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.."WE WERE SOLDIERS".. Vietnam Actor DON DUONG is FREE at Last..
Los Angeles Times, Calendar Section | 4/8/2002 | ANITA BUSCHE

Posted on 04/08/2003 2:12:51 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE

NEVER FORGET ...and Thank GOD we NEVER did.

...Los Angeles Times Reporter ANITA BUSCH is reporting in today's Los Angeles Times Calendar Section that...

.."WE WERE SOLDIERS".. Vietnam Actor DON DUONG (Pronounced "Dong") will be arriving in San Jose, California tomorrow with his family as a Free Man.

...After months of negotiations U.S. Government and Communist Vietnam Officials reached an agreement for DON DUONG to leave his native country and to live in the United States, permanently.

...Last September DON DUONG was proclaimed a Traitor to the Government and Peoples Army of Vietnam... for appearing as the North Vietnamese Army Commander who lost to MEL GIBSON in .."WE WERE SOLDIERS".. after which long interrogations ensued to try and pressure him into signing a confession for his "Crimes." A Confession that DUONG never signed with punishment always just around the corner.

...The BUSH White House, .."WE WERE SOLDIERS".. Personnel and others have all been working hard on DON DUONG's behalf ...each in our own ways. Reporter ANITA BUSCH has been a Jewel thru all of this.

GOD IS GOOD.

Signed:..ALOHA RONNIE Guyer / "WE WERE SOLDIERS" Vet-Battle of the IA DRANG-1965 http://www.LZXRAY.com


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KEYWORDS: anitybusch; donduong; melgibson; randallwallace; vietnam; weweresoldiers
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NEVER FORGET

'Vietnam Brands War Film Actor 'National Traitor'

http://www.TheAlamoFILM.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=196

NEVER FORGET

1 posted on 04/08/2003 2:12:52 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE
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2 posted on 04/08/2003 2:14:20 PM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
Now THAT is good news. I remember reading about this right here on Free Republic just after I'd seen the movie. I'm so glad he'll be here, and safe.
3 posted on 04/08/2003 2:14:40 PM PDT by Anamensis (Regime change began at home.)
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
Thank you, Ronnie. I see "Never Forget" is being used to honor the fallen comrades in the current conflict.
4 posted on 04/08/2003 2:16:23 PM PDT by katze
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
He played the Vietnamese commander with sensitivity, honor, and thoughtfulness. I can understand why the NV government is so upset.
5 posted on 04/08/2003 2:17:56 PM PDT by Arkinsaw
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
YES!
6 posted on 04/08/2003 2:18:59 PM PDT by CyberCowboy777 (In those days... Every man did that which was right in his own eyes.)
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
He sure killed a lot of our people in his carreer and kept a lot of his commie brethren at the throats of his own people in the south...

I understand he was an actor an all...but how does this translate to his being a US hero?
Just because he was branded a traitor in his own country...how does he get a pass to come over here...

Because he is an actor?

There are a whole bunch of Tiger Scouts who fought on our side..against the commies...who were thrown into concentration camps their familes slaughtered after the war because they supported us...

We abandoned them...but we take in an NVA field grade officer because he is an actor????
Sorry but if America wanted to bring anyone over ...our real friends in Vietnam are still prisoners...

Not to mention our POWs....I would rather see them come to San Jose with fanfare than my former enemy

I dont care how good he portrayed himself in a freakin war movie... Mel Gibson asside...
sheesh
7 posted on 04/08/2003 2:21:46 PM PDT by joesnuffy (Moderate Islam Is For Dilettantes)
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
Roger that!
8 posted on 04/08/2003 2:22:34 PM PDT by NavyCaptain
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
Throwing actors in the slammer for playing Vietnamese characters... Wow, the Vietnamese government sure has improved since we normalized relations and started trading with them! I'm impressed!
9 posted on 04/08/2003 2:23:56 PM PDT by American Soldier
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To: joesnuffy
Was he REALLY a NVA Field Grade Officer, or did he merely PLAY one on TV? I mean, he's only about 45-ish in age - much too young to have been an NVA Officer during the Viet Nam war...
10 posted on 04/08/2003 2:28:53 PM PDT by Chad Fairbanks (Some days, it's just not worth gnawing through the straps...)
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To: joesnuffy
Portrayed himself? He was 7 years old in 1965.
11 posted on 04/08/2003 2:29:36 PM PDT by UNGN (I've been here since '98 but had nothing to say until now)
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To: All; 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub; Joy Angela; conservogirl
See:

http://www.TheAlamoFILM.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=196

http://www.WeWereSoldiers.com

http://www.LZXRAY.com
12 posted on 04/08/2003 2:29:53 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE (Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.LZXRAY.com ..,)
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To: UNGN
Wow... those Viet kids sure look much older, then... wow... at least he was the only kid in second grade that could buy beer... bet he was popular ;0)
13 posted on 04/08/2003 2:37:57 PM PDT by Chad Fairbanks (Some days, it's just not worth gnawing through the straps...)
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To: Anamensis; Lexington Green; flamefront; SMEDLEYBUTLER; JLO; Joe Montana; Matt Drudge; ...
...In honoring our U.S. 7th Cavalry's...

