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Kerry’s Vietnam wounds “Self-inflicted” New book claims.

The officer who replaced Kerry in Vietnam has written a book in which he and others of Kerry's swift boat crew claim Kerry committed war crimes, and 2 of his 3 purple heart wounds were self inflicted in order to have enough points to get out of Vietnam early.
New Book by Kerry's replacement in Vietnam.
New Book by Kerry's replacement in Vietnam.
A veterans group seeking to deeply discredit Democrat John Kerry's military service will charge in the new bombshell book UNFIT FOR COMMAND:


Two of John Kerry's three Purple Heart decorations resulted from self-inflicted wounds, not suffered under enemy fire.


All three of Kerry's Purple Hearts were for minor injuries, not requiring a single hour of hospitalization.


A "fanny wound" was the highlight of Kerry's much touted "no man left behind" Bronze Star.


Kerry turned the tragic death of a father and small child in a Vietnamese fishing boat into an act of "heroism" by filing a false report on the incident.


Kerry entered an abandoned Vietnamese village and slaughtered the domestic animals owned by the civilians and burned down their homes with his Zippo lighter.


Kerry's reckless behavior convinced his colleagues that he had to go -- becoming the only Swift Boat veteran to serve only four months.

The Kerry campaign is planning to vigorously counter the charges and will accuse the veteran's groups of being well-financed by a top Bush donor from Texas, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.

"They hired a goddamn private investigator to dig up trash!" charged a top Kerry adviser traveling with the senator late Tuesday. "This is pay for play, and the dirtiest of all dirty tricks ever played on a candidate for the presidency. How low can they go?"

Kerry supporters are comparing the effort by the veterans to the Arkansas State troopers tell-all against Bill Clinton.

UNFIT FOR COMMAND will not be released until August 15.

The names. The details. All on the record.


 http://www.drudgereport.com/ufd.htm

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Oh that's just great! 03.Aug.2004 22:18

Randal James

I sure hope this isn't true. This book is now at Amazon's #3 best seller list and hasn't even been released yet.

God damn it!

I can't stand the idea of Bush getting 4 more years, especially if it turns out the reason is because the democrats can't "dust-bust" and find this type of shit out long before the primaries even start.

Democrats should not have nominated Kerry 03.Aug.2004 23:46

George Bender

Their were plenty of good reasons not to vote for Kerry in the primaries, not the least of which is that he voted for the Iraq war. Democratic party activists were backing Dean and Kucinich. Democratic primary voters would not listen. They didn't care what Kerry stood for or what his record is, just so he's "electible." So screw 'em.


possibly true 04.Aug.2004 18:19

nader04

i wouldn't be surprised if the "self inflicted" wounds assertion is true.

This is the first time i've heard about the book.

Surprisingly, this morinig I heard some republicians coworkers expressing skepticism about kerry's medals, after seeing him on the cover of Nrwsweek.

I asked a viet nam vet coworker, who's an independent, his thoughts about kerry's medals. He said it was very common for soldiers to simulate bullet glaze wounds during light firefights, with metal objects , in order to get medals , etc.