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Kerry's wounds self-inflicted?

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posted on Aug, 4 2004 @ 10:55 PM
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Get over it. You can't really trust any politician for that matter. If you really think a man would self inflict gun shot wounds, or stab wounds, for a piece of purple metal, at a time, when he was not aware that he would ever run for a governmental election, then you are the ones with self inflicted wounds....stupidity.




posted on Aug, 4 2004 @ 11:00 PM
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Originally posted by curme
And of course SNOPES
is always good at debunking Urban Legends.


Wow, good find curme. Notice this quote from Snopes.


Although the men quoted above are often identified as "John Kerry's shipmates," only one of them, Steven Gardner, actually served under Lt. Kerry's command on a Swift boat. The other men who served under Kerry's command continue to speak positively of him:


This confirms the same finding in the thread

Swift Boat Veterans Oppose Kerry

The following two quotes from Snopes are also very revealing.


"I do not believe John Kerry is fit to be Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces of the United States. This is not a political issue. It is a matter of his judgment, truthfulness, reliability, loyalty and trust all absolute tenets of command. His biography, 'Tour of Duty,' by Douglas Brinkley, is replete with gross exaggerations, distortions of fact, contradictions and slanderous lies. His contempt for the military and authority is evident by even a most casual review of this biography. He arrived in-country with a strong anti-Vietnam War bias and a self-serving determination to build a foundation for his political future. He was aggressive, but vain and prone to impulsive judgment, often with disregard for specific tactical assignments. He was a 'loose cannon.' In an abbreviated tour of four months and 12 days, and with his specious medals secure, Lt.(jg) Kerry bugged out and began his infamous betrayal of all United States forces in the Vietnam War. That included our soldiers, our marines, our sailors, our coast guardsmen, our airmen, and our POWs. His leadership within the so-called Vietnam Veterans Against the War and testimony before Congress in 1971 charging us with unspeakable atrocities remain an undocumented but nevertheless meticulous stain on the men and women who honorably stayed the course. Senator Kerry is not fit for command."

Rear Admiral Roy Hoffman, USN (retired), chairman, Swift Boat Veterans for Truth



How well all of these men knew John Kerry is questionable, and discrepancies between how some of them described Kerry thirty-five years ago and how they describe him today suggest that their opinions are largely based upon political differences rather than objective assessments of Kerry's military record. For example, Rear Admiral Roy Hoffman is quoted above, yet the Los Angeles Times reported:

. . . Hoffman and Kerry had few direct dealings in Vietnam. A Los Angeles Times examination of Navy archives found that Hoffman praised Kerry's performance in cabled messages after several river skirmishes.




[edit on 8/4/2004 by donguillermo]



posted on Aug, 4 2004 @ 11:12 PM
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May be OT, but I was looking at the site of "Regnery Publishing," the publishers of that book. (Whom I know are a large respected company, but not exactly non-partisan.)

They also offer such informative, unbiased works as:

In Defense of Internment
by Michelle Malkin

War Stories: Operation Iraqi Freedom
by Oliver North

God, Guns & Rock and Roll
by Ted Nugent
("Rock and Roll legend, Ted Nugent, contends that a lot of what is wrong with this country could be remedied by a simple, but controversial concept, gun ownership.")

Jesus in Beijing: How Christianity is Transforming China and Changing the Global Balance of Power
by David Aikman

and, my favorite:

Dangerous Diplomacy
by Joel Mowbray
(This is the book that caused a stir by suggesting that the root of America's most dubious foreign policy dealings stemmed from the State Department.)

-koji K.



posted on Aug, 5 2004 @ 10:42 AM
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Drudge is now reporting...

"Kerry earned his Silver Star by killing a lone, fleeing, teenage Viet Cong in a loincloth."

"And if Kerry's superiors had known the truth at the time, they would never have recommended him for the medal."

George Bates, an officer in Coastal Division 11, participated in numerous operations with Kerry. In UNFIT FOR COMMAND, Bates recalls a particular patrol with Kerry on the Song Bo De River. He is still "haunted" by the incident:

With Kerry in the lead, the boats approached a small hamlet with three or four grass huts. Pigs and chickens were milling around peacefully. As the boats drew closer, the villagers fled. There were no political symbols or flags in evidence in the tiny village. It was obvious to Bates that existing policies, decency, and good sense required the boats to simply move on.

Instead, Kerry beached his boat directly in the small settlement. Upon his command, the numerous small animals were slaughtered by heavy-caliber machine guns. Acting more like a pirate than a naval officer, Kerry disembarked and ran around with a Zippo lighter, burning up the entire hamlet.

"They hired a goddamn private investigator to dig up trash!" charged a top Kerry adviser traveling with the senator late Tuesday. "This is pay for play... How low can they go?"

John O'Neill, co-author of UNFIT FOR COMMAND, believes that "Kerry's Star would never have been awarded had his actions been reviewed through normal channels. In his case, he was awarded the medal two days after the incident with no review. The medal was arranged to boost the morale of Coastal Division 11, but it was based on false and incomplete information provided by Kerry himself."

