May 04, 2004

JFK: Unfit for Office

"How can a man be commander in chief who for over 30 years has accused his "Band of Brothers," as well as himself, of being war criminals?

I have been surprised that more people who knew John Kerry during his war hero days hadn't piped up about the JFK they knew. It now appears that, in at least one case, they were just biding their time. When JFK pulled his third purple heart out of a cracker jack box and requested early transfer stateside, someone had to assume command of his boat. That man, John O'Neill, penned today's WSJ op-ed. O'Neill does not offer any opinion on Kerry's war record, but blasts him on the anti-military propaganda he peddled afterward.

"Neither I, nor any man I served with, ever committed any atrocity or war crime in Vietnam. The opposite was the truth. Rather than use excessive force, we suffered casualty after casualty because we chose to refrain from firing rather than risk injuring civilians. More than once, I saw friends die in areas we entered with loudspeakers rather than guns. John Kerry's accusations then and now were an injustice that struck at the soul of anyone who served there."

This sounds like the same selfless strategy we're applying in Iraq, and the same exaggeration of the bad acts of a few bad apples we're seing there as well. Why is Vietnam important now? Because in that case these tactics were new, and they worked. We've been there before people and this time we know better.

Posted by JohnGalt at May 4, 2004 10:41 AM

Thanks for posting this. I saw it yesterday and was itchin' to post but I am supposed to be working.

Mr. O'Neill's points need rebutting by the Kerry Campaign.

Posted by: jk at May 5, 2004 08:44 AM

Hmmm. Do you suppose THIS is his rebuttal?

Posted by: johngalt at May 5, 2004 11:08 AM
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