Skip to comments.Statement of Larry Bailey - Vietnam Vets for the Truth - Press Conference - Sept. 7, 2004
Posted on 09/08/2004 4:57:32 PM PDT by tgslTakoma
Welcome! My name is Larry Bailey, and I am a retired Navy SEAL Captain. I was in Vietnam in 1967 and participated in the Dominican Republic invasion in 1965. I also commanded the SEAL school in Coronado, CA.
I am the President of an organization named Vietnam Vets for the Truth, LLC. Please note the similarity in names with a group much in the news, Swift Boat Veterans for Truth; I wish to emphasize that we are completely different and separate groups that were organized independent of one another. We do, however, support them completely.
We are an incorporated 527 PAC composed of Vietnam veterans opposed to John Kerry.
We will hold a rally we call Kerry Lied . . . While Good Men Died on Sunday, September 12, at 2 PM just north of the US Capitol building in the Upper Senate Park. Ten speakers will tell some of the true stories about the virtues of Vietnam veterans and contrast them with the lies told by John Kerry. We will identify those speakers in a few moments.
Much has been said by the news media about the Swiftees being a front for the Bush campaign. We know those guys, and we know that is not true. More importantly from our perspective, we have no connection whatever to the Bush administration or the Bush campaign. In fact, we never even TALK to anyone connected with either the Republican Party or the Bush/Cheny campaign. And regarding fundraising, the most any single donor has contributed is $1000.00, while the least is $2.50. We have raised about just a bit over $70,000, with the average contribution being just under $100.00.
I know this is hard for many reporters to understand or believe, but this is not a matter of politics. We would be doing this same thing if John Kerry were a Republican. And as much as we respect the office of the Presidency, if the President himself called and asked us to cease and desist, we could not do so. This is a matter of honor--a matter of Kerrys betrayal, a matter of concern for our country. And it is also deeply personal.
The Swiftee officers knew Kerry in Vietnam; they ate with him, slept in the same quarters with him, and watched him on patrol. We will leave to them the comments about his actions in Vietnam, because they observed him there; we did not. Our quarrel with John Kerry is based solely on his actions when he returned from Vietnam. I want to summarize two of those things for you very briefly.
NUMBER 1 - John Kerry joinedno, he FORMEDVVAW, part of the radical left wing of the anti-war movement, and the things he said and did make him responsible, more than any other individual, for the false image of Vietnam veterans as babykillers or violent misfits prone to drug abuse.
John Kerry told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 1971; he told America and the world; and most despicably, he told our wives, our parents, and our children that we were rapists, torturers and murderers. And he told other outrageous lies, as well.
He said Americas actions in Vietnam were criminal.
He said most troops in Vietnam were on drugs.
He said the Vietnamese people didnt care whether their government was democratic or Communist.
He said America murdered over 200,000 Vietnamese every year.
He said he was ashamed of his service, which must have been a lie, because he now says he is proud of it.
These and other things Kerry said were a smear on the laudable service of a generation of young Americans in Vietnam. We have carried the stain of his lies for decades, but the smear on our dead brothers, whose names are carved on a black granite wall, is far worse.
NUMBER 2 - The insult to us and to our dead comrades is not the worst part of John Kerrys action. The worst part is that he gave aid and comfort to our enemy while Americas sons were still dying. All the false things he said about us encouraged our enemy to be patient, even when their losses were devastating. We believe there are thousands of names on that black granite wall because of John Kerry and others like him.
Kerry went to Paris in 1970 to meet with our enemys representative, Madame Nguyen Thi Binh, in violation of US law, while hostilities were ongoing and while he was still a commissioned officer in the US Naval Reserve. Kerry returned to the US and publicly advocated the enemys position and decried our own.
Our POWs heard the words of John Kerry from their interrogators as they were pressured and threatened to confess to committing non-existent war crimes.
This is a story of betrayal. John Kerry betrayed us, he betrayed his country, and, because of his status as a Naval officer, we believe his betrayal was far worse than Jane Fondas.
But we have never forgiven, we have never forgotten, and America needs to face these facts before the November election.
