Last November, she wrote the sympathetic feature of the American Taliban John Walker Lindh, a.k.a. Ratboy. There have been other feature articles she's written about so-called "peace" groups. In addition to frequently using her Lifestyles Column as a Bush Bashing soapbox, she has also admitted to taking part in so-called "anti-war" rallies.
So, any editor worth his or her salt would not let Ashley cover those stories, you'd think. Not quite! Well, that's the mainstream media for you.
Ashley promoted (without any critical questioning) the February 22 appearance of Hanoi Jane Fonda for a benefit showing of the film "Sir! No Sir" at Mill Valley's Throckmorton Theatre. The film, produced by filmmaker David Zeiger, is a document of the "thousands of GIs whose courageous rebellion helped end the war in Vietnam," according to a poster for the event.
Listed on the host committee for the movie are Medea Benjamin and Jodie Evans of Code Pinko, the group which gave $600,000 in aid to Iraqi insurgents. Country Joe McDonald (admittedly named by his parents after Joseph Stalin) and Maria Muldaur ("Midnight at the Oasis") are also on the committee.
Besides the "testimony" of pro-NVA veterans for the movie, Fonda and Donald Sutherland are depicted in what Ashley describes as a "USO type tour" to counter the great Bob Hope and the patriotic entertainers who entertained the military in the real USO.
What Ashley didn't tell IJ readers was the Fonda/Sutherland troupe was called FTA for "F--k the Army." According to the website Vietnam Veterans Legacy Foundation, FTA "set up coffee houses near military bases and presented shows that featured American defeats, soldiers refusing to fight, and the murder of officers by their troops. After the shows, FTA cast members mingled with soldiers and encouraged them to desert or to sabotage the Army. FTA's coffee houses also recruited soldiers and veterans into the VVAW" (Vietnam Veterans Against the War, which was led by John Kerry.)
The movie, as well as Ashley's story promoting the appearance, is simply another forum for her and aging 1960's leftists to spread their lies about Vietnam and claim parallels to Iraq. According to the foreign policy expert Fonda, Iraq and Vietnam are similar from the perspective of "national arrogance."
Fonda told Ashley:
"My heart aches, just aches for the men and women who are serving (in Iraq) which we should have never invaded. There were other ways of getting rid of Saddam Hussein (name one, Jane! That‘s right, you can’t!). But we sent our troops over there without adequate training, without adequate body armor, without adequate numbers to do the job. We put them in a terrible situation."
Oh, how big of you Jane! How phony you are! Did your heart ache for the nearly 3 million South Vietnamese who were slaughtered because of the antics of you, John Kerry, Ramsey Clark and the rest of your crowd? Their blood is forever on your hands!
For more perspective on who Jane Fonda is, here's some other notable quotes from her over the ages:
"I would think that if you understood what communism was, you would hope, you would pray on your knees that we would someday become communist." Fonda at Michigan State University, November 22, 1970.
"It's hard to be hopeful, frankly. What concerns me very much is the saber rattling and the calls for vengeance. I think it has to be dealt with as a crime. And when there's a crime, you don't bomb a city or a country - you use very, very clever intelligence, undercover-type operations to get the criminals and punish them, and then you try to understand the underlying causes of the crime." Fonda in an interview after September 11, 2001.