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Kerry 'Unfit to be Commander-in-Chief', Say Former Military Colleagues
CNSNEWS.com ^ | 5/03/04 | Marc Morano

Posted on 05/03/2004 3:07:25 AM PDT by kattracks

(CNSNews.com) - Hundreds of former commanders and military colleagues of presumptive Democratic nominee John Kerry are set to declare in a signed letter that he is "unfit to be commander-in-chief." They will do so at a press conference in Washington on Tuesday.

"What is going to happen on Tuesday is an event that is really historical in dimension," John O'Neill, a Vietnam veteran who served in the Navy as a PCF (Patrol Craft Fast) boat commander, told CNSNews.com . The event, which is expected to draw about 25 of the letter-signers, is being organized by a newly formed group called Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.

"We have 19 of 23 officers who served with [Kerry]. We have every commanding officer he ever had in Vietnam. They all signed a letter that says he is unfit to be commander-in-chief," O'Neill said.

O'Neill, currently a Houston, Texas, based attorney, is no stranger to Kerry. O'Neill served in the same naval unit as Kerry and commanded Kerry's swift boat after Kerry returned to the United States. Kerry's command of the PCF boat lasted four months and ended shortly after he received his third Purple Heart. According to naval regulations at the time, any soldier who received three Purple Hearts could request a transfer out of the combat zone.

Kerry and O'Neill engaged in a nationally televised debate in 1971 on The Dick Cavett Show over Kerry's allegations that many Vietnam soldiers had routinely engaged in atrocities such as raping and cutting off ears and heads of Vietnamese soldiers and citizens. Kerry was the then spokesman for the anti-war group Vietnam Veterans Against the War.

"We are going to be presenting a letter that deals with Kerry's unfitness to be commander and chief that has been signed by hundreds of swift boat sailors, including most of those who served with Kerry," O'Neill explained.

"The ranks of the people signing [the letter] range from admiral down to seaman, and they run across the entire spectrum of politics, specialties, and political feelings about the Vietnam War," he added.

Among those scheduled to attend the event at the National Press Club and declare Kerry unfit for the role of commander-in-chief are retired Naval Rear Admiral Roy Hoffman, who was the commander of the Navy Coastal Surveillance Force, which included the swift boats on which Kerry served.

Also scheduled to be present at the event is Kerry's former commanding officer, Lt. Commander Grant Hibbard. Hibbard recently questioned whether Kerry deserved the first of his three Purple Hearts that he received in Vietnam. Hibbard doubted both the severity of the wound and whether it resulted from enemy fire.

"I've had thorns from a rose that were worse" than Kerry's wound for which he received a Purple Heart, Hibbard told the Boston Globe in April.

Organizers are confident that Tuesday's event and the letter with hundreds of signatures will educate people about Kerry.

"It is one of the largest outpourings of concern about him being commander-in-chief that anybody could have in a presidential campaign and it is by the people who know him best," O'Neill said.

'Unfit Commander-in-Chief'


Swift Boat Veterans For Truth maintains that Kerry's fellow Vietnam veterans are almost uniform in their disdain for his military service and anti-war protests.

"Not only a majority of the people who served with him feel that way, but a vast and overwhelming majority," O'Neill said. He added that more than "ninety percent of the people contacted by Swift Boat Veterans for Truth responded to the request to sign their name, with only 12 declining to sign.

"Comrades who actually served with him, almost all of them, are opposed to him, and believe he would be an unfit commander in chief and intend to bring the truth of his actual record to the attention of the American people," O'Neill said.

O'Neill hopes the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth can reveal to the American people what he sees as Kerry's flawed character.

"In the military, loyalty between commanders and the troops serving them is a two-way street. We have here a guy (Kerry) that with all of us in the field [in Vietnam] -- actually fighting the North Vietnamese -- came home and then falsely accused all of us of war crimes at a time when the people in uniform couldn't even respond," O'Neill said.

"And he did that knowing that was a lie," he added.

'Real John Kerry'


B. G. Burkett, author of the book Stolen Valor and a military researcher, believes that Tuesday's event will not be dismissed easily by Kerry's campaign as a "partisan" attack.

"There are probably just as many Democrats amongst sailors who sailed swift boats as there are Republicans. What Kerry fails to realize is this has nothing to do with politics -- this has to with Vietnam Veterans who served, who have a beef with John Kerry's service, both during and after the war," Burkett told CNSNews.com.

"The American people do not know John Kerry and hopefully the swift boat crews and other Vietnam veterans will make sure that the American public knows the real John Kerry," he added.

