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One Vet's Valor (B. G. Burkett is a myth-buster, a truth-teller, and a hero)
National Review | KATE O'BEIRNE

Posted on 09/29/2004 4:54:31 AM PDT by Niks

Over the past 20 years, determined Vietnam veteran B. G. "Jug" Burkett has succeeded in challenging hundreds of phony military records — but he has not succeeded in holding the media accountable when they carelessly rely on bogus service stories to make political points. Burkett is now getting some welcome reinforcements: the corps of amateur experts whose instant analysis demolished the credibility of CBS's purported Bush National Guard records. (B. G. Burkett is not to be confused with Bill Burkett, the man who gave the phony documents to CBS.) "The Dan Rathers of the world can no longer put up a story and have everyone nod approvingly," he declares. "The Internet has changed the landscape."

Burkett's crusade to debunk pervasive myths about his fellow veterans has made him a post-Vietnam War hero. In 1986, he fired off a letter to his local TV station — and to the chairman of the board of CBS — to protest the affiliate's egregious failure to correct the record about a mass killer's purported Vietnam service; he received no reply. It was Burkett's first experience with the media's stubborn disregard for the truth when it conflicted with their preferred storyline. Over the next two decades, such blow-offs would become a routine occurrence for this dedicated one-man truth squad.

A month before Burkett's first letter, he had agreed to help raise money for a memorial to honor the Texans who were killed or missing in action in Vietnam. One veteran warned him that it wouldn't be easy, recounting that when he had approached one of the wealthiest men in Dallas for a donation, the response was, "Why the hell should I give any money to those bums?" Burkett himself is a successful financial adviser, and the veterans of his acquaintance are equally successful in life; but he quickly learned that the Vietnam veteran of national stereotype was a far different creature. In his 1998 book, Stolen Valor: How the Vietnam Generation Was Robbed of Its Heroes and Its History, he recounts that "the public's perception of Vietnam veterans became abundantly clear. They were losers, bums, drug addicts, drunks, derelicts — societal offal who had come back from the war plagued by nightmares and flashbacks that left them with the potential to go berserk at any moment." They were like Patrick Henry Sherrill.

On August 20, 1986, Sherrill killed 14 employees in a post office in Edmond, Okla., before turning the gun on himself. The local news reported that Sherrill was a Vietnam veteran, and repeated that assertion even after a Navy spokesman had said it wasn't true and Burkett had contacted the news room and told them about the Navy's statement. Sherrill had served stateside in the Marine Corps in the mid-Sixties. Burkett concluded that the only thing most people would likely remember was that a "Vietnam vet" had killed 14 people, and noted the terrible irony that went largely unreported: Two of the seven men killed by Sherrill were real Vietnam veterans, one the grandson of Knute Rockne.

Two years later, another "violent Vietnam veteran kills" story exploded in Texas and Burkett filed a FOIA request for the killer's records. He learned that he had entered the service 17 months after the last combat troops had left Vietnam. This information was available to any reporter who cared to check but, as Burkett was also learning, reporters didn't care. The local paper's publisher responded to Burkett's letter pointing out the error with a condescending note about the "special problems" faced by Vietnam veterans and refused to correct the story. The refusal launched Burkett on a mission that would result in his becoming an expert witness in military-criminal cases, an indispensable research asset for academics and journalists, a uniquely knowledgeable media critic, and, with Texas journalist Glenna Whitley, co-author of the acclaimed Stolen Valor.

To assist in his fundraising for the Texas memorial, Burkett bought computer tapes listing all American casualties and POWs in Vietnam from the National Archives. He was told that no one had ever requested these data before. By 1989, the Texas memorial had been funded and Burkett was embarked on a far bigger project. He was filing daily FOIA requests and had become an informal clearinghouse with nationwide contacts who shared information on phony war stories. When he found documentation that veterans cited in news stories had lied about their war service, he would contact the journalist and offer to provide a copy of the veteran's military record. "Whether they were with the New York Times or the Podunk Press," Burkett recalls, "journalists rarely attempted to verify the stories they wrote on veterans' personal histories. Few wanted to acknowledge they had been fooled."

At a conference in the spring of 2000, Mark Bowden, the author of Black Hawk Down, was incredulous when he heard Burkett's accounts of the media hostility he routinely encountered when he attempted to correct the kind of reporting that contributed to the slander of Vietnam veterans. Bowden found it hard to believe that his fellow journalists would ignore Burkett's documented facts, thereby helping to spread "enduring falsehoods about the Vietnam War." But — in an article titled "Lies and More Lies," in the October 2000 issue of Brill's Content — Bowden concluded that was exactly what had happened.

