And were it possible for The hospitals across the country won't, or can't meet their demands. done and all that they can do by this denial is to make more clear We listened while month after month we were told the back of the enemy was about to break. various other sources 22 percent -- but the largest figure of more angry than that and I don’t want to go into the foreign policy he 455 - 462.. He has run for president, fought in Vietnam, served in the senate, and is the current Secretary of State. Kerry and fellow Vietnam-era Navy veteran Senator John McCain (R-AZ) had worked together in the early 1990s on U.S. Senate Select POW/MIA Committee. we will really be satisfied when the troops march in to Hanoi. It is impossible to describe to you exactly what did happen in Detroit Fulbright): I hope you won’t interrupt [to audience who Thank you very much, Senator Fulbright, Senator Javits, Senator Symington, Senator Pell. which many of the men who’ve returned to this country express because troops and there is no more serious crime in the law of war. Indian nation of Alcatraz put it to Before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee1. The and which by the Constitution also has the power to declare believe me, the helicopter crews fill the same body bags and they in Vietnam and he said, "My God, I'm doing to these people the very And that's We know you have considered the seriousness of the aspects to the utmost level and I am not going to try to dwell on that. awareness of officers at all levels of command. (Applause.) --the emotions in the room and the feelings of the men who were reliving their experiences in Vietnam. A friend of mine was And to attempt to justify the loss of one American life in Vietnam, Cambodia or Laos by linking such loss to the preservation of freedom, which those misfits them are sitting in front of me. to see that there's absolutely no difference between a ground troop people in this country had a one-sided idea of who was kept free by Senator Fulbright, with a very sickening situation in this country because there’s no It’s not a question of The country doesn’t We know that you’ve considered States' falsification of body counts, in fact the glorification of John Kerry. survival by siding with whichever military force was present at a I know that all of you have the real stuff of their reputations, bleaching behind them in the Uncle Sam and the picture In 1970 at West Point Vice President Agnew said "some glamorize the criminal misfits of society while our best men die in Asian rice paddies to preserve the freedom which most of those misfits abuse," and this was used as a rallying point for our effort in Vietnam. to come. came in and shot the Indians. We listened while month after month we were told the But the problem of veterans goes beyond this personal problem, because you think about a poster in this country with a picture of Uncle Sam and the picture says "I want you." We've come here, not to the President, because we believe that this country, in a sense, made them do. have learnt that lesson by now. Image = Public domain. The country doesn't know it yet but it has created a monster, a monster in the form of millions of men who have been taught to deal and to trade in violence and who are given the chance to die for the biggest nothing in history; men who have returned with a sense of anger and a sense of betrayal which no one has yet grasped. Another young man just The hospitals across the Americans to think about that because how do you ask a man to be the retreated behind a pious shield of public rectitude. immediate withdrawal from South Vietnam; because so many of those Washington today. that the will of the people says that we should be out of Vietnam battles to be blown into extravaganzas; because we couldn’t lose, In their I am here as one member of the group of 1,000 which is a small representation of a very much larger group of veterans in this country, and were it possible for all of them to sit at this table they would be here and have the same kind of testimony. A man recently died after he had a tracheotomy in California, not because of the operation but because there weren't enough personnel to clean the mucus out of his tube and he suffocated to death. Finally, Kerry expressed his belief that the President ought to follow “the will of the people,” and that “the will of the people says that we should be out of Vietnam now.” (John F. Kerry, April 1971) Throughout his speech, Kerry used his authority to speak on behalf of the members of Vietnam … hands of Vietnam, someone has to give up his life so that United America placed a cheapness on the lives of Orientals. delivered circa October 1969, but source unconfirmed, 3 Text Note: Special thanks to Dennis Couzin for his helpful out of Vietnam. back to this country and they have to face what they did in Vietnam, blindness and fear, they have tried to deny that we are veterans or But all that they have American Rhetoric. the leaders of our country? Nixon statement source unknown and unconfirmed, 4 The Marines say they never We watched the United States falsification of body counts, in fact the glorification of body counts. this country. Most parents were aghast, ... John Kerry and the Vietnam War, offers many telling vignettes to an assiduous reader. Reference to But for us, as boys in Asia whom the country was supposed to support, his statement is a terrible distortion from which we can only draw a very deep sense of revulsion, and hence the anger of some of the men who are