in Feb of 69, I'd have called the joint chiefs into a room and laid out some sort of a law, like what if anything do you guys figure you can accomplish in Nam in a year starting from now, without using draftees in combat roles, without using vast sums of money, and basically just using the kinds of assets you use to play such games with, professional soldiers, soldiers of fortune, air power, our battleships, and special ops. I'd have had no qualms about any sort of an assault on North Vietnam under those rules. If they'd told me they couldn't accomplish anything in Nam in a year with those constraints, I'd have ended the whole thing immediately.

50 posted on 02/26/2004 6:38:52 PM PST by greenwolf
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