In addition to debunking individual stories, Burkett also began collecting research data to counter the media's stereotype of Vietnam veterans. "The press portrayed us as victims, marched off to war, maimed, poisoned, drug-ridden from our trauma, then dumped back on society." Referring to the anti-war protests in the early 1970s, Burkett notes that "John Kerry did more than anybody to create that image when he brought those bums to Washington."

Burkett's exhaustive research thoroughly debunked the myth represented by Kerry's ragtag band of angry, disaffected protesters. When compared with their non-veteran peers, Vietnam veterans do not have higher incidences of drug abuse, unemployment, suicide, divorce, or homelessness. "In every category for which I could find statistics," writes Burkett, "Vietnam veterans were as successful or more successful than men their age who did not go to Vietnam." Vietnam veterans on average have higher incomes than non-veterans and are more likely to have a college education and own a home. In contrast to John Kerry's portrayal of disillusioned victims, a Washington Post survey taken in 1985 — the tenth anniversary of the fall of Saigon — found that 91 percent of those who served in Vietnam were "glad they served their country."

Burkett thought he was signing on for a short project, but he ended up exposing more than 1,200 bogus Vietnam War records, including those of prominent activists, celebrated war heroes, criminals, politicians, and even a well-known actor. For years, Brian Dennehy publicly maintained he was a Vietnam combat veteran, telling a New York Times reporter in 1989 about his combat wounds, and holding forth about the brutal realities of combat in a 1993 Playboy interview. Burkett's examination of Dennehy's military records showed that during his four years on active duty his only overseas assignment was in Okinawa in 1962, and there was no record of his having ever been wounded.

Last year, Burkett was awarded the Army's highest decoration for civilians, the Distinguished Civilian Service Award. The decoration represents the debt owed Burkett by the 2.7 million veterans who served in Vietnam whose honorable records and reputations he has tirelessly defended. At the award ceremony, an undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs explained that in addition to restoring their good name to Vietnam veterans, Burkett "exposed a mass distortion of history that cost taxpayers billions of dollars" in undeserved veterans benefits. The government pays up to $3,000 a month to Vietnam veterans with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and bogus documents have qualified an unknown number of phony veterans for these benefits. Burkett explains that he recently helped conduct a VA study of 100 such alleged PTSD victims chosen at random. They found that "only 39 percent were in remotely close contact with combat, and some were never in the military." Over a lifetime, phonies can collect a million dollars each in VA benefits.

One of Burkett's most shocking accounts of the media bias responsible for the distorted image of Vietnam veterans involves a 1988 CBS documentary, The Wall Within, hosted by Dan Rather. The hour-long special featured horrific accounts of murder and mayhem witnessed by six purported Vietnam veterans with post-war histories of drug abuse, alcoholism, homelessness, and despair. The atrocities and ruined lives were apparently "too good to check": By consulting records that CBS failed to research, Burkett found that only one of the veterans had actually served in combat. Burkett contacted CBS with his documentation and the Veterans Administration shared its data refuting CBS's assertions about the high incidence of homelessness and mental illness among Vietnam veterans. The producers defiantly stood by their bogus story and the president of CBS defended the broadcast. After recounting the sorry episode of journalistic malpractice, Burkett wrote: "Why won't Rather and CBS admit their 'documentary' was a fraud, that it perpetuated an unwarranted, false picture of men who fought in Vietnam?"

Sixteen years ago, the indefatigable B. G. Burkett was fighting a lonely battle to hold the media accountable. With reinforcements in the blogosphere and new media, CBS finally has to say, "We're sorry."


TOPICS: Editorial; Unclassified
KEYWORDS: 229; bgburkett; kateobeirne; vn

1 posted on 09/29/2004 4:54:31 AM PDT by Niks
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To: Niks

Bump.


2 posted on 09/29/2004 4:57:04 AM PDT by Stentor
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To: Niks

Someday the American public is going to wake up to the fact that the Old Media types have been conducting propoganda and lying to us for years.


3 posted on 09/29/2004 4:57:46 AM PDT by Peach (The Clinton's pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: Niks

bump. Good find.


