The Warrior Scholar

This is a blog about current events - a way to provide a constructive outlet for some of the thoughts I have on the issues of the day. It's also a way to generate some discussion and to get my ideas out into the world. Enjoy!

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I'm a doctoral candidate in Virginia, with a love of history and politics. My dog is a great companion, and my family always keeps me in good spirits.

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Kerry and a more sensitive War on Terror

"There are all kinds of atrocities, and I would have to say that, yes, yes, I committed the same kind of atrocities as thousands of other soldiers have committed in that I took part in shootings in free fire zones. I conducted harassment and interdiction fire. I used 50 calibre machine guns, which we were granted and ordered to use, which were our only weapon against people. I took part in search and destroy missions, in the burning of villages. All of this is contrary to the laws of warfare, all of this is contrary to the Geneva Conventions and all of this is ordered as a matter of written established policy by the government of the United States from the top down." -- John Kerry, April 18, 1971

Must I say anything more - other than when covering for his own crimes, Kerry paints the picture that thousands of others are doing it too...so I'll murder a bunch of Vietnamese because everyone else is! What kind of moral leadership is that? The "all is contrary to the Geneva Conventions and ordered at the highest levels" comment - as an officer in the United States military, you have an obligation to disobey unlawful orders. Kerry is using the Neurnberg Defense of the Nazis - in essence, because Hitler ordered it, no one else is culpable. The United States commissioned officers code clearly states that officers "defend of the Constitution of the United States" - not the president as the person. Therefore, if these were unlawful orders, then Kerry is a coward for not standing up for what was right while he was in Vietnam, or he is a war criminal for knowingly committing war crimes. I find it interesting that he keeps going back to the "he was ordered to" so often. Does he have no thoughts of his own? No inner anime? For some reason, 2.6 million other American soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines were able to make pretty good decisions in Vietnam - was Kerry the only one that AS AN OFFICER, kept having to get kicked in the rear end to do his job? If he needed to be ordered to do everything, then he was a pretty poor officer.

Oh, wait one - maybe we should look to Thomas Lipscomb's article on his qualities. Kerry entered the Navy in 1966 with a six year commitment, so he should have been out (after meeting with the VC in Paris in 1970) in 1972. Interestingly, his "honorable discharge" came in 1978 after a 'board of officers' during the Carter administration reviewed his file. One of the first acts of President Carter was a blanket amnesty for draft dodgers and Vietnam war protestors. Also interestingly, all of Kerry's medals were re-issued to him on 4 June 1985 (height of the Reagan presidency) when he was in the Senate. Anything look odd here? Since Sen. Kerry has not signed his SF 180 form to release all his military records, I am afraid that we will not know before the election if he got an "honorable, other-than-honorable, general, bad-conduct, or dishonorable" discharge before the election and grant this person access to enough nuclear weapons to annihilate the planet.

1 Comments:

Blogger FloridaMOM said...

Wouldn't that be outrageous if we found out Kerry got anything less than an honorable discharge?

11:10 AM  

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