Be an INFORMED voter. Know what Mr. Kerry is all about. You decide.



As a former green beret, who is still involved in that tight-knit
community, I was "shocked and awed" when I saw Michael Moore during an
interview at the DNC actually say that "Bush did not have Special
Forces on the ground in Afghanistan for more than two months after

             That was laughable; it was such a stupid, bold-faced lie.
Many, many green berets and ex-green berets know that two
A-detachments were on the ground in Afghanistan within forty-eight
hours of the 9-11 attacks.

Robin Moore, a friend and the author of the number one best seller THE
GREEN BERETS, wrote of those detachments in THE SEARCH FOR BIN LADEN.
Just about everybody in SF, also knew that MG Geoff Lambert, then
commanding US Special Forces Command, had those Special Forces team
members on alert within two hours of the first jet hitting the World
Trade Center tower one.

              One of those brave Green Beret sergeants who served on
those two teams and who lost his leg was probably sitting at home
gnashing his teeth while hearing such trash.   It is a feeling many of
us have each time we hear those well-meaning apologists, "doves," and
Michael Moore-followers, do to the brave young men and women serving
in Iraq and Afghanistan what was done to our men and women serving in
Vietnam. It must stop now!

If you are a fellow Vietnam veteran reading this, "welcome home" and
thank you for your service. Whether you are a Democrat, Republican,
Independent, or apolitical, I am an American first, before any
political party, and I am sure most reading this are, too. We must not
allow anybody to belittle or disrespect any military service, in war,
or at home, National Guard, reserves, coast guard, or any service. It
is all honorable and all part of one big machine, needing each part to
function properly.

This goes far beyond politics. Victimizing our military is one of the
most selfish and self-destructive things we can do. Protesting in a
free country, is "chump change" when compared to a willingness to lay
your very life on the line for what you believe in, like our fighting
men and women do. With a broken-heart, I survived the aftermath of
Vietnam's "anti-war movement." Those young brave American men and
women in today's military will NOT go through the same treatment as
long as my fellow veterans and I have a breath in our bodies.

Michael Moore, in a German press conference, referred to Americans as
the "dumbest people on the planet." Now, many well-meaning Americans,
are making him look correct, and are making him even richer by buying
tickets and believing his hype. One of my four sons even told me that
I should not knock it until I watch it. I said, "Son, I won't put a
dime in Michael Moore's pocket!" Dave Kopel did a lot of careful
research on Michael Moore's FARENHEIT 9/11 and points out "56"
outright lies. I ask you, please take the time to read it carefully.       

For example, the 9-11 Commission already stated that the bin Laden's
did not leave the US until the air travel ban was lifted, but in
Moore's film, he makes it seem as if there was a big conspiracy, and
President Bush let them leave the country when nobody else could travel.

Michael Niewodowski, a chef at Windows on the World at the top of the
World Trade Center was supposed to report for work shortly after the
jets slammed into the twin towers, and he has also written a scathing
piece about Moore's mockumentary. Please read it, too.

Mr. Niewodowski, who is a chef not a professional writer, in his
Sarasota Herald-Tribune article, points out that there are over 20
motion pictures about Pearl Harbor and its aftermath, and they espouse
"patriotism, courage, and nationalism." What films do we have about
the 9-11 disaster? FARENHEIT 9/11, a complete sham.

I received 2 significant e-mails from Iraq recently; 1 from an army
master sergeant  and 1 from a sergeant first class, serving in
different units, but both men asked if I could help them, explaining
that young soldiers are seeing bootleg copies of FARENHEIT 9/11 and
are becoming disheartened and demotivated, as they have had no
experience with the political process, and they think that if the
movie has been made and distributed, it must be true. Shortly after
receiving those e-mails, I also received other forwarded e-mails with
very similar words from Iraq.

