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Posted on 08/26/2004 8:02:42 PM PDT by CHARLITE

Purple Hearts, Kerry’s Exit Strategy by Col. Bob Pappas, USMC, Ret.

Official Navy records establish that Kerry served well in Vietnam, albeit a host of witnesses have come forward to challenge the legitimacy of both the record and Kerry’s self-exalted hero status. The fact remains that he has awards, except now there is an admission by Kerry’s campaign (not Kerry), that his first purple heart may have been due to an unintentional self-inflicted wound.

In copyright article by Art Moore dated August 17th, 2004, Kerry's war journal contradicts medal claim? The author states, “A previously unnoticed passage in John Kerry's approved war biography, citing his own journals, appears to contradict the senator's claim he won his first Purple Heart as a result of an injury sustained under enemy fire.” No, it doesn’t “appear to contradict the claim,” it unequivocally contradicts the claim. The reason is that Kerry’s first Purple Heart is dated for a minor injury from his own grenade launcher on December 2nd, 1968, while his personal diary states that, as of December 9th, he and his crew had not taken any enemy fire.

This writer has read the Kerry military record that is posted by his campaign, it varies from impressive to lackluster. The record shows that Kerry evidently performed honorable Vietnam service (assuming he didn’t lie, which 200 or so “Swifties” claim he did/does), and he has official papers in hand to support his claims. (lefties, don’t get excited yet.)

One piece of Kerry’s record is glaring by its absence, his military medical record. Why isn’t that posted, why won’t he release it? Of course it’s personal, but Kerry is guarding it with extraordinary and unusual tenacity. If there is nothing to hide, why not let the voters see it? We think we know.

There is probably damaging information that Kerry is hiding and he is fearful that it would increase the speed of his already unraveling campaign. Could the record show a case(s) of Venereal Disease? Goodness, in today’s “liberal” world, Venereal Disease is a “right of passage” and a “badge of ‘honor’.” Or, could it be that there are no treatment records to support his Purple Hearts? Or, suppose the record states, “Treated scratch on right (or left) arm, applied bacitracin, covered with Band-Aid;” and, suppose that is the wound for which Kerry claimed a Purple Heart. Whereas even if such a wound would qualify one for a Purple Heart, technically, would it be honorable for anyone to use that for a quick exit from combat? Hardly. The fact is, we don’t know because Kerry is keeping the record under “lock and key.” If there is nothing to hide, Kerry has an ethical obligation to let the public see it. Otherwise, the public must assume there is dishonorable information that Kerry is hiding.

Kerry called the “Swift Boat Veterans for Truth,” “liars.” Oh? Some 200 Swift Boat Vets against and ten or so for Kerry suggests that it is far more likely that “Kerry and Company” are the ones doing the lying. Especially, now that Kerry’s campaign (not Kerry) has been forced to admit that his first Purple Heart was caused by an “unintentional self inflicted wound.”

But it is not Kerry’s possibly fraudulent awards that trouble this writer, it is the fact that he certifiably lied about at least one of them making it increasingly clear that he game planned his “Tour of Duty” for this very moment in time, his long held desire to be the second “JFK.”

It is well known by anyone who has “been there and done that” that four months do not a tour make, (a visit, perhaps, but not a tour) unless of course one is killed, or wounded and had to be medically evacuated. Given that Mr. Kerry exited after only two valid, (if even those are indeed valid, and the public won’t know until he is forced to open his medical records) Purple Hearts suggests that he overplayed his game planned “exit strategy” from combat and it is at long last coming home to “roost,” and should.

Semper Fidelis

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Copyright © August 25th, 2004, by Robert L. Pappas. With proper attribution, this essay may be quoted and redistributed. It may not be used in any way, in conjunction with any advertisement without the author’s expressed written permission.

TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: johnkerry; medicalrecords; purplehearts; swifties; vietnam; warwounds
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To: bobo1

But...Hillary won't fare well in the primaries. Running around, giving stump speeches, answering direct questions isn't her best game face. Presumably someone else in the party will challenge her for the nomination...Al Sharpton? Edwards? Howie Dean? I can't think that they'd just give her the nod right off the bat. So, really, she might be better off replacing Kerry on this ticket. Sure, she's starting late, but republican voters have concentrated on how awful Kerry is. The party would have to think up some new ads, etc.. Hill would ride in on her white horse, and if Kerry engineered his exit well, the MSM would annoint her Queen of the Universe immediately.

21 posted on 08/27/2004 3:55:53 PM PDT by hershey
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To: CyberAnt

God, I hope Kerry falls apart in public. I want to hear every drooling word, every sniveling excuse. Can you tell I live in MA and have been stuck with this fool and the FAT One as my senators for far too long?

22 posted on 08/27/2004 3:57:07 PM PDT by hershey
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To: hershey

Well .. I can relate .. I've been stuck with Feinstein and Boxer for waaaaaaay too long.

23 posted on 08/27/2004 4:12:50 PM PDT by CyberAnt (President Bush: Nov 2004 - is an Election for the Soul of America)
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