Skip to comments.The Communists Can Count on Kerry
Posted on 02/02/2004 1:40:39 AM PST by kattracks
Im a citizen of Massachusetts. (God help me.) For going on 30 years now, Ive watched John Kerrys career with a mixture of fascination, revulsion and amusement.
John F. Kerry. The F stands not for fraud or fabulously coiffed as one would suspect -- but for the Forbes family of Boston-Brahmin fame. His mama was one of the Back Bay elite, dont you know.
However a la the chameleon-like Zelig of the Wood Allen movie nothing about Kerry is what it seems. Hes Irish, right? Well, actually, hes part Jewish. (His paternal grandparents were Kohn, before they goy-icized their name.)
Hes a war hero who became an anti-war activist, when it looked politically advantageous. Hes a man with a common touch -- who married two rich women. One he dumped, when she was suffering from depression, after she bore him two kids.
A graduate of the snooty St. Pauls and Yale member of Skull and Bones, currently married to a lady worth over half-a-billion dollars -- nevertheless, he can prattle about this nation belonging not to the privileged few, but to all Americans.
Hes a moderate with a voting record more liberal than either Ted Kennedy of Dennis The Red Kucinich. Kennedys lifetime congressional rating from the if-it-moves-tax-it Americans for Democratic Action is 88 percent compared to 93 percent for Mr. Middle of the Road. Kucinichs lifetime score from the American Conservative Union is 15 percent. Kerrys is 6 percent.
Is there anything about the war-hero/VC symp, Irish-Jewish-Brahmin, left-wing moderate, pro-abortion Catholic, patrician-tribune-of-the-people thats real?
Actually, there is a stark consistency that runs through Kerrys career Hes an opportunistic, back-stabber who never met a commie he didnt like. He also has chutzpah to spare.
In the late Sixties, Naval Lt. JG Kerry went to Vietnam, probably to round out a resume for the political future he was planning even then. He picked up some tin, which he later tossed over the White House fence as part of an anti-war demonstration. But, wait, they werent his medals, he latter revealed, but someone elses who couldnt make it to the protest. (This caused a Boston politician to quip: Just like a Yankee. Throws away things that arent his.)
One of Kerrys medals was for killing an enemy soldier who supposedly was armed with a rocket launcher. Except, evidence suggests the fearsome foe was wounded at the time and may have been shot in the back. Perhaps this was a dress rehearsal for young Benedicts eventual betrayal of the guys he fought with.
Anyway, upon arriving home, Kerry sniffed the political wind in Massachusetts the only state McGovern carried -- and decided there was hay to be made opposing the war. Without missing a beat, the hero enlisted in Vietnam Veterans Against the War, nobly serving with such VC-lovers as Jane Fonda and Ramsey Clark in the so-called Winter Soldier Investigation. Wonder if theyll campaign for Johnny this year? The nascent New Leftist had no qualms about marching with scruffy Marxists carrying Viet Cong flags and signs with slogans praising Ho Chi Minh, Kim Il Sung and Fidel.
But it wasnt enough to merely oppose the war. Kerry had to smear his former comrades-in-arms as a bunch of degenerate, mutilating baby-killers.
The man whos now running on his war record and mentions his medals in every other breath told a Senate hearing that Americans then bleeding and dying in the rice paddies were the moral equivalent of the Waffen-S.S.
In his testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (April 23, 1971), Kerry charged that American soldiers had raped, cut off ears, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks and generally ravaged the countryside of Vietnam. Sounds like an Oliver Stone movie, scripted by Osama bin Laden.
No wonder a group of Vietnam vets turned their backs on Kerry when he spoke at the Vietnam War Memorial in 2002. Gen. George S. Patton (namesake of the World War II general) -- who led troops into combat in Vietnam said Kerry gave aid and comfort to the enemy. Jeremiah Denton who was being tortured at the Hanoi Hilton while Kerry was collaborating could barely maintain civility toward the war hero, when they served together in the Senate.
If Americans in Vietnam were butchers and war criminals, what about the Viet Cong? Agrarian reformers, one and all, according to the sage of Boston. In those halcyon days of pot and protest, Kerry insisted the conflict was a war of the people fought by indigenous peasant reformers. The senator-to-be apparently had never heard of North Vietnamese regulars, Soviet aid or the Ho Chi Minh trail.
Kerry demanded not only an American withdrawal, but the cut-off of all aid to Saigon. If the wicked puppet state fell, at most 2,000 to 3,000 of its lackeys might face recrimination, Kerry assured us.
