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John O'Neill media blitz continues
John O'Neill ^ | April 22, 2004 | Interesting Times

Posted on 04/22/2004 10:46:29 AM PDT by Interesting Times

John O'Neill, the Vietnam veteran who took on John Kerry in the 1971 debate on American "war crimes" that was recently rebroadcast on C-SPAN, will continue his series of media interviews this afternoon, interviewing with Michael Buchanan of the BBC at 4:30pm, with Larry Elder on ABC radio at 7:00pm, and with Alan Colmes on Fox Radio News at 11:15pm. All times are Eastern.

O'Neill, who commanded a Swift boat in the same division as Kerry -- though for considerably longer -- more than held his own against Kerry during a 90-minute special broadcast of the Dick Cavett Show. Now he is challenging Senator Kerry to continue the debate they began 33 years ago, in an effort to clear the names of the Vietnam veterans Kerry once accused of war crimes "committed on a day-to-day basis with the full awareness of officers at all levels of command."

Recent FR threads on John O'Neill:

John Kerry & John O'Neill, Dick Cavett Show Debate from 1971 on C-SPAN Now [LIVE THREAD]
Veteran John O'Neill will be on CNN between 5:15 and 5:45pm today...
TRANSCRIPT: John O'Neill's Remarks Regarding John Kerry on Wolf Blitzer's Show Today
John O'Neill appearing on CSPAN....Live
Veteran John O'Neill on CSPAN--LIVE THREAD
John O'Neill's Interview with Wolf Blitzer (Video-Real Player)

WinterSoldier.com will work with John O'Neill and other Swift boat veterans to tell the true story of how they trained and served in the Mekong Delta.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 1971; bbc; boguswarcrimes; cnn; dickcavett; election2004; foxradionews; glennbeck; janefonda; johnkerry; johnoneill; ketchup; larryelder; lurch; michaelbuchanan; vietnam; vvaw
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To: Interesting Times
Heard part of it on Elder...he's VERY good!
51 posted on 04/22/2004 7:12:29 PM PDT by lainde (Heads up...We're coming and we've got tongue blades!!)
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To: lainde
Alan Colmes suggests that Burkett should debate Robert Mueller. Burkett blows off this idea...

Says Kerry lied systematically in their 1971 debate. Used "at all levels of command" and "Genghis Khan" quotes.

52 posted on 04/22/2004 8:20:08 PM PDT by Interesting Times (ABCNNBCBS -- yesterday's news.)
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To: Interesting Times
Colmes going after Burkett hard, trying to paint his as a lackey of Nixon. Burkett mostly ignoring this and going after Kerry...

Burkett points out that he voted for Humphrey.

Zap.

53 posted on 04/22/2004 8:22:59 PM PDT by Interesting Times (ABCNNBCBS -- yesterday's news.)
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To: Interesting Times
Very nice job.

I caught O'Neill on CSPAN'S Washington Journal this week, and was so excited when he kept mentioning http://www.wintersoldier.com.

I'm very proud of FRN.
54 posted on 04/22/2004 8:26:48 PM PDT by LurkerNoMore!
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To: Interesting Times
Colmes tries to get O'Neill to claim there were no atrocities in Vietnam. John doesn't bite. Says they weren't widespread and routine, and that Kerry lied about that. Says he never saw or heard of any atrocities in his outfit.

Colmes says he's going to give Mueller a chance to respond to O'Neill. John mentions Muellers trip to Hanoi to lay a wreath on Ho Chi Minh's grave. A point mentioned, by the way, in the time line at WinterSoldier.com

55 posted on 04/22/2004 8:28:17 PM PDT by Interesting Times (ABCNNBCBS -- yesterday's news.)
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To: Interesting Times
Colmes trying now to say that questioning Kerry's Purple Hearts is just awful and mean. O'Neill begs to differ.

Nice work.

56 posted on 04/22/2004 8:29:14 PM PDT by Interesting Times (ABCNNBCBS -- yesterday's news.)
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To: Interesting Times
He was fantastic on Larry Elder's show this afternoon. He has already gotten three death threats but laughed it off by saying they were really facing death in Vietnam so this isn't going to scare him.
57 posted on 04/22/2004 8:32:02 PM PDT by doug from upland (Don't wait until it is too late to stop Hillary -- do something today!)
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To: LurkerNoMore!
Thanks very much. John is a terrific guy and a genuine patriot, and I consider it an honor to have the chance to work with him.
58 posted on 04/22/2004 8:33:28 PM PDT by Interesting Times (ABCNNBCBS -- yesterday's news.)
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To: doug from upland
He has already gotten three death threats but laughed it off by saying they were really facing death in Vietnam so this isn't going to scare him.

John is a pointy object aimed right at Kerry's soft, scaly underbelly. I'm not at all surprised that the leftists are trying to get him to shut up.

I don't think their efforts are going to be very effective.

