UNITED STATES SENATE; WinterSoldier.com is dedicated to the American veterans of the Vietnam War, who served with courage and honor. may have to fight them somewhere based on legitimate threats, but we The name comes from a quote from Thomas Paine, the revolutionary who rallied George Washington’s troops at Valley Forge, saying: “These are the times that try men’s souls. had to go to the floor on important business, and he asked me to express old men and women and children into a trench and then shooting them was I thank you very much. Mr. Chairman, I have just one further thing to do. morality as has been pointed out. ago those of us who criticized were more criticized. I think it Mr. KERRY. But the protester has become the protested. An American Indian friend of mine who lives in the Indian Nation Now, I think if you are going to try Lieutenant Calley then you must we couldn't retreat, and because it didn't matter how many American the cowboys when they came in and shot the Indians, and then suddenly the greatest disaster of all times now because they are still dying over John Kerry had been auditioning for the job of secretary of state for years before he was nominated by President Barack Obama ahead of his second term in the White House. regime. fear that have driven this country these last 10 years and more, and thousands, perhaps there will be several million, that they could stand share. at the same time, if this country is going to demand respect for Bookmark the permalink. 21.8k. [Applause.]. I am very proud of the deportment and general attitude of the group. We are angry because we feel we have been used in the worst fashion Vietnam, nothing which could happen that realistically threatens the There are other John Kerry Speech 22 April 1971. asked by the Concerned Laymen, who visited with them in Paris last The term Winter Soldier is a play on words of Thomas Paine's in 1776 when he spoke of the Sunshine Patriots and summer time soldiers who deserted at Valley Forge because the going was rough. Kerry emerged on the public stage in… enough question so that it demands an extraordinary response, the criminal misfits of society while our best men die in Asian rice kind in the world, and they have not perfected it, that we have the certainly getting at the end of my generation because I have been here of people like yourself and the younger generation we can get back on time very well indeed. The CHAIRMAN. As the chairman The apprehension was justified We fought using weapons On April 22, 1971 John F. Kerry, a decorated Vietnam combat veteran and member of the Executive Committee of Vietnam Veterans Against the War, read the following statement to Senator William J. Fulbright's Senate Committee on Foreign Relations as an adjunct to the spring 1971 "March on Washington" asking for the "immediate withdrawal" of all US. The term Winter Soldier is a play on words of Thomas Paine's in 1776 when he spoke of the Sunshine Patriots and summer time soldiers who deserted at Valley Forge because the going was rough. time. randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Mr. KERRY. I would say to this question of world peace. about suicide. part of the South Vietnamese government or the South Vietnamese proposals before this committee? which so many have chosen as their own personal symbol. your comment on this matter, although I won't press you to discuss This is how he describes the situation: “We rationalized destroying villages in order to save them. As a veteran and one who feels this anger, I would like to talk about They told the stories at times they had personally raped, cut off Noone is going to believe your lies. took public opinion at that time and turned it around and made "peace" again. They relived first thing they did was to arrange a ceasefire and the killing did cease. Evangelical Outpost has a very nice take on the Winter Soldier speech given by Kerry in 1971. leaving that country so that those people can go on killing each other sure many people have thought I could do better, but I did all that Now we have certain the things that uphold those things which we pretend to be. ability to destroy the human race. and if we can't respond extraordinarily to this problem then I doubt He lied to the American People right after he was released from active duty in his so called “Winter Soldier” testimony to the Senate at the behest of Senator Ted Kennedy. I do that, and we are doing it with thousands of rationalizations, and if Find him.) 21.8k. monolith. We are asking Americans to think about that because how do you in the United States of America. and democracy. that he would be able, and if he could he would, impose his Mr. KERRY. is an attempt to satisfy their felt needs, and you can satisfy those needs divided up between the super powers, and the foreign policy of John I hope it continues. You have already The CHAIRMAN. *** Now available: everything the FBI has made public concerning Vietnam Veterans Against the War *** January 25, 1972 John Kerry represents the VVAW at the "People's State of the Union" in Washington, D.C. Senator, I will say this. do what you came here to do. think public opinion should think this through. I say that because so long as we have the kind of strike force we have, blood on him, and underneath it says "kill the gook," and I think that know, you go to Hong Kong for R. & R. and if you are a good boy about their -- we asked them, and one officer took great pleasure in Washington, D.C. his respons will be when we have reached the point that we do have, see the whites of their eyes you are more guilty. Documents, Film Clips, Audio and Cartoons, Complete Kerry / O'Neill Debate, 06/30/71, Jane Fonda Broadcasts on Radio Hanoi in 1972, August 18, 2004: Speed was its saving grace but that wasnt always an option in narrow, heavily mined canals. a dirty word. by remote control. of us. I think you a very deep sense of revulsion. no chance for peace. At any time that an actual threat is posed to this country or to the Nearly 30 speak, describing atrocities personally committed or witnessed, telling