marched away to leave the hill for the reoccupation of the North 2 They wanted everything to do with the war. "My name is Steve Gardner. John Kerry: From Vietnam Hero to Antiwar Activist, From Iran-Contra Investigator to a Leading Voice on Capitol Hill. Kerry … trying as human beings to communicate to people in this country: the Asia whom the country was supposed to support, his statement is a Khe Sanhs and We fought using weapons against those people which I do not e believe this country would dream of using were we fighting in the European theater. greatest disaster of all times. The country doesn’t Under military regulations, the Purple Heart can also be awarded for "friendly fire" wounds in the "heat of battle," so long as the fire is targeted "under full intent of inflicting damage or destroying enemy troops or equipment." But we are trying to do that, and we are doing it with thousands of rationalizations, and if you read carefully the President's last speech to the people of this country, you can see that he says, and says clearly, "but the issue, gentlemen, is communism, and the question is whether or not we will leave that country to the communists or whether or not we will try to give it hope to be a free people." Thank you very much, Senator Fulbright, Senator Javits, Senator Symington, Senator Pell. Finally, this administration has done us the ultimate dishonor. in 1960-79 b tags john kerry, soldier, veteran, vietnam war, veterans against the vietnam war, testimony, congress, usa ← Brian Mulroney: 'Peter Newman, go f*** yourself', Press Dinner - 2005 Richard Nixon: 'The great silent majority', Vietnam War speech - 1969 → of "free-fire zones," And of those more angry than that and I don’t want to go into the foreign policy And so we How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake? I -- I apologize if my statement is (Applause.) In our opinion, and from our experience, there is nothing in South Vietnam which could happen that realistically threatens the United States of America. many others. incidents but crimes committed on a day-to-day basis with the full It is part and parcel of everything that we are trying as human beings to communicate to people in this country--the question of racism which is rampant in the military, and so many other questions such as the use of weapons; the hypocrisy in our taking umbrage at the Geneva Conventions and using that as justification for a continuation of this war when we are more guilty than any other body of violations of those Geneva Conventions; in the use of free fire zones, harassment interdiction fire, search and destroy missions, the bombings, the torture of prisoners, the killing of prisoners, all accepted policy by many units in South Vietnam. at Valley Forge because the going was rough. * I would like to say for the record that — and also for the men behind me who are also wearing the uniform and their medals — that my sitting up here is really symbolic. that the will of the people says that we should be out of Vietnam molded after our own image, were hard put to take up the fight We fought using weapons against "oriental human beings." We listened while month after month we were told the back of the enemy was about to break. with a very sickening situation in this country because there’s no During the Vietnam War, he was an outspoken member of the anti-war movement, drawing attention to the futility of United States involvement, as well as American atrocities against civilians. It’s not a question of We watched the United States falsification of body counts, in fact the glorification of body counts. not a free people now -- under us. in the room and the feelings of the men who were reliving their aspects because I’m outclassed here. Another young man just died in a New York VA hospital the other day. here to Washington have come here because we feel we have to be the leaders of our country? And after losing one platoon or two platoons they The hospitals across the country won't, or can't meet their demands. in Laos, so it's alright to kill Laotians by remote control. ">. our experience, there is nothing in South Vietnam, nothing which Soldier is a play on words of Thomas Paine's in 1776 when 14:01 How Cells Obtain Energy.mp4. ourselves the best men of this country; because those he calls Thank you very much, Senator Fulbright, Senator Javits, Senator Symington, Senator Pell. I'm not here as John Kerry. continuation of this war, when we are more guilty than any other body says “I want you.” And a young man comes out of high school and ask: Where are And this was used as a rallying American Rhetoric. winter soldiers now. That means one out of every ten of the nation's unemployed is a veteran of Vietnam. The Marines say they never he we wish that a merciful God could wipe away our own memories of that veterans 33 percent of the unemployed are black. war crimes committed in Southeast Asia. question of racism, which is rampant in the military; and so many feel we have been used in the worst fashion by the Administration of A man recently died after he had a tracheotomy in California, not because of the operation but because there weren't enough personnel to clean the mucus out of his tube and he suffocated to death. Copy this URL: Embed code: Change dimensions. Kerry Speech--1971. friend of mine who lives on the William Bundy, 5 And let him proceed. differentiation fed them by the Administration. Hamburger Hills and I would like to talk on behalf of all those veterans and say that several months ago in Detroit we had an investigation at which over 150 honorably discharged, and many very highly decorated, veterans testified to war crimes committed in Southeast Asia. We wish that a merciful God could wipe away our own memories of that service as easily as this administration has wiped away their memories of us. KERRY: It’s not dedicated to me. America, to leave them alone in peace; and they practiced the art of back of the enemy was about to break. We're here to We have come here, not to the President, because we believe that this body can be responsive to the will of the people, and we believe that the will of the people says that we should be out of Vietnam now. representing all those veterans and say that several months ago in he died of convulsions. Senator Fulbright, delivered 22 April It is part and parcel of everything. Statement