Thursday, August 26, 2004

Kerry Admitted To Writing Own Combat Reports

John Kerry admitted to writing his own Combat reports in testimony to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in testimony in 1971. This goes along way in explaining the descrepincies between the combat reports released by the Kerry Campaign and the eyewitness accounts of the events as told by the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. From the article:

Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry’s 1971 testimony to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee reveals that the then anti-war activist admitted to writing many of the battle reports during his four months of combat in Vietnam.

Kerry told the committee on April 22, 1971, “...I can recall often sending in the spot reports which we made after each mission...”

Kerry also said that many in the military had “a tendency to report what they want to report and see what they want to see.”

Kerry’s comments about the battle reports came in response to a question from then Senator Stuart Symington (D- Mo.), who wondered about the accuracy of information from military sources.

According to the testimony , which is available in the Congressional Record, Sen. Symington asked Kerry, “Mr. Kerry, from your experience in Vietnam do you think it is possible for the President or Congress to get accurate and undistorted information through official military channels.[?]”

Kerry responded, “I had direct experience with that. Senator, I had direct experience with that and I can recall often sending in the spot reports which we made after each mission; and including the GDA, gunfire damage assessments, in which we would say, maybe 15 sampans sunk or whatever it was. And I often read about my own missions in the Stars and Stripes and the very mission we had been on had been doubled in figures and tripled in figures.

Kerry later added, ”I also think men in the military, sir, as do men in many other things, have a tendency to report what they want to report and see what they want to see."



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