...Rolling for Bagdhad...

...and our Sept. 11th 7th Cav Hero...

...RICK RESCORLA...

...t'was US at the OSCARS =

http://www.tripflicks.com/pro/
(Photos)


Signed:

..ALOHA RONNIE Guyer / Yellow Jacket Vet-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" U.S. 7th Cavalry's Opening Days of the Vietnam War 1965-66

http://www.LZXRAY.com/guyer_collection.htm
(Photos)
14 posted on 04/08/2003 2:38:42 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE (Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.LZXRAY.com ..,)
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
What Azzholez!!!!!!
15 posted on 04/08/2003 2:39:04 PM PDT by The Duke
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To: UNGN
Actor DON DUONG = Lt. Col. AN

See: http://www.LZXRAY.com
16 posted on 04/08/2003 2:39:55 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE (Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.LZXRAY.com ..,)
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
Something happens when you kick the @ss of the most vicious bully in the World - respect.

I think the Vietnam commies just had a gut check and realized it doesn't pay to piss off the badest country on the planet.

Will North Korea also reach a similar epiphany? Will France, ever?
17 posted on 04/08/2003 2:54:42 PM PDT by anymouse
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
Gosh, I thought he potrayal of the NVA commander was very sympathetic to the NVA, and NVA soliders in particular. Why in the world would the government persecute him for that? Maybe they thought he was too sympathetic or respectfull to the American point of view, or was too "soft" in general?

I've heard of "sore losers", but these guys are "sore winners". Maybe they've figured out that what they won was really the booby prize.

Oh, I forgot, they are Communists, they don't have to make any sense. After all, their whole theory of government and society is based on ignoring fundamental human nature, be those humans, Russians, Chinese, Vietnamese, or Americans of various ethnicities, so they are used to ignoring reality.

18 posted on 04/08/2003 3:36:59 PM PDT by El Gato
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To: El Gato
.."IS it SAFE?" = HILLARY on Armed Services Committee..

http://www.TheAlamoFILM.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=629
19 posted on 04/08/2003 3:44:50 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE (Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.LZXRAY.com ..,)
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To: joesnuffy
We abandoned them...but we take in an NVA field grade officer because he is an actor????

He's an actor, I don't think he is a NVA (or more properly, especially now, PAVN) officer of any kind.

It may be that "Soldiers" is only a secondary concern, and the real concern is another of his roles(from the article lined above):

Vietnam has also taken issue with another movie role Duong took -- that of the head of a refugee camp in the 2001 movie "Green Dragon," starring Patrick Swayze.

That movie was about the life of Vietnamese refugees in a U.S. camp after the war in Vietnam ended in 1975.

"...both the movies carry the same tone of distorting the history of the just war of our people and the kind-hearted quality of the Vietnamese," the defense ministry-run daily said.

Communists can never stand being portrayed in their true light. PAVN solider, like soldiers everywhere, are just that soldiers, for the most part, aside from a few polical generals anyway. (And we've had a few of those ourselves, in fact maybe more than they do, at least prior to the Korean and Vietnam wars, think how many Presidents were Generals first) This does not include their equivalent of the KGB or GRU, even though those "people" and I use the term loosely, often carried military rank. Communists have never really held their own military leaders in partiucularly high regard, and certainly never trusted them.

20 posted on 04/08/2003 3:51:36 PM PDT by El Gato
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To: Fred Mertz
...GOD is GOOD...
21 posted on 04/08/2003 4:26:41 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE (Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.LZXRAY.com ..,)
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To: VOA; Vetnet; 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub; RonDog; diotima; abigail2; NewDestiny; rebuildus; oso13; ...
.."THIS is WONDERFUL News, Just WONDERFUL News"..

...said a most gracious HUGH HEWITT on his National Talk Radio Show when informed about it on the air today.

GOD is GOOD.
22 posted on 04/08/2003 5:32:59 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE (Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.LZXRAY.com ..,)
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
Good news bump.
23 posted on 04/08/2003 5:35:11 PM PDT by Rocko
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To: Chad Fairbanks; All
...The Real Landing Zone X-Ray & Albany NVA Commanding Lt. Col AN (DON DUONG in "WE WERE SOLDIERS")..

