In some of the torture sessions, they were trying to make you surrender. The name of the game was to take as much brutality as you could until you got to the point that you could hardly control yourself and then surrender. The next day they’d start all over again – Col. George Everett “Bud” Day
Most people are now aware that Lady Jayne Seymour Fonda (aka Hanoi Jane) is playing
Nancy Reagan in the upcoming movie, The Butler. The feature film is the story of the head butler in the White House who served presidents in the White House from 1952 until 1986. (FYI: most of the major characters are known liberals).
About her character in the movie, Fonda said, “I might not have always agreed with Nancy Reagan, but I admire her, and I’d never try to insert my views when playing her.” She added that a friend of hers told Nancy Reagan about Fonda being chosen for the movie and Mrs. Reagan responded she “was pleased that I was playing her.” She also commented, “I don’t think that whatever differences there might be in our politics really matters, you know.”
However, in her latest interview for the movie, she showed up wearing a t-shirt which had her own “Hanoi Jane” image on it. Her wearing that particular t-shirt was her own way of reminding Vietnam Veterans who she really is: an unrepentant traitor.
Really? She apologized for the picture of her sitting on the Viet Cong anti-aircraft gun during her 1972 visit to North Vietnam but not for her trip. “I did not, have not, and will not say that going to North Vietnam was a mistake,” she said. “I have apologized only for some of the things that I did there, but I am proud that I went.” There is no particular record of these apologies.
Commenting on her website about her trip to Hanoi, she writes, “I carry this heavy in my heart. I have apologized numerous times for any pain I may have caused servicemen and their families because of this photograph. It was never my intention to cause harm”.
Really? Well, let us quickly review what other things she did during that trip: she made ten radio broadcasts castigating military and political leaders in the U.S., calling them “war criminals”; these broadcasts were played around the world as well as for U.S. POWs whom the Viet Cong were torturing; she called returning POWs who spoke of being tortured “hypocrites and liars”; and she claimed these POWs “were not men who had been tortured. These were not men who had been starved. These were not men who had been brainwashed.” She then called these POWs “careerists and professional killers.” One of these POWs was future Medal of Honor recipient Col. George E. “Bud” Day!
So she is proud she went to North Vietnam to publicly pronounce these lies about our POWs? She apologized for the pain she “caused servicemen and their families” yet shows up to an interview wearing a t-shirt with a reminder of what she did forty-one years ago? Talking about poking veterans in the eye…again! And to add injury to insult, last April she told protesting veterans “Get a life!”
The bottom line? We veterans still consider Hanoi Jane a Communist traitor. And most of us will never forget nor forgive her for her actions. Indeed they still hurt us right to the core of our being.
Note: Farewell Col. George “Bud” Day, Rest in Peace!