Frankly, I'm in a turmoil here, trying to convince myself that I didn't buy into some of the stereotypes Kerry made about people MY OWN AGE.....friends of mine, relatives.
This has hit me hard; I'm afraid I might have believed some of the crap he spewed! I'm afraid he and his merry band of thugs may have colored my perception of what went on over there.
I am greatly relieved that this is all coming out now; and I hope to God that the vets who have carried this on their shoulders for all these years will finally get their due -- and will forgive us.
posted on 05/04/2004 8:11:58 PM PDT
My brother was there for an entire year, often in underground bunkers along the Ho Chi Min trail. When it was time for him to come home, he delayed it for a day so he could leave by helicopter bringing in supplies because snipers were all around the area where he was. The pilot who brought him out turned out to be his best friend from our home town! They're still best friends. Unlike youknowwho, he has never bragged about his actions there.
posted on 05/04/2004 8:19:14 PM PDT
(No man or woman is poor if he/she can laugh.)
Howlin, do NOT beat yourself up over that. A lot of the vets themselves came to believe it. I have a good friend who is a PhD Clinical Psych who has treated a lot of VN Vets and his opinion was that a lot of them conflated the media stories/movies/books w/their own experiences, mostly due to the prevalence of pot/hash/opium out there.
The troops did come home jumpy and betrayed. That would do a number on anyone's temper, for a start. The media deserves all our anger.
The entire nation was betrayed and old media did it. THEY need to apologize and ask everyone's forgivness, IMO.
I am only 32 but I have always thought of "Platoon" as Vietnam. I always thought we had a Ghengis Kahn attitude in that war. It didn't bother me, but it was the only version I knew.
I mentioned this the other day to a freind how I think I have it wrong. I am starting to see guys like Kerry tainted what those guys did. I see why Oliver Stone, liberal America hater, would use a Kerry version to depict what went on.
My Uncle won a Bronze Star and Purple Heart and I never knew about it until recently. My dad was in the Navy in 'nam and he hates Kerry.
How could Kerry know what the Marines and Army were doing in 'nam? He wasn't directly involved in their operations in the middle of the jungle.
Although I never was bothered by what I veiwed as a Vietnam Vet, I will say I have been duped. Amazing.
posted on 05/05/2004 5:44:31 AM PDT
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