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Open Letter to John Kerry

Discussion in 'Open Discussion (Work-safe)' started by gbearbuck, Mar 16, 2004.

  1. gbearbuck

    gbearbuck Herbie for President

    Just got this through the email... no clue if it is fact or not:

    Open Letter to John Kerry:

    My wife had rotator cuff surgery earlier this year, and the recovery is terribly painful. Then, she developed a staph-epi infection, and they had to cut the same scar open and operate on her again. Just thinking about the pain and anxiety of facing that painful surgery a second time in the same wound, makes me cringe. That experience, however pales in comparison to what I am going through right now, in my heart.

    The old hurts are surfacing and the feelings of betrayal by fellow citizens, and their leader stirring them up, are breaking my heart again. I am being cut in the same scar. How did we who served in Vietnam suddenly become cold-blooded killers, torturers, and rapists, of the ilk of the Nazi SS or the Taliban? Most of us were American soldiers who grew up idolizing John Wayne, Roy Rogers, and all the other heroes. That was why I volunteered. But for political expediency, John Kerry has rewritten history, again. After spending only four months in the country of Vietnam, John Kerry testified before Congress in 1971 with these exact words about incidents he supposedly witnessed or heard about from other vets: "They 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, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam."

    I was a green beret officer who volunteered for duty in Vietnam and fought in the thick of it in 1968 and 1969 on a Special Forces A-team on the Ho Chi Minh Trail, just for starters. We were the elite. We saw the most action. Everybody in the world knows that. But we did not just kill people, we built a church, a school, treated illnesses, passed out soap, food, and clothing, and had fun and loving interaction with the indigenous people of Vietnam, just like our boys did in Normandy, Baghdad, Saigon, and everywhere American soldiers ever served. We all gave away our candy bars and rations to kids. Our hearts to oppressed people all over the globe.

    My children and grandchildren could read your words, and think those horrendous things about me, Mr. Kerry. You are a bold-faced, unprincipled liar, and a disgrace, and you have dishonored me and all my fellow Vietnam veterans. Sure, there were a couple bad-apples, but I saw none, and I saw it all, and if I did, as an army officer, it was my obligation to stop it, or at the very least report it. Why is there not a single record anywhere of you ever reporting any incidents like this or having the perpetrators arrested? The answer is simple. You are a liar. Your medals and mine are not a free pass for lifetime, Senator Kerry, to bypass character, integrity, and morality. I earn my green beret over and over daily in all aspects of my life.

    Eight National Guard green berets, and other National Guard soldiers, have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, and you totally dishonored their widows and families by lumping National Guard service in with being a draft-dodger, conscientious objector, and deserter, just so you can try to sabotage the patriotism of our President who proudly served as an Air National Guard jet pilot. I have a son earning his green beret at Fort Bragg right now, and his wife serves honorably in the Air National Guard, just like President Bush did, and I am as proud of her as I am my son. I volunteered for Vietnam and have no problem whatsoever with President Bush being our Commander-In-Chief. In fact, I am proud of him as our leader.

    John Kerry, you personally derailed the Vietnam Human rights Bill, HR2883, in 2001, after it had passed the House by a 411 to 1 vote, and thousands of pro-American Montagnard tribespeople in Vietnam died since then who could have been saved, by you. Earlier, as Chair of the Senate Select Committee on MIA/POW Affairs, you personally quashed the efforts of any and all veterans to report sightings of living POW's, when you held those reins in Congress. You have fought tooth and nail to push for the US to normalize relations with Vietnam for years. Why, Mr. Kerry? Simple, your first cousin C. Stewart Forbes, CEO, of Colliers International, recently signed a contract with Hanoi, worth BILLIONS of dollars for Collier's International to become the exclusive real estate representative for the country of Vietnam.

    "Hanoi John," now that it works for you, you beat your chest about your Vietnam service, but to me, you are a phony, opportunistic, hypocrite. You are one of those politicians that is like a fertilizer machine: all that comes out of you is horse manure, and you are spreading it everywhere.

    Medals do not make a man. Morals do.


    Don Bendell
    Canon City, Colorado

    Don Bendell served as an officer in four Special Forces Groups, is a best-selling author with over 1,500,000 books in print, a 1995 inductee into the International Karate Hall of Fame, and owns karate schools in southern Colorado.
     
  2. BuckeyeSoldier

    BuckeyeSoldier 2 time Reigning BuckeyePlanet Poker Champion

    i have no real idea of who said what, but... do you believe these things DIDNT happen? im not saying there was even a choice or that the soldiers in this case werent well passed the breaking point.. i cant even imagine what went through their minds.. but, i dont doubt what happened... and unless you are trying to say it DIDNT happen what is the problem with what he said?
     
