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Retired Green Beret takes on John Kerry (from my inbox)

by Coryphaeus / March 12, 2004 6:59 AM PST

Open Letter to John Kerry:

My wife had rotator cuff surgery earlier this year, and the recovery is terribly painful. Then, she developed a staph-epi infection, and they had to cut the same scar open and operate on her again. Just thinking about the pain and anxiety of facing that painful surgery a second time in the same wound, makes me cringe. That experience, however pales in comparison to what I am going through right now, in my heart.

The old hurts are surfacing and the feelings of betrayal by fellow citizens, and their leader stirring them up, are breaking my heart again. I am being cut in the same scar. How did we who served in Vietnam suddenly become cold-blooded killers, torturers, and rapists, of the ilk of the Nazi SS or the Taliban? Most of us were American soldiers who grew up idolizing John Wayne, Roy Rogers, and all the other heroes. That was why I volunteered. But for political expediency, John Kerry has rewritten history, again. After spending only four months in the country of Vietnam, John Kerry testified before Congress in 1971 with these exact words about incidents he supposedly witnessed or heard about from other vets: "They 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, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam."

I was a green beret officer who volunteered for duty in Vietnam and fought in the thick of it in 1968 and 1969 on a Special Forces A-team on the Ho Chi Minh Trail, just for starters. We were the elite. We saw the most action. Everybody in the world knows that. But we did not just kill people, we built a church, a school, treated illnesses, passed out soap, food, and clothing, and had fun and loving interaction with the indigenous people of Vietnam, just like our boys did in Normandy, Baghdad, Saigon, and everywhere American soldiers ever served. We all gave away our candy bars and rations to kids. Our hearts to oppressed people all over the globe.

My children and grandchildren could read your words, and think those horrendous things about me, Mr. Kerry. You are a bold-faced, unprincipled liar, and a disgrace, and you have dishonored me and all my fellow Vietnam veterans. Sure, there were a couple bad-apples, but I saw none, and I saw it all, and if I did, as an army officer, it was my obligation to stop it, or at the very least report it. Why is there not a single record anywhere of you ever reporting any incidents like this or having the perpetrators arrested? The answer is simple. You are a liar. Your medals and mine are not a free pass for lifetime, Senator Kerry, to bypass character, integrity, and morality. I earn my green beret over and over daily in all aspects of my life.

Eight National Guard green berets, and other National Guard soldiers, have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, and you totally dishonored their widows and families by lumping National Guard service in with being a draft-dodger, conscientious objector, and deserter, just so you can try to sabotage the patriotism of our President who proudly served as an Air National Guard jet pilot. I have a son earning his green beret at Fort Bragg right now, and his wife serves honorably in the Air National Guard, just like President Bush did, and I am as proud of her as I am my son. I volunteered for Vietnam and have no problem whatsoever with President Bush being our Commander-In-Chief. In fact, I am proud of him as our leader.

John Kerry, you personally derailed the Vietnam Human rights Bill, HR2883, in 2001, after it had passed the House by a 411 to 1 vote, and thousands of pro-American Montagnard tribespeople in Vietnam died since then who could have been saved, by you. Earlier, as Chair of the Senate Select Committee on MIA/POW Affairs, you personally quashed the efforts of any and all veterans to report sightings of living POW's, when you held those reins in Congress. You have fought tooth and nail to push for the US to normalize relations with Vietnam for years. Why, Mr. Kerry? Simple, your first cousin C. Stewart Forbes, CEO, of Colliers International, recently signed a contract with Hanoi, worth BILLIONS of dollars for Collier's International to become the exclusive real estate representative for the country of Vietnam.

"Hanoi John," now that it works for you, you beat your chest about your Vietnam service, but to me, you are a phony, opportunistic, hypocrite. You are one of those politicians that is like a fertilizer machine: all that comes out of you is horse manure, and you are spreading it everywhere.

Medals do not make a man. Morals do.

Don Bendell
Canon City, Colorado

Don Bendell served as an officer in four Special Forces Groups, is a best-selling author with over 1,500,000 books in print, a 1995 inductee into the International Karate Hall of Fame, and owns karate schools in southern Colorado.

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Re:Retired Green Beret takes on John Kerry (from my inbox)
by Mark G / March 12, 2004 8:25 AM PST

like i said id vote for snoopy befor ill vote for that *******.

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Re: Retired Green Beret takes on John Kerry -- The smear machine rolls on

Sure is interesting how the folks whose lives he saved have an entirely different take on Kerry's heroism -- and some of them are Republicans, too.

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To each his own opinion..............

There are more than one of us here at SE who spent a "full" tour in Vietnam, and who will be quick to acknowledge that anyone, including Kerry, who was anyplace in a position to get shot at, were in harms way.

