Tuesday, September 12, 2006

John Kerry, “We Are The Troops”

In an email I received today, John Kerry spouts the following:

"I remember when I was back home from Vietnam and veterans were speaking out against the Vietnam war policy, someone yelled at the vets: "You should support the troops." One of those veterans said simply: "Lady, we are the troops.""

Of course, this is meant to garner support for 4 Veterans who have chosen to run for office as Democrats. As we all have, they too enjoy the freedom to run and campaign as they see fit, in accordance with the law.

But, does being a Veteran give one more of an insight into what needs done to run government? Apparently, Kerry believes so as he says, “there's nothing more important this fall than electing veterans to Congress who can speak out about Iraq with a special moral authority.”

So, according to Kerry, being a Veteran gives one Moral Authority?

I am a Viet Nam Veteran, 18 months boots on the ground in the Central Highlands in the U.S. Army. I have never considered being a Vet gave me much more than my own unique insight into what I saw and did there. No, I didn’t go medal shopping as Kerry did. I don’t consider myself a “war hero,” or feel I have any more “moral authority” to speak out than anyone else does.

I think back to the 2004 campaign season when the Swift Boat Veterans and POWs for Truth stepped up and opposed Kerry. All are Decorated veterans themselves who all spent much longer than Kerry’s scant 4 months in country. According to Kerry, they too should have had “Moral Authority” to speak out. Anyone who was watching the campaign saw how their “Moral Authority” was challenged, even to making the term “Swiftboating” out to be something dirty against politicians.

Do they have no “Moral Authority”, Senator? Was it due to their “Moral Authority that your minions sued them over the movie Stolen Honor? Was it because they had “Moral Authority” that your campaign threatened Sinclair Broadcasting if they showed the film?

What of the upwards of 80% of Veterans that opposed your run for the Presidency?

Kerry claims in the same email that the fighting in Iraq is going bad. He demeans Republicans who say differently, coincidentally the very ones his “4 Veterans” with “special moral authority” as a “disconnect with reality or refusal to level with the people.”

One of the Congressmen, Don Sherwood, A veteran of the U.S. Army, is called “another rubber-stamp Republican incumbent who has failed to ask tough questions about the Bush administration's aimless policies in Iraq.” Where is his “moral authority,” Senator Kerry?

Just as it was back when Kerry’s anti-war group yelled back at the lady mentioned above, “we are the troops,” he would have us believe his 4 today are as representative as the small handful he had back then. Over 2.5 million served in country in Viet Nam. VVAW, at its height, boasted of some 30,000 members. At it’s height! That’s about one percent of those who served. It should also be noted that a significant number of those claiming Veteran status back then did not serve or served elsewhere other than Viet Nam. Many others were discharged for disciplinary measures, some for drug usage.

In Iraq today, troop levels are at about 140,000 at its peak. Total numbers of troops going to Iraq will yet be determined, but they are significantly higher over all. That would make the percentage of his 4 infinitesimally small, less than 2 ten thousandths of one percent.

We are to believe these 4 are representative of all once again? What of those that do think matters are going well in the Iraq War? From the Multi-National Forces website, we find a Staff Sgt. Rowland who says, “"I am doing what I love to do. So I'm loving it." He is a Senior Mechanic.

Tech. Sgt. Watkins, Joint Area Support Group – Central DPW contract manager says, “It’s important to be here to protect the rights of individuals who didn’t have any before.”

Gen. George W. Casey Jr., Commanding General Multi-National Force – Iraq says, “Shops are opening. People freely walk the streets. Work crews clean the streets and neglected infrastructure is repaired. Operations like these will progress into other districts and neighborhoods around the capital as Coalition and Iraqi security forces cordon and clear the neighborhoods, protect the citizens and build long-term stability by executing civil infrastructure projects to help the people.”

