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John Kerry and the Vietnam Sham
OpinionEditorials.com ^ | 8/8/04 | Joe Mariani

Posted on 08/08/2004 10:54:56 AM PDT by LibWhacker

Everyone knows by now that John Kerry served for four months on a "swift boat" in Vietnam. Don't say you haven't heard, unless you've spent the last year in a cave. Kerry mentions it several times per minute in every campaign speech he intones. He deflects nearly every question asked of him by holding up his Naval service in 1968 and 1969, especially questions about his plans for national security and defense should he become President. His campaign ads feature pictures of him in uniform. Former servicemen flank him at every campaign stop, some of whom even served with him. When he made his acceptance speech at the Democratic convention, he made a show of saluting the audience and "reporting for duty." (Perhaps President Bush should take him at his word, and send him to Iraq.) The "highlight" of the evening was a nine-minute biographical movie directed by Steven Spielberg protege James Moll, and narrated by Morgan Freeman. The bulk of the movie featured -- surprise! -- John Kerry in Vietnam, including footage filmed at the time by Kerry, or at his direction. (No one, of course, seems to have asked who gave him authorisation to use military personnel to shoot his personal home movies if the films were actually shot while in combat. No one has asked who authorised him to take military transport and personnel to visit areas where action had taken place in order to recreate the action for his own purposes, if the films were shot while off duty.)

So... we get it. John Kerry was in Vietnam. What no one can explain is how that alone qualifies him to be President of the United States. No one can explain how spending four months on a patrol boat thirty-five years ago is a better qualification than spending the last three years destroying terrorist training camps, breaking up terror cells in the US and abroad, uncovering a multinational nuclear proliferation ring, forcing belligerent North Korea to the bargaining table, cowing Libya into giving up its WMD programs and terrorist support, and winning two wars against terrorist-supporting Islamofascist dictatorships in the process.

Now a group of Kerry's fellow swift boat veterans has spoken out against him, saying that his service was undeserving of the medals he won in those four months. They claim that he was untrustworthy and manipulative. They call his leadership of Vietnam Veterans Against the War treasonous, pointing to the lies told about soldiers before Congress in the Winter Soldier investigation. They say that he isn't worthy of being entrusted with the Presidency of the United States, in their opinion. The media, if doing its job, would be asking for proof of their accusations about Kerry's deeds and misdeeds, so the truth can be exposed to public view. When President Bush's Air National Guard service was questioned, the media repeatedly demanded that he provide proof of his service. Instead, the "mainstream" media is obsessed with the group's sources of funding. The media never seems to mention multi-billionaires George Soros and Peter Lewis funding MoveOn.org and other anti-Bush political action committees (PACs). Democrats are shocked -- shocked! -- to discover that some Republicans may have contributed money to the group Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. I'm not sure I understand their rather one-sided objections. Are the same Democrats equally outraged that Soros and Lewis contributed to the Kerry campaign? Democrats attack the swift boat veterans as liars (though how they know this is unclear). Are they as outraged by the outright lies and manipulations in Michael Moore's hours-long anti-Bush commercial? No... they give Moore a seat in former President Jimmy Carter's skybox at the 2004 Democratic convention.

The reason Kerry showcases his brief Vietnam service is three-fold. First, doing so paints him as a tough combat veteran -- precisely the image a Liberal Democrat needs to cultivate when trying to convince most Americans to vote for him, especially during a war. Second, it insulates him from questions about defending America from our enemies -- President Bush's strength. When the answer to any question is, "I served in Vietnam, so I know what I'm doing," there's nothing a non-veteran can say without appearing to attack his Vietnam service. That's where people like these swift boat veterans, Vietnam Veterans Against John Kerry and POW/MIA Families Against John Kerry come in, people who can ask questions about Kerry's Vietnam service and his anti-war activism upon his return. However, doing so plays right into Kerry's third reason for touting his abbreviated Vietnam tour. Talking about Vietnam generates headlines for a media generally devoted to convincing the American people to vote for Kerry.

