Republicans Note Kerry 'Flip-Flop' on VFW

By Susan Jones | July 7, 2008 | 8:30 PM EDT

( - "Add the Veterans of Foreign Wars to the long list of things John Kerry has flip-flopped on," says the Republican National Committee.

According to the RNC, "While young John Kerry was the poster boy for Vietnam Veterans Against the War back in the 1970s, his band of VVAW buddies was busy bashing the VFW and the American Legion for promoting an agenda of 'world domination.'

The RNC notes that Kerry criticized the VFW and American Legion in a 1971 book: "We will not quickly join those who march on Veterans Day waving small flags, calling to memory those thousands who died for the 'greater glory of the United States.' ... We will not readily join the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars," he wrote.

But on Wednesday, Kerry is readily joining the VFW -- as he addresses the group's national convention in Cincinnati.

A report in Wednesday's Washington Times says the VFW "made it clear yesterday that it is none too pleased with Kerry's role in the anti-war movement."

In the early 1970s, when Kerry was the chief spokesman for Vietnam Veterans Against the War, the group called the VFW a "paramilitary, pro-war organization" that was out of touch with young veterans.

On Wednesday, the Washington Times quoted VFW spokesman Jerry Newberry as saying that all of the VFW's national officers all are Vietnam veterans. Where is the VVAW now, Newberry asked? (It's defunct.)

In his address to the VFW, Kerry is expected to criticize President Bush's decision to redeploy 70,000 US troops based abroad.

Press reports said Kerry will call the decision harmful to U.S. national security -- because it will alienate U.S. allies, he says.

According to the Kerry campaign, the senator will emphasize the "Kerry-Edwards plan to strengthen the military to deal with new threats and to keep the faith with those who have served."

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