|One has to stand in awe of Kerry's military service 33 years ago. Of course, that's where it ends, including with Kerry -- inasmuch as, upon his return from war in 1970, he promptly began trashing his fellow Vietnam vets by calling them genocidal murderers.|
"A flat out lie. Kerry never said that. The entire article is nothing but lies and slander"
John F. Kerry's testimony before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on April 22, 1971. You can read the entire testimony at: nationalreview.com
"I would like to talk on behalf of all those veterans and say that several months ago in Detroit we had an investigation at which over 150 honorably discharged, and many very highly decorated, veterans testified to war crimes committed in Southeast Asia. These were not isolated incidents but crimes committed on a day-to-day basis with the full awareness of officers at all levels of command.... They told stories that at times they had personally 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 a fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam in addition to the normal ravage of war and the normal and very particular ravaging which is done by the applied bombing power of this country."
What Kerry says 30 years later in his Campaign biography.
"I could never agree with those in the antiwar movement who dismissed our troops as war criminals or our country as the villain in the drama. As a veteran of both the Vietnam war and the Vietnam protest movement, I say to both conservative and liberal misinterpretations of that war it's time to get over it and recognize it as an exception, not as a ruling example, of the U.S. military engagements of the twentieth century."
Kerry was indisputably brave in Vietnam, and it's kind of cute to see Democrats pretend to admire military service. Physical courage, like chastity, is something liberals usually deride, but are tickled when it accidentally manifests itself in one of their own.
What does Coulter know about courage? Accidently manifests? About half of our military has always been Democrats.
The Military Challenge by Steven Nider can be found at: ppionline.org
"America's military officers identify themselves as Republicans eight times more often than as Democrats, according to a 1999 study."
"A poll by the Foreign Policy Leadership Project found that between 1976 and 1996, the percentage of officers identifying themselves as Republicans more than doubled, from 33 percent to 67 percent".