Jim Loftus of Kerry's press office referred questions about Swift Boat Veterans for Truth's event on Tuesday to spokesman David Wade. Wade did not return CNSNews.com's requests for comment.

See Related Articles:
Kerry in 1971: 'Our Democracy is a Farce'
Kerry Still Backpedaling on Presence at 1971 Anti-War Meetings (03/24/2004)
Kerry Lying About Anti-War Past, Supporter Alleges (03/18/2004)


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1 posted on 05/03/2004 3:07:25 AM PDT by kattracks
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To: kattracks
Hey John F. Have a nice day!

Xin loi.
2 posted on 05/03/2004 3:12:26 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: kattracks
Per Al Franken, these people are qualified to pass judgement on Kerry's military ability.
3 posted on 05/03/2004 3:12:58 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: kattracks
Wonder if it will get ANY press coverage other than maybe FNC?
4 posted on 05/03/2004 3:13:08 AM PDT by lainde (Heads up...We're coming and we've got tongue blades!!)
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To: Rebelbase
or lack thereof.
5 posted on 05/03/2004 3:13:20 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: kattracks
Heh-heh-heh... gonna be mighty tough for the DUmmies to tar these guys as being "just a lousy buncha chickenhawks," ain't it...? :)
6 posted on 05/03/2004 3:17:14 AM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle (I feel more and more like a revolted Charlton Heston, witnessing ape society for the very first time)
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To: backhoe
In case you have not seen this yet.
7 posted on 05/03/2004 3:18:27 AM PDT by Just mythoughts
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To: kattracks
Which the left wing conspiracy will promptly ignore....the American people however will not ignore Kerry's service record (or lackthereof)- the good people that is...
8 posted on 05/03/2004 3:23:48 AM PDT by joesnuffy (Moderate Islam Is For Dilettantes)
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To: kattracks
bump
9 posted on 05/03/2004 3:24:21 AM PDT by freedom9
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To: kattracks
bttt ,and marked
10 posted on 05/03/2004 3:30:14 AM PDT by righthand man (WE'RE SOUTHERN AND PROUD OF IT)
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To: kattracks
Bravo Zulu, Swift Boat Veterans for Truth!

Hanoin John Effing Kerry must not be elected President of the United States of America.
11 posted on 05/03/2004 3:31:58 AM PDT by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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To: Just mythoughts

12 posted on 05/03/2004 3:32:34 AM PDT by backhoe
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To: Taxman
PS Hanoi John Effing Kerry is wholly unfit to serve as a US Senator, much less Commander-in-Chief!
13 posted on 05/03/2004 3:33:00 AM PDT by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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To: tet68
There's a great bumper sticker in bright red available on the net, Vietnam Veterans Against John Kerry. My SUV proudly sports one.
Who were you with?
For the benefit of other Freepers, "xin loi" = Vietnamese for "Sorry about that"!
14 posted on 05/03/2004 3:33:02 AM PDT by Viet Vet in Augusta GA
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To: kattracks
He's not fit to be a Senator of a old, hacked up, corrupt, welfare filled state of knee walking socialist....oh..nevermind.
15 posted on 05/03/2004 3:41:16 AM PDT by Leisler (Everything is forbidden except when expressly permitted.)
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To: Viet Vet in Augusta GA
Another thread today reports that Kerry isntoday kicking off a new adveetising campaing, touting his experience in Vietnam, which is viewd as his stronges attribut. Talk about rotten timing..(G)
16 posted on 05/03/2004 3:43:19 AM PDT by ken5050 (Ann Coulter needs to have children ASAP to propagate her genes.....any volunteers?)
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To: kattracks
Not so fast.
Lets at least wait till the befoon gets the nomination.
We are making it too easy for the DNC to drop this idiot.
17 posted on 05/03/2004 3:52:22 AM PDT by DeaconRed (sKerry did a flip flop, stepped on a pop top, got a purple heart, threw it away. Or did he?)
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To: kattracks
btt
18 posted on 05/03/2004 3:57:45 AM PDT by GailA (Kerry I'm for the death penalty for terrorist, but I'll declare a moratorium on the death penalty)
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To: GailA
Wait till the VRWC starts to get this out..Will C-span cover it?..
19 posted on 05/03/2004 4:09:51 AM PDT by ken5050 (Ann Coulter needs to have children ASAP to propagate her genes.....any volunteers?)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
Heh-heh-heh... gonna be mighty tough for the DUmmies to tar these guys as being "just a lousy buncha chickenhawks," ain't it...?

