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FORMER GREEN BERET TACKLES KERRY AGAIN!
Don Bendell web site ^ | 8/14/04 | Don Bendell

Posted on 08/14/2004 3:47:22 AM PDT by Elkiejg

Thank you, John Kerry, for helping make us Vietnam veterans war heroes now, but you also were the primary reason that the American public grabbed sturdy unbending brooms of judgment and swept us into the closet of silence and shame for so many years. Now, with your latest unreported insanity, you are getting ready for our society to grab those same stiff brooms and sweep our brave, noble young men and women fighting against the War on Terror in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere, into that cold, dark cell of heartbreak and betrayal, like we Vietnam veterans had to endure in silent dignity. I cannot and will not watch this country go through that again.

The hardcore America-hating, Israel-hating, jihad-spouting Muslim clerics in the mideast are very excited and passing around a front page newspaper story from the very anti-American TEHRAN TIMES in Iran. In the country that is home of the world’s toughest theocratic dictatorship, an e-mail from Democratic Presidential nominee, you, John Forbes Kerry, sent to the paper by your campaign committee, although they deny sending it, was printed word-for-word on the front page of Iran’s main newspaper. Your message states emphatically that, if elected President, you, John Kerry plan to travel to the mideast and elsewhere and apologize for our actions and the actions of President Bush in the War on Terror. You are already apologizing. It says that you plan to apologize to friends and foes alike. That is right, folks. John Kerry will say he is “sorry,” and in his mind, all those jihad extremists, who have vowed to kill all Americans wherever we are, will simply forgive us, hold hands with Kerry, start singing “Kumbaya,” and all will be right in the world. This is insane! You have also made statements you will do these actions within 100 days of becoming President.

Senior writer Kenneth R. Timmerman in the March 1st edition of INSIGHT, tells about the massive campaign contributions to the Kerry-for-President campaign by three Iranian businessmen living in the US, who are lobbying for the US lifting of sanctions on Iran and accepting the anti-Christian, anti-Jewish, anti-American Tehran regime and the close ties of one to the chairman of Mobil Oil.

“Pro-democracy dissidents” in Iran are shocked and appalled at your remarks, and have reported that in Iran and other Mideastern countries, that all the extremists and anti-west mullahs who strongly supported the attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon, USS Cole, Marine Barracks, and anyplace Americans congregate, want you to become our President, but they are scared to death of George W. Bush. Just think, The Democratic candidate for President, you, John Forbes Kerry, is endorsed by the Al Q’Aida, Hezbollah, PLF, and Hamas.

But on February 27, 2004, in a speech at UCLA , you, while trying to talk tough, despite voting against all major weapons systems for the past 18 years, stated that you will continue the War on Terror, but would use our police forces, and especially those in foreign countries, and you would also put our troops back under the powder blue flag of the United Nations. You recently made comments about Bush making troops fight without Kevlar vests, but you, Senator Kerry, voted against buying them while you were in the Senate. Senate Bill 1689. Passed 87-12. You were one of the 12. Remember?

Like the Kama Sutra, Senator, you change positions constantly. You’re not going to end the War on Terror, but instead use police to handcuff terrorists and read them their rights; then a week later, you are going to end the War on Terrorism and apologize to everyone we have offended, such as Iran. What is it going be next week, John Kerry? You flip-flop more than a beached tuna on steroids.

You convinced TV reporters Chris Wallace on Fox and NBC’s Tim Russert that a photograph circulating the web and news showing you a few rows away from Jane Fonda at a September, 1970 Anti-War Rally at Valley Forge, was simply a coincidence and that you and Hanoi Jane barely knew each other. But, in fact, Senator, there were only 8 speakers that day, including Fonda, Donald Southerland, and Bella Abzug, and Hanoi Jane funded that rally, and the keynote speaker was you, John Forbes Kerry, executive committee member of Vietnam Veterans Against the War.

We must be Americans first, and think about our political parties after that. Sometimes we lose sight of that. I have six grown children and two are democrats. I voted for Jimmy Carter. This is not about politics. It is about standing up to the ultimate playground bully, and not simply cowering and kissing his shoes.

