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John Kerry's Bright Shining Lie (Exclusive to HUMAN EVENTS)
Human Events Online ^ | February 27, 2004 | Patrick J. Buchanan

Posted on 02/27/2004 7:13:15 AM PST by hinterlander

"I fought against Richard Nixon's war," John Kerry roared the night of his breakthrough in the Iowa caucuses.

"Nixon's War" has become a signature slur of Kerry's campaign to win the office Nixon held when Kerry was rubbishing Vietnam and the behavior in battle of the American soldiers who fought there.

In April of 1971, I was in the White House when Vietnam Veterans Against the War camped out on the mall, cursed the Nixon Administration, and threw their medals over the fence. John Kerry spent that week with friends in Georgetown and testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

What he told Sen. William Fulbright's (D.-Ark.) committee and NBC's "Meet the Press" was that America was engaged in genocide, that he and his warrior comrades had perpetrated atrocities, that their officers knew and approved of it, that our leaders were "war criminals."

Liberalism's War

Kerry told the Senate that 150 honorably discharged veterans, many of them highly decorated, had "testified to war crimes committed in Southeast Asia . . . on a day-to-day basis with the full awareness of officers at all levels of command." As Kerry"s lurid depiction ran:

"[T]hey had personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wire from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown 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. . . ."

Kerry has lately backed away from the more sensational of these charges. Yet still he calls it "Nixon's War."

This is slander. This is scape-goating. This is a bright shining lie by a man who showed bravery in battle but lacks the moral courage to tell the truth. This was not Nixon's War. It was Liberalism's War, the war into which The Best and Brightest of the New Frontier plunged this country. It was the war the liberals began, but could not win. Ousted from power, they turned in rage and resentment against Nixon when it appeared in 1973 he had ended the war in success and brought our troops and POWs home in honor.

That is why the Left had to bring him down. They could not abide the notion that Nixon succeeded in a war they had declared that America should never have fought and could not win.

What is the true history of that war?

When Nixon left the vice presidency on Jan. 20, 1961, there were 600 U.S. advisers in Vietnam and no U.S. war.

On Nov. 22, 1963, the day Kennedy died, there were 16,000 U.S. advisers in Vietnam, 25 times as many as were there when Ike and Nixon had left.

Only weeks earlier, Kennedy had approved of the coup that had led to the murder of President Diem, and massive U.S. involvement.

In 1964 Barry Goldwater demanded, "Why Not Victory?" To which LBJ replied, "Americans boys ought not to be doing the fighting that Asian boys ought to be doing for themselves."

But LBJ had already planned an escalation. In August of 1964 came the Tonkin Gulf incident between U.S. destroyers and North Vietnamese gunboats. A Democratic House voted 416 to 0 and a Democratic Senate 88 to 2 to authorize LBJ to take us into war.

That November, Johnson carried 61% of the vote. Democrats added to their strength in both houses of Congress. Liberals dominated this capital, its media, its culture, as they had not since FDR.

For all eight years of the Kennedy-Johnson tenure, more and more U.S. troops poured into Vietnam. When Nixon took office in 1969, some 525,000 U.S. troops were in Vietnam or on the way, and 35,000 had died. Kerry was first wounded in the Mekong while LBJ was still President.

How, then, can Kerry call it "Nixon's War"?

By the end of his first year, Nixon had reduced U.S. forces in Vietnam by scores of thousands. Yet as he was bringing the men and boys home and trying to save South Vietnam from a bloodbath, the liberal establishment that had marched us into Vietnam began to blame Nixon for Vietnam.

In October and November of 1969, hundreds of thousands of demonstrators surrounded the White House. Airborne troops were in the basement of the EOB.

Wrote the Washington Post's David Broder: "The men and the movement that broke Lyndon Johnson's authority in 1968 are out to break Richard M. Nixon in 1969. The likelihood is great that they will succeed again."

But Nixon did not break. He called on the Great Silent Majority to stand with him for "peace with honor." And the people did stand by him.

In April 1970 Nixon ordered the enemy sanctuaries in Cambodia, from which U.S. troops were being attacked, cleaned out. Two months after the incursion, U.S. casualties fell by 50%. In the spring of 1972, when Hanoi refused to negotiate in good faith, Nixon mined Haiphong and bombed Hanoi. When Hanoi began to renege on its commitments made in Paris, Nixon ordered the Christmas bombing.

