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‘Swifties’ Sink the USS John F. Kerry [Good read]
IntellectualConservative.com ^ | 03 December 2004 | by Gary Larson

Posted on 12/03/2004 8:10:21 AM PST by johnny7

John O'Neill's Swift Boat Veterans for Truth attacked John Kerry where he was most vulnerable and helped prevent his ascension to the Presidency.

“. . . never give in, except to convictions of honor and good sense.” -- Winston Churchill, October 1941, to the boys at his old prep school, Harrow.

God bless our vets. Especially U.S. Navy "swifties" who challenged Senator John Kerry’s war record. Mainstream media - -hereafter, MSM -- all but avoided that record, when not extolling it. The 260-plus swift boat men -- officers and enlisted -- stepped up, duty-bound, to put Kerry’s character on the line. Their last mission of their war might well have denied victory to MSM’s clear preference in this presidential race.

Kerry reported for duty at the Boston convention. Boldly, but not wisely, he made his war record the centerpiece of his campaign. After all, his 20-year U.S. Senate record was hardly distinguished. Besides, America cried out for a fearless warrior leader to fight terrorism. If only his fellow vets would roll over. Maybe they’d forget, for starters, his imaginary Christmas in Cambodia. There Kerry said he listened on a short-wave radio in 1968 to a yet-to-be sworn-in president disavow the incursion. Like hell he did. Would vets forget his early exit? Thrice scratched, with sought Purple Hearts, Lt. (jg.) John Kerry took the first ticket out of Vietnam. Saying he was gaming the system is a indictment too far, but it does cross skeptical minds. Kerry came home after four months and 12 days -- one-third of a 12-month tour. GIs left behind served their whole 12 months. Some did not return alive.

At his side (literally at the convention), Kerry lined up a tiny band of believers. His crew mates (minus gunner Steve Gardner, who would be threatened for not falling in line) reported for campaign duty. Loyalists all, they would attest to Kerry’s claims, with the notable exception of the Cambodian caper. Tellingly, no one vouched for it. Not even Kerry’s official biographer. (Who called whom a "liar" in the campaign?) A band far larger than Kerry’s, 40 times larger, including his CO (Commanding Officer) and entire chain of command, took a stand against his candidacy. Not so much that he might be president -- but, egad!, commander-in-chief. This could not stand. So the band of 260-plus swift boat brothers sought to sink the White House-bound USS John Kerry.

Swift Boat Veterans for Truth (SBVT) was led by John O’Neill, a Houston attorney and longtime Kerry antagonist. The two had debated in 1971 on The Dick Cavett Show, re-run this year on C-Span. (Kerry’s people begged C-Span not to air it.) O’Neill, who succeeded Kerry as skipper of swift boat PCF-94, proved to be a worthy adversary for a would-be president. By the way, Kerry refused to debate him. Running on his record, Kerry did not fully divulge it. Instead he doled it out in thin slices, only the Right Stuff. Paeans to his sterling medals, praise for his most assuredly heroic Vietnam duty, these portraits of his valor were credible enough, but stilted, in overblown military prose. With good reason: They were based primarily on his official medal citations. (I know about such things. As additional PIO duty then, I wrote them by the hundreds from USAF after-action reports.) Disclosing only bits of his record, Kerry took a page from Machiavelli’s play book: "A prince must. . .so contrive that his actions show [only] grandeur, spirit, gravity, and fortitude." (The Prince at Chap. 19) In short, show no warts.

Party faithful might be taken in, but most vets were not. Kerry had voted against all sorts of military things, intelligence capabilities, and Gulf War I. Sort of a patrician geek know-it-all, he did not talk, he pontificated, playing to the galleries, in well-rounded but mushy paragraphs. (Ah, but he had "a plan.") He was disliked vaguely, but not loathed as Bush, his candor in question. Some in his own party shared this discomfiture, but few would admit it. Kerry’s antiwar past made him poison to GIs of Vietnam vintage. No way he’d get our (my) vote. Others might vote for the tax-happy liberal because, well, partisan party politics was their Everything. Kerry was nearest to antiwar in Iraq and politically correct as they’d get. To us (me), not voting for Kerry was a matter of principle. Die-hards in blue states may never grasp this, nor the resolve of the never-give-in "swifties" of SBVT. Some dare call it duty, a moral value not well understood on the Left and, it appears, among liberal MSM.