Even if you are totally against the war, we must do all we can to keep
our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan motivated, which in turn, helps
keep them safe and alive. How can you say you support our troops,
without also supporting their commander in chief? No President,
Democrat or Republican, in US history, during a time of war, has been
so publicly chastised and disrespected as President George W. Bush.
This plays right into the enemy's hands and propaganda machine.

John Kerry betrayed his fellow Vietnam veterans making us his
"Abandoned Brothers," which is exactly what he is doing now to our
current troops. He knows, full well, the many lies contained in
FARENHEIT 9/11, but it helps him get votes, so he is silent. That is
the same as embracing Michael Moore, which; in itself, would take
very, very long arms at best. During the DNC, the Spielberg-backed
video about Kerry, briefly showed a photograph of Kerry and 20 fellow
sailors, even after John Kerry and Kerry's campaign were issued a
"cease and desist" letter from an attorney representing 11 of the men
in the photograph who detest Kerry. In fact, only 1 man in that
photograph of 20 supports Kerry for President

By the way, Senator Kerry, you were a "sailor" in Vietnam. Be proud of
that and stop referring to yourself as a "soldier" in Vietnam. The
liberal members of the news media, who also are helping destroy our
troop's morale, are just as bad.

I have received hundreds of thousands of e-mails, calls, letters, and
other communiqués since February 11th, mostly from veterans, and many
from active duty military personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan, or their
family members, and those items are over 100 to 1 against Kerry and
for Bush.

And, if you insist on the tired political line that Bush was a
"draft-dodger," go strap yourself in the seat of an F-102 jet, pilot
it down the runway at several hundred miles per hour, and then up into
the air and bypass the speed of sound, then afterwards, go seek out
the 140 Medal of Honor recipients who were in the National Guard, and
tell them their service is akin to "draft-dodging."

Or, if you want to insist on the other politically-spun myth that
President Bush lied about going to war in Iraq, then simply look on
the internet at the numerous quotes about WMD in Iraq, the need for US
military action, and Hussein needing to be toppled; with those many
quotes from John Kerry, Ted Kennedy, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Al
Gore, Madeleine Albright, and other democratic leaders. In the Aug 1
issue of PARADE, GEN Tommy Franks (retired) a man of honor, stated
that in January, 2003, (2 months before the start of the War in Iraq)
Egypt's President  Hosni Mubarak and Jordan's King Abdullah both told
Franks that Saddam Hussein had chemical and biological weapons of mass
destruction, or WMD. According to GEN Frank's, President Mubarak told
him point blank: 'Saddam has WMD--biologicals actually--and he will
use them on your troops."

Within an hour, Tommy Franks relayed that message to Washington, and
the president of Russia, and other countries, trading with Iraq also
reported that Hussein had WMD's and was ready to use them.

Now, for political expediency, they have turned it all around and say
President Bush lied. Sorry, but President Bush led, not lied.

Before politics, before our own agendas; if you want a cause, please
use the cost of a movie ticket to FARENHEIT 9/11 and instead send a
"care package" to one of our troops in Iraq or Afghanistan, send money
or toys to help Iraqi children through
, or similar groups, or just write our military men and women, and
show them our full support, love, and appreciation.

Please join me and circulate this to everybody you know, and send it
to the media, over and over.

Don Bendell served as an officer in four Special Forces Groups,
including a tour on a green beret A-team (Dak Pek) in Vietnam in
1968-1969, and was in the Top Secret Phoenix Program, is a top-selling
author of 21 books, with over 1,500,000 copies of his books in print
worldwide, a 1995 inductee into the International Karate Hall of Fame,
and owns karate schools in southern Colorado.  web:  .

