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By Richard T. Betz on 09-29-04
Unfit For Command
This book clearly outlines a struggle for truth that has been ongoing since the early 1970s. In the absence of any denials or lawsuits from Senator Kerry, I believe "unfit" is too kind. More than 200 veterans who served on the swift boats back up the charges.
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By P. Boddy on 09-23-04
Kerry doesn't act like any River sailors I knew
In my 2 tours with the Marine Corps with the 1st MAW on a mountain over Danang harbor we met a lot of river boat and coastal sailors. They were a very close knit group, straight up, and bravely aggressive when the chips were down. Many returning Nam vets protested the war and most of us understood why. It was a right they earned. But these protests were of the illegality of the war. That was a valid argument. However, slandering fellow comrades to gain political recognition was not. And then to become one of the political hacks that sent us there as a career appears strange. His political record resembles the saw/razor grass we dealt with over there. It blows in whatever direction the wind does but you still get cut up when coming in contact with it. We had our "politically minded" officers as well. They were a nuisance, a menace to combat troops, and were always concerned with their "fruit salad" array of ribbons for the cocktail parties in D.C. These guys are dead on the mark. The spin doctors who haven't a clue are pretty vocal about this. In this time of international terrorism, we need leadership not honored in pictures by our enemies in their own memorials. I never met any sailors from river, coastal, or ground security units that failed to support each other, Marines, or anyone in need. They were tough, loyal, and great people to hang with. But they, like anyone in our history, can get mighty riled up when some mediocre cowhand straps on a gunbelt and swaggers into Dodge City bragging about their last gunfight with Wild Bill Hickock or the Earps. It usually doesn't help when this cowhand is at the bar buying drinks while talking trash and Hickock and the Earps walk in through those saloon doors to clarify a few points of honor back on the trail. Even if one tosses out this whole Vietnam thing, let's look at Kerry's record as a politician during some fairly volatile events. Hmmm...I'm not too impressed.
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