  3. MililaniBuckeye

    MililaniBuckeye The satanic soulless freight train that is Ohio St Staff Member Tech Admin

    Soldier: I don't think they happened nearly as frequent as he insinuates. Kerry appears to paint the U.S. Forces in Viet Nam with the same brush. Besides, he's a politician, which means he can lie, manipulate, and deceive and be voted in to office, because we as citizens have come to expect it, and almost demand it, in our elected leaders...it's a frickin' shame.
     
  4. LightningRod

    LightningRod Senior

    Regarding Kerry's voting record on military matters:

    http://www.slate.com/Default.aspx?id=2096127&MSID=4860F6D7CCF54707970F7E1D8D7BB32A#ContinueArticle

     
  5. LightningRod

    LightningRod Senior

    Kerry's testimony before Congress on 4/22/1971:

    http://www.richmond.edu/~ebolt/history398/JohnKerryTestimony.html


    Vietnam Veterans Against The War Activities:

    http://www.richmond.edu/~ebolt/history398/VVAW_WinterSoldier.html

     
  6. Buckeye69

    Buckeye69 A.K.A. IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY

    After all of the drivel above, no doubt painstakenly obtained by lightbeerrod, back to the real issue, which bears repeating:

     
  7. LightningRod

    LightningRod Senior

    buckeye69

    Why the personal attacks? Is that because the facts are getting in your way? Personal attacks are made by people who have nothing better to say.
     
  8. Woody1968

    Woody1968 Agent Provocateur

    From this guy?

    http://www.donbendell.com/

    Kerry is entitled to make his statements. He was in Vietnam. He fought. He didn't run away. Yes, there were good men who fought and died, but that doesn't mean that he forfiets his freedom of speech.
     
  9. buckiprof

    buckiprof 21st Century Buckeye Man Staff Member

    buck69

    Why don't you first show that the "letter" is indeed fact as the original poster indicated it may or may not be.

    When my father-in-law had surgery and then a staph infection set in, they did not have to reopen him let alone do it on the original cut. I'm not trained medically but that one experience has me wondering about the validity of the letter (re read the first paragraph). Maybe Tibor can chime in and shed some medical light on this.

    edit: A URL has appeared that shows he did write the letter. I still want the medical question answered though.
     
  10. Buckeye69

    Buckeye69 A.K.A. IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY

    Certainly kerry is entitled to make any statements he wants. Yes he is a Vietnam Vet, and for that I am grateful. But, in this Country the street runs both ways. Why do the liberals get all bent out of shape when they are criticized but when it comes to them being criticized for criticizing someone who doesn't agree with them, that's off limits?

    I meant no personal attack on lightbeerrod, but if he is going to glob up the thread with kerry's mindless babble and become bothered when someone criticizes kerry as a two faced idiot, then he has proven the point.
     
  11. LightningRod

    LightningRod Senior

    69

    And the namecalling continues. Sorry I posted info relevant to what was originally posted. Next time I will be certain to obtain your permission before I post anything that you may disagree with.
     
  12. gbearbuck

    gbearbuck Herbie for President

    lightning,

    I just found it interesting how he currently claims that he is a "war hero" and he states Bush basically dodged the draft by enrolling in the national guard...

    In the past he (more than likely for policical reasons) stated how bad it was overthere, how we shouldn't have been there, and then (according to this article) he tells congress how bad we were treating the people over there (by his "eyewitness accounts"... well if he witnessed that why didn't he report it, if it was really that bad?)...

    IMO it basically has him on both sides of the fense... useing the side that betters him at any given time...

    Sounds like a bit like the junk slick willie clinton was prone to say...
     
  13. LightningRod

    LightningRod Senior

    gbear

    He did report it - he along with other military people returning from the war gave testimony - read the second attachment.
     
  14. gbearbuck

    gbearbuck Herbie for President

    a buck short and a day late if he waited till he got back to the states to report those types of behavior IMO...
     
  15. DEBuckeye

    DEBuckeye It ain't easy, bein' cheesy.

    Kerry's hammering of Bush's National Guard service was ridiculous. This, from the same guy who, during the Clinton "draft dodger" issue, stood up for Bill and said that we should not focus on who served where and when, but should focus on the issues.

    And if that wasn't enough, he challenged Bush to a debate (another) to discuss their military service. How childish is that? It sounded a lot like "I'll meet you after school and kick your ass" to me...

    We're all entitled to our opinions, and if you support Kerry, knock yourself out. But my opinon is that he's a lying, hypocritical weasel.
     

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