I left it “all on the field” in the jungles back there when I was medevaced out of Vietnam in March of 1969 and sent back to hospitals in “The World.” Although You, Mr. Kerry, painted all of us Vietnam veterans with the yellow brush of My Lai, most of us, draftees and lifers alike, actually poured our hearts out in the tropical rain forests and in the rice paddies, thoroughly gave it our all, and acted as warriors who had honor. I have a son earning his green beret at Fort Bragg right now and a daughter-in-law who was on orders for Iraq but is making me a grandpa again. I am not going to stand by and watch them go through the same treatment we did, because some of our well-meaning fellow Americans choose to wear blinders and believe things just because they heard it on the network news or simply not care enough to get involved.

I am not a “baby-killer, torturer, or murderer,” John Kerry. I am a Vietnam veteran and an American who will not soon forget, or ever want to see again, any more jets loaded with fuel and screaming, innocent Americans slamming into our buildings on our very own soil. I have shed enough tears for ten lifetimes. We all have. I will never again let my fellow countrymen get away with making American veterans feel like bastard step-children.

Santayana said, “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

John Kerry, I now call on my “Band of Brothers,” those who have heard the sound of guns and cries of orphaned children, those who hate war more than anyone who has not been there, to join me in this difficult battle ahead. Republicans, democrats, independents, and the apolitical, I call on the 25,000,000 veterans of this country to help me confront this evil facing our great nation, not with guns and bombs, but with our voices, our votes, our computers, and with all our fighting spirit.

My fellow veterans, your families, survivors, and neighbors: God bless you and God bless America.

You want proof of all I have to say. Here are the references:

http://michnews.com/artman/publish/article_2889.shtml

http://www.chronwatch.com/content/contentDisplay.asp?aid=6246

http://www.iranvajahan.net/cgi-bin/news.pl?l=en&y=2004&m=03&d=01&a=12

http://www.washingtontimes.com/op-ed/20040229-105340-2864r.htm

http://johnkerry.com/pressroom/speeches/spc_2004_0227.html

http://nyyrc.blogspot.com/

http://www.daneshjoo.org/article/publish/article_3130.shtml

Want more proof? Read the very exposing February 27, 2004 article, on page 8, of the NY Sun by Thomas Lipscomb, founder of Time Books and publisher of Admiral Elmo Zumwalt’s best-selling book. “ON WATCH ”. Also read what the man who pinned the Silver Star on John Kerry had to say about him. The article is entitled “Setting Straight Kerry’s War Record “

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Don Bendell is a former green beret captain, who served in Vietnam on an A-Team and in the Top Secret Phoenix program in 1968 and 1969, as well as in three other Special Forces Groups. He is a best-selling author of 21 books, with over 1,500,000 copies of his books in print worldwide, and a seventh degree black belt master in four martial arts, who was inducted into the International Karate Hall of Fame in 1995 and Martial Arts Museum of America in 1996. e-mail: don@donbendell.com


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Bendell calls a spade a spade.
1 posted on 08/14/2004 3:47:22 AM PDT by Elkiejg
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To: Elkiejg

BTTT!


2 posted on 08/14/2004 3:54:34 AM PDT by lainde (Heads up...We're coming and we've got tongue blades!!)
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To: Elkiejg

I have no doubt that if Kerry were president, he would precipitously withdraw our forces from Iraq under cover or darkness - treating them as though they should be ashamed. And when Bagdhad fell, those who served would feel the sting of lives given in vain.


3 posted on 08/14/2004 3:57:56 AM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: Elkiejg
Although You, Mr. Kerry, painted all of us Vietnam veterans with the yellow brush of My Lai, most of us, draftees and lifers alike, actually poured our hearts out in the tropical rain forests and in the rice paddies, thoroughly gave it our all, and acted as warriors who had honor.

I especially like this passage. Thank you CPT Bendell.

4 posted on 08/14/2004 4:00:12 AM PDT by leadpenny
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To: Elkiejg
Like the Kama Sutra, Senator, you change positions constantly.

