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July 20, 2009

A Vietnam Veteran Writes About the Traitor Cronkite



Walter Cronkite: Only The Good Die Young

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by Lew Waters

Walter Cronkite, long-time news reporter and anchorman for CBS News has died at the age of 92.

Labeled by many as “iconic” and “the most trusted man in America,” I cannot share that view of this man. Like Debbie Schlussel, I have no tears to shed for a man who held the responsibility of responsibly and honestly reporting the news to America, deliberately gave a false view of our involvement in the nation of Viet Nam during the 1960’s.

Much of America listened every evening to the man they trusted and never suspected that he was beginning the very biased news against America that helped lead America down the path of the communist nation we are now becoming.

In the Viet Nam War, many seemed to be surprised by the sudden attacks across the nation in the Tet of 68 offensive. Even though our intelligence was at best sketchy, American and South Vietnamese were not caught totally off guard and the offensive launched by the North Vietnamese Communist ended up a huge failure for the Communist North Militarily. Their numbers were decimated and it took many years for them to recover and launch the final drive South, defeating the South Vietnamese who no longer received any aid from America due to Democrat congressional policies.

In many regards the Tet of 68 Offensive was very similar to Germany’s Battle of the Bulge in World War Two, a desperate attempt.

It is ironic that Cronkite reported on both battles of desperation, accurately reporting the Bravery and steadfastness of World War Troops who pushed back the Nazi’s, but labeling our decisive victory in Tet as a “stalemate” and “unwinnable” in a broadcast aired on February 27, 1968 upon his return to America from Viet Nam and ending that broadcast with,

“it is increasingly clear to this reporter that the only rational way out then will be to negotiate, not as victors, but as an honorable people who lived up to their pledge to defend democracy, and did the best they could.”

Abandoning a struggling ally is hardly “the best they could do,” as millions of Asians in Viet Nam, Cambodia and Laos paid with their lives as Communism spread across Southeast Asia and untold thousands more lost their lives as they desperately tried escaping the throes of Communism in rickety boats across the South China Sea in what was labeled the Boat People.

In an October 2000 speech, retired General Fredrick Weyand, who commanded II Field Force during the Tet of 68 offensive said in part,

“After Tet, General Westmoreland sent Walter Cronkite out to interview me. I was in Command of the Forces in the South around Saigon and below and I was proud of what we'd done. We had done a good job there. So, Walter came down and he spent about an hour and a half interviewing me. And when we got done, he said, “well you've got a fine story. But I'm not going to use any of it because I've been up to Hue. I've seen the thousands of bodies up there in mass graves and I'm determined to do all in my power to bring this war to an end as soon as possible.”

“It didn't seem to matter that those thousands of bodies were of South Vietnamese citizens who had been killed by the Hanoi soldiers and Walter wasn't alone in this because I think many in the media mirrored his view…”

“When I was in Paris at the Peace Talks, it was the most frustrating assignment I think I ever had. Sitting in that conference, week after week listening to the Hanoi negotiators, Le Duc Tho and his friends lecture us. Reading from the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Herald Tribune, the Atlanta Constitution, NBC, CBS, you name it. Their message was always the same. “Hey, read your newspapers, listen to your TV. The American people want you out of Vietnam. Now, why don't you just go ahead and get out?” So finally a Peace Agreement was signed that everyone knew would be violated and with no recourse or hope of enforcement on our part.”

General Weyand went on to say he doesn’t blame the media entirely for the outcome of the war, but Cronkite’s words expressing how he had no intention of reporting the Battle truthfully evidence how the media spearheaded the anti-war effort at turning public opinion against the effort to keep the South Vietnamese free and towards supporting the Communist Forces of the North.

In short, he sold out America and our Troops as well as millions of Southeast Asians.

In the days ahead many will label Cronkite as “iconic,” “legendary,” and heap accolades upon him I feel are undeserved. Cronkite himself called what he said on Vietnam as his “proudest achievement.”

It escapes me how having the blood of millions of people, over 40,000 of which are American Soldiers on your hands could be seen as his “proudest achievement.”

Uncle Walt, as he was affectionately known, is gone. Dead at the age of 92 and who lived much longer than many of my brothers whose blood is on his hands that he sold out. His death at this ripe old age reinforces the old adage, “only the good die young.”

I have no tears for the man but offer condolences to his family and loved ones.

Others who sold out the Vietnamese and American Troops will join him one day. Jane Fonda, John Kerry, Ramsey Clark, Bill Ayers and so many others who today lavish themselves with the very luxuries they called for others to scorn as they spoke out against a free Viet Nam will also face the grim reaper in time.

Just as I hope and pray for Walter Cronkite, they too should face every single one of those well more than 40,000 American Troops their anti-American conduct helped kill on their descent to hell!


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

The media spent a lot of the weekend praising Cronkite. I hope they have gotten it out of their system now with the new week starting.

I know I already posted about him the day he died.

Communist and Traitor Walter Cronkite....DEAD!

But Lew Waters did such a great job at his blog, when I read what he wrote I wanted to share it with you. Lew is a Vietnam Veteran.

....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.

