Decorated Vietnam veteran John O'Neill says there are striking similarities in the military service of Secretary of State John Kerry and just-released Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
"Very much. Kerry left Vietnam after about three months … He used the pretense of three purple hearts to get out very quickly,'' O'Neill, co-founder of "Swift Vets and POWs for Truth," told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
"He was making press conferences supporting the North Vietnamese negotiating position, which would've left our POW's back in the North.''
During Kerry's unsuccessful presidential bid in 2004, O'Neill and Jerome Corsi co-authored "Unfit for Command
,'' published by Regnery, which questioned the details of his military service and the circumstances leading to his combat medals.
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O'Neill, who is a lawyer, said Bergdahl wasn't quite as subtle.
"He just [got] out under the wire within a short time [and] he was either a prisoner or collaborating with the Taliban,'' O'Neill said.
"He's made statements in favor of them, full of hate of our country, and so it's very much the same game … Kerry's always believed if you can begin talking with someone, somehow that converts them to your position.
"Of course, we've been talking in Syria, heck, we've been talking in Iran. Now we're talking with the Taliban and each place we retreat, and each place our allies die as they did in South Vietnam.''
O'Neill criticized U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice's declaration that Bergdahl had served with honor and distinction.
"People like Susan Rice … they don't care [about] objective truth. Truth is not a virtue. They're willing to do anything with the facts that they possibly can,'' he said.
"It was a better story to trade these five murderers for somebody who was a genuine hero."
O'Neill called President Barack Obama's statement that the United States would leave no captured soldier behind a "con job on the American people.''
"This is like claiming that George Washington should've invaded England to rescue Benedict Arnold. I mean, it's absolutely crazy,'' he said.
"This is a guy who deserted and then clearly collaborated, making tapes and so on for the Taliban.''
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