07/05/2004

Flip-Flopy

Flip-flopy fait encore des sienn


Flip-flopy fait encore des siennes:

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"found video of Kerry telling environmentally conscious New Hampshire voters that he
sold his gas guzzlers to buy fuel-efficient autos and just one month later, in
Michigan car country, giving a long list of big-engine vehicles he owns–including
two SUVs, one imported."

2.

Kerry's Vietnam Doc: Wound Accidentally Self-Inflicted

The Navy medic who treated Sen. John Kerry
after he sustained his first battlefield wound in Vietnam said Tuesday that he
thought that the injury had been inadvertently self-inflicted - raising new
questions about why Kerry sought a Purple Heart after the incident.

Contacted by National Review Online,
Dr. Louis Letson recalled that Kerry insisted during treatment that he was
injured by enemy fire while his swift boat was patrolling the Mekong Delta on
Dec. 2, 1968. However, "some of his crew confided that they did not
receive any fire from shore," the Navy doc told NRO. Instead, his crewmen
claimed that Kerry "had fired a mortar round at close range to some rocks on
shore." One crewman told Letson that he thought Kerry's injury "was caused
by a fragment ricocheting from that mortar round when it struck the rocks."
Concluded Letson, "That seemed to fit the injury which I treated." He
described the top Democrat's wound as "a small piece of metal sticking very
superficially in the skin of Kerry's arm.

"The metal fragment measured about 1 cm. in length and
was about 2 or 3 mm in diameter. It certainly did not look like a round from a
rifle." Letson recalled that he "simply removed the piece of metal by
lifting it out of the skin with forceps. "I doubt that it penetrated
more than 3 or 4 mm. It did not require probing to find it, did not require any
anesthesia to remove it, and did not require any sutures to close the wound.
"The wound was covered with a bandaid," Dr. Letson said. Based on the
bandaid wound that was likely a result of a mortar round he fired, Kerry sought
and eventually received his first Purple Heart.

3.

Et aussi:

Kerry 'Unfit to be Commander-in-Chief,' Say Former Military Colleagues
By Marc Morano
CNSNews.com Senior Staff Writer
May 03, 2004

(2nd Add: Includes additional details about Sen. John Kerry's ad campaign.)

(CNSNews.com) - Hundreds of former commanders and military colleagues of
presumptive Democratic nominee John Kerry are set to declare in a signed letter
that he is "unfit to be commander-in-chief." They will do so at a press
conference in Washington on Tuesday.

"What is going to happen on Tuesday is an event that is really historical in
dimension," John O'Neill, a Vietnam veteran who served in the Navy as a PCF (Patrol
Craft Fast) boat commander, told CNSNews.com. The event, which is
expected to draw about 25 of the letter-signers, is being organized by a newly
formed group called
Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.

"We have 19 of 23 officers who served with [Kerry]. We have every commanding
officer he ever had in Vietnam. They all signed a letter that says he is unfit
to be commander-in-chief," O'Neill said.

O'Neill, currently a Houston, Texas, based attorney, is no stranger to Kerry.
O'Neill served in the same naval unit as Kerry and commanded Kerry's swift boat
after Kerry returned to the United States. Kerry's command of the PCF boat
lasted four months and ended shortly after he received his third Purple Heart.
According to naval regulations at the time, any sailor who received three Purple
Hearts could request a transfer out of the combat zone.

Kerry and O'Neill engaged in a nationally televised debate in 1971 on The Dick
Cavett Show over Kerry's allegations that many Vietnam soldiers had routinely
engaged in atrocities such as raping and cutting off ears and heads of
Vietnamese soldiers and citizens. Kerry was the then spokesman for the anti-war
group Vietnam Veterans Against the War.

"We are going to be presenting a letter that deals with Kerry's unfitness to be
commander and chief that has been signed by hundreds of swift boat sailors,
including most of those who served with Kerry," O'Neill explained.

"The ranks of the people signing [the letter] range from admiral down to seaman,
and they run across the entire spectrum of politics, specialties, and political
feelings about the Vietnam War," he added.

Among those scheduled to attend the event at the National Press Club and declare
Kerry unfit for the role of commander-in-chief are retired Naval Rear Admiral
Roy Hoffmann, who was the commander of the Navy Coastal Surveillance Force,
which included the swift boats on which Kerry served.

Also scheduled to be present at the event is Kerry's former commanding officer,
Lt. Commander Grant Hibbard. Hibbard recently questioned whether Kerry deserved
the first of his three Purple Hearts that he received in Vietnam. Hibbard
doubted both the severity of the wound and whether it resulted from enemy fire.

"I've had thorns from a rose that were worse" than Kerry's wound for which he
received a Purple Heart, Hibbard told the Boston Globe in April.

Organizers are confident that Tuesday's event and the letter with hundreds of
signatures will educate people about Kerry.

"It is one of the largest outpourings of concern about him being
commander-in-chief that anybody could have in a presidential campaign and it is
by the people who know him best," O'Neill said.

'Unfit Commander-in-Chief'


Swift Boat Veterans For Truth maintains that Kerry's fellow Vietnam veterans are
almost uniform in their disdain for his military service and anti-war protests.

"Not only a majority of the people who served with him feel that way, but a vast
and overwhelming majority," O'Neill said. He added that more than "ninety
percent of the people contacted by Swift Boat Veterans for Truth responded to
the request to sign their name, with only 12 declining to sign.

"Comrades who actually served with him, almost all of them, are opposed to him,
and believe he would be an unfit commander in chief and intend to bring the
truth of his actual record to the attention of the American people," O'Neill
said.

O'Neill hopes the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth can reveal to the American
people what he sees as Kerry's flawed character.

"In the military, loyalty between commanders and the troops serving them is a
two-way street. We have here a guy (Kerry) that with all of us in the field [in
Vietnam] -- actually fighting the North Vietnamese -- came home and then falsely
accused all of us of war crimes at a time when the people in uniform couldn't
even respond," O'Neill said.

"And he did that knowing that was a lie," he added.

'Real John Kerry'


B. G. Burkett, author of the book Stolen Valor and a military researcher,
believes that Tuesday's event will not be dismissed easily by Kerry's campaign
as a "partisan" attack.

"There are probably just as many Democrats amongst sailors who sailed swift
boats as there are Republicans. What Kerry fails to realize is this has nothing
to do with politics -- this has to with Vietnam Veterans who served, who have a
beef with John Kerry's service, both during and after the war," Burkett told CNSNews.com.

"The American people do not know John Kerry and hopefully the swift boat crews
and other Vietnam veterans will make sure that the American public knows the
real John Kerry," he added.






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