...died in the Mid-1990's after revisiting Landing Zone X-Ray in the IA DRANG Valley with his former opponent Lt. Col. HAL G. MOORE (MEL GIBSON in "WE WERE SOLDIERS") for a ABC-TV 'Day One' Show.

...This unforgettable 'Day One' Show is available on the Home Page of our U.S. 7th Cavalry's website:

http://www.LZXRAY.com

GARRY OWEN, Sir (7th Cavalry Salute)
24 posted on 04/08/2003 5:52:40 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE (Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.LZXRAY.com ..,)
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To: katze
....NEVER FORGET, Indeed....
25 posted on 04/08/2003 5:53:58 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE (Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.LZXRAY.com ..,)
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To: Arkinsaw
...DON DUONG's .."WE WERE SOLDIERS".. Performance was worthy of a Golden Globe -&- OSCAR for Best Supporting Actor this year...

...not what he got instead.
26 posted on 04/08/2003 6:05:20 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE (Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.LZXRAY.com ..,)
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
Good news for Dong! The film was too painful for *me* to watch more than 20 minutes. I will give it another try.
27 posted on 04/08/2003 6:48:37 PM PDT by dennisw
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
Ronnie, that is wonderful news! Thank you for bringing Don's story to us and for working so hard on behalf of the country and people you love. (^:
28 posted on 04/08/2003 7:16:34 PM PDT by Ragtime Cowgirl ("About Chem. Ali, we remain optimistic that he is dead." - Torie Clarke, Apr. 8)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl; Anamensis; katze; Arkinsaw; CyberCowboy777; joesnuffy; NavyCaptain; ...
Previous Sept. 12, 2002 Thread =

'Vietnamese officials considering punishment for actor in U.S. film ["WE WERE SOLDIERS"]

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/753996/posts

ALOHA
29 posted on 04/08/2003 8:26:21 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE (Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.LZXRAY.com ..,)
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
Okay, how about we punish them; no trade, off limits for tourists, like Cuba. Pete Peterson and his wife could be influential in this matter--they lose money if no trade.
30 posted on 04/08/2003 8:41:17 PM PDT by katze
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To: Sabertooth; Clinton Is Scum; Landru; mr spike
......GOD is GOOD......
31 posted on 04/09/2003 1:38:44 AM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE (Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.LZXRAY.com ..,)
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To: TLBSHOW; Freedom'sWorthIt
.......GOD is GOOD.......
32 posted on 04/09/2003 1:53:39 AM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE (Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.LZXRAY.com ..,)
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
Nice to hear the unreasonable regime has decided to be reasonable, for a change.

I wonder what they want.

...-BTTT-

33 posted on 04/09/2003 5:17:14 AM PDT by Landru
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To: Landru; Joy Angela; conservogirl; goldilucky; abigail2; Carl/NewsMax; Judicial Watch; ...
...As Former Congrressman BOB DORNAN and I Co-Narrated the Fall of SADDAM's Bronzed Statue on his National Talk Radio Show on this Day of Freedom, April 9, 2003...

...I shared DON DUONG's 1st Day of Freedom as he lands today in San Jose, California from a still Communist Vietnam ..a FREE MAN.

...BOB and I Co-Narrated the 2nd Airstrike on New York City's Tower 2 on September 11, 2003.

...Not knowing then that we were both witnessing the Death of Battle of IA DRANG-1965 .."WE WERE SOLDIERS".. Hero RICK RESCORLA as Tower 2 so quickly came down on him after his already saving 1,000's of others...

...this Day of Freedom for Iraq is the Perfect Validation for the way RICK RESCORLA always lived his Life for US.


Sooo....

NEVER FORGET that HILLARY RODHAM, BILL CLINTON, JOHN KERRY, MICHAEL MOORE, MARTIN SHEEN and the like NEVER wanted to see this Freedom come to Iraq, just like they NEVER wanted this Freedom to live on in a once Free South Vietnam.

NEVER ever FORGET this.
34 posted on 04/09/2003 10:06:30 AM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE (Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.LZXRAY.com ..,)
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To: Landru; Joy Angela; conservogirl; goldilucky; abigail2; All
...and that, WALTER CRONKITE, really is the way it is...

...despite the fact that you also NEVER wanted this Freedom to come to Iraq or Vietnam as well.


WALTER CRONKITE =
Friend of HILLARY


HILLARY RODHAM =
Friend of HO CHI MINH


"FRIENDS" The Movie
35 posted on 04/09/2003 10:14:31 AM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE (Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.LZXRAY.com ..,)
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
It would really be great to get Bob Dornan back on air again.

