Skip to comments.Kerry defends his '70s anti-war activities
Posted on 08/07/2004 10:18:24 AM PDT by Jenya
Kerry defends his '70s anti-war activities
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Sen. John F. Kerry [related, bio] expressed pride in his 1970s antiwar activism yesterday as controversy continued to swirl over a TV ad accusing him of betraying his fellow veterans when he protested the Vietnam war.
``I stood up against the war in the 1970s,'' Kerry said. ``Some people still don't like that, and they're still trying to fight that. That's 35 years old. But I'm proud of what I did to stand up. And I learned a lot.''
A group calling itself Swift Boat Veterans for the Truth launched a TV spot accusing Kerry of dishonoring his country and ``lying'' in Senate testimony about atrocities committed during the war.
The ad also claims Kerry did not deserve his combat medals. But the controversy grew deeper yesterday as one key member of the group first seemed to back off his criticism - then stood by his original charges.
George Elliott, one of Kerry's war commanders, told the Boston Globe he should not have signed an affidatit suggesting Kerry didn't deserve his Silver Star.
``It was a terrible mistake probably for me to sign the affidavit with those words. I'm the one in trouble here,'' the Globe quoted Elliott as saying.
Later yesterday, Elliott issued another affidavit saying the Globe had misquoted him and that he believed Kerry has ``not been honest about what happened in Vietnam.''
Next week, the group will release a book called ``Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry [related, bio].''
But Jim Rassmann, who credits Kerry with saving his life in Vietnam, said, ``What these people have said is not true, and a lot of it is grossly inaccurate. These gentlemen appear to be making this up as they go along, and they are not keeping their stories straight.''
White House spokesman Scott McClellan yesterday repeated a call for ``an end to all the ads and activity by these shadowy groups that are funded by unregulated soft money.''
Kerry was ticked that he was asked to leave Vietnam and so he comes back and speaks out against his 'band of brothers'.
Now he's proud of it?????
Well, Mr. Kerry, you brought it up.
I sure would be proud if I caused the death of a lot of soldiers by supporting the enemy. What a phony SOS he is!
Time to reference the N.Viet. General's memoirs. The one that says without Kerry's activities, the South would have won the war.
He's proud that he served in Vietnam...and he's also proud that he protested against the Vietnam war? Go figure
I hope you meant "POS".
So is your service record but that doesn't keep you from touting it, ahole.
I might if I knew what POS meant.
John F. Kerry: a traitor against these United States--and proud of it!
thanks for posting this thread.
I guess in Kerry's mind, it's ok to talk about what happened 35 yrs and 4 months ago, but he draws the line at 35 yrs. What a putz.
Will someone please tell the true story of Rassman? He was Army Spec. Forces, so was he assigned to Kerry's boat? One of the Swifties said Rassman was sitting on the back of the boat, eating a cookie and he fell off because Kerry sped out like a bat outta hell after one of the boats hit a mine, then came back when they realized Rassman wasn't there.
I think your "Piece" translates to his "Sack". IOW, "Piece of..." as opposed to "Sack of..."
Either one works for me when it comes to Monsieur Querry...
Are you kidding me? I get the feeling that he does not want to be re-elected. He could have just said so.
Really, Senator? Then why did you so carefully avoid all mention of your pro-Hanoi days during your recent nomination speech? And what of the Vietnam "heroism" you so prominently featured -- is that not also 35 years old?
Perhaps you have learned less than you would like people to believe.
Yes, I wonder if he is proud of all the guys that got killed because of what he did? But then again, he is a demon rat. Don't many demon rats support our enemies anyway? That doesn't make it right, just one of the harsh realities of the demon rats.
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