After his early exit from "our" war, Kerry became the point man for a rabid, ragtag outfit, the Vietnam Veterans against the War (VVAW). Who among us, vets at least, could forget their defamatory lies? Malicious by any libel standard, their tales could not be forgotten. The monstrous injustice of it all was seared -- yes, seared - -into our ex-GI psyches. Some of us vets awaited an apology. Kerry’s nearest brush with one was telling Ted Koppel on ABC-TV’s Nightline that he [Kerry] "had not expressed myself [in ‘71] as well as I might have." A genuine "Gee, I’m sorry" could have sunk his swift boat foes. Call that ironic.

Accusing GIs of "atrocities in the style of Ghengis Kahn," such as lopping off ears and worse, made veterans’ humanity suspect, homecomings often bittersweet. "Babykiller" entered the vernacular. Many vets returned to plain hostility, to lost chances, lost loves, public contempt, homelessness. Some of their wounds would last a lifetime, while Kerry’s three scratches healed in hours. He lost no duty time in his one-third tour of duty, but won three Purple Hearts. Go figure. In Hanoi, POWs were tortured to confess to Kerry’s bogus allegations. In Paris, he met privately with the enemy, discussing Godknowswhat. He wrote a book, the ironically titled Tour of Duty, a deceitful litany of GI Joes’ barbarity. Old Glory flies upside down on its cover; inside, vets are demeaned, too. (Good luck if you try to buy a copy. Kerry has retrieved nearly the entire press run. Why?)

Fogies still recall Jane Fonda, Kerry’s ideological kin. She’s smiling still, perched atop an antiaircraft gun in Hanoi, giving aid and comfort. A few miles away, our GIs suffer unspeakable torture in the "Hanoi Hilton." (A photo of Smiling Jane hangs today, next to Kerry’s smiling countenance, at the Vietnamese War Museum. They’re lionized as "foreign heroes.") For these bitter pills and more, U.S. Navy "swifties" felt obliged to step forward. They spoke really for all military branches. At first MSM would have none of their talk, protecting their guy Kerry. But the swift boaters’ message eked out, like forbidden tales from the Gulag, via blogs and alternative news platforms such as the Drudge Report. Soon even MSM could not disregard it. Well-crafted TV spots, on a slim national budget ($150,000 to start), went directly to the public. "Swifties" gave interviews and speeches. In time, news-hungry 7/24 cable news -- even CNN -- picked up on their salvos. SBVT’s spots were replayed endlessly, for free, on talking-head TV programs. Donations poured in -- astonishingly, over $250 million. Result: Additional airtime buys, new spots. Nothing fancy, nothing nasty. Just a plain-speaking narrator reciting details of Kerry’s undisclosed war record. Outspent over 100 to 1 by the Bush-hating "527" groups (George Soros, et al.), these spots resonated. Kerryites fought back, flinging epithets. Swift boaters not saluting Kerry’s line were called "liars" and (gasp!) "right-wing ideologues." What could be worse?

A New York Times item quoted a Kerry attack dog saying it was "a Republican smear." Another labeled SBVT "a Nixonian dirty trick." O’Neill was dubbed "a Republican stooge." (No matter he was a registered Democrat, same as several others in SBVT. Truth is often immaterial in MSM with an agenda.) Media did not urge Kerry to let loose his records, as they had Bush for his Air National Guard stuff, disgorged by the reams, to be combed for "inconsistencies." MSM’s smug, smirking punditry class -- Dowd, Ivins, Krugman, et al. -- acted as a partisan goon squad shilling for Kerry. Anything their hero said was Gospel; i.e., there was no "there" there, as in his full records. "Swifties " knew better. After all, they had actually been there with Kerry under fire at the time.

Kerry had multiple choices, including:
1. Ignore the issue. Hope it would fade, untouched by MSM.

