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Publisher's Summary

In their new book, Unfit for Command, John O'Neill and co-author Jerome Corsi bring together the words of more than 200 Navy veterans who served with Kerry and who feel it their duty to tell why John Kerry is unworthy of the presidency. In 1971, John O'Neill, the officer who took over John Kerry's swift boat in Vietnam, returned home from Vietnam only to realize that the man he served with, John Kerry, had become a leader of the radical group Vietnam Veterans Against the War and was slandering his fellow veterans as war criminals. O'Neill debated John Kerry on The Dick Cavett Show in 1971, successfully demolishing Kerry's accusations against his fellow troops in Vietnam. Unfit for Command reveals a John Kerry you don't know, the true John Kerry whom his political image makers are trying to hide. But the veterans who served with him know better, and, in Unfit for Command, they tell their story.
©2004 John E. O'Neill and Jerome R. Corsi, Ph.D. (P)2004 Blackstone Audiobooks
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5 out of 5 stars
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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4 out of 5 stars
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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