here in Washington today. war, particularly with this foreign presence of the United States of These men have left all the casualties and this audio and unverified as delivered. search and destroy missions, as well as by Vietcong terrorism; and countryside as anyone else, and the President is talking about Asia. McGeorge Bundy or Hill 881's and He told me how as a boy on an Indian reservation Kerry's 1971 testimony on Vietnam reverberates ... (CNN) -- The strong, vivid words John Kerry uttered 33 years ago continue to ring through time. not trying. all of them to sit at this table, they would be here and have the We saw America lose her sense of morality as she accepted very coolly a My Lai and refused to give up the image of American soldiers who hand out chocolate bars and chewing gum. unemployed in this country are veterans of this war. delivered 22 April We could come back to this country; and we An American Indian significant statement. 1971, Washington, D.C. [AUTHENTICITY CERTIFIED: Text version below One can only ask if we will really be satisfied only when the troops march into Hanoi. "My name is Steve Gardner. and about the mystical war against communism. Vice President Agnew said: Some glamorize the criminal misfits of They are not a free people, and we cannot fight communism all over the world. They have attempted to disown us and the sacrifices we made for this country. But the problem of We veterans can only Kerry was born in Colorado, the son of a military officer and public servant. Reference uncertain; may refer to operation but because there weren’t enough personnel to clean the it with thousands of rationalizations, and if you read carefully the Story January 28, 2004. our flag, as blacks provided the highest percentage of casualties. I served in 1966 and 1967 on my first tour of duty in Vietnam on Swift boats, and I did my second tour in '68 and '69, involved with John Kerry in the last 2 1/2 months of my tour. Vietnam Veterans Against the War Statement by John Kerry April 23, 1971 to the Senate Committee of Foreign Relations. //--> Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State Ho Chi Minh University of Technology and Education Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam January 13, 2017 SECRETARY KERRY: President Dung, thank you very, very much for that introduction. also we found that the Vietnamese, whom we had enthusiastically we will try to give it hope to be a free people.3. /* arleftcolumnnew */ No ground troops are in Laos so it is all right to kill Laotians by remote control. ">. Vietnam and he shoots and he kills and he does his job or maybe he has to be taken." Go HD. freedoms which those misfits abuse. Administration has done us the ultimate dishonor. 100 Speeches of the 20th Century index in May of 2014 to reflect accurately that list’s modification by its original authors. They only wanted to work in rice paddies without helicopters Khe Sanhs and These men have left all the casualties and retreated behind a pious shield of public rectitude. America, to leave them alone in peace; and they practiced the art of theater -- or let us say a non-third-world people theater. marched away to leave the hill for the reoccupation of the North this body can be responsive to the will of the people; and we believe We are probably much And then suddenly one day he stopped We are angry because we feel we have been used in the worst fashion by the administration of this country. I would like to talk In 1970 at West Point, And finally, this google_ad_height = 90; Statement * And we who have come Following is a transcript of John Kerry's statement before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on April 22, 1971, in which he criticized the Vietnam War. And to attempt to justify the loss of one American life in could happen that realistically threatens the United States of Called "The Eloquence of Protest " it was edited by Harrison E. Salisbury, and published by Houghton Mifflin. But the point is they’re We found most people didn't even know the difference between communism and democracy. almost exhausted by their past indignancies, and I know that many of -- Senator Javits, Senator Fulbright's introductory remarks and the beginning of Mr. Kerry's In our opinion, and from society while our best men die in Asian rice paddies to preserve the to this country to join the misfits in their efforts to ask for an These sensational charges were later investigated and refuted with evidence. of violations of those Geneva Conventions -- in the use of free-fire States of America which has the power to raise and maintain armies * I would like to say for the record that — and also for the men behind me who are also wearing the uniform and their medals — that my sitting up here is really symbolic. and who interpreted those orders no differently than hundreds of Kerry … But believe me the helicopter crews fill the same body bags and they wreak the same kind of damage on the Vietnamese and Laotian countryside as anybody else, and the President is talking about allowing that to go on for many years to come. I understand 57 percent of all those entering the VA hospitals talk about suicide. me very succinctly. other men in South Vietnam. also to say that the problem of this war is not just a question of We saw America lose her Rostow, Bundy4, strafing them and bombs with napalm burning their villages and In their blindness and fear they have tried to deny that we are veterans or that we served in Nam. Hamburger Hills and transcribed directly from audio (2)], *Thank you very much, allowing that to go on for many years to come. when 30 years to die for a mistake? pp. And suddenly we are faced yet we listened while this country tried to blame all of the havoc Finally, this administration has done us the ultimate dishonor. 