From his first day in office, Nixon was determined to end the division of his country and bring the troops home, but not in defeat or disgrace. He put his presidency on the line to give South Vietnam a fighting chance for freedom from the evil regime Ho Chi Minh had created in the North. If Kerry thinks what Nixon did was a war crime, let him ask John McCain what he felt when he heard the bombs falling on the Hanoi rail yards.

In his testimony to the Fulbright Committee, Kerry declared that, "to attempt to justify the loss of one American life in Vietnam, Cambodia or Laos by linking such loss to the preservation of freedom . . . is to us the height of criminal hypocrisy."

Tell that to the families of the South Vietnamese executed in the thousands and sent in the tens of thousands to the "reeducation camps" when Saigon fell. Tell that to the families of the million Cambodians who perished in the Killing Fields.

Why has Kerry never acknowledged he was wrong? Why has he never apologized for having been a fool and for having slandered the memory of the 58,000 Americans who died to prevent these horrors?

Vietnam was not only the "noble cause" Ronald Reagan declared it to be. It was a winnable war. And Richard Nixon did not lose it. He sacrificed his presidency to end it with honor for the Americans who had fought and with freedom for the South Vietnamese for whom they had fought. Nixon tried, and, yes, he failed.

But it was the American Left and the movement an ambitious John Kerry joined, after he came home, that poured down a sewer everything for which 58,000 Americans gave their lives.

For the truth about Vietnam is this. That war was not lost in Asia. U.S. soldiers did not lose a single battle. That war was lost in the United States. Who lost Vietnam? That question still sticks in the craw of this country and it shall until this generation passes away.

In their hearts the American people know the answer. This war was lost by a national establishment that plunged us into it, could not win or end it, broke and ran, and sabotaged Nixon's effort to end it with honor. These were the guilty men.

The greatest of the war crimes was not committed in Vietnam. It was committed here, in this city, when Congress, prodded and pushed by Nixon-haters, tied his hands, restricted U.S. bombing, slashed military aid to the South, leaving our ally at the mercy of invading armies from the North supplied by Moscow and Beijing. These are the people who bear moral responsibility for the loss of Vietnam, the horrors that followed, and the holocaust in Cambodia.

What John Kerry did in Vietnam was honorable. What he did after that war--sliming the troops as mad dogs and war criminals--was disgraceful and dishonorable, and contributed to the loss of Vietnam and the humiliation of our country.

Truth be told, many leftists welcomed America's defeat. Some ran to New York to welcome the Hanoi delegation to the UN. Others marched under Viet Cong flags in demonstrations and were welcomed as they chanted their mocking slogan, "Ho, Ho, Ho Chi Minh, the NLF is going to win!" It was not only Jane Fonda who was guilty of treason in that time.

As for Richard Nixon, whatever his sins, he was a patriot who loved his country and her soldiers, and did his damnedest to bring her fighting men home with the honor they deserved. Ask the POWs.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2004; buchanan; democrat; democratic; geneva; hochiminh; jfk; kerry; lbj; left; liberal; nixon; nixonswar; nomination; nominee; patbuchanan; testify; testimony; vietnam; vietnamwar

1 posted on 02/27/2004 7:13:16 AM PST by hinterlander
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To: hinterlander
Vietnam was America's war. It was part of the bigger Cold War.

Vietnam was the last time national leaders in the Democratic and Republican parties acted together in the nation's best interest.

By teh end of the Vietnam War, liberals decided that America should not use its military for its own nation interests. Liberals now think the military should be exclusively used when America's national interests are not at stake (Kosovo, Bosnia, Somalia, Haiti).

2 posted on 02/27/2004 7:18:05 AM PST by SolidSupplySide
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To: hinterlander
We freepers have been noting for weeks Kerry's use of the phrase "Nixon's War" and we have been pointing out the falseness of this statement, plus analyzed the reasons Kerry uses this phrase.

3 posted on 02/27/2004 7:21:14 AM PST by cyncooper ("Maybe they were hoping he'd lose the next Iraqi election")
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To: hinterlander
Slime, disgrace, dishonor - they must be talking about Democrats again.
4 posted on 02/27/2004 7:21:19 AM PST by Enterprise ("Do you know who I am?")
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To: SolidSupplySide
Vietnam was the last time national leaders in the Democratic and Republican parties acted together in the nation's best interest.

