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Kerry's World: Father Knows Best
CBS News ^ | March 3, 2004 | Franklin Foer

Posted on 03/03/2004 12:05:09 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife

By the time John Kerry's father, Richard, published his only book, The Star-Spangled Mirror, in 1990, he should have been a mellow man. Nearly 30 years had passed since his retirement from the Foreign Service, where he'd filled mid-level posts in Washington, Berlin, and Oslo. His central issue, the cold war, had followed him into retirement with the crumbling of the Berlin Wall and rise of glasnost in Russia. When the 75-year-old Kerry wasn't working on his book, he could be found building model ships and sailing off Cape Cod. If he had any reasons for professional bitterness, they should have long since faded.

None of these facts, however, becalmed him. His book has a young man's brash, polemical tone. The Star-Spangled Mirror is a critique of moralism in America's foreign policy -- and, more than that, it is a critique of America's national character.

"Americans," he writes, "are inclined to see the world and foreign affairs in black and white." They celebrate their own form of government and denigrate all others, making them guilty of what he calls "ethnocentric accommodation -- everyone ought to be like us." As a result, America has committed the "fatal error" of "propagating democracy" and fallen prey to "the siren's song of promoting human rights," falsely assuming that our values and institutions are a good fit in the Third World. And, just as Americans exaggerate their own goodness, they exaggerate their enemies' badness. The Soviet Union wasn't nearly as imperialistic as American politicians warned, Kerry argues. "Seeing the Soviet Union as the aggressor in every instance, and the U.S. as only reacting defensively, relieves an American observer from the need to see any parallel between our use of military power in distant parts of the world, and the Soviet use of military power outside the Soviet Union," he writes. He further claims that "Third world Marxist movements were autonomous national movements" -- outside Moscow's orbit. The book culminates in a plea for a hardheaded, realist foreign policy that removes any pretense of U.S. moral superiority.

Despite its blunt arguments, The Star-Spangled Mirror received little attention. Foreign Affairs greeted it with a 90-word summation in its review section. But the work of Richard Kerry, who passed away in 2000, will soon experience posthumous reconsideration. It won't be because of the renewed relevance of his arguments (although his book does read like a contemporary brief against neoconservatism). It will be because his son is a leading candidate to run U.S. foreign policy.

According to the conventional telling of John Kerry's biography, largely told by Kerry himself, his foreign policy views were forged in the Mekong Delta. During his disillusioning four-month combat stint on a Navy Swift Boat, the limits of U.S. power were revealed to him. As Newsweek argued in a cover story last month, "Kerry's policy views, as well as his politics, were profoundly shaped by the war." But, for all the neatness this narrative provides, it overlooks an entire chapter in Kerry's intellectual history: his childhood. In fact, Kerry's foreign policy worldview, characterized by a steadfast belief in international institutions and a suspicion of U.S. hard power, had fallen into place long before he ever enlisted. As Kerry's biographer, the historian Douglas Brinkley, told me, "So much of his foreign policy worldview comes straight from Richard Kerry."

Richard Kerry's father, a Czech Jew, fled Europe. The son, by contrast, embraced it. As a law student at Harvard in the late '30s, he read continental philosophers like Kierkegaard and histories about Bismarck and Metternich; he traveled to France, where he took sculpture classes and met his wife. Hoping to parlay his love of Europe into a career, he chose international law as his law school specialty. After World War II, which he spent in the Army Air Corps testing new airplanes at high altitudes, he moved his family to Washington to take a spot in the Department of the Navy's Office of General Counsel, hoping that his proximity to the State Department might help him land a job there.

Two years into his Washington stint, Kerry's relocation paid off. The State Department's Bureau of United Nations Affairs hired him to help work through the thicket created by America's adherence to a new set of postwar international agreements. According to Brinkley, the cosmopolitan Kerry was a true believer in the United Nations and the postwar promise of global government.

