View Full Version : Senator Mr. John F. Kerry In Action!

08-03-2004, 04:58 PM
Hello guys! No Scratches!! What opinions do you have about the following?
OK, now I am an official 'old fart', retiring from the U.S. Army in 7 months, having joined 23 July 1962 - the original "JFK" was my first Commander in Chief. As a senior non-commissioned officer, in Infantry, Artillery, Armor and Aviation units, I have had decades of first hand conduct with many types of people.. and I have learned, in my opinion, to smell a rat. The simple fact that a person was in 'harms way' does not give even a hint of a clue as to who they are - first hand observation is far better. The following is making the rounds lately in military circles - 'hot off the press' so to speak - the original URL is here: http://jcrue.blogspot.com/2004/07/emails-from-dad_22.html

This just rings totally true, in my judgement - to wit, the high poobah muckety muck cannot change his spots, judge for yourself:

"Emails from Dad
Here's another in the continuing theme of emails I receive from my father.

My father was a career Air Force officer. He distinguished himself in the F-4 Phantom in Vietnam and later in Alaska. He also distinguished himself at the Air Force Academy as the officer in charge of three Honor Squadrons, and during many years in the service of our country in Europe, Turkey, Oman, and Egypt. I respect the things he has done in his life and the values he holds.

That is why when he sends me emails like the one below, I feel I can post them with the knowlege that its veracity may be suspect, but the consistancy of the stories about Kerry and the manner in which he treats others is undeniable.

I know for the most part it things like this are sermons to the choir, but I hope that at least one person will read this and pass it on to someone who might not know who to vote for in November in the hopes they value what GWBush brings to the table versus Kerry.

Observations by an Air Force Pilot.

Chris Thomas, Air Force Pilot:

I would like to add my two cents about my own personal experience with Senator John Kerry. During my career as an Air Force pilot, I spent two years flying a small twin engine prop plane around the Pacific from my base in Okinawa, Japan. On one trip we had to fly Senator Kerry, his congressional aide, and a Navy Captain (Vietnam, A-4 fighter pilot) who was also in Kerry's party to various locations in Vietnam and Cambodia as part of the MIA/POW talks.

When I met him, he was wearing a shirt with a picture of his sailboat on it. I told him I had a 27' sailboat in Okinawa, he remarked "Oh I never sail on anything less than 135 feet."

Thanks, Senator, "I feel even better about the meager salary I get paid for flying you around the Pacific."

When we first flew him into Phnom Penh, he went to the back of the airplane and grabbed the pizza that was put aside for the crew and passed it around to his staff. He was never offered any pizza because they were supposed to have lunch with the Cambodian government when we landed. The pizza was the crew's only meal for that day and he ate it.

Then when we picked him up in Cambodia, he was an hour late getting to the airport. Because fuel was an issue, we could not start the engines and therefore the air conditioning until he arrived. Phnom Penh at that time was over 100 degrees with 95% humidity and we were basically sitting in a greenhouse behind the cockpit windows.

When he finally did arrive, we were wringing out our clothes from the perspiration. He walks out of the air conditioned car, into the airplane and asks us "Could you guys get the air-conditioning running, I'm a little warm?" The other pilot had to physically restrain me from going back there and picking a fight.

Then we took him into Noi Bai airfield in Hanoi.

After we picked him up the next day (he stayed the night in Vietnam, we stayed in Bangkok) we taxied out, ran up the engines for take off and noticed that our prop rpm was vibrating all over the place. We taxied off to the side to look at it, but there was a good possibility that there was an engine malfunction and the engine may fail if we took off with it.

Well, Mr. Senator sticks his head up in the cockpit and says "This plane WILL take off, I have a press conference in Bangkok in three hours!" (Maybe this is an indication of how he will run the FAA).

American service members lives be damned, we had our Senatorial orders. We ran the engines again, and did not have the problem, so we took off and made it back. During the flight, he told everyone how he had taken a Cessna (a small General aviation plane)up with a fighter pilot, and the fighter pilot remarked that Kerry was one of the best pilots he had ever seen. I don't know about other pilots out there, but it's hard to imagine a little, single-engine prop plane pilot being able to show the "right stuff."

After Kerry left the plane, the Navy Captain came up to us, apologized and said basically that "he knows Kerry is a jerk" and that we should be glad we don't have to deal with him every day. Your choice folks. Elections in November. You want a mega-millionaire ego-maniac it's-all-about-me-crew-eating-pizza-ite like Kerry or maybe a Green Party candidate like Ralph Nader? Or, God forbid, maybe even re-elect George Bush, a nice God fearing Christian bent on protecting us from terrorist attacks on US soil?

posted by jcrue at 09:05"

08-04-2004, 10:03 AM
Having served my own time in the military in the early 70's I would have to agree with the comment that being in harm's way is not an indication of the kind of person you are. Most of us were in harm's way not due to a personal choice, but as a matter of circumstances. Some of us did what we were required to do, and some took their purple hearts and bailed out at the first opportunity.