3rd Mar.Div. 1st Battalion 9th Marine Regiment
1/9 Marines aka The Walking Dead
VN 66-67

Posted by Wild Thing at July 20, 2009 05:47 AM


Mark, I am pleased you like my post and placed here, thanks.

Cronkite betrayed the trust America placed in him and sold out the Military in Viet Nam. He was the beginning of agenda driven journalism.

After his retirement, he took the gloves off and revealed is far left bias, even advocating we surrender "some of our sovereignty" to the U.N.

I was Army, Central Highlands, C Troop 7/17th Air Cav, 69 - 71.

Welcome home, brother.

Posted by: LewWaters at July 20, 2009 11:38 AM

Outstanding!!!, Thank you WT and Mark, some of us setting up North saw the effects of Walter's reporting first hand, we were within Arty range and Walter would tell us we were losing and Ho's bandits would lay down the barrages. His reporting emboldened the enemy, no different than Obama does today.
My own epiphany came during the May 10–20, 1969 Dong Ap Bia battle in the bloody A Shau Valley where 72 Americans were killed and 372 wounded. Stars and Stripes ran the story about the battle, they also posted the names of the KIA. Those names were spread out in the weekly toll as if they were from individual actions not from a single battle source. Graves registration was overwhelmed by the amount of loss to the point that the mortuary teams couldn't handle the mass casualties. Many of those men were shipped to Chu Lai, housed inside refrigerated vans until they could be processed in DaNang. When you pull the names off the body bags and compare them to S&S reports, the subterfuge was glaring.
Imagine what Cronkite could have done with the full blown casualty report during that battle, it only came out long after to the detriment of the fighting man on the ground.
"The controversy of the conduct of the Battle of Hamburger Hill led to a reappraisal of U.S. strategy in South Vietnam. As a direct result, to hold down casualties, General Abrams discontinued a policy of "maximum pressure" against the North Vietnamese to one of "protective reaction" for troops threatened with attack, while President Richard Nixon announced the first troop withdrawals. Although the battle did not have the most U.S. KIAs of any single engagement, nonetheless the battle became a turning point in the war"
It may not have had the most casualties of any single battle, but combined with increased daily battle losses it sure as hell overloaded the system, I was ready for R&R by that time, another adventure only a month later.
We were winning the war and all the battles and the media effectively stopped the effort, for 5 more years men bled and died as a result of the media.

Posted by: Jack at July 20, 2009 11:57 AM

Walter Cronkite and a few other tv and print journalists were cheerleaders for the anti-war movement. You could easily go so far to say that they were cheerleaders for the enemy also. Cronkite has blood on his hands and he is right now paying for that blood.

Posted by: TomR at July 20, 2009 01:50 PM

I hadn't read those comments by Gen. Weyand before, the general with the BEST clue as to what was REALLY happening, and how to WIN the war. (unlike a certain Gen. Westm......a good man, but maybe he was too conventional warfare minded, and also just trying too much to play both sides,Warrior and Politician = No Win Sit-Rep...) Cronkite should truly have been ASHAMED ( but you KNOW he wasn't) for that ABSOLUTE DISREGARD FOR THE TRUTH. His comments did deeply affct the psyche of this country. If you are repeatedly told by those you 'look up to', that you are a piece of shit, well eventually, dispite your belief of your own innate goodness, you start acting like said POS....... /// don't worry Hanoi Jane, Walter will save a glass of the Devil's Piss for you..."and THAT'S the way it is....."

Posted by: pontiff alex at July 20, 2009 02:54 PM

How cold is it. it's cold brother but not as cold as my boy Walter...He's dead Fuck him.

Posted by: Mark at July 20, 2009 03:11 PM

Posted by: Jack at July 20, 2009 03:53 PM

Thank you, Lew, Great article.

When I see something interesting I send it to WT, she makes the call, she is one of my heroes for all she has done for our troops. I just try to help.

After all this time I still can't find anything good to say about Cronkite and his left wing agenda. Keeping my sanity is about all I can hope for at this point.

Posted by: Mark at July 20, 2009 05:09 PM

Lew, thank you so much for coming by.
Thank you too for serving our country.

I can write with passion about Cronkite
and I did, but it can only be as a by
stander, a civilian. To read what someone
wrote that was there and served our country
is an honor to be able to show as many
people as possible the truth. Thank you.

Posted by: Wild Thing at July 20, 2009 07:53 PM

Jack, thank you for sharing so much.

I was thinking this morning how if
this had happened now, with all the
computers and YouTube etc. that what
Cronkite did would have done even more
damage and it was a nightmare as it was
what he did sooooo evil.

Posted by: Wild Thing at July 20, 2009 07:57 PM

Tom, I agree 100%, they were cheering on
the enemy.

Posted by: Wild Thing at July 20, 2009 08:00 PM

Alex, that is something that amazes me.
How when they lie like he did, they
never are ashamed, and they wear it like
some kind of proud badge or something.

Posted by: Wild Thing at July 20, 2009 11:42 PM

Mark, a very humble that you for your
help Mark.

Posted by: Wild Thing at July 20, 2009 11:44 PM