But, as much as he believed in the United Nations, it was not his prime passion. A devoted Europeanist, Kerry was more preoccupied with the devastation of Europe and the monumental task of reconstructing it -- a romantic project that enticed a generation of young diplomats, including George Kennan and George Ball. The appeal of the task wasn't just the economic and physical rebuilding of the continent. Kerry and others like him viewed themselves as building a new political order for the continent, a new method for arranging international affairs that would consign war to the dustbin of history. In the early '50s, Kerry became an enthusiast for NATO and the nascent efforts at creating a unified Europe.

In 1954, Kerry received an assignment that put him at ground zero of the cold war. He moved to Berlin to advise former Harvard President James B. Conant, whom Dwight D. Eisenhower had charged with overseeing the rehabilitation of West Germany. Once again, Kerry's job consigned him primarily to lawyerly work. His chief task was to devise answers to the questions created by Berlin's confused status. Martha Mautner, a political officer who served with Kerry in Germany, told me, "There were so many questions about the status of Berlin that the lawyers had to handle. There were Four Powers [the United States, Britain, France, and the Soviet Union] running the city. What was its relationship to the Federal Republic?" But Kerry's interests extended far beyond these matters. During his tenure in Europe, he attended conferences in Paris, London, and The Hague, where he discussed with other mid-level diplomats the future of the transatlantic alliance and the possibilities of a new continental order. According to Brinkley, through these conferences, Kerry established relationships with a group of like-minded government officials, including the famed French planning commissioner (and intellectual architect of the European Union) Jean Monnet.

These conferences reinforced Kerry's belief that the preservation of the Atlantic alliance and the creation of a new Europe should be the overriding priorities of U.S. foreign policy. But the reality of U.S. policy was far different. For most of the Eisenhower administration, America's prime objective was containing communism. And, unlike the administration he served, Kerry believed that cooperation and diplomacy, rather than militarism, should resolve these tensions. In The Star-Spangled Mirror, he condemns the United States for "lecturing" European allies about the horrors of communism and accuses it of "bad manners" and "spoiled behavior." He writes, "At times we expected the allies unquestioningly to follow our leads; sometimes we failed to consult them in advance before reversing policies; at other times we ignored their requests."

Even at the time, Kerry wasn't quiet about his disagreement with the hard-line anti-communists. Although he had initially viewed Secretary of State John Foster Dulles as a kindred spirit and cultivated a relationship with him, Kerry felt uncomfortable with his rhetoric about "godless communism." (In his book, Kerry spends several pages arguing against Dulles's "intensely moralistic outlook.") According to Brinkley, Kerry bluntly told Dulles the shortcomings of his increasingly hawkish approach, undermining their relationship in the process. This was typical behavior for Kerry, who had a growing reputation for outspokenness. John Kerry's friend and former aide Jonathan Winer says, "[Richard Kerry] was a dissident in a time of conformity."

For all his impolitic instincts, Kerry's undeniable competence kept propelling his career forward. Following his posting in Berlin, he served as top aide to Georgia Democrat Walter George, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. And, in 1958, he took what would be his highest posting in the Foreign Service, as Oslo's chief political officer, where he played a vital role in opening Norway to American spies and weapons. But his competence could get him only so far -- which is to say, it couldn't overcome his maverick reputation and win him a coveted ambassadorship. By the Kennedy administration, Brinkley says, Kerry sensed he had hit a ceiling in the Foreign Service. Kerry told his family, "They seem not to listen to what I have to say, so I'm going to quit." Brinkley adds, "He saw his role as becoming a protester, criticizing the government from the outside in lectures and his book."

Richard Kerry, whose own father committed suicide, was not a very effusive parent. When his twelve-year-old son John lay quarantined with scarlet fever at his Swiss boarding school, Richard Kerry didn't make the trip from Berlin to visit him. But there was at least one subject that fostered easy conversation between the two: foreign policy. "It allowed them to break through an emotional wall," says Brinkley. "They talked about foreign policy the way most fathers and sons talk about football." Well into his Senate career, John Kerry would phone his father to ask his opinion about international issues ranging from arms control to Central America. Watching the conversations, Winer says, "I saw two people talking about policy very seriously with unexpressed affection."

