John Kerry is touting himself as a patriotic American who served his country with distinction. No doubt he was a great soldier and did a fine job serving his country. But if you think that is the whole story, you don’t know Jack.
According to the Boston Globe:
Democratic presidential front-runner John F. Kerry, who has turned his decorated Vietnam War service into a theme of his campaign, said yesterday that President Bush and the US military should settle questions — raised recently by Kerry allies — about whether Bush completed his military service requirement in the Texas Air National Guard in the 1970s.
Before attending a campaign rally here that drew 2,000 people, on the eve of today’s presidential primary in Arizona and six other states, the Massachusetts senator said that the matter of Bush’s military service record was ”a question that I think remains open.” Kerry added that he lacked ”the facts” to make a judgment about accusations that Bush ended his military commitment prematurely.
So the great war hero is going to bring up unfounded accusations against George Bush. Great, bring it on Jack. American minded people will then bring up the fact that repeatedly you voted against the American Military and stood with Jane Fonda and other red diaper babies in protesting the war.
According to Boston Herald Traveler Kerry stood with Jane Fonda as a national leader of Vietnam Veterans Against War (VVAW). Kerry campaigned against the effort of the United States funded by groups like the American Communist Party.
He also authored an anti-war book, New Soldier.
Kerry also claimed while testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations in 1971, that U.S. soldiers had “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.”
All this while true war heroes like Senator John McCain were being tortured and sodomized at the hands of communists in prisoner of war camps.
Senator John Kerry also participated in demonstrations where soldiers would throw their medals on the steps of Congress. Though he did throw medals, the ones he threw were not his own. His medals hang proudly in his Senate office.
What one does years ago is one thing, and can be forgiven. But you cannot discount the un-American tone of his protesting. He now goes on pretending to be proud of his Vietnam war experience and has made jabs at President Bush’s lack of active service in Vietnam.
You cannot have it both ways. You cannot protest the war while at the same time using your service as a flower in your vest to dress up what really is an un-American, anti CIA and military past.