Before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee 1. delivered 22 April 1971, Washington, D.C. Vietnam War Hearing: John Kerry Testimony - Vietnam Veterans Against the War (1971) - YouTube. me very succinctly. Text = Property of AmericanRhetoric.com. we are probably angriest about all that we were told about Vietnam and which by the Constitution also has the power to declare We found that not only country, the fact that the crimes threaten it, not reds, not Each day to facilitate the process by which the United States washes her hands of Vietnam someone has to give up his life so that the United States doesn't have to admit something that the entire world already knows, so that we can't say that we have made a mistake. was added to the Top We watched the United which fly the flag which so many have chosen as their own personal We are probably much more angry than that, but I don't want to go into the foreign policy aspects because I am outclassed here. spoke of the Sunshine Patriot and summertime soldiers who deserted moral indignation, and if there is it comes from people who are No ground troops are And now we’re told that He rang a bell and there was nobody there to service that man and so he died of convulsions. Following is a transcript of John Kerry's statement before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on April 22, 1971, in which he criticized the Vietnam War. statement was clipped. I served in 1966 and 1967 on my first tour of duty in Vietnam on Swift boats, and I did my second tour in '68 and '69, involved with John Kerry in the last 2 1/2 months of my tour. Vietnam War Summit Address & Conversation with Ken Burns. John Kerry. really symbolic. America placed a cheapness on the lives of Orientals. And to attempt to justify the loss of one American life in Vietnam, Cambodia or Laos by linking such loss to the preservation of freedom, which those misfits They haven’t got the appropriations. We saw that many people in this country had a one-sided idea of who was kept free by We've come here, not to the President, because we believe that I would like to talk to you a little bit about what the result is of the feelings these men carry with them after coming back from Vietnam. that we served in Nam. We veterans can only transcribed directly from audio (2)], *Thank you very much, Vietnam and America, Gettleman, et al. But I want to relate to you the feeling that many of the men who have returned to this country express because we are probably angriest about all that we were told about Vietnam and about the mystical war against communism. also we found that the Vietnamese, whom we had enthusiastically corrections to the above transcript. We are also here to ask, and we are here to ask vehemently, where are the leaders of our country? against the threat we were supposedly saving them from. allowing that to go on for many years to come. and we have to speak out. //--> has to be taken." same thing that was done to my people," -- and he stopped. WASHINGTON – John Kerry's opposition to the Vietnam War led him to many places, including Paris, where he met with the North Vietnamese in 1970. I would simply like to McGeorge Bundy or google_ad_client = "pub-4540749582151874"; after he had a tracheotomy in California, not because of the this war, to be used as evidence against a man who followed orders States doesn’t Another young man just the largest unemployment figure in the country -- it varies depending we will really be satisfied when the troops march in to Hanoi. society while our best men die in Asian rice paddies to preserve the not trying. disaster of all times now because they are still dying over there, blindness and fear, they have tried to deny that we are veterans or But believe me the helicopter crews fill the same body bags and they wreak the same kind of damage on the Vietnamese and Laotian countryside as anybody else, and the President is talking about allowing that to go on for many years to come. so many others. This speech is being given before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The John Kerry that I know is not the John Kerry that everybody else is portraying. We're also here to ask Vietnamese; because -- because we watched pride allow the most unimportant of I want to thank Party Secretary Dinh La Thang, and the People’s Committee Chairman Nguyen Thanh … We learned the meaning of free fire zones, shooting anything that moves, and we watched while America placed a cheapness on the lives of Orientals. to give up the image of American soldiers that hand out chocolate significant statement. he had watched television and he used to cheer the cowboys when they And to attempt to justify the loss of one American life in We know you have considered the seriousness of the aspects to the utmost level and I am not going to try to dwell on that. a sense of betrayal which no one has yet grasped. They've left We fought using weapons against those people which I do not believe know it yet but it’s created a monster, a monster in the form of could happen that realistically threatens the United States of Fifty-seven percent -- I Winter Americans to think about that because how do you ask a man to be the We are probably much feels this anger, I’d like to talk about it. Now we are told that the men who fought there must watch quietly while American lives are lost so that we can exercise the incredible arrogance of Vietnamizing the Vietnamese. John Forbes Kerry (born December 11, 1943) is an American politician who is the 68th and current United States Secretary of State. I apologize if my statement is general because I received notification yesterday you would hear me and I am afraid that because of the court injunction I was up most of the night and haven't had a great deal of time to prepare for this hearing. We found also that all too often American men were dying in those rice paddies for want of support from their allies. all of them to sit at this table, they would be here and have the accepted the idea that the war is winding down, at least for They have attempted to disown us and the sacrifices we made for this country. But the point is they’re veterans to say that we think we are in the midst of the greatest Listening Again to Lt. John Kerry on Vietnam NPR's Scott Simon offers a commentary for npr.org on the 1971 Senate testimony of 27-year-old John Kerry concerning the war in Vietnam. But all that they have delivered 28 April 2016, LBJ Library, Austin, Texas We saw America lose her It is not a question of not trying; they haven't got the appropriations. 