Today, fraudulent war-crimes claims are again being circulated and given unquestioned credibility by certain Members of Congress. We intend to expose these unfair accusations against our troops in Iraq. The American people have the right to know the truth, as it was then, and as it is now. More importantly, they need to be alerted to the grave danger faced by our country if we elect officials who have declared their intention to repeat the worst mistake of the Vietnam War: legislating defeat.
This group of highly decorated Veterans just delivered this letter to all 535 members of congress demanding that the truth be told. Help us force Congress to face the truth.
To: United States Congress
From: Vietnam Veterans Legacy Foundation
Re: Iraq Veterans Against the War
A group calling themselves "Iraq Veterans Against the War" (IVAW) will march on Washington, DC, similar to the one staged in April, 1971 by their forebears, "Vietnam Veterans Against the War" (VVAW). Like their predecessors, IVAW will claim that several in their group have either participated in or witnessed war crimes committed by their fellow American troops in Iraq. According to news reports, the IVAW intends to have their claims of war crimes read into the Congressional Record.
Before you listen to or acknowledge them, you would do well to fact-check their stories, verify that the accusers actually served in combat units in Iraq at the times they claim, and determine if there is any support for and corroborating evidence of their war crime and atrocity claims. Many members of Congress were embarrassed by the VVAW some 37 years ago because they failed to conduct any investigation, instead accepting these allegations without question.
American pilots do not conduct air-raids on villages, killing civilians, nor are our troops cold-blooded murderers or terrorists. But, if you believe some current members of Congress who have accused our men and women in uniform of all that and worse, you would have to conclude our military is a barbarian horde, just as John Kerry had previously said.
It was a lie then, and it's an even bigger lie today. The truth is that some in the U.S. Congress and their mouthpieces in the media now represent a much bigger threat to the lives of our men and women in combat, and our national security, than any foreign enemy.
Over the last few months, the "Liberal's War on America" has gone badly.
- MoveOn, the New York Times, and Senators who accused Gen. Petraeus of being a traitor and a liar have been exposed and repudiated;
- The media's attempted flim-flam to portray Iran's Terrorist Dictator as a "Statesman," tripped on Columbia University's red carpet;
- The brave combat Marines whom Congressman Murtha and the press eagerly charged with "cold-blooded murders" in Iraq are being found innocent, acquitted one by one.
The "War" is not going well ... the "War On America," that is.
Those who claimed they "Supported the Troops" are finally being unmasked, shown for being the cowards they are. But, it won't be long before they regroup, begin their own "Surge" in this decades-long "War On America." We won't stand by quietly when they do, nor should you.
My fellow POWs and I have long known the contempt the extreme Left has for our military. We felt the crush of rifle butts in our faces, beatings and unspeakable torture in the Hanoi Hilton Prison when we refused to kowtow to American traitors who traveled to these countries for propaganda "photo-ops" with our Communist jailors.
The so-called "anti-war movement," lead by the likes of Lt. John Kerry and his mentor, Sen. Ted Kennedy, also said they "supported the troops". What they didn't say is whose "troops."
We knew the answer then, we were witnesses and victims. It's the same today. They "support" America's enemies, any Communist Regime, Dictator or Terrorists that vow to kill and maim American soldiers and innocent civilians.