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Tour of Duty: John Kerry in Vietnam (very long)
The Atlantic Monthly ^ | December 2003 | Douglas Brinkley

Posted on 01/14/2004 12:14:34 PM PST by Publius

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To: joesnuffy
As far as silent patrolling on the "canals" with a 'swift boat'....no way a swift boat is gonna fit in a typical canal in the Mekong Delta...

I spent one year on Swifts, and I'm with you...we were always running the darn things aground. Heck, they drew 6-feet if I recall. I spent a lot of time over the side cutting fish nets out of the screws...becase I was an excellent swimmer, used to have to do this all the time on other boats as well.

21 posted on 01/26/2004 8:40:08 AM PST by Cuttnhorse
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To: joesnuffy
I was there '65 - '66. Gulf of Thailand, Nha Trang, Cam Rahn Bay...I think I was on about 5-different boats.
22 posted on 01/26/2004 8:43:53 AM PST by Cuttnhorse
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To: RetiredArmy
You couldn't have said it better. John Kerry deserves NO respect whatsoever. While his service in vietnam does deserve a salute his post vietnam activities rank right in there with Hanoi Jane. I wouldn't say his connections with the Vietnam Veterans Against The War In Vietnam qualify him to be the Commander In Chief of all the military services. Using his military service to bolster his presidential campaign is a slap in the face to all vietnam vets. I, for one, don't buy into any of your crap. I guess my message to John Kerry is; Go wrap your arms around Jane Fonda and all those other vietnam veteran turncoats. You all deserve each other. The real Aamerican people deserve someone better.
23 posted on 02/06/2004 1:54:45 AM PST by TopDon
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To: Publius
I have not dug into this lengthy article. Does it touch on John Kerry's activities after his service while the Vietnam War was still going on?

Seems that they only told half the story.

John Kerry confessed to warcrimes back in 1971 but in a 2001 interview with Tim Russert claimed that the "genocide" claims were the words of an angry young (lying) man.

To lie before Congress and to the press about war attrocities in a time of war gives aid and comfort to the enemy and it weakens morale. That is treason.

John Kerry needs to clarrify if he is an undicted war criminal or a traitor.

Our military still has fifth columnists who aid the other side (one was recently arrested as a spy, another tossed a grenade into an officer's tent). Service alone (especially during the draft) does not alone make one a hero or even mean that they served proudly.

Benedict Arnold was a military hero for both sides in the same war.

24 posted on 02/26/2004 12:34:59 PM PST by weegee (Election 2004: Re-elect President Bush... Don't feed the trolls.)
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To: weegee
In Praise of Benedict Arnold
25 posted on 02/26/2004 12:37:45 PM PST by Publius (Die Erde ist gewaltig schön, doch sicher ist sie nicht.)
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To: weegee
Man, that was an excellent post. Maybe you should think about putting together an essay along these lines and running as its own thread.
26 posted on 02/26/2004 12:43:05 PM PST by Hon
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To: Hon
There is a separated thread about Kerry's "war crimes".

I'm sure that more research can be done. There have to be scores of information for those willing to dig up old quotes from John Kerry in his VVAW days (research that mush be done the old way using periodical guides and bound magazines or microfiche).

There are probably at least a few other interviews like Russert's that made him discuss his post-service Vietnam War activities. Did he recant his testimony in these as well?

I've got my own little research project going (and now that I am back from vacation I will embark on it).

27 posted on 02/26/2004 1:04:14 PM PST by weegee (Election 2004: Re-elect President Bush... Don't feed the trolls.)
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To: Publius
”They related to us how they had seen armed VC walking around with impunity but that because the VC had been well equipped and it was late in the day they [had] refrained from making contact. I noticed that the prisoner wasn't with them and the Green Beret winked at me when I asked and said that he had tried to escape. With a smile on his face they boarded the boats and we left the area. For a few nights I wondered about the man—not what—but how they had done it and then one night we got drunk back at the base and I found out that he had been knifed by one of the Nungs and then sliced up and left with a note of warning to the VC

Kerry didn't report this violation of ________?

Seems like a war crime to me.

28 posted on 02/26/2004 3:31:14 PM PST by secretagent
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To: Publius
IMHO....he manipulated the system for his future ambitions. What he did when he came back deserves much more scrutiny, thought and investigation. He is a self-serving egomaniacal calculating danger to this country. NOT to be trusted. It seems that everything he does is measured toward his goal of the Commander-in-chief and has been all his life.
29 posted on 02/26/2004 4:08:22 PM PST by mrtysmm
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