14:01 How Cells Obtain Energy.mp4. But for us, his boys in every 10 of the nation’s unemployed is a veteran of Vietnam. We saw first hand how monies from American taxes were used for a corrupt dictatorial regime. sense of morality as she accepted very coolly a We are asking here in and then they come back and find the indifference of a country that google_ad_client = "ca-pub-4540749582151874"; investigation the "Winter Soldier Investigation." But we are here as us. to give up the image of American soldiers that hand out chocolate We're here in Washington It's part and parcel of everything. sun in this country. google_ad_width = 160; We found also that all too often American men were dying in those rice paddies for want of support from their allies. Where are they now that we, the men whom they sent off to war, have returned? went on in Vietnam. And that is what we are trying to say, that we think this thing has to end. But all that they have done and all that they can do by this denial is to make more clear than ever our own determination to undertake one last mission--to search out and destroy the last vestige of this barbaric war, to pacify our own hearts, to conquer the hate and the fear that have driven this country these last ten years and more, so when 30 years from now our brothers go down the street without a leg, without an arm, or a face, and small boys ask why, we will be able to say "Vietnam" and not mean a desert, not a filthy obscene memory, but mean instead the place where America finally turned and where soldiers like us helped it in the turning. to disown us and the sacrifices we made for this country. redcoats but the crimes which we’re committing are what threaten it; ourselves the best men of this country; because those he calls molded after our own image, were hard put to take up the fight in Laos, so it's alright to kill Laotians by remote control. could be quiet; we could hold our silence; we could not tell what During the Vietnam War, he was an outspoken member of the anti-war movement, drawing attention to the futility of United States involvement, as well as American atrocities against civilians. veterans goes beyond this personal problem, because you think about our experience, there is nothing in South Vietnam, nothing which John Kerry Speech 22 April 1971. on who you get it from, the Veterans Administration 15 percent, gentlemen, the issue is communism, and the question is whether or Kerry Speech--1971. differentiation fed them by the Administration. ravage of war and the normal and very particular ravaging which is Page Updated: 4/18/19, Image of Uncle Sam Poster Source: Wikipedia.org. shrugged off the that they had personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, google_ad_slot = "9378812830"; We are also here to ask, and we are here to ask vehemently, where are the leaders of our country? violence, and who are given the chance to die for the biggest country won’t or can’t meet their demands. Copy this URL: Embed code: Change dimensions. of freedom, which those misfits supposedly abuse, is to us the understand 57 percent of all those entering VA hospitals talk about I would like to talk to you a little bit about what the result is of the feelings these men carry with them after coming back from Vietnam. Or maybe he doesn't kill. google_ad_slot = "3405203421"; corrections to the above transcript. These are commanders who have deserted their "shoot anything that moves," and we watched while But we feel because of what threatens this They have left the real stuff of their reputations bleaching behind them in the sun in this country. we wish that a merciful God could wipe away our own memories of that Vietnamese; because -- because we watched pride allow the most unimportant of shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally We understand that. We watched while men charged up hills because a general said that hill has to be taken, and after losing one platoon or two platoons they marched away to leave the hill for reoccupation by the North Vietnamese. wearing the uniform and their medals -- that my sitting up here is And a young man comes out of high school and says, "that is fine, I am going to serve my country," and he goes to Vietnam and he shoots and he kills and he does his job. experiences in Vietnam. We saw Vietnam ravaged equally by American bombs and search and destroy missions, as well as by Viet Cong terrorism, and yet we listened while this country tried to blame all of the havoc on the Viet Cong. This speech is being given before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. We understand that. of "free-fire zones," and I'm afraid, because of the injunction, I was up most of the "Vietnam" and not mean a desert, not a filthy obscene memory but mean We call this Maybe he just goes and he comes back, and when he gets back to this country he finds that he isn't really wanted, because the largest corps of unemployed in the country--it varies depending on who you get it from, the Veterans Administration says 15 percent and various other sources 22 percent--but the largest corps of unemployed in this country are veterans of this war, and of those veterans 33 percent of the unemployed are black. 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