My fellow Vietnam veteran, Terry Garlock, who first proposed the idea of the Kerry Lied Rally, will now share his observations. He will be followed by another winner of the Purple Heart, Attorney Dexter Lehtinen of Miami and by VVTs volunteer Media Affairs Director, Jeff Epstein, who is NOT a veteran. But Ill let him address that issue.
My comment to Capt. Bailey: Thank you for your service to our country, past and present. - tgslT
The public should know about this.
"We will hold a rally we call Kerry Lied . . . While Good Men Died on Sunday, September 12, at 2 PM just north of the US Capitol building in the Upper Senate Park. Ten speakers will tell some of the true stories about the virtues of Vietnam veterans and contrast them with the lies told by John Kerry. We will identify those speakers in a few moments. "
Details and downloadable flier at :
Big Veterans for Truth bump!!
Very articulate. Excellent summary and points.
I bet the MSM is going to try to bury this, if they mention it at all.
Press release from Vietnam Vets for the Truth....Let's get the word out.
Big God bless our troops and our vets bump.
see you at the rally. anything planned for saturday?
Statement of Larry Bailey - Vietnam Vets for
the Truth - Press Conference - Sept. 7, 2004
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Forwarded to everyone in my email address book. Thanks for sharing.
We don't want to step on their reception (I'm sure more than a few of us will attend that, and make a donation to their organization, too), so the DC Chapter is inviting all Freepers and friends (new VVT friends, too) to meet for Sunday brunch before the rally, at a hotel near the rally site. Does this all make sense?
See you Sunday at the rally and/or Saturday evening at VVT reception!
Ker-THUNK!! Whack! Whack! Whack!
(Another shoe drops . . . . . . another nail in Kerry's coffin)
Before this show is over, Kerry will regret that he ever made Vietnam the cornerstone of his candidacy. He has awakened a sleeping giant . . . . . .
And, that's the point. If he makes such a huge miscalculation as a candidate, how much worse would he be as a president? What miscalculations would he or his staff of 20,000 advisors make that would cause harm to the US?
I shudder to think.
A cousin of my husband's served in Viet Nam in the US Army. We have never talked to him about his experiences and feelings because most Nam vets have preferred to keep their feelings to themselves.
However, today, he sent out an email to all in his address book. We have his permission to send his words out to others, through email or otherwise.
This Veterans Opinion
It is good to know that Senator John Kerry is a fellow Viet Nam Veteran, a medal winner. It is also interesting to remember that he testified before Congress against that War. He testified that he committed atrocities, witnessed atrocities, and that thousands of American soldiers committed atrocities. I do not find fault with his speaking against the War; that was his right. It is only Mr. Kerrys last allegation, that thousands committed atrocities, with which I have an issue.
I remember Viet Nam too clearly. I never saw an American soldier commit an atrocity. To the contrary, I saw dead tired GIs stop, smile, and gladly give their rations to hungry children. I saw American soldiers write home to get clothing for poor families. I saw our medics spend more time healing civilians than they did repairing us. I saw GIs lay down their lives trying to save a nation under attack.
I also remember coming home clearly. We soldiers were labeled baby-killers, village-burners, dirt -- the lowest form of human excrement. John Kerry was young then; perhaps in his testimony before Congress he was anxious to make a political point. I could forgive young Kerrys thousand of atrocities statement had he since said that maybe he misspoke. Maybe thousands upon thousands of Viet Nam Vets and the 50,000 American soldiers who died in Viet Nam are innocent of his charges. Maybe its time for John Kerry to correct the statements that helped label soldiers baby-killers, village-burners, dirt.
While I respect Senator Kerrys record as a Naval Officer and appreciate his years in the United States Senate, he is not the kind of man that I could willingly call Mr. President, Commander-in-Chief of our military. Mr. Kerrys words of thirty years ago hold meaning, deep meaning. Senator Kerry, you cannot verbally spit on a group of people and then expect to court them as a constituency.
see you at the rally. anything planned for saturday?
Bump! - (Like your tagline.)