2. Confront it head-on. Speak truth to reputed lies. Bring facts to bear on allegations. Let loose the records, as Bush did. Sign that military Form 180, a two-page release.

3. Dig in his heels. In the style of Clinton, deny, deny, deny.   All who disputed Kerry’s recall were to be labeled as "liars" out to "destroy him personally."

At first, Kerry ignored the issue. Blogs and the vast Internet kept it alive. Next, the Kerry camp tried a novel approach.  SBVT members did not expect it, and MSM ignored it:  Kerry tried to "fix" the problem. He and surrogates contacted SBVT members (e.g., retired Rear Admiral Roy F. Hoffmann) with "what’s up, old Navy buddy" calls. Vague promises were made, if they’d only change their tunes. No deal. "Swifties" did not break ranks, not even PCF-94 gunner Gardner, his job threatened by Kerry acolytes.

Kerry dug in, in the style of Clinton. Speculate, if you will, why he chose not to divulge his record: Was that early ticket home planned? Were two out of three wounds self-inflicted? Accidental shrapnel, maybe? Was his discharge in some way tainted? Why was it re-issued after he was a senator? How did he get those medals back? Did he "toss them" in the first place? Or were they ribbons? That Viet Cong youth, or young man with a weapon he chased down, then shot, did Kerry have any second Geneva Convention-type thoughts about it? Did he truly spend Christmas ‘68 in Cambodia? Or was that a macho speech posturing for his Senate colleagues? Finally, what was the story on that river rescue of Lt. Rassman? Not under fire?

Fifty years hence, historians might mull the big ‘04 question: "With the election in the balance, why didn’t Senator Kerry sign the Form 180 to lay bare his military records?"  Only Kerry knows.  Like the dog in a baked bean commercial, he’s not talking.

Gary Larson is a retired association CEO and former newspaper and business magazine editor. He is a graduate of the School of Journalism at the University of Minnesota, and NOT the retired cartoonist.
Larson is a regular at Intellectual Conservative; prior columns are found under Culture, Media.


TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: kerrydefeat; swiftboat; swiftboatveterans; swiftboatvets; swiftees
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“Swifties" did not break ranks, not even PCF-94 gunner Gardner, his job threatened by Kerry acolytes.”

Steve Gardner sent me a email 'thank-you' for posting that Chicago Sun-Times article on FR. The guy is a class act and a great American.

1 posted on 12/03/2004 8:10:22 AM PST by johnny7
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To: johnny7

The Swifties just won the last battle of Vietnam War.


2 posted on 12/03/2004 8:11:39 AM PST by Semper Paratus (Michael)
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To: johnny7

Ping for later reading.

(Tagline celebrates victory)


3 posted on 12/03/2004 8:16:12 AM PST by CedarDave (Celebrate November 2, 2004 -- May it always be known as Vietnam Veterans Victory Day!)
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To: johnny7

Way to go, Swifties - heroes to the end.


4 posted on 12/03/2004 8:16:30 AM PST by The Right Stuff
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To: johnny7

I can't get enough of the Swift Vets, the POWs and our other fine veterans who kept John Kerry from being elected President.


5 posted on 12/03/2004 8:16:33 AM PST by dennisw (G_D: Against Amelek for all generations)
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To: johnny7





Kerry had his chance. He might try again in '08, but he won't get to first base. The 56 millions votes he got were more AGAINST Bush than FOR Kerry.
6 posted on 12/03/2004 8:17:44 AM PST by TomGuy (America: Best friend or worst enemy. Choose wisely.)
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To: johnny7
Once too often, the last time, Kerry in his stupidity and arrogance, chose to speak for Viet Nam Vets. He had the long and regularly validated expectation that he would NOT be challenged. (Herein lies the supreme and mindless arrogance and stupidity of a man SO utterly removed from the facts and reality of Post Vietnam America that he shamelessly used the very men whose support he claimed without EVER having attempted to cultivate.) It was too much, and it was the straw that broke the camel's back, so to speak. The Vets were not having it and neither were their families or like minded Americans who had s*^% kicked in their faces over Viet Nam from the beginning of our efforts there to the present. WE were not having it EITHER!
7 posted on 12/03/2004 8:21:56 AM PST by SMARTY ('Stay together, pay the soldiers, forget everything else." Lucius Septimus Severus, to his sons)
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To: Semper Paratus

Not if Johnny boy decides to run again in '08.