4 posted on 09/29/2004 5:02:15 AM PDT by aBootes (Wake me up when a liberal has an original idea that does NOT involve raising taxes -- gunnygail)
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To: Niks

Great article! Thanks.


5 posted on 09/29/2004 5:02:50 AM PDT by syriacus (Kristen Breitweiser WAS a "stay-at-home" lawyer. NOW she is an "on-the-road" lawyer.)
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To: Niks

"One of Burkett's most shocking accounts of the media bias responsible for the distorted image of Vietnam veterans involves a 1988 CBS documentary, The Wall Within, hosted by Dan Rather. The hour-long special featured horrific accounts of murder and mayhem witnessed by six purported Vietnam veterans with post-war histories of drug abuse, alcoholism, homelessness, and despair. The atrocities and ruined lives were apparently "too good to check": By consulting records that CBS failed to research, Burkett found that only one of the veterans had actually served in combat. Burkett contacted CBS with his documentation and the Veterans Administration shared its data refuting CBS's assertions about the high incidence of homelessness and mental illness among Vietnam veterans. The producers defiantly stood by their bogus story and the president of CBS defended the broadcast. After recounting the sorry episode of journalistic malpractice, Burkett wrote: "Why won't Rather and CBS admit their 'documentary' was a fraud, that it perpetuated an unwarranted, false picture of men who fought in Vietnam?" "

Un
Believe
Able

Hopefully this whole CBS thang will open the eyes of the masses who believe whatever is spewed out of the news.


6 posted on 09/29/2004 5:02:54 AM PDT by Jn316
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To: Niks
2.7 million veterans who served in Vietnam whose honorable records and reputations he has tirelessly defended.

I would just like to note here that while 2.7 million men served in Vietnam the Vietnam Veterans Against the War VVAW, had only 8,500 members naionwide in November of 1971. So few tarnished so many, because they stood by and did not raise their voice.
7 posted on 09/29/2004 5:03:04 AM PDT by stockpirate (Kerry; supported by, financed by, trained by, guided by, revered by, in favor of, Communists.)
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To: Jn316

I keep my copy of "Stolen Valor" handy- I like the appendices listing MOH winners and POWs returned alive. Every time I read about a supposed POW speaking out about anything, "S. V." is the first place I check.

LC


8 posted on 09/29/2004 5:09:55 AM PDT by LoneConservative (Peace... Through SUPERIOR FIREPOWER!!!)
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To: Niks; Interesting Times; Buckhead; ALOHA RONNIE; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; redrock; Howlin; ...
Burkett is now getting some welcome reinforcements: the corps of amateur experts whose instant analysis demolished the credibility of CBS's purported Bush National Guard records.

Bump!

Daily Prayer Thread for "Swift Boat Veterans for Truth" ^

9 posted on 09/29/2004 5:14:54 AM PDT by Ragtime Cowgirl ("The proper response to difficulty is not to retreat -- it is to prevail."- Pres. Bush, CinC, 9/21)
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To: Niks

You can watch the video of him speaking at the Vietnam Vets "Kerry Lied rally" by clicking on the link below. Powerful stuff.

rtsp://video.c-span.org/project/c04/c04091204_bushvets.rm


10 posted on 09/29/2004 5:17:09 AM PDT by PajamaTruthMafia
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To: armymarinemom

Bump for FR's military family.


11 posted on 09/29/2004 5:17:14 AM PDT by Ragtime Cowgirl ("The proper response to difficulty is not to retreat -- it is to prevail."- Pres. Bush, CinC, 9/21)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl; Niks
Bump!


12 posted on 09/29/2004 5:20:13 AM PDT by The Mayor (Right thinking leads to right living.)
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To: Niks

Great post. And very informative.



(What's with all of these- "&#8212"?)


13 posted on 09/29/2004 5:28:54 AM PDT by harrycarey
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To: stockpirate
Already there is an IVAW (Iraq Veterans Against the War) being assembled.

Those of us who did not fight in Iraq must not make the mistake that so many American noncombatants in the Vietnam era made: we must not allow ourselves to be cowed by the fact that they served and we did not.

They are traitors every bit as much as Senator Kerry and his VVAW fellow travelers.

IVAW is associated with VVAW, with the Workers' World Party, with International A.N.S.W.E.R. and other groups which hate this country and try to destroy it.

