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    Bring it on, John
    by Oliver North

    August 27, 2004

    "Of course, the president keeps telling people he would never
    question my service to our country. Instead, he watches as a
    Republican-funded attack group does just that. Well, if he wants to
    have a debate about our service in Vietnam, here is my answer: 'Bring
    it on.'" -- Sen. John Kerry

    Dear John,

    As usual, you have it wrong. You don't have a beef with President
    George Bush about your war record. He's been exceedingly generous about
    your military service. Your complaint is with the 2.5 million of us who
    served honorably in a war that ended 29 years ago and which you, not
    the president, made the centerpiece of this campaign.

    I talk to a lot of vets, John, and this really isn't about your medals
    or how you got them. Like you, I have a Silver Star and a Bronze Star.
    I only have two Purple Hearts, though. I turned down the others so that
    I could stay with the Marines in my rifle platoon. But I think you
    might agree with me, though I've never heard you say it, that the
    officers always got more medals than they earned and the youngsters we
    led never got as many medals as they deserved.

    This really isn't about how early you came home from that war, either,
    John. There have always been guys in every war who want to go home.
    There are also lots of guys, like those in my rifle platoon in Vietnam,
    who did a full 13 months in the field. And there are, thankfully, lots
    of young Americans today in Iraq and Afghanistan who volunteered to
    return to war because, as one of them told me in Ramadi a few weeks
    ago, "the job isn't finished."

    Nor is this about whether you were in Cambodia on Christmas Eve, 1968.
    Heck John, people get lost going on vacation. If you got lost, just say
    so. Your campaign has admitted that you now know that you really
    weren't in Cambodia that night and that Richard Nixon wasn't really
    president when you thought he was. Now would be a good time to explain
    to us how you could have all that bogus stuff "seared" into your memory
    -- especially since you want to have your finger on our nation's
    nuclear trigger.

    But that's not really the problem, either. The trouble you're having,
    John, isn't about your medals or coming home early or getting lost --
    or even Richard Nixon. The issue is what you did to us when you came
    home, John.

    When you got home, you co-founded Vietnam Veterans Against the War and
    wrote "The New Soldier," which denounced those of us who served -- and
    were still serving -- on the battlefields of a thankless war. Worst of
    all, John, you then accused me -- and all of us who served in Vietnam
    -- of committing terrible crimes and atrocities.

    On April 22, 1971, under oath, you told the Senate Foreign Relations
    Committee that you had knowledge that American troops "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 country side of South Vietnam."
    And you admitted on television that "yes, yes, I committed the same
    kind of atrocities as thousands of other soldiers have committed."

    And for good measure you stated, "(America is) more guilty than any
    other body, of violations of (the) Geneva Conventions ... the torture
    of prisoners, the killing of prisoners."

    Your "antiwar" statements and activities were painful for those of us
    carrying the scars of Vietnam and trying to move on with our lives. And
    for those who were still there, it was even more hurtful. But those who
    suffered the most from what you said and did were the hundreds of
    American prisoners of war being held by Hanoi. Here's what some of them
    endured because of you, John:

    Capt. James Warner had already spent four years in Vietnamese custody
    when he was handed a copy of your testimony by his captors. Warner says
    that for his captors, your statements "were proof I deserved to be
    punished." He wasn't released until March 14, 1973.

    Maj. Kenneth Cordier, an Air Force pilot who was in Vietnamese custody
    for 2,284 days, says his captors "repeated incessantly" your one-liner
    about being "the last man to die" for a lost cause. Cordier was
    released March 4, 1973.

    Navy Lt. Paul Galanti says your accusations "were as demoralizing as
    solitary (confinement) ... and a prime reason the war dragged on." He
    remained in North Vietnamese hands until February 12, 1973.

    John, did you think they would forget? When Tim Russert asked about
    your claim that you and others in Vietnam committed "atrocities,"
    instead of standing by your sworn testimony, you confessed that your
    words "were a bit over the top." Does that mean you lied under oath? Or
    does it mean you are a war criminal? You can't have this one both ways,
    John. Either way, you're not fit to be a prison guard at Abu Ghraib,
    much less commander in chief.

    One last thing, John. In 1988, Jane Fonda said: "I would like to say
    something ... to men who were in Vietnam, who I hurt, or whose pain I
    caused to deepen because of things that I said or did. I was trying to
    help end the killing and the war, but there were times when I was
    thoughtless and careless about it and I'm ... very sorry that I hurt
    them. And I want to apologize to them and their families."

    Even Jane Fonda apologized. Will you, John?

    Oliver North is a nationally syndicated columnist, host of the Fox News
    Channel's War Stories and founder and honorary chairman of Freedom

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    I will ask again...

    Is Kerry a war hero,
    OR an anti-war hero?????

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    Those who believe, appear ignorant to those who do not know God.

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