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Tuesday, November 22, 2005
O'Neill: Don't Kerry Our Soldiers

One of the signal heroes from 2004 checks in with an editorial in the NY Sun, that is, unfortunately, subscriber only after the first two paragraphs:

Senator Kerry, supposedly defending Rep. John Murtha, said, "I won't stand for the Swift-Boating of Jack Murtha!" As one of the 254 members of Mr. Kerry's unit in Vietnam who belonged to Swift Boat Veterans and POWs for Truth, I found Mr. Kerry's comments most ironic.

To us, Mr. Kerry's comments meant that no one should do to Mr. Murtha that which Mr. Kerry did to all of us and our fellow Vietnam veterans, living and dead. Mr. Kerry's disgraceful comments on many occasions in 1971 (while we were locked in combat), claiming falsely that we were "murdering" hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese and committing rape and mayhem on a daily basis, are a part of the public record for which he has never apologized. This might be called "Kerrying" our soldiers.

Our long-ago buddy ACE (aka Airborne Combat Engineer) was the first person I know of (page formatting problems, scroll way down) to use the word "Kerry" as a verb.

*kerry is a new word, meaning:

1. to hestitate on difficult decisions, then flip-flop later
2. to use "nuance" (spin) to wiggle out of embarassing positions caused by flip-flopping as in 1. above

As you can see from this snippet (gleaned from Michelle Malkin), O'Neill essentially agrees with this definition:

Are the politicians like Mr. Kerry who led the campaign to send our kids to war (when it was popular) now to withdraw support while they are locked in combat and apparently succeeding because the task is difficult or unpopular? Will Mainstream Media "Kerry" our troops by portraying Abu Ghraib or isolated cases of prisoner mistreatment as the rule to demoralize our troops and nation, while ignoring the beheadings and butchery of those peacefully praying in Mosques or shopping in a Bazaar?

Update: Confessions of a Pilgrim links to this post which contains the entire editorial by Mr O'Neill.

Good comments by The Sword of Enlightenment as well.
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