Skip to comments.Flashback! Excerpt from Kerry on CrossFire in 1997 (Kerry RIPS into France, et al)
Posted on 02/29/2004 11:34:02 AM PST by jmstein7
SHOW: CNN CROSSFIRE 19:30 pm ET
November 12, 1997; Wednesday 7:30 pm Eastern Time
Transcript # 97111200V20
JOHN SUNUNU, CROSSFIRE: Senator Kerry, in fact, in spite of the administration claiming it has restored unanimity, that has not occurred. All the strength of this resolution had to be pulled out of it get any votes at all other than our own. Isn't this exercise actually counterproductive in sending a signal to Iraq that the coalition still remains frayed?
SEN. JOHN KERRY, (D), MASSACHUSETTS, FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE: Well, John, you're correct that this resolution is less than we would have liked. I don't think anybody can deny that we would have liked it to have threatened force and we would have liked it to carry the term serious consequences will flow. On the other hand, the coalition is together. I mean the fact is there is a unanimous statement by the security council and the United Nations that there has to be immediate, unrestricted, unconditional access to the sites. That's very strong language. And it also references the underlying resolution on which the use of force is based. So clearly the allies may not like it, and I think that's our great concern -- where's the backbone of Russia, where's the backbone of France, where are they in expressing their condemnation of such clearly illegal activity, but in a sense, they're now climbing into a box and they will have enormous difficulty not following up on this if there is not compliance by Iraq.
KERRY: Well, John, there's absolutely no statement that they have made or that they will make that will prevent the United States of America and this president or any president from acting in what they believe are the best interests of our country. And obviously it's disappointing. It was disappointing a month ago not to have the French and the Russians understanding that they shouldn't give any signals of weakening on the sanctions and I think those signals would have helped bring about this crisis because they permitted Saddam Hussein to interpret that maybe the moment was right for him to make this challenge.
SUNUNU: But isn't what he has seen is a loss of U.S. leadership and an erosion under an administration that has failed to lead?
KERRY: On the contrary. The administration is leading. The administration is making it clear that they don't believe that they even need the U.N. Security Council to sign off on a material breach because the finding of material breach was made by Mr. Butler. So furthermore, I think the United States has always reserved the right and will reserve the right to act in its best interests. And clearly it is not just our best interests, it is in the best interests of the world to make it clear to Saddam Hussein that he's not going to get away with a breach of the '91 agreement that he's got to live up to, which is allowing inspections and dismantling his weapons and allowing us to know that he has dismantled his weapons. That's the price he pays for invading Kuwait and starting a war.
KERRY: Correct, absolutely correct, and I believe, and they stood with us today and I am saying to you that it is my judgment that by standing with us today and calling for the unrestricted, unconditional, unlimited, you know, access, they have now taken a stand that they are duty bound to enforce and if Saddam Hussein doesn't do that, the president, I think, has begun a process which you remember very well, John, was not done in one week, in one day, in one month. It took months to weave together the fabric to lead up to an understanding of what was at stake. I am convinced that many people have not yet even focused in full measure on what is at stake.
PRESS: Are you suggesting, are you calling for a military, U.S. military strike against Iran now before...
PRESS: Iraq, I'm sorry, before any other United Nations action is taken?
KING: No, I'm saying is that very soon, though, we would have to use the threat of military force because as Bill Richardson said that this, these are delaying tactics brought about by the Iraqis and this is very serious. When you're talking about biological warfare and when you're talking about the fact that they've already adjusted the cameras, they've already fooled around with the equipment which gauges the air, they've already moved some of the devices away from the U.N. inspectors. This is a very, very serious situation and I'm saying that we would have to, I think, threaten very severe military action at an early date. Now exactly what that would be is obviously, we have to get more information on it, but based on I think what all of us know, it is very, very critical and not too much time more can be wasted.
Kerry explains Bush's position better than Bush!!
Only problem is that he doesn't mean it.
Or does he?
Or doesn't he?
Or does he?
On every issue, that's his problem.
Of course, at the time he was in fact 'splainen Clintoon's "position."
It's just as easy to include them in the email CC (it's not like you have to type up a whole new letter or anything).
Whereas the Old Grey Whore has little credibility with us, some out there in flyover country still haven't caught on so all avenues to spread the word are helpful.