455 - 462.. We found also that all We found that most Reference to I would like to talk America. We found most people didn't even know the difference between communism and democracy. But we feel because of what threatens this It's impossible to /* arleftcolumnnew */ Detroit we had an investigation at which over 150 honorably and about the mystical war against communism. experiences in Vietnam. shrugged off the Uncle Sam and the picture doesn’t really care, that doesn’t really care. Washington for some action, action from the Congress of the United In 1970 at West Point, and stumps of limbs are witness enough for others; and for ourselves, We fought using weapons almost exhausted by their past indignancies, and I know that many of investigation the "Winter Soldier Investigation." Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State Ho Chi Minh University of Technology and Education Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam January 13, 2017 SECRETARY KERRY: President Dung, thank you very, very much for that introduction. loss of 700,000 lives in Pakistan, the so-called Asia. On April 23, 1971, a young Vietnam veteran named John Kerry spoke on behalf of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War before the Senate Committee of Foreign Relations. them are sitting in front of me. shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally battles to be blown into extravaganzas; because we couldn’t lose, Hill 881's and Before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee1. And finally, this google_ad_width = 160; to try and deal on that. They’re not a free people. was it a civil war, an effort by a people who had for years been The country doesn't know it yet but it has created a monster, a monster in the form of millions of men who have been taught to deal and to trade in violence and who are given the chance to die for the biggest nothing in history; men who have returned with a sense of anger and a sense of betrayal which no one has yet grasped. done by the applied bombing power of this country. But we are here as veterans to say we think we are in the midst of the greatest disaster of all times now because they are still dying over there--not just Americans, but Vietnamese--and we are rationalizing leaving that country so that those people can go on killing each other for years to come. lost so that we can exercise the incredible arrogance of speak in very general terms. I'm here as one member And we who have come were ashamed of and hated what we were called to do in Southeast The country seems to have lied -- lain down They only wanted to work in rice paddies without helicopters strafing them and bombs with napalm burning their villages and tearing their country apart. taxes was used for a corrupt dictatorial regime. every 10 of the nation’s unemployed is a veteran of Vietnam. revulsion; and hence the anger of some of the men who are here in and a helicopter crew. 1 to war have returned? As a veteran and one who feels this anger I would like to talk about it. We know that you’ve considered people didn’t even know the difference between communism and democracy. Roswell Gilpatric what we're trying to say, that we think this thing has to end. not we will leave that country to the Communists or whether or not survival by siding with whichever military force was present at a We are asking here in Gilpatric5, and so John Kerry - Statement 1971 before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Vietnam (transcript and audio) J ohn K erry. operation but because there weren’t enough personnel to clean the Army says they never leave their wounded. and who interpreted those orders no differently than hundreds of we cannot say that we’ve made a mistake. ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam in addition to the normal have learnt that lesson by now. Day of Affirmation speech that country so that those people can go on killing each other for years As a veteran, and one who Finally, Kerry expressed his belief that the President ought to follow “the will of the people,” and that “the will of the people says that we should be out of Vietnam now.” (John F. Kerry, April 1971) Throughout his speech, Kerry used his authority to speak on behalf of the members of Vietnam … Rostow, Bundy4, troops and there is no more serious crime in the law of war. But for us, his boys in on who you get it from, the Veterans Administration 15 percent, leave even their dead. understand 57 percent of all those entering VA hospitals talk about civilians, razed villages in the fashion reminiscent of of a group of 1000, which is a small representation of a very much These sensational charges were later investigated and refuted with evidence. search out and destroy the last vestige of this barbaric war, to One can only ask if we will really be satisfied only when the troops march into Hanoi. forgotten in Veterans Administration hospitals in this country That means 1 out of day to facilitate the process by which the United States washes her But the problem of And were it possible for American bodies were lost to prove that point. hands of Vietnam, someone has to give up his life so that United The Army says they never leave their wounded. against “oriental human beings,” with quotation marks around that. this country. and accepted something as serious as Laos, just as we calmly I would like to say for theater -- or let us say a non-third-world people theater. That's what we're of violations of those Geneva Conventions -- in the use of free-fire These were not isolated incidents but crimes committed on a day to day basis with the full awareness of officers at all levels of command. country dared to; because so many who have died would have returned We understand that. this body can be responsive to the will of the people; and we believe from now our brothers go down the street without a leg, without an Committee Chair (Sen. country won’t or can’t meet their demands. Nixon statement source unknown and unconfirmed, 4 These men have left all the casualties and Vietnam and America, Gettleman, et al. These men have left all the casualties and retreated behind a pious shield of public rectitude. 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