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Kerry draws on '71 Vietnam testimony in asking current vets to speak
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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.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bhoveterans; kerry; vietnamvets; vvaw
He served in Vietnam? Well who'd thunk it!
1 posted on 04/21/2009 9:01:44 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

Liar / Traitor. Should be married to Hanoi Jan instead of Ketchup Lady.


2 posted on 04/21/2009 9:03:46 AM PDT by ataDude (My incredulity has already turned into disillusionment and is now turning into hatred.)
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To: Sub-Driver

and who decides who gets to speak at the hearings? I am sure its a good cross-section of veterans. right.


3 posted on 04/21/2009 9:04:04 AM PDT by GeronL (TYRANNY SENTINEL. http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: Sub-Driver

Kerry is the Sgt. Shoichi Yokoi of the Viet Nam war.


4 posted on 04/21/2009 9:04:07 AM PDT by Ben Mugged ("You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom".)
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To: Sub-Driver
He can call what he did TESTIMONY, but he was never sworn in. None of 'em were sworn in
5 posted on 04/21/2009 9:04:28 AM PDT by stylin19a (Obama - the ethically waivered administration)
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To: Sub-Driver

Hey Kerry! You going to pick some REAL troops this time? Not fakes like you had last time.


6 posted on 04/21/2009 9:06:52 AM PDT by 70th Division (I love my country but fear my government!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Jon Cary, reporting for doody


7 posted on 04/21/2009 9:07:13 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: Sub-Driver

Yeah for about 4 months.


8 posted on 04/21/2009 9:09:28 AM PDT by windcliff
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To: Sub-Driver
Military testimony: Just as the American troops were betrayed by Democrats in Congress in the 1970s, so too are we...

Senator "I was in Vietnam" Kerry: I demand an immediate recess because of this unscripted testimony.

9 posted on 04/21/2009 9:10:18 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (No free man bows to a foreign king.)
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To: Sub-Driver

JOhn “Jingus Khan” Kerry!


10 posted on 04/21/2009 9:12:44 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: Sub-Driver
Check out what happened when Kerry's "winter soldiers" were interviewed by military investigators:

Army CID Investigations of VVAW War Crimes Allegations

It's all backtracking, stonewalling, and bullshit. Virtually none of the radical activists produced any evidence to support their atrocity stories.

11 posted on 04/21/2009 9:14:12 AM PDT by Interesting Times (For the truth about "swift boating" see ToSetTheRecordStraight.com)
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To: Sub-Driver

Kerry....just go back to wind surfing.


12 posted on 04/21/2009 9:14:48 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Sub-Driver

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”.


13 posted on 04/21/2009 9:15:26 AM PDT by Tublecane
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To: Sub-Driver

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?


14 posted on 04/21/2009 9:15:55 AM PDT by cvq3842
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To: Sub-Driver
John Kerry a veteran? I have seen no proof like George Bush provided. John Kerry served in Viet Nam? 90 days is not a tour of duty. John Kerry, I am not a baby killer and war criminal like you have said. You sir are the Criminal!
15 posted on 04/21/2009 9:16:00 AM PDT by mountainlion (concerned conservative.)
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To: GeronL
I am sure its a good cross-section of veterans. right.

A cross section of malcontent situational pacifists who also claim to have shot civilians in the back while running away from them.

16 posted on 04/21/2009 9:16:04 AM PDT by Eagle Eye (Defending RINOs is the same as defending Liberals.)
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To: Sub-Driver

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!


17 posted on 04/21/2009 9:16:29 AM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: Sub-Driver

He’s telling them to go into politics and marry rich women?


18 posted on 04/21/2009 9:16:59 AM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: Sub-Driver

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...


19 posted on 04/21/2009 9:21:27 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Pres__ent Obama's own grandmother says he was born in Kenya. She was there.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Hey Kerry, you traitorous maggot! Where’s the real DD-214?


20 posted on 04/21/2009 9:25:49 AM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines, RVN 1969. St. Michael the Archangel defend us in battle!)
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To: Sub-Driver

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.


21 posted on 04/21/2009 9:31:34 AM PDT by guns_for_liberty
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To: bigbob

ROFL, excellent. Thanks.


22 posted on 04/21/2009 9:36:22 AM PDT by garyhope (It's world war IV, right here, right now courtesy of Islam. VRWC. TWP.)
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To: guns_for_liberty

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?


23 posted on 04/21/2009 9:39:52 AM PDT by Freedom_Fighter_2001 (When money is no object - it's your money they're talking about)
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To: Freedom_Fighter_2001

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.


24 posted on 04/21/2009 9:46:22 AM PDT by 12Gauge687 (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice)
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To: DoughtyOne

I think Iraq vet David Bellavia of Vets for Freedom can kick Kerry’s ass.


25 posted on 04/21/2009 9:47:59 AM PDT by 12Gauge687 (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice)
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To: Sub-Driver

I bet this guy is one of the featured speakers...

26 posted on 04/21/2009 9:54:33 AM PDT by Kenton (BUCK OFAMA!)
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To: 12Gauge687

Good. I’d love to see it.


27 posted on 04/21/2009 9:59:52 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Pres__ent Obama's own grandmother says he was born in Kenya. She was there.)
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To: windcliff

I spent more time in Vietnam sitting over the crap barrel than he spent in-country...FAKE!!!!!!!!


28 posted on 04/21/2009 10:02:37 AM PDT by Boonie
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To: Sub-Driver
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29 posted on 04/21/2009 10:08:48 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: Sub-Driver

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.


30 posted on 04/21/2009 12:19:54 PM PDT by Gothmog (I fight for Xev)
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To: Freedom_Fighter_2001

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.


31 posted on 04/21/2009 11:03:19 PM PDT by guns_for_liberty
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