From the start, Richard Kerry turned his oldest son into his foreign policy protégé. As Newsweek's Evan Thomas has written, "The Kerry dinner table was a nightly foreign-policy seminar. While other boys were eating TV dinners in front of the tube, [John] Kerry was discussing George Kennan's doctrine of containment." His father introduced the adolescent boy to such luminaries as Monnet and West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer. Later, when he was at Yale, John Kerry traded letters with Clementine Churchill, Winston's wife.

As early as prep school, John Kerry showed signs that he shared his father's suspicions about America's cold war foreign policy. In a debate at St. Paul's in the late '50s, he argued that the United States should establish relations with Red China. During his junior year at Yale, he won a speech prize for an oration warning, "It is the specter of Western Imperialism that causes more fear among Africans and Asians than communism, and thus it is self-defeating." And, when he was tapped to deliver a graduation speech in 1966, he used the occasion to condemn U.S. involvement in Vietnam, intoning, "What was an excess of isolationism has become an excess of interventionism."

If Richard and John Kerry were not in perfect political sync, it was because the father, in an inversion of the usual dynamic, was more radical than the son. John Kerry, for instance, had grown enthusiastic about John F. Kennedy and his robust, anti-communist foreign policy. Indeed, it was his fervor for Kennedy's "bear any burden" call to service that largely inspired Kerry to join the Navy. Richard Kerry, by contrast, was more skeptical about New Frontier idealism. In a 1996 interview with The Boston Globe, he groused, "[John's] attitude was gung ho: had to show the flag. He was quite immature in that direction." When John Kerry came back from Vietnam, his father pushed him to be more outspoken in his opposition to the war. "When Kerry refused to speak out against the government [while in uniform], suddenly his father felt like he was being a wimp," says Brinkley. "[So he] encouraged his son to take off the uniform and to become a critic."

John Kerry, of course, did exactly this, first in Vietnam Veterans Against the War and eventually in the U.S. Senate. From the moment he arrived in Washington, Kerry promised that "issues of war and peace" would remain his passion. And, from the start, this meant that he would criticize Ronald Reagan's war against communism, especially when it was fought through proxies in the jungles of Central America. In 1985, he traveled to Nicaragua to meet with the Sandanista government, telling The Washington Post, "I see an enormous haughtiness in the United States trying to tell [the Sandinistas] what to do." Soon after his return, he pressured Congress into investigating the administration's illegal funding of the Contra rebels, opening a trail that culminated in the exposure of the arms-for-hostages deal with Iran. And, a few years later, in the late '80s, he repeated this success, launching an investigation that revealed that another of the administration's favorite anti-communists, the Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, had been deeply enmeshed in drug-trafficking. Kerry was also skeptical enough of U.S. power that he voted against authorizing a popular intervention -- the Gulf war -- and opposed a 1995 resolution that would have allowed the arming of Bosnians.

There are differences, to be sure, between Richard and John Kerry. Over the course of his political career, John Kerry has occasionally endorsed the use of force, as in the cases of Panama and Kosovo, and he has always found a rhetorical place for morality in his foreign policy pronouncements. But, more often than not, even as John Kerry stumps for president, the similarities shine through. Last month, for example, Kerry charged that the administration's "high-handed treatment of our European allies, on everything from Iraq to the Kyoto climate-change treaty, has strained relations nearly to the breaking point." It should be no surprise to hear John Kerry worry about European allies and to strike such liberal internationalist notes. These ideas aren't just deeply felt; they're in his blood.

Franklin Foer is associate editor at TNR.


