Skip to comments.Kerry draws on '71 Vietnam testimony in asking current vets to speak
Posted on 04/21/2009 9:01:44 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
Kerry draws on '71 Vietnam testimony in asking current vets to speak @ 11:43 am by Michael O'Brien
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-Mass.) is drawing on his own background as a Vietnam War protester in inviting veterans of the war in Afghanistan to testify in front of the committee this week.
"One of the lessons that I learned a long time ago and lived out here was that it's important to listen to the troops, it's important to listen to the folks who are implementing these policies and putting their lives at risk," Kerry told National Public Radio in an interview. "And they often have perspective that isn't adequately heard."
Kerry's 1971 testimony, which called for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Vietnam, was controversially used in ads during the 2004 presidential campaign to damage Kerry's efforts.
"So I think it's very important to have that kind of a hearing, and I guess that's sort of one of the lessons from the past, if you will," Kerry added.
Liar / Traitor. Should be married to Hanoi Jan instead of Ketchup Lady.
and who decides who gets to speak at the hearings? I am sure its a good cross-section of veterans. right.
Kerry is the Sgt. Shoichi Yokoi of the Viet Nam war.
Hey Kerry! You going to pick some REAL troops this time? Not fakes like you had last time.
Jon Cary, reporting for doody
Yeah for about 4 months.
Senator "I was in Vietnam" Kerry: I demand an immediate recess because of this unscripted testimony.
JOhn “Jingus Khan” Kerry!
It's all backtracking, stonewalling, and bullshit. Virtually none of the radical activists produced any evidence to support their atrocity stories.
Kerry....just go back to wind surfing.
You mean the speech where he compared U.S. Soldiers to Ghengis Khan? Where he said he saw people randomly shoot civilians and poison food stocks on a daily basis? All a part of our “ mystical war against Communism”.
Yeah. “Be a traitor, just like me!”
And a liar too.
It’s a travesty this guy got any more than 10% of the vote.
But we’ve got even bigger problems today, don’t we?
A cross section of malcontent situational pacifists who also claim to have shot civilians in the back while running away from them.
He’s wants them to speak out in a manner reminiscent of his testimony during the ‘71 Vietnam “hearings”?
That’s called suborning perjury where I come from!
He’s telling them to go into politics and marry rich women?
John Kerry is a disgusting reprobate. When he opens his yap concerning veterans, someone should staple it shut.
This is the guy who helped tarnish a generation of our military members, with his lies about troops in Vietnam.
No he seeks to act as if he is an advocate for veterans. What an ass...
Hey Kerry, you traitorous maggot! Where’s the real DD-214?
It’s a good idea to have leaders that served in the military, especially in wartime. They learn things about the military that can’t be learned any other way. I’d almost like to make it a requirement, but then we would have missed out on Reagan and Bush Jr.
ROFL, excellent. Thanks.
Who is Bush Jr?
Would that be the George Walker Bush who served in the National Guard?
Wasn’t there a war going on at that time?
W flew a not-so-reliable plane, too. I don’t think any of the delta-winged planes lasted in the inventory as long as the F-4 Phantom II (AKA the flying bus) or the F-16 Fighting Falcon.
I think Iraq vet David Bellavia of Vets for Freedom can kick Kerry’s ass.
I bet this guy is one of the featured speakers...
Good. I’d love to see it.
I spent more time in Vietnam sitting over the crap barrel than he spent in-country...FAKE!!!!!!!!
What would be great is if one of those testifying asked kerri to release his records like he promised he would. Won’t happen, but that would be funny.
I think that actually having served in a war theatre would be much more valuable experience than service at home in the National Guard. That is what I was talking about.
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