.....and he continues to violate the American taxpayer like prostitutes who service Boston's Beacon Hill.

5 posted on 08/14/2004 4:02:56 AM PDT by Robert Drobot (God, family, country. All else is meaningless.)
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To: Elkiejg
...inducted into the International Karate Hall of Fame in 1995 and Martial Arts Museum of America in 1996.

Quite a different venue of recognition than John F'ing Kerry in his place of honor in that North Vietnamese Museum.

I agree with the author of this article that never again should we watch the anti-war types trash our military. When I returned from 'Nam in July, 1969 we were briefed to change into civilian clothes before we left Travis AFB and headed throughout America to be reunited with our families. This strategy was to help us avoid confrontations at SF Int'l where I witnessed tides of human debris bothering any/everybody with their anti-war attitudes.

6 posted on 08/14/2004 4:09:32 AM PDT by borisbob69 (Old shade is better than new shade!)
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To: Elkiejg
In the country that is home of the world’s toughest theocratic dictatorship, an e-mail from Democratic Presidential nominee, you, John Forbes Kerry, sent to the paper by your campaign committee, although they deny sending it, was printed word-for-word on the front page of Iran’s main newspaper. Your message states emphatically that, if elected President, you, John Kerry plan to travel to the mideast and elsewhere and apologize for our actions and the actions of President Bush in the War on Terror.

Scott O'Grady is right. Kerry is guilty of treason. He should be sitting in Gitmo instead of running for President.

7 posted on 08/14/2004 4:10:36 AM PDT by rebel_yell2
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To: Elkiejg

Did Kerry really send the email? Can this be verified by anyone other than law enforcement?


8 posted on 08/14/2004 4:25:02 AM PDT by libertylover (The Constitution is a road-map to liberty. Let's start following it again.)
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To: libertylover

I think so, at least I remember reading something some time ago about his email showing on in the Iran news media. Anyone else remember this?


9 posted on 08/14/2004 4:30:51 AM PDT by Elkiejg (Clintons, Democrats, NAA CP & ACLU have ruined America)
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To: All

Clickable links to his references:

You want proof of all I have to say. Here are the references:

http://michnews.com/artman/publish/article_2889.shtml

http://www.chronwatch.com/content/contentDisplay.asp?aid=6246

http://www.iranvajahan.net/cgi-bin/news.pl?l=en&y=2004&m=03&d=01&a=12

http://www.washingtontimes.com/op-ed/20040229-105340-2864r.htm

http://johnkerry.com/pressroom/speeches/spc_2004_0227.html

http://nyyrc.blogspot.com/

http://www.daneshjoo.org/article/publish/article_3130.shtml


10 posted on 08/14/2004 4:30:53 AM PDT by backhoe (1990's? Decade of Frauds. 2000's? Decade of Lunatics...)
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To: Elkiejg
massive campaign contributions to the Kerry-for-President campaign by three Iranian businessmen living in the US,

Anyone have information on this?

11 posted on 08/14/2004 4:31:38 AM PDT by Elkiejg (Clintons, Democrats, NAA CP & ACLU have ruined America)
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To: backhoe

Thanks backhoe for the active links.


12 posted on 08/14/2004 4:49:51 AM PDT by Elkiejg (Clintons, Democrats, NAA CP & ACLU have ruined America)
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To: libertylover
Perhaps frustrated that his radical departure from the war on terror was not getting much attention in the trenches of Democratic Party politics, Kerry ordered his campaign to mobilize grass-roots supporters to spread the word. In one e-mail message, obtained by Insight and confirmed as authentic by the Kerry camp, the senator's advisers enlisted overseas Democrats to launch a letter-writing and op-ed campaign denouncing the Bush foreign-policy record.

"'It is in the urgent interests of the people of the United States to restore our country's credibility in the eyes of the world," the message states. "America needs the kind of leadership that will repair alliances with countries on every continent that have been so damaged in the past few years, as well as build new friendships and overcome tensions with others."

The e-mail succeeded beyond the wildest dream of Kerry's handlers - at least, so they tell Insight. It was immediately picked up by the Mehr news agency in Tehran, and appeared the next day on the front page of a leading hard-line daily there.

