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2004 US Presidential Election
January 31, 2004
Kerry | Not all veterans for Kerry

When listening to John Kerry tout his war record, I’ve often wondered what other Vets think of the fact that he came home to protest the war, aligning himself with the likes of Jane Fonda.

Apparently, some Vietnam vets have taken notice, and they aren’t too supportive:

Now that it serves his ambition to be president, Kerry reminds the public of his war record daily. But the dark side of that record is not being told. Many Vietnam veterans have taken notice, and many of us will vigorously oppose Kerry’s election to any office. - Vietnam stance irks veterans

Link found via Kathy Kinsley

Posted by Bryan M at January 31, 2004 11:16 AM | TrackBack

Amen, Brother!

We will never forget! We shall never
forgive the Likes of Hanoi Jane and
her fellow travelers.

Kerry is no better than she is.

Posted by: leaddog2 at January 31, 2004 06:42 PM

During the current presidential campaign John Kerry frequently points out his military service in Vietnam. As a fellow in-country Vietnam veteran I applaud that service.

However, I can not understand how this war hero, who so clearly saw and described the evils of the Vietnam war, failed to see through the half-truths and misleading saber rattling of the Bush Administration as it, with his consent, rushed to send our troops to such an equally unnecessary and costly war in Iraq. By essentially voting to send our men and women to die and be wounded needlessly in Iraq, John Kerry has forfeited, at least for this veteran, his right to claim the mantle of Commander-in-Chief.

Posted by: Kevin Callahan at January 31, 2004 11:37 PM

as it, with his consent, rushed to send our troops to such an equally unnecessary and costly war in Iraq.

I’m not sure exactly what you mean by “costly,” but in terms of casualties, the Iraq war pales in comparison to the Vietnam conflict. Over 58,000 U.S. personnel lost their lives in Vietnam over a 10 year period. Another 150,000 were wounded in that conflict. I don’t know how the current Iraq war, with only 500 or so casualties in less than a year, could be seen as “equally costly.”

Even if you say “costly” in terms of dollar amounts, I think you’d be hard pressed to make the case, considering the number of bullets, bombs, aircraft, and assorted other materials that were lost in southeast Asia.

Needless. Okay, you can make that argument, but costly? Sorry, sir. I applaud your service in Vietnam, but don’t let it cloud your vision of reality.

Posted by: bryan at February 1, 2004 12:19 AM

Senator Kerry as a fellow Vietnam veteran I do not applaud your service in Vietnam. I question your service and the need for an inquiry into the war crimes you personally admitted to and those you didn’t admit. Your castigation of Vietnam veterans as killers is a disgrace. Many vets such as myself worked to help the less fortunate Vietnamese such as the lepers outside Qui Nhon. As do so many others you paint everyone with a broad brush and worse you do not back up your assertions with facts, names places and incidents. You did what you did to be popular and make a big splash, but it lacked substance as do you now. You are an embarrassment to the uniform of the United States.
I will gladly work to be sure you are not successful in your bid for the Presidency of this great country.

Posted by: John at February 10, 2004 07:07 PM

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