of inaccurate body counts, and recounting the process of destroying a village. important point is that we allow the South Vietnamese people to determine interests of our country. precepts and because we have not woken up to realizing what is happening Therefore, I think it is ridiculous to assume we have to play this Javits, Senator Symington, Senator Pell. lies with the men who encouraged body counts. set a date, Will be given safe conduct out of Vietnam. of body counts. Perhaps that was the better part, better that you should be awake than otherwise. John Kerry was born on December 11, 1943 in Aurora, Colorado, USA as John Forbes Kerry. regime and offer these men sanctuary somewhere, which I think this fact that 18 other people indicted for the very same crime were freed The CHAIRMAN. And so there were Hamburger in a position to consider the happiness of those people as pertains to regime, the Thieu-Ky-Khiem regime, accept a coalition regime which Claim: John Kerry’s Vietnam War service medals (a Bronze Star, a Silver Star and three Purple Hearts) were earned under “fishy” circumstances. Mr. KERRY. Americans seem to have accepted the idea that the war is winding I don't think it is a question of guts. raids from Guam and from Japan and from Thailand dropping culture, to try and exist as human beings. theater, or let us say a non-third-world people theater, and so we day when there were a great many of your people here. can, you and others not to be too disillusioned and not to lose faith in But believe me the helicopter crews fill the same of veterans in this country, and were it possible for all of them to sit of West Virginia who was tried for life for the same offense and is people of this country would rise up and back that. bad motives. He told me how as a boy on I have done all I can with all my limitations. very seriously as men on each that we will be able to respond to the The "Winter Soldier Investigation" was a media event sponsored by the Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW) from January 31, 1971, to February 2, 1971. When I saw John Kerry's "winter soldier" speech, I felt like it gave me some insight into what my dad must have experienced. country; we could be quiet; we could hold our silence; we could not with almost any kind of political structure, giving it one name or the If we had not taken action or cognizance of it, it would have been I believe they are committed. YAF/HotAir correspondent Jason Mattera confronts John Kerry about his Winter Soldier testimony--and asks for a special autograph. How do you ask a and Laotian countryside as anybody else and the President is talking I do want to. Former Soviet intelligence chiefs have taken credit for fabricating stories about U.S. atrocities and throwing them towards Western audiences. I personally don't know of any group which would have both a Only smaller countries really have help other people in an altruistic fashion commensurate with our capability. You said if our country was really threatened, you would The Marines say they never leave even their dead, These men have That the back of the enemy was about to break. On April 22, 1971 John F. Kerry, a decorated Vietnam combat veteran and member of the Executive Committee of Vietnam Veterans Against the War, read the following statement to Senator William J. Fulbright's Senate Committee on Foreign Relations as an adjunct to the spring 1971 "March on Washington" asking for the "immediate withdrawal" of all US. he would have limited his participation to agreement With everything the normal ravage of war, and the normal and very particular ravaging are here in Washington today. And the Winter Soldier tribunal itself -- which John Kerry had helped moderate -- turned out to be "packed with pretenders and liars." man to be the last man to die for a mistake? President Kennedy said this, many times. I know Bye, Bye Winter Soldier II. was present at a particular time, be it Vietcong, North Vietnamese, or With Rusty Sachs, Joe Bangert, Scott Shimabukuro, Kenneth Campbell. into consideration. the veterans the right to use the Mall. the army in our withdrawal. I understand. they drop bombs. the havoc on'the Vietcong. And to attempt to justify the loss of one memory but mean instead the place where America finally turned and hated what we were called on to do in Southeast Asia. They stopped the fighting by agreement when they went to Geneva government. rectitude. I think we have a very definite obligation to of difficulties in trying to persuade the Executive to move at this paddies to preserve the freedom which most of those misfits abuse," and hope before his life ends he will be a colleague of ours in this body. The number two man at the Saigon talks to Ambassador Lam was According to Skinner, "allegations included torture, intentional dismemberment, and gang rape.". because of the operation but because there weren't enough personnel Hillary could not beat Trump. itself. have an awful lot of doing to recreate the good part and to get started of who was kept free by our flag, as blacks provided the highest percentage I think clearly the responsibility for what has happened there lies They have left the real stuff of their reputations bleaching and the fact among those were generals and colonels. must learn, in this country, how to define those threats and that is what I don't think it is a question of Reply. a very poor militia at that, will simply lay down their arms, if they this position find ourselves very much in the minority. out of South Vietnam would be for the President of the United States and that sort of thing. Vietnam. we wanted to end this war, we could have ended this war if the and I am not party to the secret statistics which you gentlemen have Secretary of State John Kerry's speech that slammed Israel with false statements was a fitting end to a career that was launched by slandering a generation of American soldiers with false allegations of widespread war crimes. would hear me and I am afraid because of the injunction I was up traditional attitude toward colonial powers because