Not really. It should be easy for them as they are not required to be consistent. Besides, they can tar them all as Clinton-hating, racist homophobes and demand that taxes be raised on them (and everybody else).

20 posted on 05/03/2004 4:10:26 AM PDT by 17th Miss Regt
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To: Leisler
Hopefully Kerry will seek refuge in Canada with his "manservant".
mc
21 posted on 05/03/2004 4:19:34 AM PDT by mcshot (...and much it grieves my heart to think what man has made of man")
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To: 17th Miss Regt
This is the kind of story that takes a few days to grow. Kerry can't ignore it..yet he can't also slander all these guys....it's gonna be a big problem for him..You;ll see this in the NY Post on Wednesday, and FoxNews, then , a day later, in the WSJ...
22 posted on 05/03/2004 4:19:42 AM PDT by ken5050 (Ann Coulter needs to have children ASAP to propagate her genes.....any volunteers?)
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To: kattracks
COOL! This must be the bombshell we've been getting all the teasers about.
23 posted on 05/03/2004 4:20:57 AM PDT by cake_crumb (UN Resolutions = Very Expensive, Very SCRATCHY Toilet Paper)
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To: kattracks
"We have 19 of 23 officers who served with [Kerry]. We have every commanding officer he ever had in Vietnam. They all signed a letter that says he is unfit to be commander-in-chief," O'Neill said.

If they really are able to produce a letter signed by all the people described above, it is a true bombshell and one that even the liberal mainstream media will be unable to ignore.

24 posted on 05/03/2004 4:28:53 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: Voter#537
Voter#537 nailed it. I wish they waited until AFTER the nomination. If this is a real problem for Kerry, it gives the Dems a chance (and reason) to drop him and call upon the savior, Hildebeast.
25 posted on 05/03/2004 4:30:10 AM PDT by JBBooks
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To: kattracks
bttt
26 posted on 05/03/2004 4:34:46 AM PDT by jslade (People who are easily offended, OFFEND ME!)
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To: JBBooks
The Hildebeast can be beaten, too. Let's not forget the junior senator is a part of the Clinton Kiss of Political Death team. Sure she won, but NY voters are notoriously stupid, plus she used vote fraud. She went to Afghanistan and Iraq and told our soldiers Americans hate the war and they're all gonna die over there for nothing. Bubba refused to take Binny when Sudan offered. Neither Clinton has exactly a stellar record.
27 posted on 05/03/2004 4:37:35 AM PDT by cake_crumb (UN Resolutions = Very Expensive, Very SCRATCHY Toilet Paper)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
Wonder if Lautenberg will call these guys "chicken-hawks"?
28 posted on 05/03/2004 4:38:20 AM PDT by mware
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To: ken5050
..yet he can't also slander all these guys....

In general, I agree with what you are saying, except for this part. I am sure he has his Carvilles out there digging up any dirt he can on all of these folks so that he can tar them as degenerates, perverts and child molesters. He certainly can't argue with them over whether their opinions are true or not. So he will smear them all, if he thinks he needs to.

29 posted on 05/03/2004 4:39:35 AM PDT by 17th Miss Regt
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To: tet68
LOL, just heard on Fox & Friends that Kerry is starting a blitz of commericals touting his military record.

I hope that Carl has the video camera running tomorrow. Should make some good commericals.

30 posted on 05/03/2004 4:40:14 AM PDT by mware
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
gonna be mighty tough for the DUmmies to tar these guys as being "just a lousy buncha chickenhawks," ain't it...? :)

They're just jealous, that's all.
Yeah, THATS's the ticket!

31 posted on 05/03/2004 4:40:57 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: mware
Wonder if Lautenberg will call these guys "chicken-hawks"?

Heh. Lautenberg: The other white meat.

32 posted on 05/03/2004 4:47:56 AM PDT by Egon (Yo, PETA: Salad = Food of my Food! Feel free to stumble into a pigpen, so I can eat you too!)
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To: joesnuffy
"....the American people however will not ignore Kerry's service record (or lackthereof)- the good people that is..."

Kerry won't allow anyone to ignore his Viet Nam service...up until now that is. After this letter is made public he might want to change his stategy. He may wish he never hung his political hat on his service.
33 posted on 05/03/2004 4:56:24 AM PDT by mrtysmm
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To: kattracks
Perfect timing for this with JF'nK's "new" ad campaign starting this week to counter the Bush Team "attacks".

