Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Kerry Dishonors Our Warriors

It should come as no surprise to anyone that John Kerry does not miss an opportunity to denigrate and dishonor our military.

He has a track record going back to 1971. Back then he accused the military of war crimes such as, razing villages, raping women, murdering civilians, chopping off heads, hands, ears. He has a 20-year Senate record of voting against improving our military.

He is now second-guessing our generals, denigrating the valor of our soldiers, and spewing the propaganda of our enemy.

The ground campaign of Operation Iraqi Freedom was one of the boldest, fastest, most masterful operations in the annals of military history. General Tommy R. Franks has earned a spot in the history books right up there with Hannibal, Stonewall Jackson, and George S. Patton, Jr. Military professionals will still be talking about that ground offensive and the bravery, skill, tenacity and cunning of our soldiers and marines long after most of us are gone and forgotten.

As a result, the Iraqi people have a chance to live in freedom. As a result, Saddam and his henchmen will no longer be slaughtering hundreds of thousands of their fellow countrymen. As a result, the United States of America has one less madman to worry about. As a result, the United States is in a position to make real, lasting changes in the Middle East.

The idea that someone like Kerry would presume to know more about military strategy, operational art, and tactics than Tommy R. Franks is laughable.

Kerry spent only 4 years on active duty and about 4 months in a combat zone.

Tommy Franks' spent 35 years on active duty, including 4 combat zones.

He went from being a private to a 4-star general and nothing came easy on the way. He's been a platoon leader, company commander, battalion commander, brigade commander, division commander, army commander and regional commander.

He served his FULL tour in Vietnam and EARNED his Purple Hearts.

In fact, let's take a look at some of General Franks' decorations:

3 Defense Distinguished Service Medals
2 Distinguished Service Medals
4 Legion of Merit Medals
3 Purple Hearts
3 Bronze Star Medals (each one with a "V" for valor)
1 Air Medal (with "V" for valor)
1 Army Commendation Medal (with "V" for valor)

His Purple Hearts were for wounds that put him in the hospital. Tommy Franks could have easily been awarded additional Purple Hearts, but he's the kind of man who felt that if a wound didn't require hospitalization then he didn't think he ought to have a Purple Heart.

Contrast that to Kerry's 1st Purple Heart. Self-inflicted. Not the result of enemy fire. A slither of metal in his arm that was removed with tweezers. A "wound" that was treated with a bandaid.

Or Kerry's 3rd Purple Heart. Friendly fire. Not the result of enemy fire. Rice grains embedded in his butt when some bags of rice on a sampan were shot at by a fellow boat crewman.

Why does Kerry refuse to sign Standard Form 180, releasing his FULL military records? Because he knows that if he did, the country would know what his fellow Swift Boat Veterans know.

Tommy Franks came home from Vietnam after 12 months of intense combat. He didn't turn into a hippie and antiwar protestor. He didn't falsely accuse his fellow soldiers of war crimes. He didn't testify before the U.S. Senate. He didn't meet secretly with our enemy. He didn't betray our country.

No. Tommy Franks went right on soldiering, serving his country. He took the lessons he had learned in the crucible of combat and he set out to make the Army better, one soldier at a time. As mentioned before, he commanded at almost every level in the Army, spending most of his career where the rubber meets the road, where the metal meets the meat. When he wasn't in a troop unit, he was in key staff positions helping make the Army better. He led the effort in transforming the modern Army into the lethal, lightning fast force it is today.

John Kerry is not fit to carry Tommy Franks' duffel bag.

Kerry has also not missed a chance to try to demoralize our troops: wrong war, wrong time, wrong place. Message to our troops: Your sacrifices don't count. Your blood, sweat, and tears are for naught.

Someone please explain to me how that message does not serve the interests of our enemy.

I've said it before and I'll say it again because it needs to be said. The rhetoric of John Kerry and the Democrats has become indistinguishable from the propaganda of al-Qaeda.

Further, the violence, vandalism and voter fraud of the Democrats are tactics most closely associated with the enemies of freedom.

It's what the tattered remnants of the Taliban threatened during the Afghanistan elections. They were unsuccessful because of our military.

The people who don't want free elections in Iraq are the remnants of the Ba'ath party and the al-Qaeda terrorists and sympathizers. But Iraq WILL have free elections. Thanks to our military.

How dare John Kerry and the Democrats denigrate our troops! They have liberated 50 million people from two of the most oppressive regimes since Hitler's Nazi Germany.

John Kerry and his fellow Democrats dishonor our military. They dishonor America. Too many of their supporters are filled with hate and rage.

Now if you're a Democrat and you don't despise your military and you love your country and you aren't filled with hate and rage -- then get control of your party, or start a new one, or join the GOP -- because I'm telling you, the ones leading it now have more in common with the communist North Koreans I sat across the table from at Pan Mun Jom than the Democrats I once knew.

Kerry and McAulliffe and the rest of the Democrat leadership are dangerously close to taking this country to a place we will all regret going.

John Kerry could do the country a real service by calling for a stop to the violence and vandalism against Republicans. He could call off the 10,000 trial lawyers waiting in the wings to interfere with the electoral process. He could also demand the arrest and prosecution of anyone involved in falsifying voter registration forms.

But he's not that kind of man. Lynne Cheney nailed it, "He is not a good man".

I want to be clear about something. I don't agree with President Bush on quite a few things.

I do not support President Bush's immigration policy. I don't like it a bit that he's a big spender. I'd rather he had not teamed up with Ted Kennedy on the education bill. I wish he would have pushed for a bigger tax cut. I thought heads should have rolled in the intelligence community after 9/11 - CIA, DIA, NSA, NRO, State, Treasury, FBI, INS, etc.

Having said that, President Bush has proven that he's the the kind of leader we need in this fight for our survival. He has not hesitated to take the fight to our enemy -- councils and summits be damned.

He's one of the best Commanders-in-Chief in the history of our nation. Our troops love and trust him.

He is an honest, decent man. He'll do the right thing even if it costs him the Presidency.

So, I'm beyond tired of hearing John Kerry and the Leftists tear down our President and dishonor our warriors. I'm sick of them making a mockery of our electoral process.

And there is abundant anecdotal evidence that many Democrats feel the same way.

If so, the Left is in for a terrible shock on November 2nd.

No amount of lawyering and rioting will change the outcome.

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