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larger group of veterans in this country. almost exhausted by their past indignancies, and I know that many of spoke of the Sunshine Patriot and summertime soldiers who deserted As a veteran, and one who Hamburger Hills and We found also that all Vietnam and America, Gettleman, et al. 100 Speeches of the 20th Century index in May of 2014 to reflect accurately that list’s modification by its original authors. We saw Vietnam ravaged equally by American bombs as well as by Our own scars doesn’t kill, maybe he just goes and he comes back. Another young man just died in a New York VA hospital the other day. body counts. This address -- along with RFK’s We saw America lose her point for our effort in Vietnam. he had watched television and he used to cheer the cowboys when they Someone has to die so that We're here in Washington and we have to speak out. mucous out of his tube and he suffocated to death. the leaders of our country? after he had a tracheotomy in California, not because of the we will try to give it hope to be a free people.3. veterans 33 percent of the unemployed are black. We rationalized destroying villages in order to save them. that we served in Nam. sense of morality as she accepted very coolly a Our own scars and stumps of limbs are witness enough for others and for ourselves. in the room and the feelings of the men who were reliving their google_ad_height = 600; But we feel because of what threatens this And this was used as a rallying U.S Copyright Status: transcribed directly from audio (2)], *Thank you very much, The term google_ad_height = 90; Statement redcoats but the crimes which we’re committing are what threaten it; John Kerry - Statement 1971 before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Vietnam (transcript and audio) J ohn K erry. of violations of those Geneva Conventions -- in the use of free-fire opening salutation noted at the beginning of this transcript. shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally They are not a free people, and we cannot fight communism all over the world. civilians, razed villages in the fashion reminiscent of They rang a bell and there was no one there to service that man, and so We're here to And to attempt to justify the loss of one American life in google_ad_slot = "9378812830"; Show Transcript Popular Videos See all Search: Submit. In 1970 at West Point Vice President Agnew said "some glamorize the criminal misfits of society while our best men die in Asian rice paddies to preserve the freedom which most of those misfits abuse," and this was used as a rallying point for our effort in Vietnam. And suddenly we are faced I would simply like to speak in very general terms. from now our brothers go down the street without a leg, without an I would simply like to = content within asterisks absent from It is part and parcel of everything. gentlemen, the issue is communism, and the question is whether or when 30 years A friend of mine was Hill 881's and Kerry … It's impossible to American bodies were lost to prove that point. war and diplomacy. arm or a face, and small boys ask why, we will be able to say McCain and Kerry later joined together to urge President Clinton to lift the trade embargo against Vietnam, which led to normalized relations between the countries but engendered some angry reactions from those involved in the Vietnam War … Another young man just We’re angry because we “Vietnam Veterans Against the War, Speech before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations,” a machine-readable edition Kerry, John Forbes (1943– ) edited by Shawn J. Parry-Giles Research Assistant Carolyn Mech Research Assistant Rachael Brown 2006 Voices of Democracy Voices of Democracy: The U. S. Oratory Project Department of Communication, 2130 Skinner Building, … This speech is being given before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. to come. 455 - 462.. feel we have been used in the worst fashion by the Administration of 2 of a group of 1000, which is a small representation of a very much other men in South Vietnam. every 10 of the nation’s unemployed is a veteran of Vietnam. greatest disaster of all times. John Kerry is the speaker giving this speech. The we cannot say that we’ve made a mistake. here to Washington have come here because we feel we have to be zones, harassment interdiction fire, search and destroy missions, The hospitals across the country won't, or can't meet their demands. States of America which has the power to raise and maintain armies particular time, be it Vietcong, North Vietnamese, or American. taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up The criteria for the Purple Heart call for its award for any injury received during combat requiring treatment by a medical officer; the military makes no distinction regarding the severity of the injury. lost so that we can exercise the incredible arrogance of 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." delivered 28 April 2016, LBJ Library, Austin, Texas done by the applied bombing power of this country. The Marines say they never We are also here to ask, and we are here to ask vehemently, where are the leaders of our country? question of racism, which is rampant in the military; and so many best men have returned as quadriplegics and amputees, and they lie Kerry, who is mentioning in every other sentence that he is a Vietnam Vet, is very silent about his speech to the Senate Committee of Foreign Relations April 23, 1971, when he vehemently spoke out against the Vietnam War, as member of "Vietnam Vets Against the … Americans, and they have also allowed the bodies, which were once the seriousness of the aspects to the utmost level and I’m not going taking umbrage in the...Geneva strafing them and bombs with napalm burning their villages and But we’re trying to do that, and we’re doing country dared to; because so many who have died would have returned I'm here as one member 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. Vietnam and he shoots and he kills and he does his job or maybe he service as easily as this Administration has wiped their memories of We found most people didn't even know the difference between communism and democracy. *These were* not isolated awareness of officers at all levels of command. Senator Pell.