We need to denounce them and when they say "Oh yeah? I served and you didn't!" we need to respond: "Military service does not excuse treason. It does not excuse associating with America's enemies, with groups like International A.N.S.W.E.R. who were rooting for you to die when you served. It does not excuse stabbing the soldiers who are still serving in Iraq in the back. Benedict Arnold was a soldier too."

14 posted on 09/29/2004 5:29:20 AM PDT by wideawake (God bless our brave soldiers and their Commander in Chief)
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To: Niks; Travis McGee; Timesink; martin_fierro; reformed_democrat; Loyalist; =Intervention=; ...
Media Shenanigans/post-NewsMedia Conservative History ping - Referring to the anti-war protests in the early 1970s, Burkett notes that "John Kerry did more than anybody to create that image [the media's stereotype of Vietnam veterans] when he brought those bums to Washington."

I imagine that the little college students won't be directed to this article by their red diaper doper baby professors...

On, Off, or grab it for a Media Shenanigans/Schadenfreude/PNMCH ping:
http://www.freerepublic.com/~anamusedspectator/

15 posted on 09/29/2004 5:33:29 AM PDT by an amused spectator (Memo Depot: where trusted news anchors shop)
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To: Niks

This concept only got brief treatment in the article, but it is an essential point.

John Kerry is the person most singularly responsible for that false image of Vietnam Veterans. John Kerry is the one who slandered the heroes of that generation. John Kerry is the one who most Stole their Valor. John Kerry's perjured congressional testimony is what most damaged the American public's perception of our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines. Every hippy who spit on a Vet justified it to himself with John Kerry's lies.


16 posted on 09/29/2004 5:50:08 AM PDT by blanknoone ("New Media? Is that somewhere in Jersey?" Dan Rather aka Dem Blather)
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To: Niks

Just a thought...

Is it too far out to assume that part of Rather's cover for his duplicity was knowing that B.G. Burkett and Bill Burkett would be easily confused and so, for the casual fact checker, lend credibility to this RAT's bona fides in passing information on veteran's service?

Since crappy journalism is Dan's stock and trade, and it is widely known that he will use false information and bad testimony to construct his smears, isn't it reasonable that he would also concoct cover in a premeditated fashion to conceal his deceit?

OTOH, that would require some forethought...


17 posted on 09/29/2004 6:00:05 AM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (`Three certainties in life: death, taxes and dead people voting for more taxes.)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl

C-BS Bump


18 posted on 09/29/2004 6:32:33 AM PDT by SAMWolf (On the other hand, you have different fingers.)
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To: Niks

Excellent piece!
Thanks for posting it, Niks.

Help support the Swiftees.
http://www.swiftvets.com

Kerry lied while good men died!

Semper Fi,
Kelly


19 posted on 09/29/2004 7:28:13 AM PDT by kellynla (U.S.M.C. 1/5 1st Mar Div. Nam 69&70 Semper Fi http://www.vietnamveteransagainstjohnkerry.com)
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To: Niks
(B. G. Burkett is not to be confused with Bill Burkett, the man who gave the phony documents to CBS.)

Bears repeating.

20 posted on 09/29/2004 7:29:28 AM PDT by martin_fierro ('n'at.)
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To: an amused spectator

Benedict Arnold was another "hero" turned traitor.


21 posted on 09/29/2004 7:40:50 AM PDT by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: Niks
Time for a nickname.

Over the past 20 years, determined Vietnam veteran B. G. "Jug" Burkett has succeeded in challenging hundreds of phony military records — but he has not succeeded in holding the media accountable when they carelessly rely on bogus service stories to make political points. Burkett is now getting some welcome reinforcements: the corps of amateur experts whose instant analysis demolished the credibility of CBS's purported Bush National Guard records. (B. G. Burkett is not to be confused with Bill Burkett, the man who gave the phony documents to CBS.) "The Dan Rathers of the world can no longer put up a story and have everyone nod approvingly," he declares. "The Internet has changed the landscape."

22 posted on 09/29/2004 7:48:47 AM PDT by GOPJ (The effect of‘MSM bias’ is the Democratic party and the press sustain each other’s delusions. Steyn)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl

Bump!


23 posted on 09/29/2004 8:03:01 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: LoneConservative

Exactly L.C., that's what I've been doing since I bought the book when it first came out. Using Burkett's guidelines and my own common-sense, I was able to point local Sheriff's deputies to look into the background of the phony "Vietnam Vet" that went off his nut, stepped out his trailer door and fired off a round from a 30-30 holding his live-in (notice how often they are boy/girl friends instead of married couples?) "hostage" (she didn't seem particularly concerned).