Not being on a boat in the Delta, I have no way to personally compare what Kerry might have faced to what I faced. But I do feel that a short four months, and only in the Delta, certainly restricted his "personal"
knowledge of what took place in Vietnam.

His statements have certainly angered many who served in Vietnam, and rightly so. Having "standing" in this condemnation, Vietnam veterans feel thay have precedent over those who never served, in condemning Kerry. Like so many who participate in demonstrations, like the groups that Kerry led, are prone to grab any 'line' and run with it if it suits their need at the moment, and truth/fact be damned. He falsly labeled/vilified every individual who served in Vietnam, and for this he cannot be forgiven.

John Kerry is not a person who can be trusted to lead this country, but beyond that, working to deny him the election will afford us some small measure of retribution toward this unprincipled individual.

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Bravo - good for you Del - NT
by SteveGargini / March 12, 2004 9:43 AM PST


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Whose life did he save Dave?

I'll remind you about a whole lot of lives that he threw away. How about the Vietnamese who helped us, and were abandoned to death, or worse, as a result of the actions of Kerry and his ilk?

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Shush Kiddpeat - you were meant to forget that ;) NT
by SteveGargini / March 12, 2004 9:49 AM PST


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Re: Whose life did he save Dave?
by Dave Konkel [Moderator] / March 12, 2004 12:32 PM PST
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Yeah, right, Dave.
by Bo Boggs / March 12, 2004 9:41 PM PST

'If Rassmann's unexpected public testimony of salvation -- which brought tears to Kerry's eyes and those of many in the audience -- marked a moment of profound human drama, it also was a moment that reshaped the presidential campaign of the Massachusetts senator. '

Unexpected? Many reporters there have said that they were prepositioned to get specific angles of the event by the Kerry staff. The Staff obviously knew what was about to happen.

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Re: Yeah, right, Dave.
by Dave Konkel [Moderator] / March 13, 2004 1:12 AM PST
In reply to: Yeah, right, Dave.

Hi, Bo.

Of course they knew what was going to happen -- they're not idiots; he showed up and they used him to maximum effect. But the fact remains that HE paid his own way to go to Iowa, as Kerry had lost track of him ages before. Such syncicism is not become becoming, Bo.

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You are of course absolutely sure that...
by Edward ODaniel / March 13, 2004 10:09 AM PST
In reply to: Re: Yeah, right, Dave.
"But the fact remains that HE paid his own way to go to Iowa, as Kerry had lost track of him ages before."

Don't bet anything you can't afford to lose Dave as indications are that his appearance was carefully scripted and arranged--including essential transportation.

Wonder if the family of the unarmed civilian father/husband/son killed on Kerry's orders, along with his water buffalo the family depended on to provide food for the table in a non-free fire zone received an invite.
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by James Denison / March 13, 2004 4:05 PM PST


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From the AP news wire, Dave....
by J. Vega / March 13, 2004 10:41 PM PST

Dave, from the AP news wire:
"But Kerry's campaign strategists whisked him straight to Iowa for a tearful public reunion with the senator, who almost 35 years ago dragged him out of a river in Vietnam in a hail of enemy gunfire.".
We don't even have to do look hard, or buy something like casino business spending records, it's out there "wide open" in the news.

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Thats cynicism, Dave.
by Bo Boggs / March 14, 2004 12:02 AM PST
In reply to: Re: Yeah, right, Dave.

And my comment was far less cynical than many of your Bush smears. At least mine was based on clear, incontrovertible FACT as evidenced by the support that it got.


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You must be kidding! San Francisco is the best you can do? and San Francisco
by Kiddpeat / March 13, 2004 9:04 AM PST

backs Kerry for what reason?

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And now the other side of the story--the lives he and his ilk COST
by Edward ODaniel / March 13, 2004 9:27 AM PST
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How many lives, Dave?
by J. Vega / March 13, 2004 10:29 PM PST

In his 1985 memoir about the war, General Vo Nguyen Giap (North Vietnam) wrote that if it weren't for organizations like Kerry's Vietnam Veterans Against the War, Hanoi would have surrendered to the U.S.
Dave, how many lives do you think that cost? Even though a deal was made for peace, how many lives do you think that the delay in reaching it cost? Why the delay? Because they saw that actions of people like Kerry made it advantageous for them to delay, the "pressure" of such activity got them a better deal as time rolled on. Bogus constructions like the "Winter Soldier Investigation" were meat on the peace table for North Vietnam, and they "ate their fill".

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by David Evans / March 14, 2004 1:30 AM PST
In reply to: How many lives, Dave?
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Re:How many lives, Dave?
by David Evans / March 14, 2004 1:37 AM PST
In reply to: How many lives, Dave?

