Skip to comments.John O'Neill and John Kerry (by a Vietnam Vet who knew O'Neill in 1971)
Posted on 08/27/2004 12:27:59 AM PDT by FairOpinion
How did we get into this catfight today about John Kerry's war and protest record from 35 and 33 years ago?
A New York Times reporter just called me to ask that. I responded that what happened in 1971 was put behind us by those of us who argued against John Kerry then. We wouldn't be raising it now if John Kerry had not continued to now to misrepresent his service and downplay his protests, touting his short service 35 years ago as his major qualification to lead the U.S. and world in these most perilous times.
It was made by John Kerry, for us Americans, a core issue of integrity.
I said that I would write about what I personally experienced.
(Excerpt) Read more at augustafreepress.com ...
I have read so many articles..this one is outstanding.
Hannity should get this guy on his show too.
I agree. Positive comments about Mr. O'Neil help, considering the Dem's threats to slime the Swift Vets.
Oh No! Vietnam Again? Shame On Us All
Founder of Vietnam Veterans for a Just Peace, which opposed John Kerry in 1971, on why Kerry's run for President has inflamed Vietnam veterans again.
Encinitas, CA (PRWEB) July 14, 2004 -- Most Americans wonder why we're wasting time debating John Kerry's military record from 35-years ago. In this dangerous time when the U.S. faces an enormous challenge in responding to a new world, comparable to that we faced post-World War II, we should instead be seriously debating the future and what to best do now.
I am a Marine Vietnam veteran, with a 4-year old son who is my life. I hugged him and cried on 9/11, and worry daily what the world will be that he enters. Who will lead him, and to what purpose, and at what costs? That is what we should be considering in this presidential year.
Senators Dole and McCain, who endured enormous suffering in previous wars, appeal to put the past behind us. So, why does Kerry's old record elicit such passions?
Unfortunately, while almost all Vietnam vets put Vietnam behind us, went on to build our lives, and are not activists, John Kerry chose to make his time in service the centerpiece of his campaign. Most Americans think this is a trivial issue. It's as if John Kerry's relatively minor credentials as a junior officer for a short time in Vietnam combat seems to be all he can point to as his value for leading the most powerful nation on earth in the current challenges. No one should deny the valor of this service. But, is that what the American people and the citizens of the world should be focused on for the man who will significantly affect our lives and the lives of our children? John Kerry chose to create this election battlefield. So, he must answer for it, and be willing to face the music he wrote about himself.
Thirty-three years ago, I organized the Vietnam Veterans for a Just Peace in reaction to Kerry's organization Vietnam Veterans Against the War. John O'Neill and others joined me, and with the support of tens of thousands of Vietnam veterans, we rebutted Kerry's charges that we were all war criminals. Literally, no one was defending us, many Americans were discouraged by the charges, and we young Vietnam veterans were suffering horribly from discrimination in our efforts to get on with our lives.
Thirty-three years later, the surprise emergence of John Kerry as candidate and his centerpiecing of his Vietnam service stirred many Vietnam veterans to reclaim the image and honor that Kerry besmirched. We knew better. John Kerry continued the past 33-years to consistently misrepresent his activities and the calumny he brought upon us. That led to an enormous groundswell among now middle-aged Vietnam veterans, emerging from every walk of non-political life that we had individually built, to set the record straight.
It is well documented that most of the claims made by Kerry and his Vietnam Veterans Against the War were fraudulent, none of his anti-war vets were willing to provide evidence, and many of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War members had not served in Vietnam. We now know that the true leadership of the vets against was extreme radicals, directed by a Vietnam vet impersonator. Yet, John Kerry has never apologized. Youthful excess and zeal is one thing. Mature hypocrisy is another.