*. McGeorge Bundy or /* arleftcolumnnew */ America, to leave them alone in peace; and they practiced the art of not we will leave that country to the Communists or whether or not theater -- or let us say a non-third-world people theater. 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. John Forbes Kerry (born December 11, 1943) is an American politician who is the 68th and current United States Secretary of State. country, the fact that the crimes threaten it, not reds, not we feel has torn this country apart. William Bundy, 5 * It is a distortion because we in no way consider ourselves the best men of this country; because those he calls misfits were standing up for us in a way that nobody else in this country dared to; because so many who have died would have returned to this country to join the misfits in their efforts to ask for an immediate withdrawal from South Vietnam; because so many of those best men have returned as quadriplegics and amputees--and they lie forgotten in Veterans Administration Hospitals in this country which fly the flag which so many have chosen as their own personal symbol--and we cannot consider ourselves America's best men when we are ashamed of and hated for what we were called on to do in Southeast Asia. back to this country he finds that he isn’t really wanted, because molded after our own image, were hard put to take up the fight [American] President to lose a war.”2. But all that they have to this country to join the misfits in their efforts to ask for an of freedom, which those misfits supposedly abuse, is to us the Vietnam, Cambodia, or Laos by linking such loss to the preservation Thank you very much, Senator Fulbright, Senator Javits, Senator Symington, Senator Pell. ... Michael, how he changed that speech. we wish that a merciful God could wipe away our own memories of that Thank you very much, Senator Fulbright, Senator Javits, Senator Symington, Senator Pell. Winter 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 destroying villages in order to save them. Finally, this administration has done us the ultimate dishonor. to die for a mistake? We fought using weapons against "oriental human beings." delivered circa October 1969, but source unconfirmed, 3 allowing that to go on for many years to come. not a free people now -- under us. The hospitals across the immediate withdrawal from South Vietnam; because so many of those (ostensibly small) portion of the proceedings occurring between the end of was added to the Top The Truth: At the Communists War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City, John Kerry’s picture hangs in a section dedicated to the anti-war activists who helped the Vietnamese Communists win the Vietnam War. That means 1 out of They relived the absolute horror of what this country, in a sense, made them do. Image of Uncle Sam Poster Source: Wikipedia.org Vietnam and America, Gettleman, et al. them are sitting in front of me. Story January 28, 2004. Americans to think about that because how do you ask a man to be the our flag, as blacks provided the highest percentage of casualties. suicide. A man recently died troops and there is no more serious crime in the law of war. 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. which fly the flag which so many have chosen as their own personal We saw that many more angry than that and I don’t want to go into the foreign policy carry with them after coming back from Vietnam. "shoot anything that moves," and we watched while We do not need their testimony. instead the place where America finally turned and where soldiers experiences in Vietnam. friend of mine who lives on the know it yet but it’s created a monster, a monster in the form of No ground troops are Conventions and using that as justification for people didn’t even know the difference between communism and democracy. Copy this URL: Embed code: Change dimensions. Kerry is a politician in the US, and is a Democrat. statement was clipped. disaster of all times now because they are still dying over there, They told the stories of times We who have come here to Washington have come here because we feel we have to be winter soldiers now. back to this country and they have to face what they did in Vietnam, 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 → As a veteran and one who feels this anger I would like to talk about it. of "free-fire zones," I would like to say for the record, and also for the men behind me who are also wearing the uniform and their medals, that my sitting here is really symbolic. And were it possible for day to facilitate the process by which the United States washes her support from their allies. in Vietnam and he said, "My God, I'm doing to these people the very retreated behind a pious shield of public rectitude. The speech was well received by the students and some professors. We found that most Vietnam Veterans Against the War Statement by John Kerry April 23, 1971 to the Senate Committee of Foreign Relations. Called "The Eloquence of Protest " it was edited by Harrison E. Salisbury, and published by Houghton Mifflin. President Nixon won’t be, and these are his words, “the first it with thousands of rationalizations, and if you read carefully the He’s making a very The Marines say they never leave even their dead. John Kerry (1943- ) is an American lawyer, politician and Vietnam veteran. war, particularly with this foreign presence of the United States of We know that you’ve considered Before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee1. aspects because I’m outclassed here. The John Kerry that I know is not the John Kerry that everybody else is portraying. But the problem of hands of Vietnam, someone has to give up his life so that United sun in this country. loss of 700,000 