Hanoi John (aka John "I'm an internationalist" Kerry, aka John "flip flop" Kerry) and his kind -- leftists -- ALWAYS side with and provide aid and comfort to the enemy. Every time, then and now. Witness the comments here to this day concerning Iraq and the delight that they have taken in every perceived setback and every American death. It was all of about 2 days into the battle when the leftists started screaming "quagmire" and "Vietnam," remember? They're nothing but the American (in name only) branch of the Fedayeen Sadam, or fedayeen whoever-opposes-America-at-the-time -- and they have a long unblemished history of that sort of inbred anti-Americanism. Whatever trouble lies down the road, you can rest assured that they won't be siding with Americans.


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I'm afraid that's true.
by Kiddpeat / March 14, 2004 10:32 AM PST

It seems the #1 goal is to humiliate the US. The question is why.

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Re: How many lives, Dave?
by Dave Konkel [Moderator] / March 14, 2004 12:27 PM PST

DavE, "America right or wrong" does not represent love for country, nor is in keeping with the tenets of International law. 50-60 years ago, lots of folks who tried to use love of country as a defense against war crimes prosecutions paid deraly for their attitude, many with their lives. I love this country -- but I do not like the ugly America that believes it can trample over the rights of other peoples and countries that disagree with us simply because they disagree. That's the America that believes that "destabilizing" democratically elected regimes of which we do not approve is a valid exercise of American power. That's the America that believes the use of torture can be justified as long as American lives can be saved by the infomation gained therefrom (Pat Buchanan wrote a column in the 1960's expressing precisely that viewpointl; I resigned from the Alumni Association of my Jesuit Catholic high school in protest at his selection as "outstanding alumnus" a very few years later). Speaking out in protest when our government is involved in immoral actions is not "giving aid and comfort to the enemy," it is fullfilling the highest calling of a patriot, a Christian, and a human being. Most of what's happening now does not rise to that level of difficulty (I say "most" because the denial of Constitutional rights to Jose Padilla and a few other American citizens unilaterally named as "enemy combatants" does indeed rise to that level of turpitude, IMCO). I still have a "Proud to be an American" sticker on my car, and mean it sincerely. But being proud to be an American carries with it a responsibility to take action when America does something that doesn't make you proud. And by and large, George Bush's America, the one that you have to be for or against, and that favors the rich and powerful over the average citizen, is not the America that makes me proud.

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You have the gall to say smear, Dave...

Dave, what's the numer of people that he personally saved?
What's the number of veterans Kerry smeared when he said, " they 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 Ghengis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam in addition to the normal ravage of war and the normal and very particular ravaging which is done by the applied bombing power of this country."?
And you have the gall to yell "smear machine?
I've got a suggestion for his VP running mate, Jane Fonda.

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Re: Retired Green Beret takes on John Kerry -- The smear machine rolls on

Are you saying Don Bendell is a liar? Why don't you email him yourself? He has plenty of emails like yours that he's responded to on his website. He's also been unable to get a response from Kerry. Perhaps you could email Kerry and get a response for him.

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It should be a letter to every door in the land - they have a right to know what sort of guy he is before he becomes President NT
by SteveGargini / March 12, 2004 8:44 AM PST


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by James Denison / March 12, 2004 12:36 PM PST
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Don's Second Letter to Kerry (Part 1)
by C1ay / March 13, 2004 1:12 AM PST

Thank you, John Kerry, for helping make us Vietnam veterans war heroes now, but you also were the primary reason that the American public grabbed sturdy unbending brooms of judgment and swept us into the closet of silence and shame for so many years. Now, with your latest unreported insanity, you are getting ready for our society to grab those same stiff brooms and sweep our brave, noble young men and women fighting against the War on Terror in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere, into that cold, dark cell of heartbreak and betrayal, like we Vietnam veterans had to endure in silent dignity. I cannot and will not watch this country go through that again.

The hardcore America-hating, Israel-hating, jihad-spouting Muslim clerics in the mideast are very excited and passing around a front page newspaper story from the very anti-American TEHRAN TIMES in Iran. In the country that is home of the world?s toughest theocratic dictatorship, an e-mail from Democratic Presidential nominee, you, John Forbes Kerry, sent to the paper by your campaign committee, although they deny sending it, was printed word-for-word on the front page of Iran?s main newspaper. Your message states emphatically that, if elected President, you, John Kerry plan to, within 100 days, not only end the War on Terror, but travel to the mideast and elsewhere and apologize for our actions and the actions of President Bush in the War on Terror. It says that you plan to apologize to friends and foes alike. That is right, folks. John Kerry will say he is sorry, and in his mind, all those jihad extremists, who have vowed to kill all Americans wherever we are, will simply forgive us, hold hands with Kerry, start singing ?Kumbaya,? and all will be right in the world. This is insane!

