More on John Kerry and cohorts from Winter Soldier and Dewey Canyon III. Quotes from wintersoldier.com and ‘Stolen Valor’ B. G. Burkett and Glenna Whitley, Verity Press, 1998, Chapter 6, Atrocities In April 1971, the Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW) staged a demonstration it called Dewey Canyon III, a “limited incursion into the country of Congress.”
The protest was named after an operation in 1969 that sent elements of the 3rd Marine Division into Laos. About this same time, an ad appeared in The New York Times signed by forty-nine American servicemen from the 1st Air Cavalry Division urging support for antiwar demonstrations. But as United Press International later reported, the men, members of a Mekong Delta-based helicopter unit, had neither read nor paid for the ad. After being blocked from holding a ceremony honoring the war dead at Arlington National Cemetery, the veterans marched to the Capitol to present sixteen demands to Congress. At the end of the day; they held a candlelight march around the White House.
After a man who said his son died in Vietnam blew taps, the soldiers began flinging their war medals over a high wire fence in front of the Capitol: Purple Hearts, Bronze Star Medals, Silver Stars — bits of ribbon and metal hurled in the face of the government that had so betrayed them. Some, after throwing away what had cost them so dearly, broke down and cried. One of them was John Kerry, Vietnam Navy veteran and aspiring politician who had been among those who organized the protest. Kerry flung a handful of medals — he had received the Silver Star, a Bronze Star Medal, and three Purple Hearts — over the fence. Kerry spoke later that week before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, putting a face on the antiwar movement far different from the one seen before — the scruffy hippie or wild-eyed activist. Kerry represented the All-American boy, mentally twisted by being asked to do terrible things, then abandoned by his government. From start to finish, the public took Dewey Canyon III at face value, not understanding that they were watching brilliant political theater.
Kerry, a Kennedy protege with white-hot political aspirations, ascended center stage as both a war hero and as an antiwar hero throwing away his combat decorations. His speech, apparently off the cuff, was eloquent, impassioned. But years later, after his election to the Senate, Kerry’s medals turned up on the wall of his Capitol Hill office. When a reporter noticed them, Kerry admitted that the medals he had thrown that day were not his. And Kerry’s emotional, from-the-heart speech had been carefully crafted by a speechwriter for Robert Kennedy named Adam Walinsky, who also tutored him on how to present it.
TV reporters totally ignored another Vietnam veteran, Melville L. Stephens, a former aide to Adm. Elmo Zumwalt, chief of Naval Operations, who that same day urged the Senate not to abandon America’s allies in South Vietnam. “Peace for us must not come at the cost of their lives,” Stephens said in a speech he wrote himself.
Others supposedly Vietnam Vets were with Kerry during this peace march. Alfred H. Hubbard entered the Air Force in October 1952…..There is no record of any service in Vietnam …Michael Harbert, also had problems with their credibility…His only overseas service was in Taiwan from November 28, 1967, to April 9, 1968.
Veteran Chuck Onan, for example, claimed he had attended parachute, frogman, and jungle survival schools and had received special training in torture techniques, such as stripping women prisoners, spreading their legs, and driving pointed sticks into their vaginas. Onan became a member of an LRRP (Long Range Recon Patrol) unit but deserted before he was sent to Vietnam, fleeing to Sweden so he did not have to kill. “They just went too far,” Onan said. He (actually) worked as a stock room clerk at a Marine base in Beaufort, S.C Lawyer and activist Mark Lane was one of the organizers of Winter Soldier.
Lane quoted one man’s contention that a female Communist sympathizer was interrogated, tortured, and then raped by every soldier in his battalion. “Lane does not explain that in Vietnam an American battalion runs anywhere from one thousand to twelve hundred men.” I can remember seeing the TV shots of these people marching and thinking ‘what a mob of hippy freaks.’ How could they have been soldiers? Lie after lie – just like the anti-war mob here in Australia. Keep telling lies and fools will believe. Considering Kerry for President is the same as putting Jim Cairns forward for PM. Info on Kerry is coming thick and fast and people are starting to notice. Read more>>
Mr. Kerry opened by stating “war crimes committed in Southeast Asia, [are] not isolated incidents but crimes committed on a day-to-day basis with the full awareness of officers at all levels of command.” According to tales related by Mr. Kerry, Americans had “raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam.” As to what endangered America, Mr. Kerry stated “the crimes threaten it, not Reds.”The barking-mad Left will say but that did happen-we’ve read about it. Well I was actually in Vietnam and whereas one can always say these things do happen in a war zone there is no way they can be defined as ‘policy’, or the rule, or everyday occurrances. Isolated instances are what the left use to make a rule. If there was one Kelly at My Lai then by extension there were thousands. This is simply untrue. All of this is public and still he garners votes. What are you doing, America?