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As early as prep school, John Kerry showed signs that he shared his father's suspicions about America's cold war foreign policy. In a debate at St. Paul's in the late '50s, he argued that the United States should establish relations with Red China. During his junior year at Yale, he won a speech prize for an oration warning, "It is the specter of Western Imperialism that causes more fear among Africans and Asians than communism, and thus it is self-defeating." And, when he was tapped to deliver a graduation speech in 1966, he used the occasion to condemn U.S. involvement in Vietnam, intoning, "What was an excess of isolationism has become an excess of interventionism."
1 posted on 03/03/2004 12:05:09 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Red diaper baby
2 posted on 03/03/2004 12:15:01 AM PST by Mentos
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
If he pulls it off in November we will be kissing the ass of every dictator and rolling over on international agreements. Isn't life grand, I think I'll send more money to W and the RNC.
3 posted on 03/03/2004 12:18:10 AM PST by reluctantwarrior (Strength and Honor)
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To: Mentos; reluctantwarrior
Bump!
4 posted on 03/03/2004 12:27:55 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
"He further claims that "Third world Marxist movements were autonomous national movements" -- outside Moscow's orbit. "Richard Kerry, whose own father committed suicide, was not a very effusive parent. When his twelve-year-old son John lay quarantined with scarlet fever at his Swiss boarding school, Richard Kerry didn't make the trip from Berlin to visit him. But there was at least one subject that fostered easy conversation between the two: foreign policy. "It allowed them to break through an emotional wall," says Brinkley. "They talked about foreign policy the way most fathers and sons talk about football." Well into his Senate career, John Kerry would phone his father to ask his opinion about international issues ranging from arms control to Central America. Watching the conversations, Winer says, "I saw two people talking about policy very seriously with unexpressed affection." What happy horsesh*t! Just another indictment of CBS as being a brothel for the Democrats.
5 posted on 03/03/2004 12:33:33 AM PST by thegreatbeast (Quid lucrum istic mihi est?)
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To: Howlin; All

INVESTIGATOR: During a Senate Whitewater hearing in 1995, Sen. John Kerry held up the briefcase that contained Deputy White House Counsel Vincent Foster's torn-up suicide note.LUC NOVOVITCH/REUTERS/FILE

Kerry in Congress: an investigator's rise***Elected to the US Senate in 1984, he gave up a prized offer to be on the Senate Appropriations committee and joined the Senate Foreign Relations Committee instead. It was a sign of longstanding interest in world affairs, fed by his father's career involvement in the foreign service. Kerry's internationalist views echo today in his calls for repairing relations with longtime allies in Europe.***

6 posted on 03/03/2004 12:33:46 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: thegreatbeast
An analyst might surmise that John Kerry will try to outdo his father's anti-American/pro-socialist bent.
7 posted on 03/03/2004 12:36:53 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
So, foreign policy wimpery, cowardice and appeasement is in his blood, eh? Excellent piece -- bump!
8 posted on 03/03/2004 12:46:15 AM PST by Cincinatus (Omnia relinquit servare Republicam)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; Admin Moderator
This is really good, despite being from CBS. Admin Mod, any chance this could go up on the Front Page? It needs a wider readership than it's going to get otherwise.
9 posted on 03/03/2004 12:46:30 AM PST by lambo
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To: lambo
Bush 41 - CIA

Bush 43 - Anti terrorist

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Kerry the elder - cooperation and diplomacy with communists

Kerry the son - cooperation and diplomacy with communists

10 posted on 03/03/2004 12:51:50 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus
Kerry is the most dangerous presidential candidate in American history and yet conservatives are arguing over AWB, spending, gay marriage and a host of other idiotic wedge issues. This man is our worst nightmare writ large.
11 posted on 03/03/2004 12:53:08 AM PST by Texasforever (When democrats attack it is called campaigning)
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To: lambo
I agree. This is the most important article on Kerry I have seen yet and should produce thousands of FR replies. This needs as much exposure as possible.
12 posted on 03/03/2004 12:57:24 AM PST by Texasforever (When democrats attack it is called campaigning)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
A one-time Foreign Service officer bemoans the "impatience" of Americans "with the complexity of things" and a determination "to solve international national problems our own way." Although the book was written before the Cold War was clearly over, the nation's behavior in the Gulf War indicates that the message still has some validity.


About the Author
Richard Kerry's career in the State Department and Foreign Service included service as executive assistant to Senator Walter F. George, and special advisor to President Eisenhower on NATO and bipartisan foreign policy.

Book Description
The Star-Spangled Mirror captures the dilemma of America's continuing reliance on an enduring fallacy of foreign policy-the assumption that other people ought to share our view of world order. Dr. Richard Kerry argues that from the time of Woodrow Wilson's aim to organize the world order in accordance with assumptions of democratic universalism, this vision of the world has remained central to U.S. foreign policy. "The Star-Spangled Mirror" will be considered an important addition to the history of American foreign policy and as required reading for current and future policy makers.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0847676498/qid=1078303926/sr=1-3/ref=sr_1_3/102-3888610-8768950?v=glance&s=books
13 posted on 03/03/2004 12:57:57 AM PST by kcvl
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To: Texasforever
This man is our worst nightmare writ large.

