Sunday, August 06, 2006

Every Army Division That Operated In Vietnam

Remember old John O'Neill and the Swift Boat Vets? CNN (04.22.04):
"In an interview Tuesday on CNN's 'Wolf Blitzer Reports,' O'Neill said allegations about atrocities made by Kerry after his return render him 'unfit' to be president. '[Kerry's] allegations that people committed war crimes in that unit, and throughout Vietnam, were lies.'" Fellow vet blasts Kerry's antiwar comments
Turns out the Army was conducting its own investigations. Turns out the Pentagon has a bunch of files, now declassified. Turns out Kerry was right and O'Neill was wrong. LATimes (08.06.06):
"The files are part of a once-secret archive, assembled by a Pentagon task force in the early 1970s, that shows that confirmed atrocities by U.S. forces in Vietnam were more extensive than was previously known. The documents detail 320 alleged incidents that were substantiated by Army investigators — not including the most notorious U.S. atrocity, the 1968 My Lai massacre." Civilian Killings Went Unpunished
"Though not a complete accounting of Vietnam war crimes, the archive is the largest such collection to surface to date. About 9,000 pages, it includes investigative files, sworn statements by witnesses and status reports for top military brass." "The records describe recurrent attacks on ordinary Vietnamese — families in their homes, farmers in rice paddies, teenagers out fishing. Hundreds of soldiers, in interviews with investigators and letters to commanders, described a violent minority who murdered, raped and tortured with impunity." "Abuses were not confined to a few rogue units, a Times review of the files found. They were uncovered in every Army division that operated in Vietnam." And the Army knew all about it. What say you now, Mr. O'Neill? What say you now?


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