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Thursday, March 31, 2005
  Hanoi Jane, too little too late.
DRUDGE REPORT FLASH 2004®: "Jane Fonda has no regrets about her trip to North Vietnam in 1972 - with one big exception: her visit to a North Vietnamese anti-aircraft gun site used to shoot down U.S. pilots.Ê She says her appearance there, which earned her the epithet 'Hanoi Jane,' was a 'betrayal' of the U.S. military, its soldiers and 'the country that gave me privilege.'Ê She regards the event as one of the biggest mistakes of her life. Fonda speaks to Lesley Stahl in her first interview about her upcoming autobiography, Jane Fonda: My Life So Far, for a 60 MINUTES report to be broadcast Sunday, April 3 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Ê

Ê'The image of Jane Fonda, Barbarella, Henry Fonda's daughter...sitting on an enemy aircraft gun was a betrayal...the largest lapse of judgment that I can even imagine,' says Fonda.Ê She does not regret, however, visiting the enemy capital, Hanoi, or being photographed with American prisoners of war there - despite the propaganda value it afforded the enemy.Ê 'There are hundreds of American delegations that had met with the POWs,' says Fonda.Ê 'Both sides were using the POWs for propaganda....It's not something that I will apologize for,' she says. Ê

ÊNor is she sorry for the broadcasts she made on Radio Hanoi, something she asked the North Vietnamese to do.Ê 'Our government was lying to us and men were dying because of it, and I felt I had to do anything that I could to expose the lies and help end the war,' she tells Stahl.Ê She went on Radio Hanoi at least 10 times, speaking directly to American pilots and criticizing their bombing of North Vietnam.Ê Fonda insists she did not ask the pilots to disobey orders. Ê'I'm asking them to consider [not bombing North Vietnam],' says Fonda. She wouldn't make similar broadcasts in Iraq today, however, saying, 'I don't think it's the same situation at all. When I went [to North Vietnam]...we had been fighting in Vietnam for eight years. The majority of Americans...[and] Congres"
 
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