From this link: http://www.iranvajahan.net/cgi-bin/news.pl?l=en&y=2004&m=03&d=01&a=12

13 posted on 08/14/2004 4:53:22 AM PDT by Elkiejg (Clintons, Democrats, NAA CP & ACLU have ruined America)
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To: Elkiejg
That is right, folks. John Kerry will say he is “sorry,”

Will   He will say he is sorry for not having more people killed in the towers of the World Trade Center ? !

14 posted on 08/14/2004 4:59:54 AM PDT by chainsaw (VOTE AMERICAN - VOTE REPUBLICAN)
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To: Elkiejg

bump


15 posted on 08/14/2004 5:00:35 AM PDT by stockpirate (Kerry and The Taxocrates must be defeated! "Kerry wasn't in Cambodia before he was in Cambodia.")
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To: Elkiejg
I was wondering when we could start hearing more from ALL Vietnam Vets, because Kerry has brought back all those memories of how they were treated back then. They were called "baby killers", "murderers" and spat upon by society.

Leading that charge, was none other than the person (I refuse to call him a man), that wants to lead this nation and control the military, the very institution, he so reviles. NOW he wants to LEAD the children and grandchildren of those Vets, who are in the military. The idea is so repulsive and vile, it goes beyond description.

This person doesn't even deserve to be serving in the Senate, because he got there by crawling over the dead bodies of MEN, who sacrificed their lives, SERVING WITH HONOR.

This person has demeaned, and desecrated ALL the names on that shining black wall, he dragged their service and ultimate sacrifice through the mud and AGAIN spat upon their honor, just for power.

I would encourage not only the surviving Vets, but their wives, their son's and daughter's, their mothers and fathers and relatives, to voice their anger, in any way that they can, to help to support these men, and help them regain their dignity and put an end to this assault by the likes of this person, who would be president.
16 posted on 08/14/2004 5:02:15 AM PDT by RetSignman (Forever Optimistic)
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To: Elkiejg

bump


17 posted on 08/14/2004 5:20:22 AM PDT by PatriotGirl827 (God Bless America!)
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To: Elkiejg
Kenneth Timmerman wrote the definitive book, "The French Betrayal of America." He knows of which he speaks.
18 posted on 08/14/2004 5:52:01 AM PDT by Use It Or Lose It (Ho, Ho..John K..how many lies did you tell today? Ho, ho..John K..how many lies did you tell today?)
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To: Elkiejg
John Kerry and Me

http://www.kerrycountry.org/

19 posted on 08/14/2004 5:59:24 AM PDT by pabianice
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To: borisbob69

THANK YOU FOR THE SERVICE YOU DID IN VIETNAM! I am very late in saying this to you and others.

Such a shame that there were certain segments of America who could not honor you and the others who served in Vietnam! I wish I had been there to greet you and the other boys coming home! I wasn't ashamed of you all then and I am not ashamed now!

For too long, Kerry and Fonda have gotten away with what they did to you guys. Now, it is coming back to bite them. Fonda has been kind of quiet, though.

God bless you!


20 posted on 08/14/2004 6:13:26 AM PDT by AReaganGirl (President Reagan gave us back our confidence. Now, let's help Bush to carry on Reagan legacy!)
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To: Elkiejg

Do you have the URL for the NY Sun article for February 27, 2004? None of the URLs posted above in this thread seems to show that NY Sun article location.

Thanks!


21 posted on 08/14/2004 6:20:00 AM PDT by AReaganGirl (President Reagan gave us back our confidence. Now, let's help Bush to carry on Reagan legacy!)
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To: backhoe
Of Medals and Men: Understanding the Veterans' Ire

Friday, August 13, 2004

"We will not quickly join those who march on Veteran's Day waving small flags, calling to memory those thousands who died for the 'greater glory of the United States.' We will not accept the rhetoric. We will not readily join the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars--in fact, we will find it hard to join anything at all and when we do, we will demand relevancy such as other organizations have recently been unable to provide. We will not take solace from the creation of monuments or the naming of parks after a select few of the thousands of dead Americans and Vietnamese. We will not uphold the traditions which decorously memorialize that which was base and grim…We are asking America to turn from false glory, hollow victory, fabricated foreign threats, fear which threatens us as a nation, shallow pride which feeds of fear."

