Kerry’s Absurdities

Tait Trussell is a national award-winning writer, former vice-president of the American Enterprise Institute and former Washington correspondent for The Wall Street Journal.


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Remember? It was after the Vietnam War, and Kerry came home a whining, anti-war vet. He returned from Vietnam in April 1969, having won early transfer out of conflict. He had joined a group called Veterans Against the War. On April 22, 1971, sympathetically clad in his green fatigues and Silver Star and Purple Heart ribbons, the long-haired, 27-year-old Kerry sat at the witness table of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which ironically he would eventually chair. He gave a speech that defined him and made possible his political career. TV cameras lining the walls whirled.

The big news networks and liberal newspapers had unprecedented persuasive powers to influence public opinion. Little has changed in liberal media coverage over the years. They used their power to support returning vet John Kerry’s repulsive picture of American veterans as misfits, drug addicts and baby killers.

Kerry spoke of what other returned veterans had told him at anti-war rallies—of frightful war crimes, purportedly committed in Southeast Asia. Crimes “committed on a day-to-day basis with full awareness of officers at all levels of command,” testified Kerry. “They told of stories of times that they had personally raped, cut off the ears, cut off heads…blown up bodies, razed villages in the fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan…poisoned food stocks and generally ravaged the countryside…We are angry because we feel we have been used in the worse fashion by the Administration of this country….”

When Senator Kerry ran for president in 2004, that became the catalyst for a major political move by Vietnam veterans who had long resented his skewed testimony. During Kerry’s candidacy, his war record gained wide public attention in TV and the book “Unfit for Command, the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.” It questioned his military record and circumstances linked to the award of his combat medals. The swift boat was a fast naval patrol boat. Several members of the swift boat vets served in the same unit as Kerry. Other members included one of Kerry’s former commanding officers. They alleged that Kerry’s Purple Heart and Silver Star were undeserved. They questioned Kerry’s other medals and his truthfulness in testimony about the war. Former swift boat commander Larry Thurlow criticized Kerry’s Bronze Star award. Thurlow, together with other swift boat members, alleged Kerry’s citation for bravery under fire was false in that neither Kerry nor any others were under hostile fire. He gave a sworn statement about the incident. Kerry himself wrote the after-action report about the incident.

Kerry’s Silver Star also was questioned by George Elliott, Kerry’s former commanding officer and a member of the Swift Boat Veterans, although he had second thoughts about it later. He said it was based on unspecified sources.

Whether Kerry’s congressional testimony was false or the awarding of all his medals was absurd remains somewhat in question. There is no question, however, of the soundness of Kerry’s judgment when he picked John Edwards to be his running-mate in the 2004 presidential race. Edwards was recently indicted on charges he violated federal campaign finance laws.

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  • Ali Tosis

    Only a Teahadist would write drivel like this.

    • Call Zeke

      Only a liberal scum would start calling people's movement to root out corruption and bring an order to our government a teahadist movement (or tea party terrorists, as Kerry Pimp put it!)

    • aspacia

      Refute the claim and not attack the author's character. You just lost credibility.

  • David E. Connolly

    Yes, asking the press to ignore the plank of 60 congressmen and 4 senators is wrong, and it is actually unconstitutional. Representatives are elected by the people (U.S. Const., art. I, sect. 2), not by Senator Kerry, and it takes two thirds of the Senate to impeach a representative, not just Senator Kerry (U.S. Const., art1, sect. 3). The people are guaranteed representation, and we assume these representatives are free to voice their opinions. Trying to circumvent the constitution of the United States might technically be an impeachable offense, however, and additionally, Senator Kerry should rest assured that the United States Supreme Court would take its duty most seriously to uphold the people's right to representation of their choice as prescribed in the United States Constitution. What's more, Senator Kerry is attempting to undermine amendment I of the constitution, protecting both free speech and freedom of the press. Senator Kerry sounds as though he doesn't like it here, in the United States, and should consider resigning and moving somewhere run the way he thinks things should be run, like Venezuela.