Worse than Bill Clinton but right up there with Hillary.

14 posted on 03/03/2004 12:58:04 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: kcvl
I guess the communist model fit his ideology better.
15 posted on 03/03/2004 12:59:46 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Excellent article..and all the more reason to fear Kerry as President.
16 posted on 03/03/2004 1:04:58 AM PST by MEG33 (John Kerry's been AWOL for two decades on issues of National Security!)
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To: MEG33
His stint in the military was to make him Kennedyesque.
He got right down to America bashing as soon as he could.
17 posted on 03/03/2004 1:06:36 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
The sun was glaring through the windshield of Richard J. Kerry's single-engine light aircraft as he prepared for takeoff from a runway in northern Virginia on February 27, 1954. Mild, with temperatures in the mid fifties, no clouds in sight, it was a perfect day to fly. During World War II Kerry had served the United States government as a pilot in the Army Air Corps, flying DC-3s and B-29s. Now he was based in Washington, D.C. , serving as an attorney for the State Department's Bureau of United Nations Affairs. This was, however, to be his final flight. With his eleven-year-old son John sitting in the rear seat, Kerry, now a civilian, started the engine and checked his navigational charts. Everything was in working order. "Don't touch the stick," he cautioned his son before takeoff. "Not until you're older."

Anybody who knew the austere and hardworking Kerry well thought of him as a man with an intense, careful disposition, a pilot whose logbook was as tidy as an accountant's ledger. This particular book, beige in color and three-quarters full, had been kept since 1940. During World War II he had crisscrossed America numerous times, including long stints in Alabama, Ohio, California, and Colorado. Today was no different from any other flight day: he carefully scrawled "Alexandria Local Aeronca" in his book. He was hoping to give his son an aerial view of metropolitan Washington sites. Usually Kerry never editorialized in his log: just the no-nonsense facts. But on this last flight he made an exception, writing something personal: "Flight over Mt. Vernon with Johnny." The flight lasted for only a brief forty minutes. But forty years later he sent the logbook and wings to his son with a note on his law firm stationery: "Is this last entry prophetic?" Richard Kerry was probably referring to his son's passion for flying, but the flight over Mt. Vernon may inadvertently touched a different prophecy.

Even when he was an eleven-year-old boy, there was a feeling that John Forbes Kerry was touched with destiny -- or, more accurately, that public service was instilled in him by his parents. There was, however, a touch of the parvenu in all of this, a fierce family belief, not unlike that which Joseph Kennedy imposed on his four sons, that the Kerry boys -- John and Cameron -- could accomplish any feat, no matter how difficult. But to do so would take discipline. A touch of old-fashioned chauvinism, however, prohibited Richard Kerry from fully instilling the same attitude in his two daughters, Margaret (Peggy) and Diana. What was important was that his two sons were not slouches. Concepts like diligence, duty, and loyalty were instilled in them, with tenderness usually coming last. Like the fathers in so many second-generation immigrant families, Richard Kerry believed his boys could accomplish anything in America, even following in the oversized footsteps of George Washington, making it all the way to the White House. "Excelling was the Kerry family ethic" is the way Washington Post reporter Laura Blumenfeld explained it. She gave an example as a case in point: Richard Kerry taught his sons how to steer a boat under a blanket, so they would learn to navigate in the fog. "He definitely promoted tough love," Peggy recalled. "He wanted us to be equipped with the harsh realities of the real world."

