This is his statement:
This is Steve Pitkin's admission that Winter Soldier was a ****ing joke and packed with lies. He also admits that Vietnam Veterans Against The War were a propaganda tool for the North Vietnamese."We who have come here to Washington have come here because we feel we have to be 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, the fact that the crimes threaten it, not reds, and not redcoats but the crimes which we are committing that threaten it, that we have to speak out.
This is Kerry's testimony at Winter Soldier.Like many of you, I fought in Vietnam. And like many of you, I came home to find that wearing a Class A uniform in public was an invitation to abuse. I joined Vietnam Veterans Against the War because I wanted to find other veterans I could talk to about my experiences, and because I was angry with the government for fighting a war it had no intention of winning. I had no idea that the national leadership of the VVAW was meeting with the North Vietnamese and Vietcong and repeating their talking points.
In January of 1971, I rode to Detroit with John Kerry and Scott Camil for the "Winter Soldier Investigation." The second day I was there, Kerry and the other leaders told me they wanted me to testify. They knew I was one of the very few real combat veterans in the room. I told them I didn't have anything to say. Kerry said, "Surely you've seen some of the atrocities."
WinterSoldier.com - Pitkin at Kerry Lied Rally
John Kerry is a ****ing disgrace to everyone whose worn the uniform since 1775.
NOTICE: I am not a troll, because what I write I believe, and I have no intention of derailing threads or manipulating human nature. I am not a terrorist, because I do not endorse the killing of innocent people, and I am not here to promote violence. I AM HERE ONLY TO EXPRESS MY PERSONAL OPINION AND ENJOY LIVELY DISCUSSION.
Am no fan of Kerry (major understatement there) but don't really see where the actions of Wade Sanders much reflect on Kerry's character.
And, yes, he was convicted of the crime he committed. Although there were extenuating circumstances involved and My Lai should have been carpet bombed vice probed with an infantry unit, nor should 1st Platoon, C 1/20 INF have even been in the field at the time, because they were physically and emotionally spent and exhibited a failure on the part of Calley's chain of command, there's no excuse for Calley's actions.
However, that it one unfortunate incident during the war and in no way should it be used to define the service of every soldier that served in Vietnam.