The Pase Patrician might be just as entertaining as Dean as the campaign desperation widens.
34 posted on 05/03/2004 5:00:16 AM PDT by Prov1322 (Enjoy my wife's incredible artwork at www.watercolorARTwork.com! (This space no longer for rent))
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To: Prov1322
Oops! Pase was supposed to be Pate, but then again it could be Passe...never mind!
35 posted on 05/03/2004 5:01:42 AM PDT by Prov1322 (Enjoy my wife's incredible artwork at www.watercolorARTwork.com! (This space no longer for rent))
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To: kattracks
WOW! Great catch. I will look for it on CNNABCCBSNBC! hehe
36 posted on 05/03/2004 5:13:59 AM PDT by Ahban
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To: ken5050
Talk about rotten timing..(G)

Kind of reminds me of Al Gore *L*

37 posted on 05/03/2004 5:16:00 AM PDT by Mo1 (Make Michael Moore cry.... DONATE MONTHLY!!!)
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To: joesnuffy
"....the American people however will not ignore Kerry's service record (or lackthereof)- the good people that is..."

Kerry won't allow anyone to ignore his Viet Nam service...up until now that is. After this letter is made public he might want to change his strategy. He may wish he never hung his political hat on his service.
38 posted on 05/03/2004 5:17:45 AM PDT by mrtysmm
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To: kattracks
Bump!
39 posted on 05/03/2004 5:31:09 AM PDT by The Mayor (Don't let tragedy steal your trust in God.)
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To: kattracks; All
Oboyoboy, this story's got legs - to jump straight down The Memory Hole.

Does anyone here REALLY think The Sheep will listen, unless it's a name they recognize?
40 posted on 05/03/2004 5:42:13 AM PDT by Old Sarge
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To: kattracks
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41 posted on 05/03/2004 5:49:43 AM PDT by Mia T (Stop Clintons' Undermining Machinations (The acronym is the message.))
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To: kattracks
"We have 19 of 23 officers who served with [Kerry]. We have every commanding officer he ever had in Vietnam. They all signed a letter that says he is unfit to be commander-in-chief," O'Neill said.

It will be very interesting to see how the partisan media covers this story.

42 posted on 05/03/2004 5:56:39 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The democRATS are near the tipping point.)
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To: kattracks
Is the press conference sponsored by Hillary Clinton?
43 posted on 05/03/2004 6:00:55 AM PDT by doug from upland (Don't wait until it is too late to stop Hillary -- do something today!)
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To: kattracks
Let's see, I would expect wall to wall coverage on the nightly snooze shows, then every morning show on Wednesday, every lib radio news broadcast top of the hour for a week. Nightly interviews with each participant on dumball's show. Group photos of them all on all CNN shows and every 24/7's lead story.

Oh wait, it's not about Bush's guard service or dental exam.
44 posted on 05/03/2004 6:04:30 AM PDT by snooker
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To: Rebelbase
"Per Al Franken, these people are qualified to pass judgement on Kerry's military ability."

Al Franken... Al Franken... Didn't he used to have a radio program?

45 posted on 05/03/2004 6:10:45 AM PDT by Redbob
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To: kattracks
This has the potentiality to be HUGE!
This may be the final nail in the coffin for the traitor.
Too bad it's taken over thirty years for the media and Kerry's fellow sailors to come forward.
I suspect the DNC has Senator Klintoon in the cow pen warming up.

Semper Fi,
Kelly
46 posted on 05/03/2004 6:18:05 AM PDT by kellynla (U.S.M.C. 1/5 1st Mar Div. Nam 69&70 Semper Fi http://www.vietnamveteransagainstjohnkerry.com)
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To: prairiebreeze; OldFriend
Kerry's fellow soldiers set to tell the world he isn't fit to be commander in chief.

Didn't Cheney just say that? LOL
47 posted on 05/03/2004 6:26:33 AM PDT by Peach
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To: kattracks
BUMP!
48 posted on 05/03/2004 6:26:44 AM PDT by jmstein7 (Real Men Don't Need Chunks of Government Metal on Their Chests to be Heroes)
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To: kattracks
Based on his reaction to Charlie Gibson last week, Frenchie may spontaneously combust tomorrow.
49 posted on 05/03/2004 6:27:26 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham
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To: lainde
Would say chances are slim to none that any network other than Fox will cover this press conference.

Figure Washington Times will also report! That about sums up the D.C./national media!
50 posted on 05/03/2004 6:32:14 AM PDT by PhiKapMom (AOII Mom -- Support Bush-Cheney '04 -- Losing is not an Option!)
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