kerry waffle.jpeg     an open letter to: John Kerry

The 2004 race for the White House is getting nasty as we close in on the end of summer. Allegations and rumors fly as muck rakers furiously tend to their toils. These are interesting times to be sitting in the grandstands across America and watch this game progress.

The various news media have orchestrated Kerry's demon of the moment to be an attack by former Swift Boat sailors as chronicled in the book Unfit For Command. But there's something I recently heard that has been bothering me. It has bothered me so much, in fact, that I was moved to write the following Open Letter for your consideration.


Dear (absentee) Senator Kerry,

While posing for the cameras before the masses of adoring blind idiocy at the DemocRATic National Convention, you gave a half-assed salute while announcing that you were "reporting for duty." Cute. And clever. Nice lateral jab a Dubya.

You love flaunting your military record, don't you? Viet Nam. Rank. Medals. Vanity plate on your Chrysler. Resume fodder.

However, there is one, gnawing question that you need to answer: Are you a war hero or criminal?

Back in 1971 you said:

"There are all kinds of atrocities, and I would have to say that, yes, yes, I committed the same kind of atrocities as thousands of other soldiers have committed in that I took part in shootings in free fire zones. I conducted harassment and interdiction fire. I used 50 calibre machine guns, which we were granted and ordered to use, which were our only weapon against people. I took part in search and destroy missions, in the burning of villages. All of this is contrary to the laws of warfare, all of this is contrary to the Geneva Conventions ..."

(hear the quote in Kerry's own voice on this audio track link)

Interesting. Sounds like an admission of guilt - a confession.

Now 33-years later you are asking the American people to vote for you - A SELF-PROCLAIMED WAR CRIMINAL.

Now don't go off on a plethora of philosophical tangents, as you're wont to do. Don't point fingers elsewhere.  Don't waffle. Don't pull your tired flip-flop. You can't have it both ways, dude. Just MAKE UP YOUR MIND AND ANSWER THE FUCKING QUESTION.

America reiterates: Are you a war hero or criminal?

Sincerely,

Jeff Bauer

P.S. I don't know if there are any statutes of limitation for violations of the Geneva Convention, war crimes or crimes against humanity. You might want have your ambulance chasing, VP wannabe, pretty boy running mate check that shit out for you.


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