Vets Not All Kerry’s “Brothers.”

Vets rally outside Kerry’s city HQ

With only three days to go before Tuesday’s Democratic primary, Vietnam veterans rallied Saturday outside Sen. John Kerry’s campaign headquarters in Manhattan – but a Band of Brothers they were not.

Side by side with a coalition of Vietnamese-Americans from across the country, members of the Vietnam Veterans Against John Kerry chanted “Commander-in-Chief Kerry? No Way!” under banners and signs decrying the Democratic front-runner as a traitor.

John Kerry might end up being sorry he started the whole Vietnam record thing. Although he was praised by the press and the glitterari for his war opposition, he is not so well regarded by actual veterans or Vietnamese.

This ad-hoc group managed to put together a 400 person demonstration in three weeks. But the Bush campaign should stay far away from veterans groups criticizing Kerry. Just let them do their thing, it’ll be enough.

3 thoughts on “Vets Not All Kerry’s “Brothers.”

  1. Google the name of the other founder of VVAJK, Ted Sampley, and you’ll find all sorts of interesting stuff. Just for fun, throw in the word “mccain”

  2. I did that. It seems that Ted Sampley is a bit of a wild man. That does nothing to change my opinion of Kerry though.

    If you have read my blog, which I doubt, you would know that I am a retired Army Sergeant that served from 1967-1989. I did my tours quite happily next door to Vietnam in Thailand. Of course, I loved it and never wanted to come home.

    I knew hundreds of Vietnam vets during and after the war and never heard these stories of pillage and rape.

    Am I to believe that a young Navy Lt. who was doing what required a junior NCO in most other services, on a single stretch of the Mekong River, found out all about these common-place atrocities during his four months in-country?

    He could determine that the policy was a failure and American troops were no better that brigands from his relatively short stay, but I never found out about it in more that twenty-one years of service?

    Did he have powers far beyond those of mortal men?

    My experience with war protesters both before and during my military service, is that there were a lot of women that unreservedly bought into the notion that if we withdraw, then peace and plenty would descend upon the land. Either not knowing or not caring that the facts did not support that. All these young, idealistic women, attracted young, horny men. At least that was my observation in Berkley before I joined the Army in 1967.

    The leaders of the movement wanted the same thing all politicians want, power. They got what they wanted The followers wanted safety, (no draft) and sex. They got what they wanted too.

    I was so unimpressed with the antiwar movement, that I went down to the Oakland Post Office and enlisted in the Army.

    Years later in 1970, I again crossed paths with the antiwar movement in the form of the American Serviceman’s Union. I was stationed at Camp McCoy, WI after being med-evaced out of Thailand. Members of the ASU were among the soldiers from Ft. Carson, Co who came to Camp McCoy to conduct training for Guard and Reserve units.

    To show…something…I was never sure what, they placed bombs at the power substation feeding the camp, the water reservoir and the telephone switch were I happened to work. It was July 26, 1970, the eleventh anniversary of the Cuban Revolution, if I hadn’t missed work that night, I probably would have been killed. I didn’t know at that time about the Cuban Revolution, I found out later when the bombers were caught, that they had purposely chosen the date for that reason. Yeah, real patriots.

    This did not endear them to me. We got pushed off the front page when some other “anti-war” bombers ended up killing a guy at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Our incident is a minor footnote to most people, but not to me.

    Most “anti-war” protesters were either idealists or opportunists. I consider all the leadership of the movement in the opportunist category. Kerry has shown me nothing to make me think otherwise.

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