Permission is hereby granted to reprint, copy, or pass this on
wherever and to whomever you choose. This is the 8th in a series of
editorials about John F. Kerry, and is posted on my website with the
other 7. The 7th editorial is also pasted below, in case you have not
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Don Bendell



            A few months ago on TV, Senator John Kerry, you angrily
asked a detractor "Are you questioning my patriotism?" He responded
that he was not, but I sure am. Rather than deciding which power tie
you should wear each day, I feel you should be in an orange jumpsuit
in a federal penitentiary for treason. You betrayed all my fellow
Vietnam veterans, our POW's, our loyal Montagnard allies (at the cost
of many of their lives), and you betrayed me. Your entire political
career was launched when you spoke before Congress in 1971, using
eloquent testimony written by Bobby Kennedy's head speechwriter, but
based on outright lies from 7 men from the Detroit Winter Soldier
Rally, who all claimed to be Vietnam veterans that committed
atrocities such as those you described. As you well know, only 2 of
those men were even in the military, and they were never in combat,
and the other 5 all claimed to be Navy SEALS in the Top Secret Phoenix
Program, but they were never even in the military. It did not matter
to you. In fact, Congress investigated and discovered that most of the
so-called highly decorated veterans at the Detroit Rally were also not
even in the military.  You did not care. You were on your way towards
the Presidency then, with no regards to that got hurt along the way,
including all of us Vietnam veterans. John Kerry, like a chameleon,
you change your appearance to fit the environment you are in at the
time. You do only what is politically expedient for you, no matter who
gets hurt. You always have. You always will.

Now, 250 sailors who served with you in Vietnam, and who know what you
are really like under the stresses of combat, have condemned you[i][i]
and declared you "unfit to be commander in chief of our armed forces."
Your boss in Vietnam and his boss are included in this list, and these
men even started their own website, but the
liberal media flatly refuses to expose this to the American public.
You publicly said that you witnessed atrocities, so you literally
called these honorable, brave men, who served alongside you, "war
criminals." And you call yourself a man of honor?

The doctor who treated you for your first wound, for which you
received your first Purple Heart, Dr. Louis Letson[ii][ii], now a
retired practitioner in Alabama, swore: "I simply removed the piece of
metal by lifting it out of the skin with forceps. I doubt that it
penetrated more than 3 or 4 mm. It did not require probing to find it,
did not require any anesthesia to remove it, and did not require any
sutures to close the wound. The wound was covered with a band-aid."

It has been reported that you got that wound by firing an M-79 at
rocks on shore nearby, after a boat-mate warned you not to, and a tiny
sliver ricocheted and nicked you. 3 or 4mm's? "lifting it out of the
skin?" John Kerry, in fact, all three of your Purple Hearts in Vietnam
were for wounds that only required a band-aid. Little wonder you do
not wish those records released so those you have swayed can see the
real you. And you call yourself a "man of honor."

You were awarded the Silver Star for beaching your craft, chasing a
wounded Viet Cong and dispatching him with a headshot, but John Kerry,
he had been already wounded by your boat-gunner employing twin .50's.
In other words, you killed a man who had been wounded from less than a
hundred yards away, by a pair of Browning M2 .50 caliber machine guns,
which shoot 1,100 rounds per minute of six-inch by half-inch
cartridges at a muzzle velocity of 2,930 feet per second, and a range
of 4.22 "miles." Do you have a clue what happens to a man who has been
shot in the hand, foot, leg, arm, or anywhere by such a round, let
alone torso or head? According to the USAF, an earlier version of the
same machine gun in WWII fired on Japanese Zeros from B25 Mitchell
Bombers would cause the "enemy plane to explode." I shot a 50-pound
bag of rice hanging under a bamboo tripod from the same approximate
distance with one round, center mass, and the whole bag exploded
everywhere from the impact. You ran down a man wounded by such a
weapon and "dispatched him." No wonder you have publicly-stated that
you committed war crimes. And you call yourself a man of honor.

Regarding your television ad showing you in Vietnam: Every guy I ever
knew in Vietnam who was filmed was shot with a usually shaky hand-held
8mm camera and always looked at and joked for the camera, except for
you, John Kerry, the patrolling actor, who cannot even carry an M-16
correctly, and you claim "to be a man of honor."