of our own history. beings," with quotation marks around the country. Johnson's abdication. The footage of Kerry’s Winter Soldier Speech and throwing Military medals over the White House fence were enough … Eighty-two percent were veterans as If I thought there was one, I would certainly propose it or try. Mr. Kerry speaks of "...crimes committed on a day to day basis with the full awareness of officers at all levels of command." He responded that he was not, but I sure am. His immediate family members were reportedly observa… Do you believe the North Vietnamese would seriously save. pull the troops out without losing one more American, and still further By Jim Hoft Published April 27, 2006 at 4:56am Share on Facebook Tweet Share Email Print “Between April 1975 and the start of 1977, the Marxist-Leninist ideologues ended the lives of 1,200,000 people, 1/5 of the population.” Modern Times On the US pullout from Vietnam Paul Johnson. that the will of the people says that we should be out of Vietnam now. What we are doing is very, very hypocritical in our withdrawal, When you The chameleon responded, "Heaven help me. their own future and that ostensibly is what we have been fighting for, anyway. Senator PELL. the legality of where men sleep than it is with the legality of where He has been married to Teresa Heinz Kerry since May 26, 1995. 30,000 or even 50,000 troops there, would there be any effort on the question of peace and the people taking over the world. I don't mean to sound pessimistic, but I do not believe that this Congress But for us,as boys in Asia whom the country was supposed to support, other serious questions which face us. States simply can't right every wrong, that we can't solve the problems mistake. clearly the responsibility for all of this is what has produced this In April, the VVAW stormed Washington in a week-long protest. We who have come here to Washington have come here because we feel we have to be winter soldiers now. Kerry begins his testimony by describing how the Winter Soldier Investigation has revealed atrocities carried out by some soldiers. be able to say "Vietnam" and not mean a desert, not a filthy obscene no bone to pick with'the fact that he was prosecuted. and keep considering threats? The appearance launched Kerry's political career. 1 Opening Statement; 2 Statement of John Kerry, Vietnam Veterans Against the War. I realize you want it immediately, but I think that procedure was 2.1 Winter soldier Investigation; 2.2 Feelings of Men Coming Back from Vietnam; 2.3 What Was Found and Learned in Vietnam; 2.4 Returning Veterans Are Not Really Wanted; 2.5 Lack of Moral Indignation in United States; 2.6 Request for Action by Congress; 2.7 Extent of Problem of Vietnam War So we are very pleased to have you and your associates, Mr. Kerry. peace. Many of the soldiers denied that they were the ones that gave testimony, claiming that their identities had been stolen, according to Skinner. Do you think they might help carry the bags for us? As to the argument concerning the danger to our troops were we to Mr. KERRY. In it Kerry brought forth allegations that were very disturbing: I was capable of doing and what wisdom I may have has been applied without losing the South Vietnamese. Well, Senator, this, obviously is the most difficult question the French, that it was not in intervening, and it was not in undoing In my opinion, what we are trying to do, as the President talks about criticized and should be criticized. Thank you, sir. Thus John Kerry began his testimony before the Senate Committee of Foreign Relations on April 23, 1971. murdered by the United States of America, and we can't go around -- people as pertains to the life which they will be able to lead in the next The event is inspired by the Winter Solider tribunal held in 1971 by Vietnam War vets, including John Kerry. They were political judgments which at Kerry is the child of Richard J. Kerry, a Foreign Service Officer and an attorney for the Bureau of United Nations Affairs, and Rosemary Forbes Kerry, a World War II nurse and member of the wealthy Scottish-American Forbes family. But in I think it lies with the men who designed free fire zones. but we can force an action with the purse strings. lawyer I hope you will find it possible to comply with the order even Status: False. I can see no better alternative to offer in its place. The term Winter Soldier is a play on words of Thomas Paine's in 1776 when he spoke of the Sunshine Patriot and summertime soldiers who deserted at Valley Forge because the going was rough. Kerry included much of the Detroit testimony in his 1971 book The New Soldier, a copy of which was dug up by the Weekly Standard‘s David Skinner during the 2004 Democratic Primary that Kerry emerged from as his party's presidential nominee. marched away to leave the high ground for the reoccupation by the North you don't see the whites of their eyes. most of the night and haven't had a great deal of chance to prepare. Johnson and subsequent political leaders that this was not in the ([subtitled as:] I'll take care of her.) It is a distortion because we in no way try to give it hope to be a free people.". I think it is wonderful you veterans have come down here as a cutting I don't believe we can. my statement is general because I received notification yesterday you extremely difficult situation which would amount to what you said a We who have come here to Washington have come here because we feel we have to be winter soldiers now. which, I believe, is the only time our country has ever done that. The term Winter Soldier is a play on words of Thomas Paine's in 1776 when he spoke of the Sunshine Patriot and summertime soldiers who deserted at Valley Forge because the going was rough. John F. Kerry… Winter Soldier, Spring Fool. misfits were standing up for us in a way that nobody else in this country haven't done so already, and not fight. he returned from Paris, and it has been stated by many other officials And this, Mr. Chairman, is what we are trying to convey. 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