    • Biggy

      Tyranny of the minority !

      Apparently the founding fathers didn't know that one day a bunch of lunatics with fanatically obsession with their philosophy would hold the nation hostage to their brand of madness or see the nation suffer just to further their own political agenda!

      The founding fathers didn't envision the day when the mentally insane would also be represented in Congress!

      • tompro97

        What about the mentally insane in your post, namely yourself??? What a crock of demogogue crap!!! The Founding Fathers would be extremely proud to see that some one is FINALLY standing up to the mentally insane Marxist political movement (democrat party) in this country. All you demogogues want to do is destroy the country.

      • aspacia

        Why is attempting to circumvent excessive Federal Government spending insane?

      • Joe

        Yes, as a matter of fact, our founders did "envision the day when the 'mentally insane' – (as opposed to what, the physically insane?) – would also be represented in Congress."
        Which is why they devised our system of checks and balances which drives you liberal proglodytes crazy. (Crazy = insane; see how it works?)

    • Everett Good

      I agree! Having served about the same time as kerry, I remember him, making news, along with Hanoi Jane Fonda protesting the war. IN UNIFORM!! while we still had prisoners of war in the north vietman prisons. Had I done such a thing, I would expect to recieve a life sentence in a federal penitentiary at hard labor. But then, I never had the same political connections he had.
      The Universal Code of Military Justice defines this as TREASON, ie. GIVING AID AND COMFORT TO THE ENEMY. I will always see john kerry as a TRAITOR!!! My contempt for him has no limit!!!

      • johnnywoods

        Thanks for that Mr. Good

  • theleastthreat

    I've been ridiculing the Libs on Yahoo all last night for their Axlerod-ing. Spain, Portugal, Ireland, Italy and Greece have to depend on the generosity of other states to make it through the year. Was there a Tea Party causing all of that economic turmoil too? I didn't hear of one. To any lib: in simple terms, your explanation or scapegoating of the Tea Party isn't adding up.

  • StephenD

    Hey BIGGY, I see you use the words "tyranny" and "fanatically obsession" and "Hostage" and "Madness" and "Mentally Insane." What a mouthful! You used all these descriptive words in a 4 line diatribe; Amazing. Now then, can you support ANYTHING you said with at least one fact?
    No? Didn't think so.

  • DogWithoutSlippers

    Kerry was a coward then (Vietnam) and Kerry is a coward now. His claim to fame is being a parvenu, liar, and traitor to his fellow Troops. In VFW Halls around the country ask any of the Vietnam Vets what their opinion is of this slug. They will tell you what the media will not. Kerry married into money and is a professional money sucker. Now he makes a meal of America and at American Citizens' expense. It is a shame that individuals like he are even allowed leadership in this Nation.

    • BerlGoetz

      Agreed, but how does he keep getting re-elected? His constituents are educated, affluent, and historically minded. How, how, how?

  • mrbean

    The traitor John Kerry was on TV recently demanding that the drone attacks be stopped. I remember that John Kerry arranged for and attended secret unauthorized meetings with both the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Communist Delegations in Paris France in 1970 and 1971 while he was still a Reserve Naval Officer (not discharged under conditions other than honorable until 1973) while hostilities were ongoing in South Vietnam. For this he should have gotten 10 years in Leavenworth and a dishonorable discharge for aiding and abetting the enemy and should never have been allowed to hold a public office of any kind.

    • StephenD

      Excellent point mrbean. I wonder if it is possible to bring these charges still. Is there a statute of limitations on such crimes?

      • theleastthreat

        In one of Mr Horowitz's books, he wrote Kerry and Harkin went to Nicaraugua and met with the Sandanistas, and that Harkin went so far as trying to get Villeta Chamorro, who was editor of La Prensa, to submit to Sandanista censorship. This all happened back in the 1980's. Both men were ridiculed by Sen Dodd for cavorting with Communists and for not realizing they had provided the Soviet Union with a propaganda victory while Reagan was trying to contain the Russians.

