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Unfit For Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry Hardcover – August 15, 2004
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Shame on the Swift Boat Veterans for Bush
John Kerry saved my life. Now his heroism is being questioned.
BY JIM RASSMANN
Tuesday, August 10, 2004 12:01 a.m. EDT
I came to know Lt. John Kerry during the spring of 1969. He and his swift boat crew assisted in inserting our Special Forces team and our Chinese Nung soldiers into operational sites in the Cau Mau Peninsula of South Vietnam. I worked with him on many operations and saw firsthand his leadership, courage and decision-making ability under fire.
On March 13, 1969, John Kerry's courage and leadership saved my life.
While returning from a SEA LORDS operation along the Bay Hap River, a mine detonated under another swift boat. Machine-gun fire erupted from both banks of the river, and a second explosion followed moments later. The second blast blew me off John's swift boat, PCF-94, throwing me into the river. Fearing that the other boats would run me over, I swam to the bottom of the river and stayed there as long as I could hold my breath.
When I surfaced, all the swift boats had left, and I was alone taking fire from both banks. To avoid the incoming fire, I repeatedly swam under water as long as I could hold my breath, attempting to make it to the north bank of the river. I thought I would die right there. The odds were against me avoiding the incoming fire and, even if I made it out of the river, I thought I'd be captured and executed. Kerry must have seen me in the water and directed his driver, Del Sandusky, to turn the boat around.Read more ›
John Kerry served in Vietnam. Bush did not... and that's it!
And why did Bush say that the war in Iraq cannot be won? Has he gone mad? Of course it can be won! I bet that if Bush would have stayed in Afghanistan and captured Bin Laden, that would have broken the confindense of these terrorists.
Again John Kerry can only do better than George W. Bush as I don't think any president can stoop that low. John F. Kerry is a confident man, and that is what we need in America... especially in these times of crisis.
Why I will vote for John Kerry for President
By JOHN EISENHOWER
The Presidential election to be held this coming Nov. 2 will be one of extraordinary importance to the future of our nation. The outcome will determine whether this country will continue on the same path it has followed for the last 3½ years or whether it will return to a set of core domestic and foreign policy values that have been at the heart of what has made this country great.
Now more than ever, we voters will have to make cool judgments, unencumbered by habits of the past. Experts tell us that we tend to vote as our parents did or as we "always have." We remained loyal to party labels. We cannot afford that luxury in the election of 2004. There are times when we must break with the past, and I believe this is one of them.
As son of a Republican President, Dwight D. Eisenhower, it is automatically expected by many that I am a Republican. For 50 years, through the election of 2000, I was. With the current administration's decision to invade Iraq unilaterally, however, I changed my voter registration to independent, and barring some utterly unforeseen development, I intend to vote for the Democratic Presidential candidate, Sen. John Kerry.
The fact is that today's "Republican" Party is one with which I am totally unfamiliar. To me, the word "Republican" has always been synonymous with the word "responsibility," which has meant limiting our governmental obligations to those we can afford in human and financial terms.Read more ›
Read the book; check the facts; compare them with Kerry's various versions and decide for yourself without anyone telling you what to believe.
You will hear attacks on the authors and the vets who are quoted, but you will not likely hear any refutation of the facts -- so far all the decidable points are coming down proven to be more of Kerry's lies and distortions.
You will also hear a phony charge that they didn't serve "on the same BOAT" but these boats operated together just as fighter aircraft squadrons or tanks operate in platoons -- those who operated and fought together, who ate in the same mess and slept in the same barracks while serving in the same unit: SERVED TOGETHER.
At least one SwiftVet served directly on Kerry's boat too -- so the charge is wrong on all counts.
From the book you will read...
He acquired two of his Purple Hearts through negligently self-inflicted wounds. Such wounds do not qualify. And he used one of these to turn a good deed (pulling Rassman from the water) into a heroic rescue "under fire" -- problem is according to multiple witnesses there was no fire from the banks, and even Rassman is now claiming "35 year memory fades" in interviews rather than answer direct questions.Read more ›
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A shameful smear designed to ruin Kerry's 2004 campaign as well as hawk payback for his antiwar activities after the war. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Andrew Coates
Never have I read such an account of blatant hypocrisy by a high ranking politician. Mr. O'Neill shows and documents proof of Mr. Kerry's actions during the Vietnam War. Read morePublished 4 months ago by glenn e allen
What can I say? Bill O'Reilly didn't read this one. He should have before blowing off, on his program, the veterans who served with this eepcray.Published 8 months ago by customer