I reviewed with interest a recent post of the John Kerry “support” of the United States vote of “present” in the United Nations rebuke of Israel. In the comments to the article was one response defending Mr. Kerry’s previous lack of integrity when he testified before Congress on atrocities during Viet Nam. It elicited the following Facebook post on my part and when I was done, I felt it worthy of inclusion on the blog. You may see the original here.
“_________, if that is your picture, thank you for your service, if not…well you know what should follow. Viet Nam was surely a nasty quagmire, every war is, but that still does not give any one soldier the right to condemn or throw his fellow soldiers under the bus. If you want to see a patriot testify before Congress, please review the questioning of Oliver North…particularly the questions around “were you ordered” and his response of “Sir, of course, I was ordered, I’m a Marine”, but never putting anyone in his line of fire.
It is “soldiers” like John Kerry that have allowed our military to become completely political. Men of integrity and ethics have been banished, limited, and removed ever since Viet Nam. I know, I was there. This is not from a historical perspective, it is from a personal perspective. Today’s military “leadership”, unfortunately, is greatly understaffed in men with honor. Not all, understood, but one weak link is one too many.
So, in the future, as you post in defense of any military weak link, please be aware of the damage you are perpetrating in an already faulty system. The military must not only be allowed to weed out the “john kerry” component, it must be encouraged to do so. Maintaining absolute integrity within the ranks is the only way to shine the light where it belongs…political influence and agendas.