  • greatj

    Horse head Kerry is following the latest Obama and the Democratic parties hate propaganda campaign against all Republicans and Conservative.They have all their operative in the media saying the same thing.The Democratic party does not understand that this hateful campaign is going to backfire on Obama and the Democratic party in 2012.FOUR MORE YEARS OF OBAMA AND THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY WILL DESTROY OUR ECONOMY.

  • http://www.tartanmarine.blogspot.com Robert A. Hall

    I will link to this from my Old Jarhead blog. Kerry is the guy who slandered his comrades in arms for committing atrocities, though none of the claims were ever proven and some of those he had testify were proven liars. This against an enemy who regularly slaughter civilians, including children, to create terror. So if he told me to have a nice day, I’d call the weather bureau to check

    Robert A. Hall
    Author: The Coming Collapse of the American Republic
    (All royalties go to a charity to help wounded veterans)

  • RobHoey

    Kerry lied about the Swiftboats in Vietnam and he's a loser as a man. He said the 265 Swiftboaters were lying, not him. He's a loser not because of his actually pussyhood at war, but because without the wealth of his 2 wives, he'd be eating Boston baked beans and farting his life away. He married for money and is a pantywaist. He does not support our troops and this shows what he really thinks of our country. Kerry should not be in office, but then again, there should be no leftist-socialist-marxists, making political decisions regarding our country. They pretend to be the moral responsible party but look at history and see where they always stood on civil rights and equality. It was the Republicans who stood for this, but the left took the credit once they realized that these folks vote.

  • coyote3

    Kerry has always been an extremist and taken radical positions. That is quite one thing. This, however, is outright lying. The S&P report specifically stated that the downgrade was "because" the U.S. did not decrease spending "enough". Really, they didn't increase it at all, but that is a different issue. The report further stated that the downgrade would not have been necessary, had Ryan plan been adopted and passed. So, to some extent the downgrade occured "despite" the efforts of the Tea Party. Now, I have the same suspicions about Ryan as I have with all politicians, but the reference regarding the downgrade and the reasons for it are S&P's words, not mine. Personally, as far as credibility is concerned, I will take the S&P's word for it, over that of "any" politician.

  • Shane

    University, Vietnam, Nicaragua, Marrying for Money, 2004 Prez Run, Idiotic Tea Party comments are only the tip of the iceberg for Kerry. JOHN KERRY was partially responsible for 9/11 when he refused to listen/even talk to FBI agents who tried to warn about the possibility of hijackers boarding in Boston. Sure enough….
    John Kerry has a special place in Dante's hell-about the 6th level-where he…

    • mrbean

      and he is ugly and his mother dresses him funny!

  • Walt

    As an old retired Navy Chief, I continue to be highly embarrassed that Kerry was ever allowed into the Navy. His multiple lies about his (non-existent) injuries and (dreams of) valor have been shown many times by many on-site people to be fictitious at best, and outright lies in general.

    Were you also aware that his 'other than honorable service' discharge of '73 was later quietly changed to 'honorable' by President Carter?

    Or that, when challenged about his military records in '84, he promised to release them unconditionally. We are still waiting!

    What is it about democrats that they all seem to have backgrounds and personal records that are hidden from the public?

  • Walt

    Sorry, that should be: military records in '04

  • LesbianNeoCon

    You can always tell when you're doing something right – the Left starts talkin' crap on ya! Keep up the great work, Tea Party!! We are the true America.

  • scum

    Apparently the author is not aware of the atrocious war crimes that WERE committed – some documented at the time, and some only confessed to later (eg. Bob Kerry). It's not time yet to whitewash the horrors of Vietnam.

  • Ed W

    Kerry, Barney Frank, my God I'm afraid to visit Mass. What must those people be like?