Saturday, December 01, 2007

Winter Soldier Redux, Iraq and Afghanistan


December 1, 2007

Copying the anti-war tactics of failed 2004 Democrat Presidential candidate, John F. Kerry (D. Ma), who slandered the valor of every person who served in South Viet Nam by his 1971 “testimony” before the Fulbright Commission, Iraq Veterans Against The War are now actively seeking testimony and evidence from Veterans who say they served in either theater to “provide first hand accounts of their experiences and reveal the reality of occupation.”

Taking the name of the self styled “investigation” performed by Kerry and his cohorts in Viet Nam Veterans Against the War, Winter Soldier, IVAW hopes to accomplish much the same that the anti-war resisters did in the last half of the Viet Nam conflict.

Speaking to Aaron Glantz, of the anti-war OneWorldUS, Liam Madden, a member of IVAW said,

"The war in Iraq is not covered to its potential because of how dangerous it is for reporters to cover it. That's left a lot of misconceptions in the minds of the American public about what the true nature of military occupation looks like."


Just what misconceptions Madden doesn’t explain, as CBS news is reporting today that “55% Say War Was A Mistake; 59% Want U.S. Troops Home ASAP.”

Copying Kerry’s claim of day to day atrocities committed by the Troops, Madden also says,
“Well-publicized incidents of American brutality like the Abu Ghraib prison scandal and the massacre of an entire family of Iraqis in the town of Haditha are not the isolated incidents perpetrated by "a few bad apples," as many politicians and military leaders have claimed. They are part of a pattern of an increasingly bloody occupation.”


Gerald Nicosia, also a member of IVAW, chimed in, with regards to those who gave testimony in the 1971 Winter Soldier “investigation,”
“They brought together their bonafides and wore their medals and showed it was more than one or two or three malcontents. It was medal-winning, honored soldiers -- veterans in a group verifying what each other said to try to convince people that these charges cannot be denied. That people are doing these things as a matter of policy.”


Subsequent investigations mandated by Congress after Kerry’s “testimony” revealed several of the “veterans” used by Kerry were in fact phonies, either never having served in the Military or grossly exaggerating claims made before the VVAW “investigation.” Much of this was revealed in the 1998 book, “Stolen Valor” by B.G. Burkett, himself a Viet Nam Veteran who admits he was no hero.

Troops who committed atrocities and crimes at Abu Ghraib prison were tried, convicted and sentenced. One by one, Marines accused of crimes in Haditha are being exonerated.

Violence in Iraq has been greatly reduced thanks to President Bush and General Petraeus’s Troop Reinforcement, more commonly known as “the Surge.” Iraqi’s that were opposed to American Troops have switched sides in record numbers to fight Al Qaeda insurgents. The American and Iraqi governments have scheduled talks aimed at ending the battle of Iraq and bringing most of our Troops home by the end of Bush's presidency.

Committing War Crimes is a violation, not only of our laws, but also of international laws and the Geneva Conventions. Americans committing war crimes are investigated and prosecuted, if it is merited.

Nicosia sums up the IVAW motive with,
“Americans are bred deep into their psyches to think of America as a good country and, I think, much harder than just the hurdle of getting troops out of Iraq, is to get Americans to realize the terrible things we do in the name of the United States.”


War crimes are not committed “in the name of the United States.” None of those confessing to war crimes in 1971 were ever prosecuted. If any committed war crimes in Iraq or Afghanistan, they should confess now, not in March 2008, and face the prosecution they deserve.

No one is conscripted in today’s all volunteer Military. Over all, we have some of the bravest and brightest America has to offer willfully placing themselves between our enemies and our citizens. They deserve much better than to be slandered as those who served in Viet Nam were in 1971.

Lew

UPDATE: A more in depth look at the faux 1971 Winter Soldier Investigations conducted by Kerry and is cronies is well documented in a newly released book, To Set The Record Straight, How Swift Boat Veterans, POWs and the New Media Defeated John Kerry by Scott Swett and Tim Ziegler. Much declassified documentation and files can be found at wintersoldier.com

5 comments:

Flag Gazer said...

I am very saddened that these soldiers have decided to pattern themselves after the worst anti-American performance ever - the Winter Soldier investigation.

Have you read Kerry's book on the event? It is stunning in its hatred and lies.

Lew Waters said...

When he made his grand performance before the Senate, I was still in the Army in Germany. We heard some "officer" had spoken out against us, but over the years, memories of it were lost. I never knew who it was until he decided to run for president in 2004.

His entire "testimony" before the Fulbright Commission was lies.

Most telling about Kerry, was that when he saw his anti-war stance didn't advance him politically, he reverted to a "War Hero" by his own description.

Flag Gazer said...

I watched Kerry's 'testimony' on television - I attended the funeral of a close friend shortly after - he had 'given up' on his rehab after Kerry's testimony. I will never forget.

Gary Fouse said...

NBC has just cemented its reputation as the most left-wing major broadcast network by refusing an ad from Freedoms Watch that thanks the American troops serving overseas during the holidays. (The ad has been accepted by Fox News and CNN.) As its reason, NBC says that the ad would have carried Freedoms Watch URL web address at the bottom, to which they object. (Freedoms Watch counters that the URL is necessary for viewers to refer to the site in order to access further information relative to sending support to the troops.) NBC also states their policy of refusing controversial political ads. Oh really? So thanking our American soldiers for serving their country overseas in a war zone during the holidays is too controversial? Too political? Is that your position, NBC? What is your opinion, Brian Williams? Or yours, Keith Olbermann?

It is true, as NBC's defenders would point out, that any network has the right to accept or refuse any ad it wants. I agree. However, the action of NBC in refusing this particular ad speaks volumes about where they stand. If NBC, as a corporation, is against the war in Iraq, or the war in Afghanistan, or the overall War on Terror, that is their right. But what is the problem in at least giving some sort of thanks to our soldiers who will not be with their families during the holidays?

I can only conclude that the liberal suits at NBC are not only against what the troops are doing in Iraq and Afghanistan, but they could care less about the troops themselves.

gary fouse
fousesquawk

Gary Fouse said...

Shall we have a straw house, wood house or brick house?"


With the primary season upon us, both major parties are now starting to make choices as to who will be the presidential nominee. There are many issues to consider, and different people have different opinions as to which issues are the most important. In my view, the two major issues facing America today are terrorism and illegal immigration. So to me, in choosing the best candidate (and party for that matter)I want to know who will do the best job in securing our borders and protecting the American people from future acts of terror. I already know which party will not do either of the above-the Democrats. Therefore, my choice (as an independent) is which Republican will fill the bill. I have yet to settle on one final candidate. I know there are many people out there who believe in open borders, sanctuary and amnesty for illegal aliens, as well as a diplomatic approach to the terrorism problem. I strongly disagree with those opinions.

I have chosen the fairy tale of the Three Little Pigs to make my point. Is it simplistic? Sure it is, but often, truth is simple. The question I raise for all Americans is this: If you think we live in a dangerous world, where would you prefer to live-in a straw house, wood house or brick house? If you think we should be able to control who comes into our country, where would you prefer to live-in a straw house, wood house or brick house? If you think we could experience another 9-11, which house is preferred- straw house, wood house or brick house?

Now if you are one who believes in open borders and a cessation of our War on Terror-involving our military, then in my view, a straw house is ok for you. Not for me.

In this world we live in today, I feel we need a brick house. The only question for me in this election is- who will build the brick house?

gary fouse
fousesquawk