Kerry's War Record

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Editor:

"Adm. Elmo Zumwalt, chief of naval operations in Vietnam, prophesied that John Kerry's career (in Vietnam) would come back to haunt him" (Investor's Business Daily, 5/24/04).

On May 4, 2004 at a National Press Club conference, John O'Neill (Democrat) announced the formation of a new group: "Swift Boat Veterans for Truth," whose aim is to set the record straight about Kerry's four-month Vietnam service and his subsequent condemnation of the Americans fighting in Vietnam as "war criminals."
A new Kerry TV ad features VP hopeful John Edwards, lauding Kerry's war record using the support of three Vietnam vets, while Kerry's entire Vietnam chain of command has been reported as calling him unfit to be Commander-in-Chief.

Of the 23 officers who actually served with Kerry, 17 of them are among the 200 Vietnam vets who signed a letter addressed to Kerry raising concerns about his fitness to serve as president.

Two of the concerns addressed in the letter are:

1) "knowingly distorting the conduct of American" fighting forces "including a betrayal of many of us, without regard for the danger your actions [as leader of Vietnam Veterans Against the War] caused us."

2) "Withholding or distorting portions of your military record ... to further your personal political goals."

To read the complete letter and other details about John Kerry's experience in Vietnam, go to the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth website, www.swiftvets.com.

The mainstream network media (ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN) did not pursue the facts about Kerry's military ventures, yet examined President Bush's National Guard duty in great detail, attempting to find fault. Now, why one and not the other?

Go to the website for the rest of the story.

Wes Suhr, Pine

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