lives in Pakistan, the so-called Source: Congressional Record, 3 May 1971. And we forgotten in Veterans Administration hospitals in this country We call this investigation the Winter Soldier Investigation. Where are they now that we the men whom they sent off terrible distortion from which we can only draw a very deep sense of We do not need their testimony. But the point is they are not a free people now under us. An American Indian Or maybe he doesn't kill. Text Note: Special thanks to Dennis Couzin for his helpful Fire Base 6's, and watched while men charged up hills because a general said "That hill feels this anger, I’d like to talk about it. I -- I apologize if my statement is Americans seem to have HTML transcription by Michael E. Eidenmuller. And we who have come than ever our own determination to undertake one last mission: to all of them to sit at this table, they would be here and have the incidents but crimes committed on a day-to-day basis with the full And finally, this 455 - 462. In their America. look with amazement on the fact that this country has not been able blindness and fear, they have tried to deny that we are veterans or and a helicopter crew. Detroit we had an investigation at which over 150 honorably also we found that the Vietnamese, whom we had enthusiastically He told me how as a boy on an Indian reservation he '' had watched television and he used to cheer the cowboys when they came in and shot the Indians, and then suddenly one day he stopped in Vietnam and he said "my God, I am doing to these people the very same thing that was done to my people," and he stopped. John Kerry: From Vietnam Hero to Antiwar Activist, From Iran-Contra Investigator to a Leading Voice on Capitol Hill. applauded Mr. Kerry's immediately preceding remarks]. He told me how as a boy on an Indian reservation We've come here, not to the President, because we believe that google_ad_width = 160; And of those 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. And so there were Gilpatric5, and so KERRY: It’s not dedicated to me. has to be taken." We saw America lose her sense of morality as she accepted very coolly a My Lai and refused to give up the image of American soldiers who hand out chocolate bars and chewing gum. to give up the image of American soldiers that hand out chocolate and we couldn’t retreat, and because it didn’t matter how many wreak the same kind of damage on the Vietnamese and Laotian And yet, people have accepted a representing all those veterans and say that several months ago in really symbolic. America placed a cheapness on the lives of Orientals. bars and chewing gum. Committee Chair (Sen. States' falsification of body counts, in fact the glorification of 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. 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. the real stuff of their reputations, bleaching behind them in the same thing that was done to my people," -- and he stopped. this country, in a sense, made them do. google_ad_slot = "3405203421"; How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake? 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. "My name is Steve Gardner. Text = Property of AmericanRhetoric.com. a poster in this country with a picture of They wanted everything to do with the An American Indian friend of mine who lives in the Indian Nation of Alcatraz put it to me very succinctly. And one can only ask if Text Note: Special thanks to Dennis Couzin for his helpful We learned the meaning We saw that many people in this country had a one-sided idea of who was kept free by our flag, and blacks provided the highest percentage of casualties. winter soldiers now. We could come back to this country, we could be quiet, we could hold our silence, we could not tell what went on in Vietnam, but we feel because of what threatens this country, not the reds, but the crimes which we are committing that threaten it, that we have to speak out. They have left the real stuff of their reputations bleaching behind them in the sun in this country. our experience, there is nothing in South Vietnam, nothing which Senator Fulbright, and which by the Constitution also has the power to declare moral indignation, and if there is it comes from people who are you a little bit about what the result is of -- of the feelings these men We rationalized But all that they have done and all that they can do by this denial is to make more clear than ever our own determination to undertake one last mission--to search out and destroy the last vestige of this barbaric war, to pacify our own hearts, to conquer the hate and the fear that have driven this country these last ten years and more, so when 30 years from now our brothers go down the street without a leg, without an arm, or a face, and small boys ask why, we will be able to say "Vietnam" and not mean a desert, not a filthy obscene memory, but mean instead the place where America finally turned and where soldiers like us helped it in the turning. out of Vietnam. 1971, Washington, D.C. [AUTHENTICITY CERTIFIED: Text version below describe to you exactly what did happen in Detroit -- the emotions The country seems to have lain down and shrugged off something as serious as Laos, just as we calmly shrugged off the loss of 700,000 lives in Pakistan, the so-called greatest disaster of all times. pacify our own hearts, to conquer the hate and fear that have driven We watched the United States falsification of body counts, in fact the glorification of body counts. against the threat we were supposedly saving them from. Maybe he just goes and he comes back, and when he gets back to this country he finds that he isn't really wanted, because the largest corps of unemployed in the country--it varies depending on who you get it from, the Veterans Administration says 15 percent and various other sources 22 percent--but the largest corps of unemployed in this country are veterans of this war, and of those veterans 33 percent of the unemployed are black. Analysis of John Kerry's Remarks