The upshot was that the man had gone into the service only to be discharged before completing bootcamp because of unstable behavior (Sec. 8). Like all of the other phonies, he had created a fantasy history of all his "combat" experiences, awards, etc.

Even with this exposure however, there was still a willingness to give him a pass by not pursuing his fraudulent claims (he was drawing VA benefits); they obviously had bought into the lie of the boonie hat ragged cammies wearing, medal/pin festooned, looney-tunes Vietnam Vet syndrome.

RB


24 posted on 09/29/2004 8:04:27 AM PDT by brushcop (American first, last, always--no hyphens here.)
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To: Niks
-----excerpted-----

For years, Brian Dennehy publicly maintained he was a Vietnam combat veteran, telling a New York Times reporter in 1989 about his combat wounds, and holding forth about the brutal realities of combat in a 1993 Playboy interview. Burkett's examination of Dennehy's military records showed that during his four years on active duty his only overseas assignment was in Okinawa in 1962, and there was no record of his having ever been wounded.

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I served with Dennehy on Okinawa. We were both with HQ Battery 12th Marines 3rd MarDiv. Lived and bunked in the same barracks. When I first heard that he claimed he was in Nam I thought...no way...unless he re up'd. We both came back to San Diego on the same ship in summer of 63. And I assumed he separated from service at that time. I still had a year left and was reassigned

By the way. He was a liberal. How do I know? Purely circumstantial. He attended Columbia University on a football scholarship and he told me he was a member of the NAACP. That stuck in my mind because I thought how odd it was that a big (6' 3" 265 lb) white Irish kid would belong to the NAACP.

25 posted on 09/29/2004 8:06:57 AM PDT by Donald Rumsfeld Fan ("Memos on Bush Are Fake but Accurate". NYTimes)
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To: Niks
-----excerpted-----

For years, Brian Dennehy publicly maintained he was a Vietnam combat veteran, telling a New York Times reporter in 1989 about his combat wounds, and holding forth about the brutal realities of combat in a 1993 Playboy interview. Burkett's examination of Dennehy's military records showed that during his four years on active duty his only overseas assignment was in Okinawa in 1962, and there was no record of his having ever been wounded.

-----snip-----

I served with Dennehy on Okinawa. We were both with HQ Battery 12th Marines 3rd MarDiv. Lived and bunked in the same barracks. When I first heard that he claimed he was in Nam I thought...no way...unless he re up'd. We both came back to San Diego on the same ship in summer of 63. And I assumed he separated from service at that time. I still had a year left and was reassigned

By the way. He was a liberal. How do I know? Purely circumstantial. He attended Columbia University on a football scholarship and he told me he was a member of the NAACP. That stuck in my mind because I thought how odd it was that a big (6' 3" 265 lb) white Irish kid would belong to the NAACP.

26 posted on 09/29/2004 8:08:51 AM PDT by Donald Rumsfeld Fan ("Memos on Bush Are Fake but Accurate". NYTimes)
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To: stockpirate
So few tarnished so many, because they stood by and did not raise their voice......

So now you're blaming the Viet Vets (average age 19-20)? Unbelievable.

27 posted on 09/29/2004 8:11:41 AM PDT by wtc911 (I have half a Snickers...it was given to me by a CIA guy as we went into Cambodia)
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"Even with this exposure however, there was still a willingness to give him a pass by not pursuing his fraudulent claims (he was drawing VA benefits); they obviously had bought into the lie of the boonie hat ragged cammies wearing, medal/pin festooned, looney-tunes Vietnam Vet syndrome."

You know, I'm convinced that the VA NEVER checks anyone's records. After all, why should they? If they can demonstrate to Washington D.C. that they're treating people, and those numbers increase every year, they can be assured of jobs & bigger budgets for themselves.

Burkett's chapter on frauds was scary- Even as a non-vet, I can almost tell when someones's using a line of BS. As he said in the book, if you have a patient with an eigth grade education, and he's throwing around terms like "Intrusive thoughts" and Self-destructive behavior", he's obviously been coached.

I used to see a "Vietnam Veteran" panhandling on the subway, almost every day, in the same spot. I finally asked him what unit he was in. The confused, ramblibng statement I got made absolutely no sense. He never asked me for money again, though- I guess he figured I was onto him!

