Tuesday, February 24, 2004

Turning His Back On A Band Of Brothers

Turning His Back On A Band Of Brothers

The far left Village Voice reports that, as chairman of the Senate Select Committee on P.O.W./ M.I.A. Affairs, John Kerry covered up evidence that North Vietnam retained hundreds of POWs after the war's conclusion.

"The Massachusetts senator, now seeking the presidency, carried out this subterfuge a little over a decade ago— shredding documents, suppressing testimony, and sanitizing the committee's final report—when he was chairman of the Senate Select Committee on P.O.W./ M.I.A. Affairs.

Over the years, an abundance of evidence had come to light that the North Vietnamese, while returning 591 U.S. prisoners of war after the treaty signing, had held back many others as future bargaining chips for the $4 billion or more in war reparations that the Nixon administration had pledged. Hanoi didn't trust Washington to fulfill its pro-mise without pressure. Similarly, Washington didn't trust Hanoi to return all the prisoners and carry out all the treaty provisions. The mistrust on both sides was merited. Hanoi held back prisoners and the U.S. provided no reconstruction funds."

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