Personally, I don't care about Kerry's Vietnam service in the context of the Presidential election. I'm grateful that he and more than three million Americans served in that war. If this election was being held to decide who was the better swift boat commander, then John Kerry would win hands-down over George w. Bush... although Bush would probably win an election for best fighter pilot. But it's not about that. This election is to decide who should lead the nation through the troubling and dangerous four years ahead. We're still recovering from the terrible effects of 9/11, a massive recession, the exposure of long-term corporate scandals that further rocked the economy, and the first two major battles of a war that will likely span decades. The 2004 election should be about experience -- recent, relevant experience. "What have you done for us lately?" is the question we should be asking the candidates.

John Kerry was on the Senate Intelligence Committee for eight years in the 1990s, so he had access to up-to-date information on al-Qaeda and its activities. What steps did he take to fight terrorism? Why did he propose cutting the military in bill S.1163, just months after the 1993 World Trade Center terrorist bombing? Two years later, why did he propose in bill S.1290 to "reduce the Intelligence budget by $300 million in each of fiscal years 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, and 2000?" In 1996, why did Kerry propose in bill S.1580 to reduce military funding by $6.5 billion? Why did he vote against funding vital military equipment like the MX missile, the Patriot missile, the Apache helicopter, the Blackhawk helicopter, the B-1 Bomber and the Bradley Fighting Vehicle, as his voting record clearly shows? More recently, why did he change his vote to deny our military in Iraq the equipment they needed so desperately? Kerry explained, "I actually voted for the $87 billion... before I voted against it." Partisans excuse his vote switch by saying that he did so only because those eeevil Republicans refused to take money from the citizens to pay for the war. Did the troops suddenly need the body armor any less? Would the bullets kill better if paid for by higher taxes instead of pork barrel reductions? In his nineteen years in the Senate, what vote, what piece of legislation can John Kerry trot out to show us he would make a better President than George Bush? Kerry's answer to questions like these is merely, "I defended this country as a young man, and I will defend it as president." We're back to Vietnam again, although this election is supposedly taking place in 2004.

John Kerry is hiding behind his Vietnam experience to avoid talking about the nineteen years he spent in the Senate voting against defending America, and the media is aiding and abetting him. The more we allow Vietnam to dominate the election discussions, the less we will be able to find out what a vote for Kerry would mean for our future.


TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: kerry; kerrylies; sham; swiftboatveterans; vietnam; vvaw

1 posted on 08/08/2004 10:54:56 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

http://www.mensnewsdaily.com/archive/m-n/mariani/2004/mariani080804.htm

The same piece is posted at the above address and has a lot of internal LINKS.

Bump!


2 posted on 08/08/2004 11:04:55 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: LibWhacker
Kerry's record as a prosecuting attorney and as lieutenant governor, before taking up his sinecure in the US Senate, is obscure as well. It is easy enough to look up the factual record of votes and accomplishments listed to his name while serving in the Senate, and even to glean most of the remarks he has included in the Congressional Record. With a concerted effort, the task should not take long, as there is pitifully little to collect.

What is Kerry REALLY hiding?

3 posted on 08/08/2004 11:12:12 AM PDT by alloysteel
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To: LibWhacker

I predict this story has the legs of a centipede.


4 posted on 08/08/2004 11:18:55 AM PDT by tkathy (The choice is clear. Big tent or no tent.)
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To: LibWhacker

Wow! John Kerry was in Vietnam?


5 posted on 08/08/2004 11:32:05 AM PDT by Reagan79 (Bush - Cheney 2004, Now More Than Ever!)
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To: tkathy
I predict this story has the legs of a centipede.

Agree. Kerry lead with his chin on this one. He called the Swift Boad Vets war criminals and murderers. They are going to speak their minds.

6 posted on 08/08/2004 11:34:54 AM PDT by dano1
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To: LibWhacker

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In Time of War JOHN KERRY backed our Terrorist Enemy HO CHI MINH against American Soldiers fighting for the Freedom of Others in Vietnam =

Not Commander-In-Chief Material

See:

JOHN KERRY = Enemy of Vietnam Vets

http://www.TheAlamoFILM.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1320

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7 posted on 08/08/2004 11:44:29 AM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE (Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.LZXRAY.com.c)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Lots of cool links there, CW, thanks! One of the things that really bugs me -- and the point has probably been made many times before (though I haven't seen it) -- is that everyone who has ever served in the military KNOWS that your peers know you best.