Dole said it right when he said it was the Democrat's War. It was a police action, and Johnson never had any intention of doing what was necessary to win it outright.

Of course, Nixon was between a rock and a hard place,and the antiwar leftists have since then rewritten history once again..

5 posted on 02/27/2004 7:23:04 AM PST by Nonstatist
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To: hinterlander
You can go back to Truman for the seeds of the war. Ho Chi Minh went to WashDC after the war to offer Cam Ranh Bay as an American Naval base if Truman would keep Roosevelt's promise to refuse to help European nations from reclaiming their colonies. Truman refused to meet Ho and instead supported the French return to Vietnam. In hindsight a horrible blunder.

This and the Koreran War, another Democrat blunder, for some reason get left out of any discussion about the great Truman.

6 posted on 02/27/2004 7:24:07 AM PST by Seruzawa (If you agree with the French raise your hand... if you are French raise both hands.)
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To: hinterlander
if athe war belonged to anybody, I'd have to say it was LBJ. he was certainly the most hawkish about it.
7 posted on 02/27/2004 7:25:35 AM PST by camle (keep your mind open and somebody will fill it with something for you))
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To: hinterlander
That whole 60's era was screwed up by liberals. We need a complete do over, as far as I'm concerned. Give us a chance to change it for the better.

Even my father, a lib, has no respect for the John Kerry liberal. My father has too much respect for the uniform, whether he hates President Bush or not.
8 posted on 02/27/2004 7:26:13 AM PST by writer33 (The U.S. Constitution defines a Conservative)
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To: Enterprise
Sam Brown was a leader of the antiwar movement and a bum appointed by Carter to be head of the Peace Corps and by Clinton to be "ambassador" to the Conference on European Security but denied confirmation by the Senate. Sam Brown went to the UN in 1975 to "congratulate" the communists on their "victory" achieved through the help of scum like himself.
9 posted on 02/27/2004 7:29:37 AM PST by laconic
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To: hinterlander
Every so often, Pat manages to get good wood on the ball.
11 posted on 02/27/2004 7:36:08 AM PST by Chi-townChief
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To: hinterlander
They call it "Nixon's War" because Nixon is the only republican president they can link it to without having to go back before John Kennedy. It's just more dishonesty from the people that can't exist without dishonesty.
12 posted on 02/27/2004 7:52:08 AM PST by whereasandsoforth (tagged for migratory purposes only)
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To: Chi-townChief
Home Run for Real!
13 posted on 02/27/2004 7:53:32 AM PST by AmericanMade1776
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To: hinterlander
Has the "conventional wisdom" ever been so wrong about anything as it is about the Vietnam War?
14 posted on 02/27/2004 7:54:54 AM PST by Califelephant
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To: Seruzawa
the Koreran War, another Democrat blunder

Blunder? Not hardly.
15 posted on 02/27/2004 10:03:00 AM PST by Valin (America is the land mine between barbarism and civilization.)
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To: Valin
I consider that Truman's decision to NOT arm the South Korean Army effectively WAS a serious blunder. They were armed only with small arms and a few small artillery pieces while the NKs were building up a mass of T34s and other heAVY gear.

Appeasement never works.

16 posted on 02/27/2004 3:04:43 PM PST by Seruzawa (If you agree with the French raise your hand... if you are French raise both hands.)
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To: dennisw; Cachelot; Yehuda; Nix 2; veronica; Catspaw; knighthawk; Alouette; Optimist; weikel; ...
If you'd like to be on or off this middle east/political ping list, please FR mail me.
17 posted on 03/03/2004 8:07:04 PM PST by SJackson (The Passion: Where were all the palestinians?)
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To: hinterlander
I have had idiots try to blame Nixon for the war by saying that it was his fault for not getting us out faster.
18 posted on 03/03/2004 8:26:41 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Even if the government took all your earnings, you wouldn’t be, in its eyes, a slave.)
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To: Enterprise
Nixon's war? Hell, there are pictures of LBJ personally picking targets as if it were some sort of game!
19 posted on 03/03/2004 8:27:49 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Even if the government took all your earnings, you wouldn’t be, in its eyes, a slave.)
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To: Seruzawa; SolidSupplySide; Nonstatist
<< But LBJ had already planned an escalation. In August of 1964 came the Tonkin Gulf incident between U.S. destroyers and North Vietnamese gunboats. A Democratic House voted 416 to 0 and a Democratic Senate 88 to 2 to authorize LBJ to take us into war. >>

The only place the so-called "Tonkin Gulf incident" occured was in the hatred-driven delusional fantasies of such of the un-and-anti-American pantheist-left's pustulant propagandists as the loathsome and fearsome Joseph Goebbels-cloned Bill Moyers and Jack Valente.