The story of Richard Kerry's rise is one of overcoming obstacles. Born in 1915 in Brookline, Massachusetts -- the same Boston suburb where John F. Kennedy was born two years later -- Richard Kerry was a handsome, erudite boy, always fighting against the odds. His father, Fredrick A. Kerry, was actually a Czech Jew named Fritz Kohn who had fled the aggressive Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1905, brutalized by anti-Semitism. Three years before his arrival in America he married Ida Lowe, a beautiful Jewish musician from Budapest. According to the Boston Globe, the young couple simply studied a map of Europe, found County Kerry in Ireland, and chose it as their last name. Baptized as Catholics, they moved to Chicago with their young son Eric, where Fredrick (or Fred as he was called)earned a living as a business manager. Eventually they moved to Brookline, known as the "town of millionaires" in the early 1900s, had two additional children, Richard and Mildred, and earned a reputation as good neighbors. The local newspaper deemed Fredrick "a prominent man in the shoe business"; his shop was located at 487 Boylston Street in the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston. He seldom missed attending Catholic church services on Sunday. (He kept it secret that he was of Jewish descent.) With a two-story, Arts and Crafts-style house in Brookline -- designed by John C. Spofford -- located at 10 Downing Road, a black Cadillac parked in front and three healthy children running happily about, it seemed, to the outside world, that the Kerry family exemplified the American dream.

That notion was brutally dispelled on November 23, 1921, when a depressed Fred Kerry, wandered into the Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston, walked into the men's room, and shot himself in the head. The Boston Globe published a short story about the suicide, which took place at 11:30 A.M., claiming he had died instantly. "Kerry had been ill for some time, and he became despondent as a result," the obituary read. "He left his home about the usual hour this morning, and his spirits seemed to be low. After going to his place of business he came out and went to the hotel where he took his life."

Excerpted from Tour of Duty by Douglas Brinkley.
18 posted on 03/03/2004 1:10:41 AM PST by kcvl
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
I shudder to think of the damage he can inflict on us.

The enemies of America who study us carefully would feel empowered as it is obvious Kerry is indecisive on so many matters and is loathe to use our military in our own self interest.

The EU,the UN and Kerry will be co Presidents.Chavez may be invited to the White House.NKorea will get the aid without getting rid of their nuclear program.
19 posted on 03/03/2004 1:23:06 AM PST by MEG33 (John Kerry's been AWOL for two decades on issues of National Security!)
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To: MEG33
Kerry's childhood seems rather lonely. As a little boy, he was moved from place to place before attending a "very strict" school in Switzerland, where he was one of only three English-speaking boys. Kerry learned, at an early age, to depend on himself.

At St. Paul's, a posh prep school in New Hampshire, Kerry was not popular. On the hockey team, he was called "Keep-the-Puck Kerry" because he didn't like to pass to his teammates as he skated toward the goal. Barging into pickup games on the school's frozen ponds, he was known for stealing the puck from younger boys and shooting it into the woods. At a Republican Episcopalian school he was a Democrat and a Roman Catholic who worshiped John F. Kennedy. The boys reportedly joked that his own initials—also JFK—stood for "Just For Kerry." (Kerry told NEWSWEEK that the nickname is "bogus," made up a few years ago by a mean-spirited Boston Globe columnist.) Prep-school boys of that era were not supposed to grasp or grind; the ideal was "effortless grace." Kerry committed the cardinal schoolboy sin of showing his ambition.

The sneers "did bother John a lot," says Danny Barbiero, a classmate who was also a social outcast. "He's a lot more sensitive than he shows." Kerry's answer, says Barbiero, was: "Be better." He excelled at everything. At Yale he played wing on the soccer team (scoring three clutch goals in his last game against Harvard), was elected president of the Yale Political Union and was tapped by Skull and Bones. The last was sweet revenge: most of the preppies who made fun of Kerry would have given their trust funds to be tapped by the elite secret society.

As a young naval lieutenant and Swift Boat captain, Kerry struck some of his fellow officers as a condescending glory-seeker. By trying to imitate JFK's PT-109 exploits, he was supposedly putting his men at risk. But his enlisted men did not see it that way, according to historian Douglas Brinkley, who interviewed Kerry's crews for his new book, "Tour of Duty: John Kerry and the Vietnam War." The enlisted men "were suspicious at first," says Brinkley, because Kerry had longish hair for the military (the Kennedy look again). But they quickly learned that they could depend on him as a brave—but not foolhardy—combat leader. Kerry the amateur yachtsman was a very skillful boat handler; fluent in French, he was able to read old colonial river maps.

http://216.239.39.104/search?q=cache:giJR4eAVr5cJ:msnbc.msn.com/id/4052226/+Richard++Kerry&hl=en&ie=UTF-8
20 posted on 03/03/2004 1:34:18 AM PST by kcvl
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To: PhiKapMom; My2Cents; Tamsey; Mo1; Wolfstar; Howlin; Miss Marple; ambrose; prairiebreeze; ...
This is gold. Please read thoroughly.