LC


28 posted on 09/29/2004 8:25:52 AM PDT by LoneConservative (Peace... Through SUPERIOR FIREPOWER!!!)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl

Myth-Buster ~ Bump!


29 posted on 09/29/2004 10:14:19 AM PDT by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: LoneConservative
Last year, Burkett was awarded the Army's highest decoration for civilians, the Distinguished Civilian Service Award. The decoration represents the debt owed Burkett by the 2.7 million veterans who served in Vietnam whose honorable records and reputations he has tirelessly defended.

(With apologies to the many who have by now seen this standard post of mine ... with respect for those who have not)

...more than 30 years later, the wounds inflicted by John Kerry continue to bring pain to scores of Vietnam veterans. Those wounds — from the bearing of false witness against a generation of courageous young Americans who fought and died in Vietnam — are much more serious than any wound warranting a Purple Heart. Those wounds go to the heart and soul. Those wounds never go away...

There are many who do not recall VietNam. It is important for you all to realize how sKerry deeply hurt and angered our fine military men.

I was just getting into the USAF as Vietnam was winding down.
I was personally spit on, as were many of my friends.

A buddy of mine here at Cornell had blood thrown at him, and others were assaulted by the peaceniks.

This was due to sKerry's "testimony" of lies at the "hearings" as much as anything else, though we could mention Fonda, SDS, the Communists, and others. But, sKerry gave great credibility to knee-jerk egotistical pacifist isolationists. His charges against our brave military men have not been forgotten - but the Swifties have reminded the 'Nam vets and their families EXACTLY WHO did that testimony, and many of us who remembered that testimony had forgotten who had created such lies.

The effect on the morale of our troops was devastating. The leadership of the country was devastated, too. They had already been in a defensive mode to begin with instead of an aggressive "win the war" mode - they went into a "buy our way out of it" mode. Some pointed with credibility to sKerry's lie that "we'd only have to protect 3000 S.Vietnamese who might be harmed by the NV" --- that was always complete bunk, but a war-weary country WANTED to believe it. Over Three MILLION were killed after we left. sKerry was wrong there, and he lied about the rest, too. If the hearings had been more positive, it might have defused the peaceniks a bit, and we may well have gone on to make an attempt to stop micromanaging that conflict, and let our guys win the war. 

Our brave military men were demeaned for years afterward.  All of us who served from 1968 through Desert Storm were looked down on in many ways by much of American society - thank God for President Reagan who helped alleviate that somewhat - we were proud to serve with him as CINC, but it was terrible how hard he had to fight for something so eminently right and decent as the US military.

Many of the culprits have recognized they were wrong - take David Horowitz as an example, as well as many FReepers who have stated as much here.  Many have done a great deal to make amends. Many are angry at the way Walter Cronkite and the rest of the lamestream press duped them. But, sKerry is still trying to defend his indefensible actions.

Kerry's a bona fide liar. He and his VVAW buddies encouraged others to lie. He is as close to a traitor as anybody I know of.

I stated (at length in discussions) on a thread a some time ago that this is now not only a battle between the SwiftVets and the peaceniks of the 60s and 70s, but that this campaign has become a battle - a Great Battle - between the Old Media Fraudcasters and other mediots, and the New Media - with talk radio/ internet/ blogs.

This has become a battle to the death. Only one will be left standing. The 'Nam Vets (including me and many of my fellows in arms) are not going to be able to be silenced by the President or by the Demodogs or by the Fraudcasters. We know the truth. There is a great well of support we can draw on, and righteous anger about the way we have been treated. Many others are just as angry about how they have been misled by the Fraudcasters and the NYSlimes, et al, and they are now seeing a way to "get a bit of their own back.

WE THE PEOPLE, INCLUDING THOSE OF US AT FR, HAVE TO TAKE BACK THE NEWS MEDIA. WE CAN NOT GIVE UP, WE CANNOT GIVE IN, WE CANNOT REST UNTIL sKERRY IS CRUSHED. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL WHO ARE CONTRIBUTING TO THIS EFFORT.

please feel free to add to this, plagiarize it, or otherwise use this rant against the traitors to our brave men.  just get it out there.

Give the VietNam Vets the Parade They Never Got

DEFEAT KERRY !!!
/

30 posted on 09/29/2004 10:18:16 AM PDT by AFPhys ((.Praying for President Bush, our troops, their families, and all my American neighbors..))
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