After Saigon became Ho Chi Minh City, an estimated 700,000 went through communist reeducation camps. Many never came out. Over a million boat people fled the indigenous, peasant reformers. The fall of South Vietnam led to the fall of Laos and Cambodia and the genocide of the killing fields. And Kerry is actually trying to sell this foreign-policy expertise as a presidential credential.
When it comes to communism, terrorism and thugocracies, Kerry is hopelessly naïveor willfully blind. As a senator, he fought against American aid to the government of El Salvador during the communist insurgency of the 1980s. He also opposed support for the freedom-fighting Nicaraguan Contras.
At the time, he described the Salvadoran military as some of the most blood-drenched men on the planet. Were the leaders of the Marxist regime which ruled Nicaragua equally savage? Kerry never said so. Daniel Ortega and Company must also have been indigenous, peasant reformers fighting a war of the people.
Hes never known to have uttered a word of criticism about Cuban intervention in the Central American conflicts or spoke harshly of Soviet imperialism. Oh, and our rescue mission to Grenada was a bullys show of force against a weak, third-world nation, according to the likely Democratic nominee.
While Ronald Reagan was winning the Cold War, as a senator, Kerry was trying to hamstring the effort. He opposed the MX missile, B-1 Bomber and a missile defense system. Had the war hero prevailed, the Kremlin would still be in business, and opening branch offices all over the world.
The foreign-policy genius was still going strong in the 90s. In 1991, he voted against the first Gulf War. (Body-bags would becoming in by the thousands, the military expert predicted.) Chagrined at being on the wrong side of a popular war, and with the collapse of the World Trade Center still echoing in his ears, Kerry voted to authorize the president to use military force to rid humanity of Saddam Hussein.
But wait, thats not what he really meant, the senator now endlessly explains. He was voting to give Bush the authority to spend the next decade in a futile quest for the UNs approval. He was voting to give Bush the power to oust the loathsome tyrant once W had assembled a coalition including the valiant French, the altruistic Germans, the impartial and totally fair Belgians and everyone else from Eskimos to Fiji Islanders. AKA: How to support a war (in theory), while keeping your head-in-the-sand credentials intact for the surrender wing of the Democratic Party.
Besides attempting to undermine the war on terrorism on the Iraqi front as he sabotaged the war against communism in Indochina Kerry has even found time to bestow understanding on Columbias drug-dealing FARC terrorists. A year ago, in a speech in Boston, Kerry said Columbias narcotics-fueled insurgency seems to be a renewal of a kind of chaos fueled partly by guerrillas who have legitimate complaints and the combination of drugs and war and the drug lord. Can you say indigenous, peasant reformers? Of course you can!
Try imagining Kerry as commander in chief in the war on terrorism. What will he do, empathize with Al-Qaeda? (Surely, it has legitimate complaints.) Offer to send the junior Hamas members to St. Pauls Prep School? Find rich widows for the mullahs and suicide bombers to marry? Or concoct stories of American atrocities in Iraq and Afghanistan to feed to a credulous Congress?
John Forbes Kerry/Kohn is a man whose time came and went roughly 30 years ago. He could be elected president of Hollywood, president of the Ivy League, president of the National Council of Churches, president of the Dixie Chicks or president of CNN. But president of the United States? Only if the American people have a complete and total memory failure if the nation has collective amnesia for the next nine months.
Don Feder is a former Boston Herald writer who's currently the host of a talk show on WTTT 1150Am in Boston, M-F, 6-9am.
Excellent Article, thank you for posting it.
Now...If Only America would wake Up and see John (Ketchup Boy) Kerry for what he really IS...
A DEMON - RAT.
Oh, that's different. In that case I will vote for him for president . . .
What can I say?
"When it comes to communism, terrorism and thugocracies, Kerry is hopelessly naïveor willfully blind".
Or worse, a collaborator?
Good find, great post
Nor do I
This is the classic "shell game".
We watch the "Dwarves", while the Clinton party destroys each of them from behind.
As has been suggested, for months, it will be a setup for the Clintons to retake the WhiteHouse in 2004.
Can Hillary and Bill really wait for 2008?
G., I don't know what the Clintoons will do in 2004. But one thing is sure: if Hildabeast doesn't run in 2004, her only window of opportunity for the White House is 2008.
Therefore, ergo, namely, and q.e.d., the Lying Scumbags cannot - repeat CANNOT - afford for Hitlery to run against a sitting Dumbocrap prexy in 2008.
So, with confidence, I predict that John F'n Kerry/Kohn/Heinz is toast.
