Skip to comments.Brit Hume Grapevine: Kerry claims in Vietnam during MLK's death
Posted on 08/26/2004 9:45:21 PM PDT by Incorrigible
John Kerry, speaking at a Martin Luther King Day celebration in Virginia last year, said, "I remember well April 1968, I was serving in Vietnam , a place of violence, when the news reports brought home to me and my crewmates the violence back home, and the tragic news that one of the bullets flying that terrible spring took the life of [Dr. King]."
That date was April 4th, 1968, but according to Kerry's own Website, it was not until November 17, 1968, that he reported for duty in Vietnam.
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Is there one Vietnam story that Kerry hasn't lied about?
Kerry did serve aboard a ship that was in the VN coastal waters during that timeframe.
Not a single one. Never has told the truth/never will.
He was on the Gridley at the time, probably off the coast of Vietnam. He is stretching it, but this might not be a total lie.
A chronic, pathological liar. .....seemingly for the hell it, not unlike Algore.
Kerry served in Vietnam??
John Kerry was in Vietnam (for 4 months) and yes he was on the deep-water coast of Vietnam on the USS Gridley (for a few weeks), but he did not serve a tour in Vietnam.
A Tour in the Nam was 12 months, one year, 365 days, one trip around the sun. Guys would count down the days until their time was up. It was a big deal. When you only had a few weeks to go until your 12 months was up, you were "SHORT", going home soon. When you broke 100 days you were a Double Digit. A Single Digit Vet (less than 10 days to go) could be found in his hooch packing.
This issue is important for this reason. John Kerry knows that he didn't serve a Tour, let alone TWO Tours, in Vietnam yet he brazenly reports that he did.
One might argue 'Well, the time that Kerry spent in Nam was HIS tour, so what is the big deal"?
If that is your argument then Kerry should have named his book "My Time in Nam" or something. Not give the impression that he spent a tour in Nam. AND, there is NO excuse for his claim for TWO TOURS in Nam. It is John Kerry spinning the truth to make himself something that he is not.
As far as Unfit for Command is concerned, I have read it. The Swifties could care less if John Kerry got medals, their issue is the same as what I explained above (and the fact that Kerry smeared their good name with his lies) and that is that Kerry diverts from the truth to make himself into something that he is not so much, that he cannot be trusted.
Kerry embellished his After Action Reports to get medals that he didnt deserve. He fabricated accusations when he came back from Vietnam when he spoke before the Senate Intelligence Committee when he said that his fellow Vietnam Veterans committed atrocities. He has never provided any proof that his accusations were true, and in fact now admits that his accusations were over the top. Over the top? They were untrue! And his falsifications harmed POWs, their families, and Vietnam Veterans in general.
POWs who were in North Vietnam prison camps when Kerry was telling his fabricated stories to the Senate and the American public to bolster his political ambitions were tortured and threatened to be placed on trial as War Criminals. POWs were told by their captors You will never go home because of Kerrys fabrications. Kerrys untrue accusations are unforgivable.
General Vo Nguyen Gaip , the Commanding officer of the North Vietnamese Military and Bui Tin who served on the General Staff of the North Vietnam Army and received the unconditional surrender of South Vietnam on April 30, 1975 both claim that North Vietnam was poised to negotiate a surrender because of the Communists military failures during the 1968 Tet Offensive and thereafter. But because of the Anti-War movement in America (led by Jane Fonda and John Kerry) they felt that the Demonstrations gave us confidence that we should hold on in the face of battlefield reverses."
America was kicking the Communists butt in every battle. General Westmoreland had the Communists number and was winning the war. Americas pullout of Vietnam was due to Kerry and his group of Demonstrators. Kerrys ant-war activities played a very significant part in causing America to lose the war in Vietnam.
Because of John Kerry and others like him there are more names on the Vietnam Memorial in Washington D. C. than there otherwise would have been. There was also the slaughter of 3.5 million South Vietnamese, Laotians, and Cambodians when America pulled out that is significantly attributable to John Kerry and his now admittedly over the top accusations. John Kerry has blood dripping from his untrue accusations.
When I returned home to Los Angeles from Vietnam in 1971 my head was spinning as I walked through the Terminal at LAX, thinking about the culture of war that I had just left while looking around at the opulence in America. When I stepped outside onto the sidewalk a group of Longhairs walked by and one of them spat on me while the others called me a Baby Killer. I feel that the treatment that I received, and have lived with for the past 33 years, was due to John Kerry and his lies.
John Kerry does not have the moral integrity, honesty, or judgment to be the Commander-In-Chief of the worlds most powerful military. John Kerry IS, unfit for command.
Mekong Delta 1970-1971
His fitness report shows Gridley enroute to Gulf of Tonkin SAR duty on 1 April 1986 from Subic Bay.
Just a mistake. He meant to say he was in Cambodia.
Make that 1968, not 1986. Duh!
Kerry might have taken a trip in the spring of 1968, but it wasn't on a 707.
(biy they're really starting to stack up)
Then he should have referred to his shipmates.
I think pretty soon we`re going to see Kerry in a straight jacket banging his head against a padded cell saying "Vietnam! Vietnam! Vietnam!" like a parrot on crack. "What`s his problem Doctor?" "He cannot stop saying Vietnam. Everything he talks about has the word Vietnam in it"
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