Mr. Kerry took the opportunity to highlight his background as a decorated Vietnam veteran and questioned whether President Bush had fulfilled his Vietnam-era commitment to the National Guard. Mr. Kerry insisted that he was not making a political issue of Mr. Bush’s Vietnam-era service, saying he had no trouble with the “many people” such as Mr. Bush who served in the Guard to reduce the odds of seeing combat in Vietnam.True, Bush didn’t serve in Vietnam but then he didn’t serve for both sides either. Pic from fellow Vietnam Vet Peter Munro. Update: For more info go to the Vietnam Vets against John Kerry website
The painting includes a line that states: “John Howard and Australia are so far up George Dubbah Yah Bush and the USA’s arse that we’re in the s—. We’re kept in the dark and it stinks.”How indescribably tasteless. He might think he’s clever but the majority of Australians will think he’s fouling his own nest . You are in the dark, old son, and you stink. Bill Leak’s cartoon yesterday that depicted thre Ostriches, two with UK and US flags adorning their feathers have their head in the sand while the third, with the Aussie flag, has it’s head up the US birds fundamental orifice. You are so clever, Bill but the only people who would have laughed are the grade three boys my son teaches at Yepoon. Oh, Ok some lefties would have laughed as well but their sense of humour is based on grade three anyway. Grade three humour, Grade three art. Upgrade: Reader James Riley has come up with more info on Hocking and his Grade three scribbles and daubles here and herethat links to the offensive painting, “Fuck’n Our Land. Should you wish to send the gallery an email complaining of this gutter art then click here Yobbo also picked up on event.
Of all the reasons why John F. Kerry will not become President of the United States, the biggest reason has to be that, once he returned home from Vietnam, he betrayed his fellow servicemen who remained at war. Kerry not only allied with the likes of Hanoi Jane Fonda, but, before the United States Senate in 1971, Kerry went as far as to belittle the bravery of embattled troops by generalizing their every action in Vietnam as an atrocity.Readers should know by now my stand on Vietnam but to repeat; agree or disagree with the war but leave the soldier out of it and under no circumstances is consorting with the enemy acceptable. Go read and consider: Do we really want this man with his left wing baggage leading the US and the free world? Heads up from Wallace at Big Gold Dog.
“Most would agree that kids spend too much time with computer games and TV,” he said. “If we can get them reading and doing more exercise it will give them a more balanced lifestyle.When my kids were at school there was no TV during the week AT ALL. That didn’t happen because some loopy MP gave them free books, it happened because I said so and therein lies the rub. It’s the parents, stupid. If most would agree that kids spend too much time with computer games and TV then it’s the parents who need counselling, not free books for kids. No parental discipline and the free books will be lost uner the TV Times on the coffee table. Parents who don’t read to their kids don’t do so because they’re stupid and don’t understand education and its benefits. The same people think homework is an invasion of their leisure time and take-away is healthy and for these reasons they are most probably already voting for the ALP so what’s Mark Lathams point. Free books for kids? He hasn’t heard of school and public libraries chock-a-block full of free books? Mark’s point is this; Look at me, I read to my kids. Look at me, I plan to give free books to people so they can read to their kids. People who read to their kids are are responsible parents and people who give them books to help them be responsible are very responsible. Ergo, I am very responsible – vote for me. It’s not the wherewithal Mark, it’s the motivation. Work on the parents. Encourage them to go the local libraries where they can access free books for thier kids that won’t cost the country another 80 million dollars. Update: One of my progeny states I turned soft later and the younger kids could watch TV for an hour after school but not after dinner. Another tells me the rule only worked when I was home which explains the flurried activity as I drove into the driveway. At least I tried.