Skip to comments.More Vietnam Vets Speak up against Kerry
Posted on 09/09/2004 9:37:26 AM PDT by KriegerGeist
More Vietnam Vets Speak up against Kerry
By Melissa Charbonneau
White House Correspondent
September 9, 2004
CBN.com WASHINGTON -- More Vietnam veterans are coming forward to speak out against Sen. John Kerry. In a new documentary, former prisoners of war are speaking out against Kerry's anti-war record after Vietnam. Kerry has been bashing President Bush over the war in Iraq over Bush's so-called "wrong choices" but Kerry himself is under assault again, in the just-released documentary "Stolen Honor."
Dozens of former prisoners of war are coming forward to condemn Kerry's anti-war activities. They charge that Kerry smeared the innocent, aided the enemy, and jeopardized the lives of Americans held captive in Vietnam prison camps."
In the film, decorated Vietnam war heroes cite Kerry's 1971 Senate testimony accusing the U.S. military of war atrocities, charges highlighted in recent Swift Boat ads.
Mary Jane McManus, her husband a POW for nearly six years, says Kerry's speech enraged her. She said she was, "Furious!! I cannot even control myself today."
Kevin McManus learned after his release that Kerry had accused him and other Americans of doing what he suffered torture to avoid saying. He said, "They went after you a good solid three-week period, trying to get you to sign anything -- their preference was, that you signed something saying you committed war crimes."
What bothers McManus most is that Kerry's charges continue to torture the families of POWs who never came home.
He said, "How would you feel if you thought your father was guilty of war crimes, or your husband or your child, even if you didn't think they were guilty? But you had a nagging doubt they were guilty, after 30 or 40 years?"
In 1970, Kerry met with the Vietnamese at the Paris Peace Talks and the POWs say he came back and pushed the Vietnamese plan for U.S. withdrawal from Vietnam."
Mary Jane McManus said, "He was supporting their plan; that to me is aid and comfort to the enemy. That is treason."
At the time, POW wives feared if Kerry was successful in getting a U.S. withdrawal, their husbands would die in prison.
Mary Jane McManus said, "If we had set a date, pulled out our troops, the Vietnamese were telling the POW's all along, 'if they pull out, then we try you for war crimes'!
Former POW Jim Warner said, "If they withdraw unilaterally, our value goes to zero. And what do you think Communists do to people who have no value?"
Warner says POWs like him were bargaining chips for the Communists. Kerry's statements were used by Warner's captors to threaten him during interrogations.
Warner remarked, "The interrogator started yelling at me, pointing at Kerry's testimony, saying, 'See, here is an officer in your own Navy who says you are a criminal and you deserve punishment.' And I thought maybe the executions would start right now. So this really gave me some anxiety for quite some time."
Warner added, "I think it showed incredibly bad judgment to have made these statements, knowing that it was going to put us at risk. Or it showed callous indifference to our fate."
Some POW's accuse Kerry of being a dupe in his anti-war activities; others say he ingratiated himself with Senate liberals for future campaigns.
Kevin McManus said, " He doesn't care what he's done to the vast majority of men who served in Vietnam, and in particular the dead, their families. He has absolutely no feeling for them, only if they help him in gaining this office."
The Kerry campaign did not respond to CBN News' request for a response to the latest veterans' attack on the senator.
The POW's insist that they have no political motivations. They say they are a mix of all political persuasions. And they say that with continual terrorist threats like the recent Russian school attack, they will keep raising questions about Kerry's fitness to be Commander-in-Chief.
Warner said, "That's what we're facing, and I don't believe we can face an enemy this evil, being led by somebody whose judgment is so seriously flawed."
Please visit the "Stolen Honor" Web site: www.StolenHonor.com
Video clips from the movie found here:
Where will this documentary be shown?
I heard on FNC that Senator Dole is going to be with these POW's at the documentary premier today. But I don't know where.
How could someone vote for Kerry?
I just don't get it.
Agree or disagree with his policies?
How can anybody for for this critter!!
I'm a High School student and have had many debates with classmates about John Kerry's military experiences. I was wondering if you could tell me a way to get them to understand that Kerry was not a brave and valiant soldier, without giving a long winded speech which they will blow off without a second thought.
"I was wondering if you could tell me a way to get them to understand that Kerry was not a brave and valiant soldier, without giving a long winded speech which they will blow off without a second thought."
I don't think this whole thing is as much about Kerry's bravery or valor...that never would have been questioned, if Kerry himself hadn't CONSTANTLY touted his medals/ribbons/etc. What this is about is selling out and turning on his fellow soldiers.
Kids are probably the world's worst (or best) at not "squealing" on their friends...not tattle taling, even if the so-called friends aren't really friends. Kerry not only "squealed" on fellow soldiers about things that did not happen, but he caused many POW's to suffer unduly because his words were used on them. Young people understand loyalty...Kerry was disloyal.
1. Brave and valiant soldiers do not brag about their service.
2. Brave and valiant soldiers do not bring movie cameras with them into combat and then recreate battle scenes to put on film.
3. Brave and valiant soldiers do not request medals for minor injuries, in fact they do not even report them.
4. Brave and valiant soldiers do not make things up out of whole cloth that they did not do (Christmas in Cambodia) and then spend years embellishing the lies.
5. Brave and valiant soldiers do not attack and smear people with whom they served just because their recollections are not the same.
If you haven't read "Unfit for Command" yet, that would be a good starting point. The accounts in it are short and to the point. Taken together, they are extremely damaging to him.
You might suggest that your friends talk to an uncle, father, or other older relative as to whether they were war criminals as Kerry claimed they were.
Whop em with an club after...so it sinks in. They dont want to hear the truth chum. And tell them the truth is that "John Kerry is a traitor" plain and simple. Then when they point to the usual "Bush avoided going", then say maybe so, but at least he didnt come back and commit TREASON like Kerry did.
Dole has just been awesome of late. He's taken the point for the SBVFT, and his comments have completely immunized W from any criticism about these issues being raised. BTW..Dole is older than Zell, so expect Carville to say that the Viagra has made Dole "loopy"
People, I HIGHLY recommend that everyone see these clips! I watched only three of them but they are powerful!
I'm beginning to understand WHY we lost in Vietnam!
Thank you, John Kerry!
You know... if Dole had show this much moxie in 1996, he'd now be closing in on the end of his second term as President.
Exactly! The MSM took all this as gospel and pushed it just as they are pushing lies about Iraq.
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