John Forbes Kerry must not win election to the presidency or we are doomed and I mean doomed. He is a seriously dangerous man with a seriously dangerous agenda.

BOOKMARKED.


21 posted on 03/03/2004 1:35:46 AM PST by onyx (Kerry' s a Veteran, but so were Lee Harvey Oswald, Jeffrey Dahmer, and Timothy McVeigh)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Excellent post. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

22 posted on 03/03/2004 1:36:50 AM PST by onyx (Kerry' s a Veteran, but so were Lee Harvey Oswald, Jeffrey Dahmer, and Timothy McVeigh)
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To: backhoe
FYI
23 posted on 03/03/2004 1:38:42 AM PST by MEG33 (John Kerry's been AWOL for two decades on issues of National Security!)
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To: onyx
bttt
24 posted on 03/03/2004 1:39:44 AM PST by kcvl
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To: onyx
Kerry is Shillery's stalking horse.

If Bush is poised to win big, Kerry won't challenge her iron grip over the party and she'll be well positioned to run in four years.

If things are close in October, she'll arrange it so he has an "accident", and she'll step in and replace him... and ride the resulting sympathy wave to the White House.
25 posted on 03/03/2004 1:40:35 AM PST by ambrose ("John Kerry has blood of American soldiers on his hands" - Lt. Col. Oliver North)
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To: MEG33

Yes, good show Meg, I forgot to ping backhoe... slapping my forehead.
26 posted on 03/03/2004 1:43:48 AM PST by onyx (Kerry' s a Veteran, but so were Lee Harvey Oswald, Jeffrey Dahmer, and Timothy McVeigh)
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To: backhoe; Liz; Grampa Dave; Fledermaus; deport; JohnHuang2; MeekOneGOP; PhilDragoo; jmstein7; ...
Who am I forgetting? This is too important to overlook or miss.

*ping* and please ping your lists
27 posted on 03/03/2004 1:48:32 AM PST by onyx (Kerry' s a Veteran, but so were Lee Harvey Oswald, Jeffrey Dahmer, and Timothy McVeigh)
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To: onyx
Backhoe's Kerry file is loaded...we should alert Karl Rove!

I worry about all the voters who don't have a clue what a disaster Kerry's election would be and why.
28 posted on 03/03/2004 1:54:16 AM PST by MEG33 (John Kerry's been AWOL for two decades on issues of National Security!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
just as Americans exaggerate their own goodness, they exaggerate their enemies' badness. The Soviet Union wasn't nearly as imperialistic as American politicians warned, Kerry argues.
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Breathtaking.
Do we need to list the Communist countries?
29 posted on 03/03/2004 1:54:47 AM PST by Finalapproach29er (" Permitting homosexuality didn't work out very well for the Roman Empire")
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To: Finalapproach29er
I say give him the Gibson treatment.

See if he denounces his father's views.
30 posted on 03/03/2004 1:55:39 AM PST by Finalapproach29er (" Permitting homosexuality didn't work out very well for the Roman Empire")
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To: kcvl
[The boys reportedly joked that his own initials—also JFK—stood for "Just For Kerry." (Kerry told NEWSWEEK that the nickname is "bogus," made up a few years ago by a mean-spirited Boston Globe columnist.)]

Kerry is no Gandhi on corporate donations - LIBERAL columnist dishes up dirt on Kerry

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If they don't know him in Boston, where do they know him?