8 posted on 12/03/2004 8:22:23 AM PST by mark_interrupted
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To: Semper Paratus
The Swifties just won the last battle of Vietnam War.

And a glorious victory it was. God bless the Swifties.

9 posted on 12/03/2004 8:24:47 AM PST by Ditto ( No trees were killed in sending this message, but billions of electrons were inconvenienced.)
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To: TomGuy

The fights not over yet the people need to know the whole truth. and getting Kerry's records is the only way to do it. That is if they haven't already been burned!!!!


10 posted on 12/03/2004 8:30:30 AM PST by snowman1
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To: TomGuy

The fights not over yet the people need to know the whole truth. and getting Kerry's records is the only way to do it. That is if they haven't already been burned!!!!


11 posted on 12/03/2004 8:31:24 AM PST by snowman1
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To: johnny7
He wrote a book, the ironically titled Tour of Duty, a deceitful litany of GI Joes’ barbarity. Old Glory flies upside down on its cover; inside, vets are demeaned, too. (Good luck if you try to buy a copy. Kerry has retrieved nearly the entire press run. Why?)

I hate to nitpick here, but Kerry's VVAW book was called The New Soldier. Tour of Duty was Doug Brinkley's haigiography of Lurch.

12 posted on 12/03/2004 8:39:00 AM PST by CFC__VRWC (It's not evidence of wrongdoing just because Democrats don't like the outcome.)
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To: johnny7; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
Contrast JF'nK jumping out of his swift boat to seek medical treatment for his bruised shoulder, leaving his crew to fend for themselves in the infamous "I pulled Rassmann out of the water after having put him in the water" incident with this story of heroism by a Marine corporal in Iraq:
The second example comes from 3/1. Cpl Mitchell is a squad leader. He was wounded as his squad was clearing a house when some enemy threw pineapple grenades down on top of them. As he was getting triaged, the doctor told him that he had been shot through the arm. Cpl Mitchell told the doctor that he had actually been shot "a couple of days ago" and had given himself self aide on the wound. When the doctor got on him about not coming off the line, he firmly told the doctor that he was a squad leader and did not have time to get treated as his men were still fighting. There are a number of Marines who have been wounded multiple times but refuse to leave their fellow Marines.

from E-MAIL FROM DAVE IN FALLUJAH

John F'n Kerry isn't fit to even shine Cpl. Mitchell's boots.

13 posted on 12/03/2004 8:41:20 AM PST by NonValueAdded ("We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good" HRC 6/28/2004)
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To: snowman1

It won’t be over until we pull that Form 180 from his cold dead hands.


14 posted on 12/03/2004 8:43:32 AM PST by ORECON (Condi Rice/Ann Coulter - 2008)
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To: snowman1
The fights not over yet the people need to know the whole truth. and getting Kerry's records is the only way to do it. That is if they haven't already been burned!!!!

Agreed. The truth should come out - whatever it takes.
15 posted on 12/03/2004 8:47:05 AM PST by baseballmom (You Know Where I Stand - GW Bush - 9/2/04 We're standing with you, Mr. President)
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To: mark_interrupted
Not if Johnny boy decides to run again in '08.

By 2008, Americans will have had their lifetime fill of John Kerry and Hitlery Clinton. Neither of these two will make the ticket.

16 posted on 12/03/2004 8:47:17 AM PST by angkor
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To: johnny7

Beyond the election, Kerry has been exposed as the true fraud he is. Never again will veterans' groups or others view him as a war hero, the image he cultivated throughout his public life. Anyone with self-respect would exit himself from the public scene as soon as possible. Instead, Kerry will hunker down in the Senate and cling to the fact that he once ran for President and received more votes than any candidate in history, save one. I hope someone steps forward in 2006 to run against him in Massachusetts.


17 posted on 12/03/2004 8:58:05 AM PST by kabar
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To: snowman1
The fights not over yet the people need to know the whole truth

A commie traitor is not acceptable in the Senate either.
Keep up the pressure.