Not your underlings . . . In this case, Kerry's "shipmates" who Susan Estridge - the dumb cow that KNOWS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about the military - was making such a big deal out of the other night on Hannity & Colmes. Her stupidity and ignorance made me laugh out loud.

Not some Admiral sitting in his shearling leather recliner at Fleet Headquarters.

But your peers.

In John Kerry's case, that'd be the highly decorated gentlemen at swiftvets.com who knew John Kerry, the man, the commander, the boob, the disgrace, very, very well.

But all the clueless jokers in the MSM can seem to talk about is a handful of his underlings who happened to be on his boat. Those guys NEVER could really talk to John Kerry as a real person, or (perhaps with the exception of the senior NCO) objectively evaluate his performance as a swift boat commander, or "fraternize" with him in any way, LOL!!!

8 posted on 08/08/2004 11:46:32 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

The lie and a stupid electorate is what LIBERALS bank on. I pray they underestimate American voters.


9 posted on 08/08/2004 11:51:37 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: LibWhacker; Stillwaters

John Kerry was a Senator? Who knew?


10 posted on 08/08/2004 11:56:37 AM PDT by lonevoice (Some things have to be believed to be seen)
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To: LibWhacker

Kerry and his Crew are planning an assault against the Vets, and once again - they are being accused by Kery of committing 'crimes' worse then he did. They declared 'war' on the vets, but don't take my word - go to www.crushkerry.com, and read up on the upcoming assaults once again against the Vets. A repeat of 1971!


11 posted on 08/08/2004 12:34:25 PM PDT by Inge C
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To: LibWhacker

IMO, the media was given the "Viet Nam" keyword on 9/12/01 by the DNC/DLC, had the usual Pavlovian response, ran with it...and the whole thing was to turn the war on terror into Vietnam in the public psyche, setting the stage for THE Vietnam War Hero to get the left back into power.


12 posted on 08/08/2004 12:36:53 PM PDT by cake_crumb (UN Resolutions=Very Expensive, Very SCRATCHY Toilet Paper)
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To: LibWhacker

John Kerry : "war hero" or a "war criminal"

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1186991/posts

Answer the question Kerry!

Did you lie about your "heroics" or the "war crimes"?

Can't have it both ways!

RELASE ALL YOUR MILITARY RECORDS BEFORE NOV 2nd!

Unless you are hiding something?

Are you?


13 posted on 08/08/2004 12:40:30 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (It only takes one idiot to raze a village.)
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To: Inge C

Yep. Kerry plans to Winter Soldier them all over again.


14 posted on 08/08/2004 12:46:15 PM PDT by cake_crumb (UN Resolutions=Very Expensive, Very SCRATCHY Toilet Paper)
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To: cake_crumb

Precisely. They have been trying to make Iraq into Vietnam II from day one. The bloody twits don't realize the next plane could go down or car bomb go off where they work.


15 posted on 08/08/2004 12:46:33 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (Enemies you know. Beware those who come as friends, they know where to stick the knife.)
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To: Smokin' Joe
"The bloody twits don't realize the next plane could go down or car bomb go off where they work."

They realize it, but they're zealots every bit as dangerous as a homocide bomber. The end justifies the means. Victory at any cost...and they do their best to make sure cost in blood is paid by others. They've been intellectually divorced from reality for too long to competently fight a group that really wants to rule the world.

Bottom line: They wanted to kil us while Reagan was in office. They did. They wanted to kill us while Clinton was in office. They did. They wanted to kill us with Bush in office. They have. They will want to kill us whether Kerry's in office or not. And will.

16 posted on 08/08/2004 12:58:06 PM PDT by cake_crumb (UN Resolutions=Very Expensive, Very SCRATCHY Toilet Paper)
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To: LibWhacker
When he made his acceptance speech at the Democratic convention, he made a show of saluting the audience and "reporting for duty." (Perhaps President Bush should take him at his word, and send him to Iraq.)

LOL - Good piece! Thanks!

