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Old 04-23-2004, 09:06 AM #1
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From a Veteran To Kerry

Dear Senator Kerry:

Since it has become clear that you will probably be the Democratic
nominee for President, I have spent a great deal of time researching
your war record and your record as a professional politician. The
reason is simple, you aspire to be the Commander in Chief who would
lead my son and their fellow soldiers in time of war. I simply wanted to
know if you possess the necessary qualifications to be trusted in that respect.
You see, I belong to a family of proud U.S. veterans. I was a Captain
in the Army Reserve, my father was a decorated Lieutenant in
World War II; and I have four sons who have either served, or are
currently serving in the military. The oldest is an Army Lieutenant
still on active duty in Afghanistan after already being honored for his
service in Iraq. The youngest is an E-4 with the military police. His
National Guard unit just finished their second tour of active duty,
including six months in Guantanamo Bay. My two other sons have served
in the National Guard and the navy.
In looking at your record I found myself comparing it not only to
that of my father and my sons, but to the people they served with. My
father served with the 87th Chemical Mortar Battalion in Europe. They
landed on Utah Beach and fought for 317 straight days including the
Cherbourg Peninsula, Aachen, the Hurtgen Forest, and the Battle of the Bulge.
You earned a Silver Star in Vietnam for chasing down and finishing
off a wounded and retreating enemy soldier. My father won a Bronze
Star for single handedly charging and knocking out a German machine gun
nest that had his men pinned down. You received three purple hearts for
what appears to be three minor scratches. In fact you only missed a
combined total of two days of duty for these wounds. The men of my father's
unit, the 87th, had to be admonished by there commanding officer
because: "It has been brought to our attention that some men are
covering up wounds and refusing medical attention for fear of being
evacuated and permanently separated from this organization..." It was
also a common problem for seriously wounded soldiers to go AWOL from
hospitals in order to rejoin their units. You used your three purple hearts to leave Vietnam early.
My oldest boy came home from Iraq with numerous commendations and
then proceeded to volunteer to go to Afghanistan and from there back to
Iraq again. My sons and father have never had anything but the
highest regard and respect for their fellow soldiers. Yet, you came home to
publicly charge your fellow fighting men with being war criminals and
to urge their defeat by the enemy. You even wrote a book that had a cover
which mocked the heroism of the U.S. Marines who raised the flag on Iwo Jima.
Our current crop of soldiers has a philosophy that no one gets left behind;
and they have practiced that from Somalia to the battlefields of the Middle
East. Yet as chairman of a Senate committee looking into allegations that
many of your fellow servicemen had been left behind as prisoners in
Vietnam, you chose to defend the brutal Vietnamese regime.
You even went so far as to refer to the families of the POWs and MIAs
as Professional malcontents, conspiracy mongers, con artists, and dime-store Rambo’s.
As a Senator you voted against the 1991 Gulf War, and have repeatedly
voted against funds to supply our troops with the best equipment,
and against money to improve our intelligence capability.
I find this particularly ironic since as a Presidential candidate you are
highly critical of our pre-war intelligence in Iraq. However, you did
vote to authorize the President to go to war, but have since proceeded
to do everything you can to undermine the efforts of our government
and our troops to win. Is this what our fighting men and women can expect
of you if you are their Commander in Chief? Will you gladly send them to
war, only to then aid the enemy by undermining the morale of our troops
and cutting off the weapons they need to win?
Our country is at war Senator, and as has been the case in every war
since the American Revolution, a member of my family is serving their
country during the war. Now you want me to trust you to lead my sons
in this fight. Sorry Senator, but when I compare your record to those
who have fought and died for this nation, and are currently fighting and
dying, the answer is not just no, but Hell No!

Sincerely,
Michael Connelly
February 14, 2004
Dallas, Texas


I understand teh concern, but this guys should also be concerned about Bush's Record.

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Old 04-23-2004, 09:10 AM #2
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Yeah, really. At least he went to war.
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Old 04-23-2004, 09:12 AM #3
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Good read.
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Old 04-23-2004, 09:16 AM #4
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Which in the grand scheme of things looks bad on him but doesn't change the fact that Bush is probably the worst president in the history of the United States.
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Which in the grand scheme of things looks bad on him but doesn't change the fact that Bush is probably the worst president in the history of the United States.
Yup. I still don't get why he hasn't been impeached yet. It's pretty much like the second season of 24, a rich group of oilmen start a war to make money.
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Old 04-23-2004, 09:19 AM #6
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He might of left the war early but did he go home and sit on his ***? No, he campaigned against it. That is wrong in no sense, war is bad and he understood that.
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very well written. I had no intentions of voting for kerry in the upcoming elections, nor do I have an intention of voting re-elect bush again either
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Old 04-23-2004, 09:21 AM #8
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very well written. I had no intentions of voting for kerry in the upcoming elections, nor do I have an intention of voting re-elect bush again either
Unless you're voting for Kerry, you're voting to re-elect Bush
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Which in the grand scheme of things looks bad on him but doesn't change the fact that Bush is probably the worst president in the history of the United States.
Agreed, I just thought this was a good read, I don't vote for either of those parties, I despise Bush and I think Kerry will make things worse.
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democrat must be in office this time. . .
Why?



Also nice post tiny. Kerry is a ****ing ***** ***** and better not be elected or our military is in deep ****, as well as the rest of the country.
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Old 04-23-2004, 09:53 AM #11
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very well written. I had no intentions of voting for kerry in the upcoming elections, nor do I have an intention of voting re-elect bush again either
me too. i think i'm just gonna vote for p8ntgurl
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Old 04-23-2004, 10:31 AM #12
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Pres. Bush may not be the best president but he is widely revered by the military. Kerry will be hated even more than Clinton was and from his record I can see why.
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kerry actually went to war, bush ran away like a *****
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Old 04-23-2004, 10:45 AM #14
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why does being president have to be so wrapped in military issues- thats a huge problem right there. We don't have to be all about the military... we really should stop policing the world but thats another story
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Old 04-23-2004, 10:49 AM #15
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I agree that we should not be policing the world, but the President is supreme commander of our armed forces and therefore should know what he is doing.
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Yup. I still don't get why he hasn't been impeached yet. It's pretty much like the second season of 24, a rich group of oilmen start a war to make money.
I really don't see why Bush would do anything over oil. I don't see any way he could personally benefit from it. Does he have barrels stockpiled in his back yard?
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Old 04-23-2004, 11:06 AM #17
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All of his friends own the oil companies, and he probably still has lots of shares himself.
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But, like I said...how does this war benefit him. Just because Iraq has oil doesn't mean he is benefiting. I'm not saying he isn't benefiting, but I hear people say "this war is all over oil"...but have never once heard how this was supposed to be true.
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everything that W does makes its way around to one thing....money
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For once, I agree with Tiny in the area of politics...
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He has plenty of money already right? How is he making money off this war?
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