18 posted on 12/03/2004 8:59:33 AM PST by ASA Vet (Be very very quiet, I'm hunting for the rascally ... troll)
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To: NonValueAdded

Not only that, but in the excellent 18-minute BBC news clip discussed here on FR last Saturday, one of the Marines describes a Fallujah encounter which had just been shown.

He explains how a Hajii had thrown a frag grenade at him from 10 meters away, but he was lucky because he only got a few pieces of shrapnel in his face and leg.

He did not mention filing for a Purple.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/media/news_web/video/40566000/bb/40566639_bb_16x9.asx

The soldier is speaking at approximately minute 12:00.


19 posted on 12/03/2004 9:00:01 AM PST by angkor
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To: dennisw
Hey Johnny7, I ditto that. I wouldn't have sparred with the ghouls on television night after night to sink John F'n Kerry's campaign. God, do you remember Lawrence O'Donnel's meltdown? It makes me proud to be an American to see these Swifties at work. Maybe Kerry will be drummed out of politics for good when the public reconsiders his checkered past.
20 posted on 12/03/2004 9:04:46 AM PST by ashtanga
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To: All; angkor
Americans will have had their lifetime fill of John Kerry and Hitlery Clinton.

Kerry? Yeah... he's dead. Hillary?

Nah... not until the last shovel-full of dirt is thrown on her 'stinkin corpse. Even then... I'll be 'watchin that grave for any 'unusual' activity.

By now and primary-time, 'The Beast' will have transformed herself into a so-called, 'moderate' Democrat.

Trust me... by the time the MSM is done gussying her up... she'll be the second coming of Christ!

21 posted on 12/03/2004 9:06:12 AM PST by johnny7 (“An where do 'youz get off 'callin me Nick?!” -Sheldon Leonard)
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To: johnny7; Cujo_usmc; OneLoyalAmerican; Defender2; armyman; The Sailor; darkwing104; txradioguy; ...

"...In Hanoi, POWs were tortured to confess to Kerry’s bogus allegations. In Paris, he met privately with the enemy, discussing Godknowswhat..."

Contact your current
senators and representatives

and main stream right wing media

and find out why Hanoi Kerry still is in the US Senate.
Demand that this traitor is removed from the US Senate now!

There is no need to impeach him.

He's in violation of the
US Constitution 14th Amendment Section 3
and violation of 18 USC 953
- Private correspondence with foreign governments
and UCMJ Section 904. ART. 104.
- Aiding the Enemy.

Don't be like the silent majority in the 60's and 70's
and turn your back on America and cave in to the anti war minority.
Speak up for America today!

Distribute these url's!

EXPOSE HANOI KERRY!

Full details on these url's!

http://tonkin.spymac.net/hanoikerry1.html

There is a backup site
if the 1st url is unavailable.

http://stophanoikerry.150m.com

Timeline of Hanoi Kerry

http://www.archive-news.net/Kerry/JK_timeline.html





22 posted on 12/03/2004 9:08:38 AM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Why do 99 US Senators allow a traitor in their midst? Why is main stream right wing media silent?)
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To: johnny7

"Saying he was gaming the system is a indictment too far, but it does cross skeptical minds."

No. I'll say it, I'll shout it, JF'nK quite clearly bugged out, gamed the system, not unlike what Bill Clinton did. Kerry was just a step above Clinton in honor - he actually went - but he had the same mindset about preserving his "political viability within the system" as Clinton, yet saving himself as much as possible from danger. Although the tables were turned a bit on kerry when he was moved into the Riverine force, he was able to scuttle his way out in record time.


23 posted on 12/03/2004 9:10:08 AM PST by astounded (We don't need no stinkin' rules of engagement...)
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To: johnny7

The 250 million dollar figured of money raised by the Swifties seems too high. I heard an amount cited that was closer to 25 million dollars.


24 posted on 12/03/2004 9:13:20 AM PST by AxelPaulsenJr (Pray Daily For Our Troops and President Bush)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

bump


25 posted on 12/03/2004 9:14:09 AM PST by Soaring Feather
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To: All
Free online version of
Kerry's "The New Soldier"
You can read it online right now.

