Skip to comments.Senator Kerry: Tell the Truth and We'll Stop the Ads (Swiftboat Vets)
Posted on 08/31/2004 3:39:35 PM PDT by Grampa Dave
Senator Kerry: Tell the Truth and We'll Stop the Ads
Dated: Tuesday, August 31 2004 @ 02:00 PM PDT
August 31, 2004 Senator John Kerry 901 15th Street NW Washington, DC 20005
Dear Senator Kerry:
As you prepare for your address before the American Legion in Nashville, Tennessee, Swift Boat Veterans for Truth encourages you to use this opportunity to clarify your actions in Vietnam and your statements about your fellow Veterans and shipmates when you returned home. Since you have made your four-month tour in Vietnam the centerpiece of your campaign, we respectfully insist that you be truthful. The public is owed a full and honest accounting of your actions. Veterans are owed an apology from you and an acknowledgement that there was no basis in fact for the accusations you made against them.
We urge you to:
1. Apologize for your conduct once you returned from Vietnam. Your exaggerated testimony before the US Senate; the blanket indictment of your fellow veterans; throwing away medals and ribbons; all of these actions dishonored America and the armed forces. Your rhetoric and actions were not only wrong, they aided the enemy and brought great pain to POW's, veterans and their families.
2. Clarify the conflicting accounts involving the Bay Hap River incident of March 13, 1969 (Bronze Star and 3rd Purple Heart). You have now described three different versions of this incident. In the first version of this incident presented during the Democrat National Convention, you stated: "No man left behind," suggesting to the American people that you alone stayed on the river to rescue Mr. Rassmann. Later, when forced to acknowledge conflicting eyewitness testimony from fellow swift boat veterans, you said that your boat left the scene to return moments later to retrieve Jim Rassmann from the water. Yet, in another version of the same incident discovered in the Congressional Record, you reported that your boat struck a mine and Rassmann fell off the boat. Mr. Kerry, please explain to your fellow veterans and the American people which version is the truth.
3. Affirm that the injuries for which you received your purple hearts never required any medical treatment beyond perhaps a bandage and that, in all instances, these injuries were self-inflicted and came from your own weapon. Further, that if any of these purple hearts were falsely awarded, that you would not have been eligible to leave Vietnam after serving only four months.
4. Acknowledge what your own biographer is now saying, that the Christmas in Cambodia claim is "obviously wrong, that you were never in Cambodia over Christmas or any other time during your brief, four-month tour in Vietnam and that your statements before the United States Senate in 1986 were false.
If you undertake these steps we will be satisfied that the American public has been sufficiently apprised as to these aspects of your career, and we will discontinue the media advertisements you have sought so fervently to silence.
Please know that Swift Boat Veterans for Truth are eager to close our own personal chapters on Vietnam and instead focus on the war we're currently fightingthe ongoing war on terrorism. In the absence of full public disclosure and a public apology, we will continue efforts to carry our message to an ever-expanding base of grassroots supporters.
Senator Kerry, we want to get Vietnam behind us. But, we can only do so if the truth is told.
We respectfully await your reply.
Swift Boat Veterans for Truth
So how will the serial liar and traitor respond to this?
Okay, Lurch the ball is in your court!
Will you for once in your life do what is right?
This story is sooo coool because these guys are the REAL DEAL. Not 3 monthes 10 days and out.. (I have THREE purple hearts). They did REAL tours, for REAL times...
This is sweet. Oh my, this is sweet. These guys are brilliant.
They said NO.
No disrespect intended toward the Swiftboat Veterans for Truth, but I think it will be a long wait.
I hear he's going on the attack tomorrow in St. Louis, he's going to trumpet his "wonderful" Senate service on POWs and Agent Orange.
It's lose-lose for Kerry. If he attacks, he throws more gas on the fire, and keeps it on page one another week. If he ignores it, it looks like he's admitting guilt.
But in either case, the real story will break when the investigation of the original source citations is complete. The citations he created on his own typewriter, with forged initials.
I can hear Terry McAuliff trying to calculate if John Kerry can apologize and admit everything, and still have the news media bury that admission or spin it to make it look like it isn't important or that it wasn't intentional falsifications.
We all know that Kerry is going to be a puppet President.... He's been a puppet his entire life.
If Kerry does this, he is finished, as an acknowledged liar.
If Kerry doesn't do this, he is in trouble.
He won't do it.
Yes these are real men, real US Navy warriors, not a serial liar and serial traitor.
I meant if Kerry wins, which he won't... Hope everyone understood that.
The honest democrats are at the republican conventions speaking for GW.
The serial liars and their top serial liar will attack these warriors again and again.
However, we and other Americans will donate again and again to the Swift Vets to buy more ads.
They are true patriots and warriors, and they know how to win a war.
Kerry Campaign Response: Swift Boat Vets for Bush Ad Fact Check - 'Medals'
Kerry-Edwards 2004 via US Newswire ^ | 8-31.04 | John F. Kerry Campaign Staff
"I hear he's going on the attack tomorrow in St. Louis, he's going to trumpet his "wonderful" Senate service on POWs and Agent Orange.
'It's lose-lose for Kerry. If he attacks, he throws more gas on the fire, and keeps it on page one another week. If he ignores it, it looks like he's admitting guilt.
"But in either case, the real story will break when the investigation of the original source citations is complete. The citations he created on his own typewriter, with forged initials."
This is what we were talking about on the other thread.
They have forced the wounded serial liar into a corner.
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