According to Kerry's Silver Star citation, Kerry was in command of a three-boat mission on the Dong Cung River. As the boats approached the target area, they came under intense enemy fire. Kerry ordered his boat to attack and all boats opened fire. He then beached directly in front of the enemy ambushers. In the battle that followed, the crews captured enemy weapons. His boat then moved further up the river to suppress more enemy fire. A rocket exploded near Kerry's boat, and he ordered to charge the enemy. Kerry beached his boat 10 feet from the rocket position and led a landing party ashore to pursue the enemy.

Kerry' citation reads: "The extraordinary daring and personal courage of Lt. Kerry in attacking a numerically superior force in the face of intense fire were responsible for the highly successful mission."

Here's what O'Neill and the Swiftees say: "According to Kerry's crewman Michael Madeiros, Kerry had an agreement with him to turn the boat in and onto the beach if fired upon. Each of the three boats involved in the operation was involved in the agreement." O'Neill writes that one crewman even recalls a discussion of probable medals.

Doug Reese, a pro Kerry Army veteran, recounted what happened that day to O'Neill, "Far from being alone, the boats were loaded with many soldiers commanded by Reese and two other advisors. When fired at, Reese's boat--not Kerry's--was the first to beach in the ambush zone. Then Reese and other troops and advisors (not Kerry) disembarked, killing a number of Viet Cong and capturing a number of weapons. None of the participants from Reese's boat received Silver Stars.

O'Neill continues: "Kerry's boat moved slightly downstream and was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade. . . .A young Viet Cong in a loincloth popped out of a hole, clutching a grenade launcher, which may or may not have been loaded. . . Tom Belodeau, a forward gunner, shot the Viet Cong with an M-60 machine gun in the leg as he fled. . . . Kerry and Medeiros (who had many troops in their boat) took off, perhaps with others, and followed the young Viet Cong and shot him in the back, behind a lean to."

O'Neill concludes "Whether Kerry's dispatching of a fleeing, wounded, armed or unarmed teenage enemy was in accordance with the customs of war, it is very clear that many Vietnam veterans and most Swiftees do not consider this action to be the stuff of which medals of any kind are awarded; nor would it even be a good story if told in the cold details of reality. There is no indication that Kerry ever reported that the Viet Cong was wounded and fleeing when dispatched. Likewise, the citation simply ignores the presence of the soldiers and advisors who actually 'captured the enemy weapons' and routed the Viet Cong. . . . [and] that Kerry attacked a 'numerically superior force in the face of intense fire' is simply false. There was little or no fire after Kerry followed the plan. . . . The lone, wounded, fleeing young Viet Cong in a loincloth was hardly a force superior to the heavily armed Swift Boat and its crew and the soldiers carried aboard."

"Admiral Roy Hoffmann, who sent a Bravo Zulu (meaning "good work"), to Kerry upon learning of the incident, was very surprised to discover in 2004 what had actually occurred. Hoffmann had been told that Kerry had spontaneously beached next to the bunker and almost single-handedly routed a bunkered force in Viet Cong. He was shocked to find out that Kerry had beached his boat second in a preplanned operation, and that he had killed a single, wounded teenage foe as he fled."

"Commander Geoge Elliott, who wrote up the initial draft of Kerry's Silver Star citation, confirms that neither he, nor anyone else in the Silver Star process that he knows, realized before 1996 that Kerry was facing a single, wounded young Viet Cong fleeing in a loincloth. While Commander Elliott and many other Swiftees believe that Kerry committed no crime in killing the fleeing, wounded enemy (with a loaded or empty launcher), others feel differently. Commander Elliott indicates that a Silver Star recommendation would not have been made by him had he been aware of the actual facts."

This is just more of the same, but if he did lie to this degree then what would this man be capable fo as president?

- Was


[edit on 5-8-2004 by Wassabi]



posted on Aug, 5 2004 @ 10:55 AM
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Originally posted by Wassabi
Drudge is now reporting...
[edit on 5-8-2004 by Wassabi]


No offense, but when someone starts off with those four words, it pretty much
negates any point you were trying to make.



posted on Aug, 5 2004 @ 11:00 AM
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you know, when mikey moore spouts his garbage, the libbies rejoice, but when some trash comes out on scary kerry, it is lies, lies, all fabricated lies. the deeper scary kerry is in trouble, the louder the libbies cry FOUL!!!!



posted on Aug, 5 2004 @ 11:51 AM
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I don't know about that. Seems to me Drudge doesn't post stories until they are at least considered credible.
He did get the Monica story before anyone else after all.


- Was



posted on Aug, 5 2004 @ 11:58 AM
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Originally posted by Wassabi
I don't know about that. Seems to me Drudge doesn't post stories until they are at least considered credible.
He did get the Monica story before anyone else after all.


You are in a state of deep delusion and denial. A stopped clock is right twice a day. When Drudge has a link for his story, he is credible. When it is a Drudge exclusive, about one out of three are credible.

Drudge is willing to publish every type of vile slime and rumor about Democrats and liberals. He makes no attempt to verify their accuracy.



posted on Aug, 5 2004 @ 12:07 PM
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Fair enough, I'll hold off until I can buy the book and read whats there for myself. If the facts are correct it shouldnt be too hard to verify them.

We need someone to run for office who isnt Bush or Kerry.

- Was



posted on Aug, 6 2004 @ 08:58 AM
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Pushing discussion onto this topic into this one thread.



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