26 posted on 12/03/2004 9:14:39 AM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Why do 99 US Senators allow a traitor in their midst? Why is main stream right wing media silent?)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Thanks for the ping Tonk.


27 posted on 12/03/2004 9:16:20 AM PST by laurenmarlowe
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To: johnny7
Choppy writing, and a bit sloppy on the fact-checking.

Hanoi Jane's photo doesn't hang next to Kerry's in the War Remnants Museum -- they're in different buildings. The Swift Vets raised about $23 million, not $250 million...

28 posted on 12/03/2004 9:17:13 AM PST by Interesting Times (ABCNNBCBS -- yesterday's news.)
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To: ASA Vet

Kerry's got four more years in his senate term. I'd be surprised if he ran again.


29 posted on 12/03/2004 9:20:05 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: angkor
He did not mention filing for a Purple.

You don't file for a PH. It is awarded to you without any action on the recipient's part, which makes Kerry's first PH so questionable. There was no after action report to show enemy fire nor was there a casualty report to substantiate treatment by a medical officer.

30 posted on 12/03/2004 9:21:16 AM PST by kabar
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To: kabar

What is it with the blue states and their love of sedition, homicide, drunkenness, plagiarism and incitement to riot?


31 posted on 12/03/2004 9:23:35 AM PST by ashtanga
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To: AxelPaulsenJr

I heard 37M.


32 posted on 12/03/2004 9:23:42 AM PST by johnny7 (“An where do 'youz get off 'callin me Nick?!” -Sheldon Leonard)
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To: snowman1
I agree.

BTW, was Lawrence O'Donnell ever committed? The man had a breakdown in front of cameras. I've never seen anything like it although Chris came close.

33 posted on 12/03/2004 9:23:54 AM PST by Dante3
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

BTTT!!!!!!!


34 posted on 12/03/2004 9:24:51 AM PST by E.G.C.
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To: johnny7

Well at any rate it was certainly a lot less than the figured cited by the author. And 25 or 37 million in mostly small contributions is a very respectible amount.


35 posted on 12/03/2004 9:26:06 AM PST by AxelPaulsenJr (Pray Daily For Our Troops and President Bush)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

If Kerry was smart he would of ignored the SBV. Thank goodness he's not that smart!

Anyone know what's happening with Steve Gardner?

Back tonight.


36 posted on 12/03/2004 9:26:24 AM PST by Valin (Out Of My Mind; Back In Five Minutes)
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To: johnny7

Great summary. I watched it all as it unfolded, and I still enjoy reading about it again.


37 posted on 12/03/2004 9:33:45 AM PST by Radix (This Tag Line is completely self referential.)
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To: johnny7
Finally, welcome home Vietnam vets.

MIDI - JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST

(Note: you really should be listening to the MIDI when singing this...it is written to track with the particular MIDI chosen)

You came to the war zone and...joined us in battle and
A swift boat's in your command
We didn't know then you were out for yourself
And all the things you had planned

You won a few medals and for that you'd settle and
There was a record...now you could boast
Then you...had turned on us...just when it would hurt us the most
You turned on us when it would hurt us the most

Then in Senate hearings with the whole world watching you
Your brothers you had defamed
We're killers of babies and criminal scum
Of us our nation's ashamed

You won a few medals and for that you'd settle and
There was a record...now you could boast
Then you...had turned on us...just when it would hurt us the most
You turned on us when it would hurt us the most

When we came back home we thought we did our duty but
People would spit in our face
We felt that those jungles in which we had fought
Had been a friendlier place

You won a few medals and for that you'd settle and
There was a record...now you could boast
Then you...had turned on us...just when it would hurt us the most
You turned on us when it would hurt us the most

Our kids are serving now...they do it proudly and
You tell us you want to lead
We'd all walk through hell to be stopping you, John
Those words you had better heed

You won a few medals and for that you'd settle and
There was a record...now you could boast
Then you...had turned on us...just when it would hurt us the most

38 posted on 12/03/2004 9:35:42 AM PST by doug from upland (Vietnam Vets: FINALLY -- welcome home, heroes)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
To understand the Anti-US leftists read this:

___________________________________________________________________

Unholy Alliance

by David Horowitz
Hardcover - (September 2004) - $27.95

In this tour de force on the most important issue of our time, David Horowitz, confronts the paradox of how so many Americans, including the leadership of the Democratic Party, could turn against the War on Terror. He finds an answer in a political Left that shares a view of America as the “Great Satan” with America’s radical Islamic enemies.