The real "JFK," John F. Kennedy, FDR, Harry Truman, LBJ, Richard
Nixon, George H. W. Bush, Dwight Eisenhower, no other President,
except Abraham Lincoln; during a time of war, has been so publicly
chastised, slandered, and denigrated like you and your supporters have
been doing to George W. Bush during this dangerous and critical time
in US history. Have you tried to quash their attacks and cared about
our country's security? Or did you encourage your attack machine to
play right into the enemy's hands and add fuel to their propaganda
machine, and yours? And you claim to be a man of honor.

You are rated as the "most" liberal Senator in the US Senate, and your
running mate as the 4th  most liberal Senator, but you spin it for the
American public to seem like you are "middle of the road." You are
rated as the wealthiest Senator in US history and you and your
supporters have spun it like George W. Bush is the spoiled rich kid.
And you claim to be a man of honor.

I receive tens of thousands of e-mails by veterans and active military
serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, almost totally supportive of
President Bush, for many reasons. For example, many have heard that
George W. Bush and his wife privately and quietly go to military
hospitals and visit wounded soldiers all the time and visit with
families of KIA's, without cameras around, because they truly care.
The only time you have ever visited them has been when there was a
"photo op," because you have never been into "we," only "me." And you
claim to be a man of honor.

            If President, you would have our brave young men and women
risking their lives, not for the red, white, and blue, but for the
powder blue of the United Nations, and would put their lives and
safety under the command of foreign officers who are trained by people
we have trained, with the hopes that particular commander is not one
of the corrupt ones in the UN, a crap-shoot at best.

            When you chaired the Senate Select Committee on MIA/POW
Affairs and closed the books on it in 1992, [iii][iii]at the same time
that your first cousin, C. Stewart Forbes, was making a one billion
dollar deep sea port deal with Hanoi and was also being awarded the
exclusive real estate development rights for the entire country of
Vietnam, [iv][iv]you shredded documents, which absolutely proved the
existence of living American POW's, ignored 42,00 pieces of evidence,
and closed the books, saying there was no significant evidence proving
any Americans still lived. And you call yourself a man of honor.

            Why does what happened three decades ago pertain to today?
You betrayed many in our country then, and if elected President, you
will do it again. A leopard cannot change its spots, but a chameleon
changes colors whenever it's advantageous.

            I ran into an orphaned, unsighted chameleon in the jungle,
and he asked me what type of animal he was.

            I said, "You have beady eyes, you're slimy, very low, you
change colors to blend into your environment, whenever you move you
look crooked, and it doesn't look to me like you have any testicles."

            The chameleon responded, "Heaven help me. I must be John
F. Kerry."

            John Forbes Kerry, I do not hate you. My words are direct
and strong, because I simply do not like you, respect you, or trust
you, and do not want our country put in harm's way by your Presidency,
because, unlike you, I am a man of honor. You are not. Never will be.
You are simply a chameleon. We are at war, and you have already proven
the type of loyalty you display to American's fighting men and women
during war.

Don Bendell served as an officer in four Special Forces Groups,
including a tour on a green beret A-team (Dak Pek) in Vietnam in
1968-1969, and was in the Top Secret Phoenix Program, is a top-selling
author of 21 books, with over 1,500,000 copies of his books in print
worldwide, a 1995 inductee into the International Karate Hall of Fame,
and owns karate schools in southern Colorado. web: .

Permission is hereby granted to reprint, copy, or pass this on
wherever and to whomever you choose. This is the 7th in a series of
editorials about John F. Kerry, and is posted on my website with the
other 6.

Don Bendell


ii  May 04, 2004, 4:26 p.m., Kerry Purple Heart Doc Speaks Out
The medical description of his first wound. By Byron York, NR White
house Correspondent

[iii][iii] Deal will build Vietnam port:[01 Edition]

MICHAEL E. KNELL. Boston Herald. Boston, Mass.: Jun 16, 1993.  pg. 032


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