59 posted on 04/22/2004 8:36:19 PM PDT by Interesting Times (ABCNNBCBS -- yesterday's news.)
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To: dalea300
ping
60 posted on 04/22/2004 8:47:21 PM PDT by rickylc
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To: Interesting Times
Interesting that Mueller mentioned McNamara (later) admitting that he and other officials "knew" the war was lost in '67. And yet, just a few years later, with Nixon as Commander-In-Chief the war was going much better, even with drastically (by nearly a full order of magnitude!) fewer American troops.

In 1973 Nixon (via Kissinger) was able (because he was putting the hurt on Hanoi) to get a peace agreement that was far, far better for America, Laos, Cambodia and South Vietnam than anyone at the time believed possible. He achieved his campaign promise of "peace with honor," even though the 'Rat congress would dishonorably prevent both Nixon and Ford from doing anything to effectively enforce the agreement. (At times there was literally bumper-to-bumper truck traffic along the Ho Chi Min trail, in direct and massive violation of the Paris accords, yet Congress had passed legislation preventing air operations to bomb them.)

In any case, this sad history should tell us all we need to know about the different ways that Democrats and Republicans fight wars. Democrats decide they can't win, that the enemy is too strong and we're too weak, but still feed more and more troops into the quagmire. Republicans concentrate on finding a winning strategy. Nixon took a "lost" war and turned it around (winning major concessions from the North Vietnamese) in just a few years. To the discredit of the preceding administrations, Nixon did it largely by doing the bleeding obvious: Destroying the Cambodian/Laotian bases, taking the war to the North (bombing, mining harbors), and a massive program of Vietnamization.

61 posted on 04/22/2004 9:10:45 PM PDT by Stultis
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To: Stultis
Good points. Bobby Mueller wants everyone to believe that defeat in Vietnam was inevitable from the start. Promoting such a view is of course an excellent way to make it true. He's trying out the same self-fulfilling prophecy in regard to Iraq. It's pretty clear that whatever the conflict, this guy isn't on America's side.

Muller (and Colmes) also want to change the debate from "O'Neill versus Kerry" to "O'Neill versus Mueller," thereby demoting O'Neill rather significantly. Don't expect John to bite on that one...

62 posted on 04/22/2004 9:30:38 PM PDT by Interesting Times (ABCNNBCBS -- yesterday's news.)
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To: Interesting Times
"I don't think their efforts are going to be very effective."

Unless they actually kill him. Watch for an arkancide.
63 posted on 04/22/2004 9:46:10 PM PDT by dsc
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To: Interesting Times
Dozed off while Mueller was speaking. Must be a sign!

If there is any thing we can do to help get O'N message out, please give instructions.
64 posted on 04/22/2004 10:18:02 PM PDT by hoosiermama (Gorelick is the trigger of the "smoking gun")
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To: Carolinamom
Thanks for posting the link to the NRO piece. I probably wouldn't have read it otherwise.

It does make O'Neill seem a bit of a saint, interviewing him in his recovery bed after he's donated a kidney to his wife! Let's see if Terayza could get a kidney out of JF'nK if she needed one.
65 posted on 04/23/2004 12:48:39 AM PDT by jocon307 (The dems don't get it, the American people do.)
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To: Carolinamom
Thanks for posting the link to that article.

Very interesting to read about a man who stands by his principles, an honest decent man.
66 posted on 04/23/2004 7:05:24 AM PDT by texasbluebell
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To: Interesting Times
I was on the Schmuley show on Liberty Broadcasting with John O'Neill yesterday. It was a 3-way fight with some DNC flak.

Kerry's going to get creamed with this stuff. I found myself screaming at the Dem guy to get Kerry to release his FBI files.

He said: "So you want to use J. Edgar Hoover's files as a character reference?"

I SURE DO!
67 posted on 04/23/2004 11:44:49 AM PDT by Jeff Gannon (Listen to my radio show "Jeff Gannon's Washington" on www.RIGHTALK.com)
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To: Jeff Gannon
Kerry's in the untenable position of squaring his claim that he loves and respects his Vietnam "brothers" with the fact that he spent two years calling them baby-killers.

If they were baby-killers, how can he possibly love and respect them? And if not, why did Kerry devote years of his life to telling vicious lies about them? It's a daunting straddle, even for someone as experienced and adroit at twofacery as Kerry.

The next problem the leftists are going to face is this: how long can they hide the fact that maybe 80% of all Vietnam veterans loathe Kerry with every fiber of their beings? Simply avoiding polls on the topic and telling lies has worked pretty well so far, but I don't think that's going to hold up much longer...

68 posted on 04/23/2004 12:13:45 PM PDT by Interesting Times (ABCNNBCBS -- yesterday's news.)
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To: Interesting Times
Kerry has the additional problem that his rabid Democrat base supported VVAW and think well of him because of it.

Many of them dominate the elite media. The NYT called his activities "principled dissent." Most Americans call is treason.

It's a long way to November.
69 posted on 04/23/2004 12:30:38 PM PDT by Jeff Gannon (Listen to my radio show "Jeff Gannon's Washington" on www.RIGHTALK.com)
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Bump!
70 posted on 04/24/2004 10:41:46 AM PDT by Chad Fairbanks (I havn't seen my therapist in 5 years. Neither has anyone else ;0))
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