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GORDON DUFF: VIETNAM, FOR THOSE WHO HAVE FORGOTTEN

SO MUCH MORE THAN THE BLOWHARDS, KERRY, McCAIN AND NORTH

I got back from Arizona a bit ago, visiting with friends, mostly Vietnam vets. From Veterans Today we had Jim Hanke, Jeff Gates, regular Army and me, as usual, the lone Marine and with our hosts, Navy Seal Hershel Davis. Years ago it would have been talk about POWs and politics. Now its down to motorcycles and single malt. We did get a few minutes in on John McCain as he is running around the state playing war hero to stay in the thieving Senate. Some of us had fought both Kerry and McCain for years as POW advocates.

I could never understand those two, corrupt and heartless bastards. Special Forces Colonel Earl Hopper was most vocal about McCain, Hopper and Sgt. Major John Holland. Colonel Ted Guy wanted McCain jailed as did Holland, they claimed treason. This is what Hopper, veteran of both Korea and Vietnam said before he died (on video):

“Within five or seven days of being captured, McCain made a deal to trade medical care in exchange for highly classified military information including specific details of the package routes for bombing North Vietnam. He also told them the primary bombing targets. We lost 60% more aircraft and men because of the information McCain gave to the North Vietnamese. After about a month things had gotten so bad that we called off bombing North Vietnam.”

Hell, what do I know. Who am I to say that the military is corrupt and that we just ran someone for president with the most serious charges made against him of any member of America’s armed forces in her 234 year history. Maybe McCain is right and all these decorated heroes are liars. Whenever challenged about his record, McCain’s face goes red as a beet and he brings out “Bud Day.” If these leftover blowhards from Vietnam, McCain, Kerry and especially Oliver North, would simply fade away and let the rest of us get past the shame they brought on all of us, we could move on, the few of us still around. With tens of thousands dying of Agent Orange, maybe hundreds of thousands, OK, probably hundreds of thousands at least we have our PTSD to keep us warm. Ah, PTSD, always an issue.

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