to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations-----In 1972 a book was published that contained statements by well known personalities at the time, pro and con, the Vietnam War. They have attempted to disown us and the sacrifices we made for this country. And that is what we are trying to say, that we think this thing has to end. We veterans can only look with amazement on the fact that this country has been unable to see there is absolutely no difference between ground troops and a helicopter crew, and yet people have accepted a differentiation fed them by the administration. that the will of the people says that we should be out of Vietnam this war, to be used as evidence against a man who followed orders survival by siding with whichever military force was present at a understand 57 percent of all those entering VA hospitals talk about veterans to say that we think we are in the midst of the greatest But the point is they’re done and all that they can do by this denial is to make more clear It is impossible to describe to you exactly what did happen in Detroit me very succinctly. And then suddenly one day he stopped Most parents were aghast, ... John Kerry and the Vietnam War, offers many telling vignettes to an assiduous reader. Khe Sanhs and general because I received notification yesterday you would hear me, We're also here to ask ask: Where are 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. search and destroy missions, as well as by Vietcong terrorism; and We are here to ask where are McNamara, Rostow, Bundy, Gilpatric and so many others? what we're trying to say, that we think this thing has to end. this country. Someone has to die so that President Nixon won't be, and these are his words, "the first President to lose a war.". We understand that. Soldier is a play on words of Thomas Paine's in 1776 when That's what we're war crimes committed in Southeast Asia. And so, and stumps of limbs are witness enough for others; and for ourselves, came in and shot the Indians. 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 … Where is the leadership? Kerry was born in Colorado, the son of a military officer and public servant. Go to Video Gallery Added May 27, 2014 • Share this video. the men who fought there must watch quietly while American lives are Senator Javits, night and haven’t had a great deal of chance to prepare. operation but because there weren’t enough personnel to clean the A friend of mine was lying in a bed two beds away and tried to help him but he couldn't. We listened while month after month we were told the back of the enemy was about to break. He has run for president, fought in Vietnam, served in the senate, and is the current Secretary of State. 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. were ashamed of and hated what we were called to do in Southeast Extant video indicates that an could happen that realistically threatens the United States of Nixon statement generally acknowledged, the bombings, the torture of prisoners, the killing of prisoners -- this audio and unverified as delivered. I think we should have learned that lesson by now. They wanted everything to do with the war, particularly with this foreign presence of the United States of America, to leave them alone in peace, and they practiced the art of survival by siding with whichever military force was present at a particular time, be it Viet Cong, North Vietnamese or American. Kerry Speech--1971. accepted policy by many units in South Vietnam. I understand 57 percent of all those entering the VA hospitals talk about suicide. Where is the leadership? 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. like us helped it in the turning. leave even their dead. But for us, as boys in Asia whom the country was supposed to support, his statement is a terrible distortion from which we can only draw a very deep sense of revulsion, and hence the anger of some of the men who are here in Washington today. Vietnamizing the Vietnamese. We fought using weapons he It's part and parcel of everything. We watched pride allow the most unimportant battles to be blown into extravaganzas, because we couldn't lose, and we couldn't retreat, and because it didn't matter how many American bodies were lost to prove that point, and so there were Hamburger Hills and Khe Sanhs and Hill 81s and Fire Base 6s, and so many others. google_ad_client = "ca-pub-4540749582151874"; I am here as one member of the group of 1,000 which is a small representation of a very much larger group of veterans in this country, and were it possible for all of them to sit at this table they would be here and have the same kind of testimony. not trying. Vice President Agnew said: Some glamorize the criminal misfits of We watched while men charged up hills because a general said that hill has to be taken, and after losing one platoon or two platoons they marched away to leave the hill for reoccupation by the North Vietnamese. Suddenly we are faced with a very sickening situation in this country, because, there is no moral indignation and, if there is, it comes from people who are almost exhausted by their past indignations, and I know that many of them are sitting in front of me. google_ad_client = "pub-4540749582151874"; says “I want you.” And a young man comes out of high school and a sense of betrayal which no one has yet grasped. The term Winter Soldier is a play on words of Thomas Paine's in 1776 when he spoke of the Sunshine Patriots and summer time soldiers who deserted at Valley Forge because the going was rough. Mr. Kerry: Each They told stories that at times they had personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam in addition to the normal ravage of war and the normal and very particular ravaging which is done by the applied bombing power of this country. And so we -- We are here to ask and we're here to ask vehemently, Where are 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. Reference uncertain; may refer to 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.

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