-John F. Kerry, The New Soldier, 1971

22 posted on 08/14/2004 6:20:04 AM PDT by GailA ( hanoi john, I'm for the death penalty for terrorist, before I impose a moratorium on it.)
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To: Elkiejg
"...if elected President, you, John Kerry plan to travel to the mideast and elsewhere and apologize for our actions and the actions of President Bush in the War on Terror."

Kerry remains a traitor. He makes me ill.

23 posted on 08/14/2004 6:22:05 AM PDT by NetValue (They're not Americans, they're democrats. They hate the US Constitution.)
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To: Elkiejg
* bump *

The truth will prevail.

24 posted on 08/14/2004 6:25:36 AM PDT by Cboldt
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To: borisbob69
Thank your for serving our Country.

hanoi john has to be defeated his hatred for the Militray far exceeds even slick willie's.

Mention has been made about hanoi john's nightmares from just 132 days in country. Since you spent a full tour in country can you enlighten us about it. I would suspect they lasted for some time, but now 30+ years later only happen rarely. hanoi john makes them seem like they are a nightly occurance.

My ex had them for awhile but not long, just a few months. Sudden sharp noises especially backfires made him jump.

25 posted on 08/14/2004 6:27:20 AM PDT by GailA ( hanoi john, I'm for the death penalty for terrorist, before I impose a moratorium on it.)
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To: backhoe
Another one for your collection

A Fmr. Senator Dishes on Kerry by Jeremiah Denton

Jeremiah Denton was the former POW who blinked code that the POW's were being tortured at the Hanoi Hilton.

26 posted on 08/14/2004 6:48:27 AM PDT by GailA ( hanoi john, I'm for the death penalty for terrorist, before I impose a moratorium on it.)
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To: GailA

Thanks, copied and saved- that's another "I will never forget, or forgive," story.


27 posted on 08/14/2004 7:00:21 AM PDT by backhoe (-30-)
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To: Elkiejg

bump


28 posted on 08/14/2004 7:02:13 AM PDT by austingirl
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To: GailA

The words of a treasonous, cowardly, privileged, psycohpathic, programmed, communistic, anti-American and the shell of a real man. Kerry should have not returned from Viet Nam either early or late. A despicable traitor who should have been court martialed for his un-American activities/conduct upon his return to the the USA. Jfk, a kennedy white feather, and made from the same mold, only worse. (John F'in Kerry Exposed!!!) Bush/Cheney 2004


29 posted on 08/14/2004 10:12:23 AM PDT by No Surrender No Retreat (These Colors Never Run( 7.62))
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To: Elkiejg

Bump!


30 posted on 08/14/2004 10:24:25 AM PDT by The Mayor ("Guard against the imposture's of pretended patriotism." George Washington)
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To: No Surrender No Retreat

You said a mouth full of TRUTH. hanoi john is one sick self agrandizing narsistic puppy. I know there is a medical name for people like him, I just can't remember what it is.


31 posted on 08/14/2004 10:35:23 AM PDT by GailA ( hanoi john, I'm for the death penalty for terrorist, before I impose a moratorium on it.)
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To: rebel_yell2

What did Scott O'Grady say? Was he speaking specifically about Kerry? I thought I heard that Scott, the pilot that was shot down over Bosnia and later rescued, was campaigning for Bush, along with one of the Black Hawk Down incident helicopter pilots (his name escapes me right now).


32 posted on 08/14/2004 11:29:21 AM PDT by Brandi in AZ
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To: backhoe
This was in today's commie appeal in Memphis, TN

'Rambo' Kerry earned three purple ouchies, a gold star and a smiley face during his four months in Vietnam. When ''Unfit for Command," which chronicles the exploits that warranted such commendation, becomes the No. 1 best-seller, it may finally elicit a mention (probably in a book review). Please attach a lead weight to my morning fish wrap that day, as I fear it will be "spinning" like a Category 5. Thanks in advance.