39 posted on 12/03/2004 9:37:21 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (A Proud member of Free Republic ~~The New Face of the Fourth Estate since 1996.)
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To: AxelPaulsenJr
Probably a typo.
We also owe John McCain a small debt of gratitude. His POW bone fides could well have trumped the Swifties' claims, had he taken Kerry's VP offer.
40 posted on 12/03/2004 9:38:50 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: AxelPaulsenJr
Kerry’s nearest brush with one was telling Ted Koppel on ABC-TV’s Nightline that he [Kerry] "had not expressed myself [in ‘71] as well as I might have.". He wrote a book, the ironically titled Tour of Duty, a deceitful litany of GI Joes’ barbarity. Old Glory flies upside down on its cover; inside, vets are demeaned, too. (Good luck if you try to buy a copy. Kerry has retrieved nearly the entire press run. Why?)

This guy got lots of stuff wrong in his story, not just the amount of money raised by the SBVFT, (which, by the way is probably closer to $15M).

Kerry told Tim Russert on "Meet The Press" the quote attributed to "Nightline". The guy even quoated the title of Kerry's ONLY book WRONG! The book that Kerry authored in 1972, (that is almost impossible to finds a copy of), is "The New Soldier".

"Tour of Duty" was written as a hagiography by Douglas Brinkley, who lost all credibility as a historian with his complete lack of objectivity and limited fact checking for "Tour of Duty", a complete butt-kissing of Kerry from start to finish.

41 posted on 12/03/2004 9:41:56 AM PST by Chieftain (Thank you Swift Boat Veterans/POWs/Vietnam Veterans for Truth - you did it for ALL your brothers!)
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To: johnny7

Gee, for a moment I was hoping the Navy was going to name it's newest Surrender-class fast retreat ship the USS John Kerry.


42 posted on 12/03/2004 10:05:14 AM PST by PeterFinn ("Tolerance" means WE have to tolerate THEM, they can hate us all they want.)
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To: johnny7; Interesting Times
Donations poured in -- astonishingly, over $250 million.

I think this number has an extra Zero in it. I believe the real number is much closer to $25 million than $250 million.

Regards,

TS

43 posted on 12/03/2004 10:06:00 AM PST by The Shrew (www.swiftvets.com & www.wintersoldier.com - The Truth Shall Set YOU Free!)
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To: johnny7

bump


44 posted on 12/03/2004 10:06:34 AM PST by VOA
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Thanks for the ping!


45 posted on 12/03/2004 10:17:38 AM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: johnny7
Vindication
46 posted on 12/03/2004 10:17:49 AM PST by pabianice
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To: johnny7

If John Faux Kerry were innocent of charges, he could have cleared it up within days of signing a Form 180. Since he did not sign the Form 180, I will take it as a nolo contendere. He should be in prison for treason instead of running for President or being a Senator.


47 posted on 12/03/2004 10:27:40 AM PST by ORECON (Condi Rice/Ann Coulter - 2008)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Thanks! I put it on my Amazon wish list.


48 posted on 12/03/2004 10:35:18 AM PST by BlessedBeGod (George W. Bush -- The Terror of the Terrorists)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub


Thanks For The PING

49 posted on 12/03/2004 10:37:12 AM PST by Smartass (BUSH & CHENEY to 2008 Si vis pacem, para bellum - Por el dedo de Dios se escribió)
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To: PeterFinn
OUR Navy doesn't employ this type of vessel.

You must have seen them in France.

50 posted on 12/03/2004 11:03:37 AM PST by johnny7 (“An where do 'youz get off 'callin me Nick?!” -Sheldon Leonard)
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