Gunnery Sgt. Erik Duane, a Civil Affairs Group Marine in Al Asad, is a friend and now brother of Shu’aib Barzan Hamreen Al Aubaidy’s Aubaidy tribe, Shu’aib saying, “Gunny has helped improve our lives greatly.”

Letters home from the troops, discussions with many at the local VFW and articles not readily printed by our drive-by lamestream media tells me Senator Kerry’s 4 Veterans are not representative of how the War in Iraq, or even the overall War on Terror is really going.

Kerry was miserably wrong back in 1971 when he claimed, “They told the stories at times they had 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 in fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam in addition to the normal ravage of war….” And “The country doesn't know it yet, but it has created a monster, a monster in the form of millions of men who have been taught to deal and to trade in violence…..” “there will be some recrimination but far, far less than the 200,000 a year who are murdered by the United States of America…..”

History and millions of dead Vietnamese, as well as Cambodians shows just how wrong Kerry was then.

Iraqis can’t afford to listen and see how wrong he will be today. America can’t afford to listen either. This time, we will not have an ocean’s distance between them and us.

If we leave this time, they will follow us.



Anonymous said...

Hey Lew, you moved! Nice blog. Your posts are impeccable. I have always respected your uncanny insight and ability to write.

This was a right on post. I truly have no more to add, you as always seem to cover every base completely.

My only comment would be that Kerry thinks being a Veteran gives him some moral authority, not unlike Murtha. However, the rest of us know better, I would like to think. Sadly this is not true.

There is the left that eat up the sound bites of Kerry et al like a three year old with a bag of candy.
People these days allow others to think for them, instead of thinking for themselves, looking at the facts, searching the truth.

Being a Veteran, such as yourself, in my estimation separates you in the sense that you sacrificed for this country so that ingrates like Kerry could have the platform they do - freedom, free speech etc. However, that gives no one the right, Vet or not to commit the treasonous acts Kerry did back in the 70's nor anyone the license to degrade, defame, and put our country at risk.

That man has no morals-he is the worse sort of human being there is, those that do not serve, but are self-serving.

LewWaters said...

Hi Layla, yes, MSN was giving me lots of grief trying to post and maintain a blog. It was very slow and became unbearable, so I moved over here. I like it.

Thanks for your comment (and pat on the back).

With what is going on in the world, people like sKerry, Moutha, Pelousy, Kennedrunk, and several otehrs have no business being in leadership positions of our country.

They succeeded in forcing us to abandon Viet Nam, with little or no effect to us, other than a loss of credibility and gaining a reputation as a country that will not stand by her allies.

Got a good one from Pelousy today, check back later and I hope to have it ripped to shreds, LOL

BTW, what happened to FreedomWatch?

Anonymous said...

Hi Lew,

I could not afford the almost thirty dollars a month for hosting - that is what happened. The blog did better than I anticipated and I was using a lot of bandwidth, which I had to pay extra for aside from my hosting bill. I just could not see paying all that money every month when it could be used for my families needs. I felt rather selfish after awhile paying that money--logic set in (LOL) and I canceled my account. I have a backup of it, but decided to just begin again--quietly with a new look, aka.....lol! Besides I was tired of the left breathing down my neck...hehe and I did not want them to follow me. I needed a reprieve! Heh, you can count on the left to be a pain in the butt, that is for sure!

I will check later for your next butt kick! Keep up the great a** whippings! You go Lew!

Anonymous said...

A logical point of view presented in a refreshing style.
Nicely constructed post.

LewWaters said...

bfsKerry's claim today of “I’m prepared to kick their ass from one end of America to the other,” addressing the Swift Boat Vets, who are also well decorated combat Veterans, shows just how much "moral authority" he places on Veterans.

A despicable liar and cheap shot artist, Kerry shows himself again to just be another opportunistic political hack.

Anonymous said...

Lay into him Lew. Kerry is one guy we can't be hard enough on.
He deserves every bad thing that ever happens to him.
To hear him speak about 'moral authority' is the height of ridiculousness. The man has no morals from which to speak with authority.