George Tuttle

Memphis

33 posted on 08/14/2004 12:20:58 PM PDT by GailA ( hanoi john, I'm for the death penalty for terrorist, before I impose a moratorium on it.)
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To: GailA

George is a Take No Prisoners kind of guy! Some of the best commentary I have run across on various subjects came from letters to editors. Sure, a lot of them are foolish or frivolous, but when an ordinary citizen gets it right and sounds off, they are the best in the world.


34 posted on 08/14/2004 12:30:48 PM PDT by backhoe (-30-)
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To: libertylover

Hmmmm? Wasn't it posted here on FR ..?? I remember something about this e-mail to Iran .. but I can't remember the details.


35 posted on 08/14/2004 1:23:02 PM PDT by CyberAnt (President Bush: The only way to Peace is through Victory!)
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To: backhoe
You did good

Has no one delved into WHY Kerry lied to Congress after his return from Vietnam? Or why he lied again in 1986.

In both instances he was trying to change foreign policy of the day.

Why is this not brought out? Why are his meetings with the NVC representatives being ignored? That too was not an honorable act, and probably illegal to boot.

Hmm..his I've been to Paris and met with leaders sounds AWEFULLY familar!

Kerry spoke of meeting negotiators on Vietnam - Claimed US Was "Murdering" Vietnamese

Boston Globe ^ | 3/25/04 | Michael Kranish and Patrick Healy boston globe

WASHINGTON -- In a question-and-answer session before a Senate committee in 1971, John F. Kerry, who was a leading antiwar activist at the time, asserted that 200,000 Vietnamese per year were being "murdered by the United States of America" and said he had gone to the Paris and "talked with both delegations at the peace talks" and met with communist representatives.

Kerry, now the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, yesterday confirmed through a spokesman that he did go to Paris and talked privately with a leading communist representative. But the spokesman played down the extent of Kerry's role and said Kerry did not engage in negotiations.

Asked about the appropriateness of Kerry's saying that the United States had "murdered" 200,000 Vietnamese annually when the United States was at war, Kerry spokesman Michael Meehan said "Senator Kerry used a word he deems inappropriate."

Meehan said Kerry "never suggested or believed and absolutely rejects the idea that the word applied to service of the American soldiers in Vietnam." Meehan then declined to say to whom Kerry was referring when he said that the United States had murdered the Vietnamese; Kerry declined to be interviewed about the matter.

Kerry killed a Viet Cong fighter in an action his superiors deemed appropriate and for which he was awarded the Silver Star.

Kerry's speech before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on April 22, 1971, is one of the best-known moments of his life when he was involved in Vietnam Veterans Against the War. In that speech, Kerry asked: "How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?"

But the follow-up session of questions and answers, made public at the time in the official proceedings of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has received little mainstream notice until now.

When Kerry was asked by committee chairman Senator J. William Fulbright how he proposed to end the war, the former Navy lieutenant said it should be ended immediately and mentioned his involvement in peace talks in Paris.

"I have been to Paris," Kerry said. "I have talked with both delegations at the peace talks, that is to say the Democratic Republic of Vietnam and the Provisional Revolutionary Government and of all eight of Madam Binh's points . . . ."

The latter was a reference to a communist group based in South Vietnam. Historian Stanley Karnow, author of "Vietnam: A History," described the Provisional Revolutionary Government as "an arm of the North Vietnamese government." Madam Nguyen Thi Binh was a leader of the group and had a list of peace-talk points, including the suggestion that US prisoners of war would be released when American forces withdrew.

After their May 1970 marriage, Kerry traveled to Paris with his wife, Julia Thorne, on a private trip, Meehan said. Kerry did not go to Paris with the intention of meeting with participants in the peace talks or involving himself in the negotiations, Meehan added, saying that while there Kerry had his brief meeting with Binh, which included members of both delegations to the peace talks.