But, clinching the need for our public stand for the Kerry truth is his deceptive pride in it, fouling the perception of us among a new generation of citizens, maybe my son, that enrages so many of us. In April 2001, Kerry wrote that, "We returned home to an America that was indifferent, even hostile. There were no parades, only nightmares. Veterans were spat upon, called baby-killers " Yet, he continues to not apologize for his leading role in creating just that hostile atmosphere or exploiting it now. Indeed, in a disturbing pattern, only in March 2004 after exposure by those who served with him did Kerry's current National Coordinator of Veterans for John Kerry admit that his own published charge of atrocities is false.
We are not Republican stooges, as Kerry accuses any who oppose him. The proportion of Democrat vets is similar to the general population. We are simply pissed off and, once again, we are forced to stand up for ourselves, by ourselves, and yearn to fade back into our hard-built peaceful lives. We merely ask that America demand honesty of John Kerry, honest consideration of who has really demonstrated the public integrity to lead us, and hope for meaningful debate over our challenging future. Getting the staged uniforms out of his campaign commercials immediately would be the first critical step. Shame on us all Americans if we do not unite to demand this.
Bruce Kesler left graduate school to enlist in the Marine Corps, serving as a Sergeant in Vietnam in 1969-70. Since, he has been a financial executive for Fortune 100 companies, and currently owns an employee benefits firm.
Bruce N. Kesler
1727 Orange Blossom Way
Encinitas, CA 92024
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Excellent.It's about truth and to the degree it gets personal is the degree by which kerry-dems discard truth.
Another great article among many in this vein. Thanks for the ping.
We wouldn't be raising it now if John Kerry had not continued now to misrepresent his service and downplay his protests, touting his short service 35 years ago as his major qualification to lead the U.S. and world in these most perilous times.
I mean really, when you think about it, isn't that ridiculous?
thanks for the heads up
Great article. BUMP
Richard the Dick Holbrooke is on Fox & Friends right now calling Steve Doocey a liar! "Senator Kerry volunteered when his opponents avoided service." "He saved lives and fought in the most dangerous area of Vietnam," etc. etc. etc.
Kerry was drafted, tried to get a deferrment for college, was rejected by the draft board & then joined the navy. "Volunteered?" HA!
Kerry and the Vets ping...
OH that is just begging to be a Doug song.
< Best Elton John Falsetto>
K-k-k-k-kerry and the vetsssssssssssss
Character assassination? You bet. And at the right time, too.
"I'm going to bring truth and responsibility back to the White House."
A BIG LOL! This should be used in a Bush ad.
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Thanks for the ping!
The John O'Neill I knew in 1971 was a humble, sweet, decent guy. It was not until recently that I even found out he'd been tops at Annapolis, and came from a distinguished Naval family. He slept in my mother's roach-infested slum apartment in Brooklyn without any comment (probably a little better than the digs we had in Vietnam). John O'Neill, today, still seems the guy I knew then.
On March 19, 2004, John O'Neill and I had our first contact since those days, when I Googled and called him. (snip) We then chuckled at how ignorant we were in 1971 about John Kerry's war and protest record, and were only beginning to find out. In 1971, we were interested in the reputation of Vietnam veterans, and secondly on leaving a viable South Vietnam behind.
Where were you yesterday? I already posted it. I'll go find the link for you.
I sent it and John O'Neills op-ed for Wall Street Journal to Drudge.
I hope he links to them.
I sent the URL for the story to Chuck Colson (through his prison ministry), since he is named a few times in the article. Don't suppose he'll actually see the e-mail or the article though.
Since this was written in response to an inquiry from the New York Times, it will be reprinted there, right?
Excellent....has not seen anything on the VVJP until this one......Thanks for posting!
bump TO SUPPORT THE NEW SWIFT VETS AD AND GEORGE BUSH... http://swift2.he.net/~swift2/gardner2.mpg
Great article, thanks. This says a lot about O'Neill.
As I said earlier on another thread, as a Veteran we would never, ever think of dishonoring our country, or our buddies that we served with, by making up stories of atrocities.
A sense of honor governs how we live our lives.
It's that simple.
Amen. Well said.
Have a great weekend.
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