Skip to comments.Wounds That Never Heal: The wounds Kerry inflicted continue to pain Vietnam veterans.
Posted on 09/27/2004 6:11:33 AM PDT by SmithPatterson
Wounds That Never Heal The wounds Kerry inflicted continue to pain Vietnam veterans.
By Dexter Lehtinen
American soldiers "raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, cut off limbs, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in a fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan...." John Kerry, 1971 In 1971, I awoke from three days of unconsciousness aboard a hospital ship off the coast of Vietnam. I could not see, my jaws were wired shut, and my left cheekbone was missing, a gaping hole in its place.
Later, while still in that condition at St. Albans Naval Hospital, one of my earliest recollections was hearing of John Kerry's testimony before Congress. I remember lying there, in disbelief, as I learned how Kerry told the world that I served in an Army reminiscent of Genghis Khan's; that officers like me routinely let their men plunder villages and rape villagers at will; that "war crimes" committed in Vietnam by my fellow soldiers "were not isolated incidents but crimes committed on a day-to-day basis with the full awareness of officers at all levels of command."
Then Kerry went to Paris, meeting with North Vietnamese enemy officials, while our soldiers continued to fight in the field. The pain and disbelief I felt listening to his words went deeper than the pain I felt from the enemy fire that seriously wounded my face.
Eighteen months later I was discharged from the hospital, the enemy-inflicted wounds fully healed. But more than 30 years later, the wounds inflicted by John Kerry continue to bring pain to scores of Vietnam veterans. Those wounds from the bearing of false witness against a generation of courageous young Americans who fought and died in Vietnam are much more serious than any wound warranting a Purple Heart. Those wounds go to the heart and soul. Those wounds never go away.
Today, my son is a Marine Corps weapons officer, flying the F/A 18 Hornet. He belongs to the same Marine Corps Kerry ridiculed with his 1971 book cover, which showed protestors simulating the Iwo Jima Memorial, raising an upside-down American flag. He flies the same fighter jet Kerry voted against in the U.S. Senate. And today, Kerry's picture hangs in an honored place in Saigon's war museum, as a hero to the Vietnamese Communists.
Yet John Kerry shamelessly drapes himself in the imagery of Vietnam, his military service, and the support of veterans. Criticism and disapproval by scores of veterans often falls on deaf ears. Legitimate objections to Kerry's post-war record are discredited as "personal" attacks or attacks against his service.
John Kerry is quick to surround himself with a handful of veterans, and he claims he has overwhelming support from the veteran community. But he ignores the wounds he inflicted on millions of veterans, and he refuses to sign a waiver to release his military records. This is the portrait of a man who has failed to come to terms with his treacherous past.
Dexter Lehtinen is former United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida. He was severely wounded in 1971 while a reconnaissance-platoon leader in Vietnam.
Wow ..... all I can say is wow. Skerry better hope this guy doesn't ask a question at the town hall style presidential debate.
And he trying the same thing to our great Military now.
Not to worry - Payback is a B!tch.
See my tagline.
John Kerry hits like a girl...
He was the one to drag this Vietnam crap out of the bottom of hell and now I hope he gets to go down and join it. Slimey treasonist POS.
A great testimonial by a brave and honorable American.
BTW, I have often thought that the last Swift Boat TV ad should feature that photo of John Kerry smiling that hangs in the Hanoi museum.
With some sort of voiceover like: John Kerry is even today hailed as a hero by the enemy we were fighting in Vietnam. By the enemy thousands of brave US soldiers died fighting against. Will the murderous enemies of TODAY view John Kery the same way??"
Then just show one last picture of Kerry with Hanoi Jane.
That should just about clinch it.
From the Boston Globe - 3/11/03: Senator John F. Kerry of Massachusetts said he will cease his complaints once the shooting starts. Its what you owe the troops, said a statement from Kerry, a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War. I remember being one of those guys and reading news reports from home. If America is at war, I wont speak a word without measuring how itll sound to the guys doing the fighting when theyre listening to their radios in the desert.
From the Boston Globe - 04/03/03: What we need now is not just a regime change in Saddam Hussein and Iraq, but we need a regime change in the United States, Kerry said in a speech at the Peterborough Town Library. Despite pledging two weeks ago to cool his criticism of the administration once war began, Kerry unleashed a barrage of criticism as US troops fought within 25 miles of Baghdad. Interviews by Glen Johnson.
New day. Same Kerry. Can't trust him.
When this thing is over and the talking heads are all dissecting the reasons for Kerry's downfall, this will be at the top of the list!
Today Kerry is using the same words to denigrate yet another generation of our troops. I can only hope that when the Senator finally breathes his last breath and reaches the pearly gate, that there's a sign on it that says: "Traitors not welcomed."
How can you blame his campaign team? His war record is the brightest, shiniest most wonderful thing sKerry has. Everything else about him is downhill from there.
"Americans are inclined to see the world and foreign affairs in black and white. They celebrate their own form of government and denigrate all others, making them guilty of what he calls 'ethnocentric accommodation' -- everyone ought to be like us. As a result, America has committed the 'fatal error' of 'propagating democracy' and fallen prey to 'the siren's song of promoting human rights,' falsely assuming that our values and institutions are a good fit in the Third World. And, just as Americans exaggerate their own goodness, they exaggerate their enemies' badness. The Soviet Union wasn't nearly as imperialistic as American politicians warned. Seeing the Soviet Union as the aggressor in every instance, and the U.S. as only reacting defensively, relieves an American observer from the need to see any parallel between our use of military power in distant parts of the world, and the Soviet use of military power outside the Soviet Union. . . . Third world Marxist movements were autonomous national movements -- outside Moscow's orbit."
Check out the John F. Kerry Timeline.
What's the story with that picture?
Thanks. I hadn't heard about his dad. Sounds like a commie kook.
Payback will be 30+ years in coming. It should be good and cold by now. Any vet who doesn't vote, should give back their DD214s. There are lots of guys who'd like to be alive right now to vote Kerry down.
LOL... It's on today's Drudge. I just thought it made JohnBoy look like a sissy, so I've been popping it into Kerry threads. Just being a mean-spirited partisan, you know... ;P
It does make him look rather sissy-ish. Was he being attacked or something? Weird.
Yeah..there probably isn't anything he could have used to highlight his career in a positive manner, certainly not his 20 year record in the senate.
I just happen to think he underestimated/forgot/wasn't aware of the response he would get from veterans/POWs of the VN war.
Hey man, whatever it takes to bring the bastard down.
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