17 posted on 08/08/2004 1:00:44 PM PDT by DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet (Some of my best friends are white, middle-class males.)
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To: LibWhacker; Ernest_at_the_Beach; MeekOneGOP; PhilDragoo; nopardons; SheLion; Happy2BMe; Dog; ...
This such a powerful paragraph:

So... we get it. John Kerry was in Vietnam. What no one can explain is how that alone qualifies him to be President of the United States. No one can explain how spending four months on a patrol boat thirty-five years ago is a better qualification than spending the last three years destroying terrorist training camps, breaking up terror cells in the US and abroad, uncovering a multinational nuclear proliferation ring, forcing belligerent North Korea to the bargaining table, cowing Libya into giving up its WMD programs and terrorist support, and winning two wars against terrorist-supporting Islamofascist dictatorships in the process.

18 posted on 08/08/2004 2:09:13 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (Franchurian Dork Candidate, le Jacquestrap Kerri says, "Judge me by my record".. We will!!.)
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To: Grampa Dave
In the Vietnamese Communist War Remnants Museum (formerly known as the "War Crimes Museum") in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), a photograph of John Kerry hangs in a room dedicated to the anti-war activists who helped the Vietnamese Communists win the Vietnam War. The photograph shows Senator Kerry being greeted by the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam, Comrade Do Muoi.


Photograph of John Kerry meeting with Comrade Do Muoi, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam, in Vietnam, July 15-18, 1993. Photo taken in the War Remnants Museum (formerly the "War Crimes Museum") in Saigon in May 2004.

Source: www.wintersoldier.com

19 posted on 08/08/2004 2:30:53 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (Kerry Lied. Soldiers Died.)
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To: Reagan79

We know he was in Nam, but was he ever in the Senate?


20 posted on 08/08/2004 2:35:56 PM PDT by sweetiepiezer (GWB all the way!!!!!!!!!)
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To: Grampa Dave; livesbygrace
Thanks for the ping on that one, Grampa Dave!

The double binds of George W. Bush

21 posted on 08/08/2004 2:52:19 PM PDT by Happy2BMe (JOHN KERRY is as much like the WORKING MAN as WHOOPIE GOLDBERG is to GEORGE W. BUSH! - Vote BUSH!)
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To: COBOL2Java

Thanks for reposting this.

Phil Dragoo does a great job, and it can never be over posted.


22 posted on 08/08/2004 3:12:51 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (Franchurian Dork Candidate, le Jacquestrap Kerri says, "Judge me by my record".. We will!!.)
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To: LibWhacker

Excellent article!


23 posted on 08/08/2004 3:13:13 PM PDT by Gritty ("what matters to Kerry is how he looks to the other metrosexuals-Mark Steyn)
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To: Grampa Dave
"Islamofascist dictatorships"

Nice word usage, eh ;- )

24 posted on 08/08/2004 3:14:18 PM PDT by cake_crumb (UN Resolutions=Very Expensive, Very SCRATCHY Toilet Paper)
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To: cake_crumb; Shermy

It appears that the author, Joe Mariani, might be a visitor to Free Republic.


"Islamofascist dictatorships"
Nice word usage, eh ;- )


25 posted on 08/08/2004 3:22:44 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (Franchurian Dork Candidate, le Jacquestrap Kerri says, "Judge me by my record".. We will!!.)
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To: Grampa Dave; LibWhacker
Excellent. Truth in a capsule statement! Bullseye.

26 posted on 08/08/2004 3:24:11 PM PDT by MeekOneGOP (There is only one GOOD 'RAT: one that has been voted OUT of POWER !! Straight ticket GOP!)
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To: MeekOneGOP

That capsule statement might just work with some of your graphic arts.


27 posted on 08/08/2004 3:38:28 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (Franchurian Dork Candidate, le Jacquestrap Kerri says, "Judge me by my record".. We will!!.)
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To: LibWhacker

Kerry was in Vietnam? I wonder why he never mentions it?


28 posted on 08/08/2004 4:08:41 PM PDT by kennedy
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To: Grampa Dave

Bingo!


29 posted on 08/08/2004 6:18:21 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: LibWhacker
Anyone know how much Heinz money went into moveon.gore???

Pray for W and Our Troops

30 posted on 08/08/2004 6:23:59 PM PDT by bray (Yaaaawn Tax , Tax , Tax & Kerry wants your paycheck!)
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