As Kerry runs for president, he is finding that many of his statements and activities over the last 33 years are drawing new attention. Last year, the Globe published White House transcripts of discussions about Kerry by President Nixon in the Oval Office. More recently, the Los Angeles Times focused on FBI surveillance reports, obtained by historian Gerald Nicosia, in which the FBI monitored meetings of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War, a group that Kerry led in 1971.

Indeed, there may be a tie between Kerry's statement before the Senate committee and the interest of the FBI in his activities. One FBI report provided to the Globe by Nicosia shows that the government was monitoring whether Kerry planned to go to Paris again. Kerry was "planning to travel to Paris, France . . . for talks with North Vietnamese peace delegation," said the report, dated Nov. 11, 1971.

Kerry's Senate testimony spans about six pages in the committee publication, but the lesser-known question-and-answer session was another 24 pages. As he opened the latter session, Kerry said Nixon should declare a cease-fire and "accept a coalition regime which would represent all the political forces of the country which is in fact what a representative government is supposed to do and which is in fact what this government here in this country purports to do, and pull the troops out without losing one more American, and still further without losing the South Vietnamese."

Kerry then suggested that Congress should permit a special national referendum on ending the Vietnam War, leading Fulbright to remind Kerry that Congress "cannot directly under our system negotiate a cease-fire or anything of this kind. Under our constitutional system, we can advise the president." Kerry responded that, "I realize that full well as a study of political science. I realize that we cannot negotiate treaties, and I realize that even my visits in Paris, precedents had been set by Senator [Eugene] McCarthy and others, in a sense are on the borderline of private individuals negotiating, et cetera."

Kerry's statement dealt with the question of whether he was trying to negotiate in Paris as a private citizen and was thus on that "borderline" of what was allowable. A US law forbids citizens from negotiating with foreign governments on matters such as peace treaties. Meehan said Kerry was not negotiating.

"Senator Kerry had no role whatsoever in the Paris peace talks or negotiations," Meehan said in his statement. "He did not engage in any negotiations and did not attend any session of the talks. Prior to his Senate testimony, he went to Paris on a private trip, where he had one brief meeting with Madam Binh and others. In an effort to find facts, he learned the status of the peace talks from their point of view and about any progress in resolving the conflict, particularly as it related to the fate of the POWs."

Kerry's suggestion before the Senate committee that there be an immediate pullout led to questions about whether such a move would endanger the lives of South Vietnamese allies.

Kerry responded that "this obviously is the most difficult question of all, but I think that at this point the United States is not really in a position to consider the happiness of those people as pertains to the army in our withdrawal." If the United States did not withdraw, Kerry said, then US bombing would continue, and "the war will continue. So what I am saying is that yes, there will be some recrimination but far, far less than the 200,000 a year who are murdered by the United States of America . . . ."

Meehan, asked to explain Kerry's comment, said: "During a very emotionally charged time in American history, Senator Kerry was testifying against a failed policy, which resulted in the killing of hundreds of thousands of people. That policy resulted in one of the highest civilian casualty rate in the history of war. In answering Senator [George D.] Aiken's question about the consequences of an American withdrawal and potential additional bloodbath, Senator Kerry used a word he deems inappropriate.

"Senator Kerry never suggested or believed and absolutely rejects the idea that the word applied to service of the American soldiers in Vietnam. While opposed to the failed policy, Senator Kerry insisted that Americans must never confuse the war with the warriors."

Kranish reported from Washington; Healy reported while traveling with Kerry. Kranish may be reached at kranish@globe.com and Healy at phealy@globe.com.

36 posted on 08/14/2004 6:34:47 PM PDT by GailA ( hanoi john, I'm for the death penalty for terrorist, before I impose a moratorium on it.)
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To: Elkiejg

I'd love to see james the red skull carvelle debate this guy. He'd kill him if he tried that yelling sh!t !


37 posted on 08/14/2004 7:08:54 PM PDT by longfellow (You're either with US or from Hollywood! Ultimateamerican.com)
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To: Elkiejg

BTTT


38 posted on 08/14/2004 11:21:34 PM PDT by AnimalLover ((Are there special rules and regulations for the big guys?))
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