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March 11, 2008

Veterans, Troop Supporters Oppose “Winter Soldier II”

A national coalition of pro-troop and veteran organizations is gathering in the Washington area next week to oppose a planned reenactment of Sen. John Kerry’s infamous “Winter Solider” anti-Vietnam War event that, like its predecessor, will feature “testimony” alleging atrocities committed by American troops this time in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Eagles Up and other organizations are taking aim at Winter Soldier II, patterned after a similar event staged by Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry’s Vietnam Veterans Against the War in 1971.

Although most of the “veterans” who “testified” in Kerry’s event a generation ago were later found to be frauds, and their testimony was either disproved or impossible to verify, the damage to the Vietnam generation was long enduring.

Hosted by Iraq Veterans Against the War, the ANSWER coalition, CODE PINK, MOVEON.ORG, and associated organizations this generation’s Winter Soldier reenactment is considered to be on a par with its predecessor, with a twist. In 1971 the media accepted the stories of atrocities literally without question, and Kerry even testified before Congress using graphic images of torture and murder, which he claimed were widespread and American military policy.

But Eagles Up and the other pro-troop organizations including Move America Forward and Rolling Thunder will not allow this attack on our troops to go unchallenged. Vietnam and Iraq war veterans and their supporters are demanding that all who participate in the IVAW event submit to identification verification and that their claims are specific including times, dates, places, units involved, leadership and witnesses.

In addition, anyone claiming to have participated in or witnessed an atrocity without attempting to halt it or report it will be referred to the appropriate civilian and military authorities as participants in or accessories to war crimes. Eagles Up leader, Col. Harry Riley, US Army (ret.) said

“We have two objectives: To counter and challenge IVAW Winter Soldier II (WSII) Testimony on March 14 by demanding ‘truth.’"
Col. Riley added, “Our second objective is to participate in a peaceful march in Washington, DC on March 15th that reflects a view of appreciation, uplifting, pride in America, our troops and families. This will be a positive event with flags, banners, patriotic music, fellowship, and oriented for the entire family of patriots.
“Americans are standing up to attacks on our nation and people from those that tend to support the constant drum beat of surrender," Col. Riley said.

Thousands will put "boots on the ground" in Washington, DC on March 14/15 to challenge one devious aspect of the threat on America – those that would have us surrender to the Islamic butchers and dishonor our warriors,” Col Riley added.

“It's a sacrifice for many of us to get to DC but it's also a sacrifice for our families and warriors to offer up their lives. The least we can do is protect their backs.”

For Immediate Release Contact: Harry Riley, COL, USA, Ret

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Wild Thing's comment........

Outstanding! Please send this to all the Veterans you know. I am sure those who can't join with their boots on the ground in DC will be joining in spirit and with prayer.

Times have changed. The far left liberal establishment can no longer plan on running public displays of disgrace, without anticipating a counter attack. Future Hanoi Johns will have a harder time trying to leave their mark.

Eagles Up will also be joined by Gathering of Eagles and other Veterans groups.

Posted by Wild Thing at March 11, 2008 01:50 AM


I am sure glad there is now a counter to the anti-war Left. John Kerry and Jane Fonda should have been imprisoned for life for their treasonous actions. Instead they have spent a lifetime of privilege and luxury. I bet neither show up for this event, not when they know there will be opposition.

Posted by: TomR at March 11, 2008 11:37 AM

I can not just up and go, but I wish them well. What can us arm chair patriots do?

Posted by: Odin at March 11, 2008 12:36 PM

I am in the same boat as Odin....can't get away from work but I too would like to know how we might be able to help.

Posted by: John at March 11, 2008 12:53 PM

Thank you Chrissie, I can't go, I have a friend in PA and another in Conn. who might be able to go.
I'll send this to my veteran friends. I hope you don't mind my copying this in its entirety for dispersal.

Posted by: Jack at March 11, 2008 02:33 PM

Tom, a good way to put it......"John Kerry and Jane Fonda should have been imprisoned for life for their treasonous actions"...they sure have and we will never forget nor forgive them.

Posted by: Wild Thing at March 11, 2008 07:10 PM

Odin, I can't go either. What we can do is be supportive, by praying and just getting the word out in case someone can go. Your support is wonderful and very much appreciated.

Posted by: Wild Thing at March 11, 2008 07:12 PM

John in your heart you will be there and me too. They know there are a lot that cannot go, for all different reasons. And they know too there is tremendous support out here for those going.

We will all cheer them on and pray it goes well. I sent it out in an email to others in case anyone can make it that live closer to the area.

Posted by: Wild Thing at March 11, 2008 07:14 PM

Jack no I don't mind at all I appreciate it.

We never know who just might be able to go so it is a good idea to send it out. Thank you so much.

Posted by: Wild Thing at March 11, 2008 07:18 PM