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Kerry’s 1971 testimony

C-SPAN ran John Kerry’s April 22, 1971 testimony to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. I saw most of it (and had seen it before). I think someone favoring Bush should run it as an ad once week until the election. It would be worth a couple of million votes against Kerry.

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If you haven’t seen it already, a group of veterans has put together a web site dealing with Kerry’s testimony and their responses. It’s enlightening.Winter Soldier.

In addition, Kerry’s testimony that he read accounts of his exploits in Stars and Stripes (DOD newspaper) can not be believed - they barely covered the big battles, no way were they covering Kerry’s 5 man Swiftboat. For more, please check: Thoughtsonline

If John Kerry had simply disclaimed the testimony as an indiscretion of youth and exaggerated/wrong claims in a confusing time, I would be more sympathetic. Moreover, the issue probably would have blown away and not had as much salience as it does today. But, foolishly and imprudently, he has not publicly refuted his earlier testimony. Or, could it be that he still believes it? I don’t trust an admitted war criminal or someone who gives aid & comfort to the N. Vietnamese enemy to be my commander-in-chief or fight a war of civilization against terrorism.

Kerry also had this to say about his Vietnam war service.

"I personally didn’t see personal atrocities in the sense I saw somebody cut a head off or something like that," Kerry said. "However, I did take part in free-fire zones, I did take part in harassment and interdiction fire, I did take part in search-and-destroy missions in which the houses of noncombatants were burned to the ground. And all of these acts, I find out later on, are contrary to the Hague and Geneva conventions and to the laws of warfare. So in that sense, anybody who took part in those, if you carry out the application of the Nuremberg Principles, is in fact guilty. But we are not trying to find war criminals. That is not our purpose. It never has been."

How he got from war criminal to war hero is a bit of a puzzle. Oh wait.... it’s an election year!

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