I remember you mentioning to Bob the second air strike on Tower No. 2. I also remember that day waking up from dreaming of this horrific event.
36 posted on 04/09/2003 11:22:49 AM PDT by goldilucky
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
I didn't know that Walter Cronkite was in so deep with the elite.
37 posted on 04/09/2003 11:24:01 AM PDT by goldilucky
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
Great News!!!!
38 posted on 04/09/2003 11:31:27 AM PDT by Joy Angela
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To: Dec31,1999
ALOHA
39 posted on 04/09/2003 10:49:19 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE (Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.LZXRAY.com ..,)
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To: All; Fred Mertz; Joy Angela; conservogirl; Ragtime Cowgirl; Lexington Green; VOA; Sabertooth; ...
...It's Official. It's Real.

...DON DUONG is FREE.

Los Angeles Times Photo Caption, April 9, 2003 California Section, Page B-6 reads in part:


ACTOR's FREEDOM

DON DUONG, branded a traitor in Vietnam, hugs his sister, SUSIE BUI, upon his arrival Wednesday at San Francisco Airport with his wife, left, and two sons. The Vietnamese government objected to his appearance in .."WE WERE SOLDIERS"

A grinning DON DUONG is seen embracing his sobbing for joy sister with his wife smiling broadly behind him to his left.

GOD is GOOD

ALOHA RONNIE

40 posted on 04/10/2003 4:11:21 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE (Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.LZXRAY.com ..,)
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
A grinning DON DUONG is seen embracing his sobbing for joy sister with his wife smiling broadly behind him to his left.

GOD is GOOD

What a homecoming, what a celebration!!

Welcome home, Don Duong

Thank you for your belief and your spirit.

Evil has lost one more round.

41 posted on 04/10/2003 7:06:03 PM PDT by Joy Angela
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
It's been a good week, eh AR?
42 posted on 04/10/2003 10:01:57 PM PDT by abigail2
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To: abigail2
...This has been THE Week that was.
43 posted on 04/10/2003 10:04:11 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE (Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.LZXRAY.com ..,)
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To: Hildy
NEVER FORGET


......GOD is GOOD......


NEVER FORGET
44 posted on 04/11/2003 7:30:14 AM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE (Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.LZXRAY.com ..,)
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
Ronnie -

Thanks for your service, in Vietnam and today. And a hearty CIB bump to this thread

d.o.l.

Criminal Number 18F
45 posted on 05/31/2003 2:50:29 AM PDT by Criminal Number 18F (wonder what the all-left-alla-time crowd at CBS thinks of gun worshippers!)
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To: Criminal Number 18F; conservogirl; Joy Angela; flamefront; SMEDLEYBUTLER; Freedom'sWorthIt; amom
...Thanks -Combat Infantryman's Badge- Brother Bumper and ain't...

GOD Good -&- Loving..?


...Just after International Movie Star DON DUONG resettled in the City of San Jose, California in FREEDOM on April 9, 2003...

...DON's new Home City became the 4th City in California, and the Country, to proclaim Vietnam's Flag of FREEDOM as the Official Flag for its Vietenamese-American Community, as opposed to the Flag of a now Communist Vietnam.


That's now:

1) Westminster, California
2) Garden Grove, California
3) San Jose, California
4) Milpitas, California

who have done so.


***Only the Democrats in the California State Assembly Rules Committee have voted twice not to do the same for all of the over 400,000 Vietnamese-Americans living throughout California***



See:


'GARDEN GROVE votes Free South Vietnam Flag -IN-, who's next?'

http://www.TheAlamoFILM.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=17445



NEVER ever FORGET this the next time you go to the Voting Polls to freely vote in a new Century of FREEDOM.


***VOTE for REPUBLICANS -

***The FREEDOM Party
46 posted on 05/31/2003 10:00:30 AM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE (Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965 www.LZXRAY.com..)
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
***VOTE for REPUBLICANS -

***The FREEDOM Party


Will do! :)
47 posted on 05/31/2003 11:33:50 AM PDT by Joy Angela
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To: ALOHA RONNIE

48 posted on 05/31/2003 11:45:34 AM PDT by Liberal Classic (Quemadmoeum gladis nemeinum occidit, occidentis telum est.)
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To: Liberal Classic; Joy Angela
NEVER FORGET


...The biggest smiles we ever saw during the CLINTON Presidency of HILLARY and CHELSEA...

...were in Photos taken of them when they were touring Communist Vietnam.

...Looked like they were in a Paradise all their very own.


NEVER FORGET
49 posted on 05/31/2003 12:53:24 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE (Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965 www.LZXRAY.com..)
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
...And the biggest puffed-chest belonged to Bill Clinton when surveyed the Communist Chinese troops during his presidential visit.

Why settle for being the Leader of the Free World
when you can dream of Ruling the WHOLE world?

The Clintons
Never Satisfied
--Never Full--
50 posted on 06/03/2003 2:07:50 AM PDT by Joy Angela
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