So now we have two distinctly different stories from Kerry about the medals.
Just a week or two ago, Kerry's spokesman said on FNC that Kerry didn't actually throw his medals over the fence. He said that Kerry removed his medals from the ribbons and threw only the ribbons over the fence.
I suspect that Kerry and many vets have or have had some PTSD issues, but for me, he's more of a Clinton-esque sociopath, being all things to all people if it gets him elected. I think he's a Kennedy wannabe.
Years ago when he married Theresa a lot of this came out at the time, including his presidential ambitions, because here in western PA the untimely death of Heinz and the surprising wedding not long after of Theresa and Kerry was well documented locally and viewed with suspicion by some who thought Kerry saw dollar signs and took advantage of a grieving widow. The Kohn/Kerry name change came up with the suggestion that the grandparents wanted to Kennedy-ize themselves to get in on that action. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree for John F. Kerry. It seems he likes to be thought of as a Kennedy type candidate and beams at the comparisons to JFK. I think, despite his war service, that he is a commie at heart and I shudder to think he is the current dem frontrunner. Look what he's done for Mass. I think that's what Feder is trying to say.
Do you mean like forgetting that Clinton advocated regime change in Iraq, and as well thought Iraq had WMDs?
A sense of duty
In March 1965, as the war in Vietnam continued to escalate, Kerry won the Ten Eyck prize as the best orator in the junior class for a speech that criticized U.S foreign policy as arrogant and unrealistic.
"It is the specter of Western imperialism that causes more fear among Africans and Asians than communism, and thus it is self-defeating," Kerry said in his speech. "We have grossly overextended ourselves in areas where we have no vital primary interest."
The next year, Kerry discarded his original Class Day oration -- which had already been published in the Yale Banner -- for a new address echoing many of the sentiments of his prize-winning speech. In a speech that was unusually political for a Class Oration, he criticized the United States for intervening in Asian affairs and isolating itself from the world community.
"I think he was ahead of his time," Smith said about Kerry's attitude towards Vietnam. "I think he felt that the war was much more controversial at an earlier stage than anybody else."
But even before delivering his oration, Kerry had enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Despite his public misgivings about Vietnam, Kerry was preparing to enter the military soon after commencement.
While Kerry criticized the war and its goals, he was committed in his decision to serve. In contrast to Yale students two or three years later who more frequently tried to avoid the service at all costs, many members of the Class of '66 volunteered, Smith said.
"I was very proud of my decision to go into the Navy and I still am," Kerry said. "But keep in mind, when I joined the Navy, the first draft card hadn't been burned. Vietnam was nebulous. It wasn't yet the war it would become."
By volunteering, students could avoid the draft and enter the officer corps. But for the Class of '66, graduate school deferments were still available. If Kerry had not wanted to serve, he could have entered law school immediately after graduation.
My hands are like ice. I have a sinking feeling that 49-51% of the voting public are the same way. Hope I'm wrong.
Maybe a little of both?
It would appear that his time in the service was calculated in order to use it just as he is doing now.I think you stopped reading that article a little too soon:
Yet for a class that grew up in the wake of World War II and the Korean War, military service seemed a patriotic duty that few of Kerry's classmates questioned despite growing ambivalence concerning the war itself, said his classmate Peter Day '66.We have to treat history with respect. Kerry's problem then was that he was a Kennedy Democrat, and Kennedy and Johnson had transformed Vietnam from a sideshow into a full-blown American commitment of half a million men--an indefinite commitment not to victory but to a draw. Kerry's failure of vision was not in seeing that Vietnam was FUBAR--he was correct in that assessment--but in his elitism.
"There was a much larger sense of obligation, that it was your turn just as the generations before had done it," Day said.
So when William Bundy -- assistant secretary of state and uncle of Harvey Bundy -- visited Kerry and his suitemates and said the country needed them to enlist in the officer corps, Kerry listened. "I think that -- it would have been almost five times harder for him not to have gone than to go," Smith said. "The predilection of our class was much more old-school."
Kerry's failure of vision was that he could more easily reject the things you and I love about Ronald Reagan than he could entertain the idea that "great" Democrats like Kennedy and Johnson were actually incompetent.
Kerry's failure was Kennedy's failure--they are one and the same. And we always knew that eventually we would have to face down the Kennedy myth once and for all. The tragedy is that George H. Bush was not up for that game; had he been a full-blown Reaganite he would have been a two-term president and would have let the air out of the Kennedy mystique once and for all.
I'm sure they are hoping many are forgetful about Kerry's past
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