Senior writer Kenneth R. Timmerman in the March 1st edition of INSIGHT, tells about the massive campaign contributions to the Kerry-for-President campaign by three Iranian businessmen living in the US, who are lobbying for the US lifting of sanctions on Iran and accepting the anti-Christian, anti-Jewish, anti-American Tehran regime and the close ties of one to the chairman of Mobil Oil.

Pro-democracy dissidents in Iran are shocked and appalled at your remarks, and have reported that in Iran and other Mideastern countries, that all the extremists and anti-west mullahs who strongly supported the attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon, USS Cole, Marine Barracks, and anyplace Americans congregate, want you to become our President, but they are scared to death of George W. Bush. Just think, The Democratic candidate for President, you, John Forbes Kerry, is endorsed by the Al Q?Aida, Hezbollah, PLF, and Hamas.

But on February 27, 2004, in a speech at UCLA , you, while trying to talk tough, despite voting against all major weapons systems for the past 18 years, stated that you will continue the War on Terror, but would use our police forces, and especially those in foreign countries, and you would also put our troops back under the powder blue flag of the United Nations. You recently made comments about Bush making troops fight without Kevlar vests, but you, Senator Kerry, voted against buying them while you were in the Senate.

Like the Kama Sutra, Senator, you change positions constantly. You?re not going to end the War on Terror, but instead use police to handcuff terrorists and read them their rights; then a week later, you are going to end the War on Terrorism and apologize to everyone we have offended, such as Iran. What is it going be next week, Kerry? You flip-flop more than a beached tuna on steroids.

You convinced TV reporters Chris Wallace on Fox and NBC?s Tim Russert that a photograph circulating the web and news showing you a few rows away from Jane Fonda at a September, 1970 Anti-War Rally at Valley Forge, was simply a coincidence and that you and Hanoi Jane barely knew each other. But, in fact, Senator, there were only 8 speakers that day, including Fonda, Donald Southerland, and Bella Abzug, and Hanoi Jane funded that rally, and the keynote speaker was you, John Forbes Kerry, executive committee member of Vietnam Veterans Against the War.

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Don's Second Letter to Kerry (Part 2)
by C1ay / March 13, 2004 1:13 AM PST

We must be Americans first, and think about our political parties after that. Sometimes we lose sight of that. I have six grown children and two are democrats. I voted for Jimmy Carter. This is not about politics. It is about standing up to the ultimate playground bully, and not simply cowering and kissing his shoes.

I left it ?all on the field? in the jungles back there when I was medevaced out of Vietnam in March of 1969 and sent back to hospitals in ?The World.? Although You, Mr. Kerry, painted all of us Vietnam veterans with the yellow brush of My Lai and Tiger Force. Most of us, draftees and lifers alike, actually poured our hearts out in the tropical rain forests and in the rice paddies, thoroughly gave it our all, and acted as warriors who had honor. I have a son earning his green beret at Fort Bragg right now and a daughter-in-law on orders for Iraq. I am not going to stand by and watch them go through the same treatment we did, because some of our well-meaning fellow Americans choose to wear blinders and believe things just because they heard it on the network news or simply not care enough to get involved.

I am not a ?baby-killer, torturer, or murderer,? John Kerry. I am a Vietnam veteran and an American who will not soon forget, or ever want to see again, any more jets loaded with fuel and screaming, innocent Americans slamming into our buildings on our very own soil. I have shed enough tears for ten lifetimes. We all have. I will never again let my fellow countrymen get away with making American veterans feel like ******* step-children.

Santayana said, ?Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.?

John Kerry, I now call on my ?Band of Brothers,? those who have heard the sound of guns and cries of orphaned children, those who hate war more than anyone who has not been there, to join me in this difficult battle ahead. Republicans, democrats, independents, and the apolitical, I call on the 25,000,000 veterans of this country to help me confront this evil facing our great nation, not with guns and bombs, but with our voices, our votes, our computers, and with all our fighting spirit.

My fellow veterans, your families, survivors, and neighbors: God bless you and God bless America.

You want proof of all I have to say. Here are the references:


Want more proof? Read the very exposing February 27, 2004 article, on page 8, of the NY Sun by Thomas Lipscomb, founder of Time Books and publisher of Admiral Elmo Zumwalt?s best-selling book. ?ON WATCH ?. Also read what the man who pinned the Silver Star on John Kerry had to say about him. The article is entitled ?Setting Straight Kerry?s War Record ?

Don Bendell is a former green beret captain, who served in Vietnam on an A-Team and in the Top Secret Phoenix program in 1968 and 1969, as well as in three other Special Forces Groups. He is a best-selling author of 21 books, with over 1,500,000 copies of his books in print worldwide, and a seventh degree black master in four martial arts, who was inducted into the International Karate Hall of Fame in 1995 and Martial Arts Museum of America in 1996. e-mail: don@donbendell.com

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