After the Demrats have tied up the nomination, the media won't be so likely to cover anything that would taint their guy. At the very least they would supress it (print the story on the day of some other breaking news item).
I can't count on the media being willing to print anything in the future, go public with it now.
This is no October surprise.
That should happen sometime tonight.
The evidence of flip-flops and duplicity by Kerry is a virtual bottomless well. Dump some today. Dump some tomorrow. Dump something everyday.
Don't worry. He'll make more.
Bud, keep up the great work of exposing this maniac's hypocrisy. Awesome.
Nice job, that is F*&#^$G classic. I used that info already to B(*$&H slap some libs today.
I'm glad you guys rediscovered this one!
This article has been posted before but there is always someone who hasn't seen it.
With such limited exposure for such damaging quotes, I don't want to wait to start circulating this.
I've had it (and an old thread) on my profile page for over a month (and bookmarked even longer).
How DID this thread get back on the sidebar?
It's a good one, eh? Two other guys dug it up, and I was thinking along the same lines as you -- i.e. that people need to see this.
Important Kerry Info BUMP!!!
Important Kerry Info BUMP!!!
Kerry was against France, but then supported France.
Absolutely. El Senador Flip-floppo must be held accountable for his lies, waffles, and positions on key issues.
I'm so glad you've reposted this.
I've sent it to the RNC in my state, Marc Racicot, Bush, Hannity, Savage, Boortz and my state senator.
Now if the administration would just use it!
This probably wasn't the best week to send them stuff so I'll do it again next week.
A lot of media types won't open a link sent them via e-mail because of virus fears.
I've copied and pasted the transcript into an e-mail. The transcript clearly outlines which number it is so the media can get a copy from the archives to verify.
The book that Kerry
wishes would just go away.
|HanoiJohnKerry.com is a blog with a primary purpose. That purpose is to counter the preposterous claims of Sen. John Forbes Kerry (D-MA) that he has any legitimate claim to any sort of "brotherhood" among combat veterans of the War in Vietnam.
While it is generally supposed that his service as a Naval officer on a "Swift Boat" in that theater was adequate and honorable, there is much to question regarding his readiness to allow the accolade "war hero" to be applied to him.
Likewise, it is not at all uncommon for more senior Naval officers to raise an eyebrow at the swiftness and relative comfort by which Lt. JG Kerry attained those medals, and who is available to vouch for the efficacy of his being awarded them (since, as boat commander, it would be his own task to make recommendation for awards for all personnel, including himself, on the Swift Boat).
But most egregious was his conduct, words and associations upon his early-out (from SEA) return to the USA and discharge from the US Navy. His leadership role with the radical pro-Communist (inaccurate to deem this group "anti-war") group called "Vietnam Veterans Against the [Vietnam] War" (hereafter VVAW).
It was while climbing the social and political ladder of the pro-Soviet Left as a principle of VVAW that John Kerry found his political soul-mate in Hanoi Jane Fonda. Granted, these politically formative years for Kerry were prior to the more outlandish acts of Fonda that earned her that name, but it is easily documentable that Fonda did not under go any radical transformation in belief or character from the time she and Kerry were working the same side of the street to the time she traveled to Hanoi, NVN and entered US history as the most overt traitor to ever NOT be charged, tried and executed.
John Kerry went to his own overt extremes to demonstrate that, politically, socially and in lowness of character, there wasn't a nickel's worth of difference between he and Fonda. Thus, in the spirit of fairness and accuracy, we are reasonably certain that he will be agreeably flattered by calling him Hanoi John Kerry.
Here, testifying before the Fulbright Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is where John Kerry, spokesman for Vietnam Veterans Against the War, cemented his position and moniker as "Hanoi John" Kerry. This was the occasion where US troops still in the field in Vietnam learned from one of their FORMER brothers-in-arms that they were heinous murderers and war criminals. HJK would now like to call on them for support in his bid to be the new Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces. Perhaps the most preposterous hypocrisy of all.
That graphic is outstanding!
Says it all with pictures -- even the DUmmies can understand it. LOL!
Can I forward it to people?
Don't expect FOX News to carry this.
On the 3PM PST FOX News Edition today is running John Kerry for President ads.
And those 2 vets are probably being paid.