And in LBJ's every Moyers-authored military-industrial-complex lickspittling and war-mongering diatribe, from which, let it never be forgotten, failed school-teacher Johnson -- and every other along-for-the-ride "DemocRAT" -- made obscenely-corrupt fortunes.
20 posted on 03/03/2004 9:59:11 PM PST by Brian Allen ("He who dares not offend cannot be honest." - Thomas Paine)
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To: hinterlander
John Kerry surrounded himself with liars...

Excerpt from: Nixon thought Kerry was a phony..thread here at FR.

Kerry relied upon phonies and wannabes for support. His prominence has allowed current phonies and wannabes to continue the unsubstantiated allegations made all those years ago and which Kerry appears to condone even today. For example:

Elton Mazione, claiming Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW) credentials, Kerry's original organization, along with his friends, John Laboon, Eddie Swetz, and Kenneth Van Lesser. They claimed to kill children and remove body parts as part of the notorious Phoenix program. They were neither in Phoenix nor in Vietnam.

Kerry's VVAW leader friend from 1971, Al Hubbard, lied about being an officer, Vietnam Veteran, and sustaining war injuries. Michael Harbert, another VVAW crony of Kerry, lied about his Vietnam service.

Frank Dux: He charged many recognizable Vietnam vets with using techniques bordering on war crimes. Dux was a fraud and non Vietnam Veteran.

Yoshia K. Chee claimed we in Vietnam routinely resorted to the most hideous forms of torture, threw people out of helicopters, and decapitated prisoners. He was a phony.

Mike Beamon, an alleged SEAL and Phoenix assassin, was never in the military.

The Senator's own VVAW and similar groups relied upon people like: K. Barton Osborn, a Vietnam veteran and testifier of atrocities to Congress. He told of prisoners being thrown out of helicopters, a woman starved to death, a prisoner being killed by a six inch dowel pushed through his ear. Osborn was not in Phoenix, refused to name names, and provided no documentation.

Lieutenants Francis Reitemeyer and Michael J. Cohn. Both sought conscientious objector status because of Phoenix. Reitemeyer testified to being assigned to Phoenix as an adviser and maintained a kill quota of fifty bodies a month. They became famous as My Lai hit the news. Neither served in Vietnam, in Phoenix, or had any first hand information. Reitemeyer later denied receiving any assassination training. Both were at Ft. Holabird when I underwent my intelligence training there.

26 posted on 01/20/2004 2:30:55 PM PST by Light Speed

21 posted on 03/03/2004 10:20:39 PM PST by Light Speed
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To: SJackson
bump!
22 posted on 03/04/2004 1:06:43 AM PST by lainde (Heads up...We're coming and we've got tongue blades!!)
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To: hinterlander
In April 1970 Nixon ordered the enemy sanctuaries in Cambodia, from which U.S. troops were being attacked, cleaned out. Two months after the incursion, U.S. casualties fell by 50%.

Nixon did manage (despite the 5th column) to negotiate a peace that may well have held if Congress had not undermined it and abandoned our obligations to South Vietnam, but Nixon was faced with a nearly impossible strategic situation, and the above passage illustrates why: North Vietnam was ensconced in Laos and Cambodia, which gave them nearly unrestricted access to insert supplies for their insurgents, and/or North Vietnamese troops or agents, almost anywhere along South Vietnam's entire Western border.

Eisenhower understood how untenable this would be, and informed Kennedy during the transition that defending Laos was the strategic key to defending the rest of Indochina. Arguably Kennedy lost the war -- or made it virtually unwinnable -- nearly eight years before Nixon came to office, by refusing to defend Laos (where strong indigenous anti-Vietnamese sentiment would have made the kind of insurgent war conducted against us in South Vietnam nearly impossible). Kennedy then compounded his error by refusing to commit the forces his generals told him were necessary to win the insurgent war.

23 posted on 03/04/2004 12:49:56 PM PST by Stultis
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