31 posted on 03/03/2004 2:23:21 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: kcvl
I think I'm going to puke.
32 posted on 03/03/2004 2:25:01 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: onyx
I found it when I googled these words - John Kerry, France.
33 posted on 03/03/2004 2:26:13 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: MEG33
Opinion Journal ***Haughty and Haiti

Speaking of conspiracy theories, Kerry already has one about Haiti, a country he discovered just last week. On NBC's "Today" show this morning, the Associated Press reports, Kerry "said he thought there ought to be some investigation of the claim that [deposed despot Jean-Bertrand] Aristide was forced out and escorted by U.S. troops."

Here's the Kerry quote: "I have a very close friend in Massachusetts who talked directly to people who have made that allegation. I don't know the truth of it. I really don't. But I think it needs to be explored and we need to know the truth of what happened."

This has become standard operating procedure for Democrats: put out some outlandish statement (President Bush had foreknowledge of Sept. 11, Bush was a "deserter"), then say you "don't know the truth of it" but it's "out there" and "we need to know" what happened. The Republican National Committee has two Web pages--here and here--chronicling Kerry's conspiracy-mongering, and of course former candidates like Howard Dean and Wesley Clark have been playing the same game.

When America was liberating Iraq, of course, Kerry opposed the action because "allies" like the French weren't on board. He now seems to oppose the liberation of Haiti from Aristide even though, as Agence France-Presse reports, "Aristide's departure 'was the result of perfect co-ordination' between Washington and Paris, French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin said." You'd almost think Kerry likes dictators--or at least any dictator President Bush acts to depose.***

34 posted on 03/03/2004 2:37:17 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
"Haiti,a country he discovered just last week!"LOL

Who do Kerry, Rangel and Waters trust? Do they trust our Secretary of State,an American hero,Colin Powell? Of course not,they choose to trust a man involved with thugs,necklacing and the plunder of Haiti.
35 posted on 03/03/2004 2:54:48 AM PST by MEG33 (John Kerry's been AWOL for two decades on issues of National Security!)
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To: MEG33
The Kerry doctrine ***Keep in mind that Kerry voted against the use of force to dislodge Saddam Hussein from Kuwait. When a dictator invades a neighbor, seizes strategic oil fields and consolidates his position as the region's No. 1 flaming carbuncle, Kerry rejects a multilateral response. Ragtag rebels in a perpetually dysfunctional state threaten a U.S.-installed incompetent, and Kerry sends in the Marines.

But Kerry's not alone. Haiti has a way of making people say odd things. Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., and members of the Congressional Black Caucus said they believed Jean-Bertrand Aristide had been pushed out by George W. Bush.

"Unlike the reports coming out of the State Department," Rangel said, "President Aristide says it was a coup, that he felt he was kidnapped, that he was told by the United States authority that they could no longer protect his life." Hmmm. The United States offers him an armed guard to replace his own armed guard, which ran off to whoop and loot, and it's a coup. It's kidnapping.

Since when is it the United States' responsibility to safeguard Aristide from the consequences of incompetence?

Today the State Department may be stuffed with liars, but put President Kerry in office, and Rangel will suddenly find them an unimpeachable source of intel. Put President Kerry in office, and we'll combine the self-castigating ethos of the Vietnam era with the meals-on-wheels nation-building of the '90s. ****

36 posted on 03/03/2004 3:09:46 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: onyx
Great read. Thanks for the headsup. Will ping my lists.
37 posted on 03/03/2004 3:19:28 AM PST by Liz
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To: RobertM; martin_fierro; baguette; Blue Screen of Death; SierraWasp; Lando Lincoln; Libloather; ...
Must read ping.
38 posted on 03/03/2004 3:23:01 AM PST by Liz
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To: onyx
Very revealing. Thanks!
39 posted on 03/03/2004 3:38:22 AM PST by windchime (Podesta about Bush: "He's got four years to try to undo all the stuff we've done." (TIME-1/22/01))
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To: lambo
"This is really good, despite being from CBS"

Yes, and it's written by a guy from The New Republic, no neo-conservative he. He's a good writer Foer tho' and we should all be happy he's brought this stuff out.

It indicates how truly un-American Kerry is. I won't say anti-American, because that would be inflamatory. He would be an exceptionally bad president, he would care far more about probably everybody else in the world that he would about Americans, whom he seems to distrust in a deep, essential way.

This explains to me why I keep thinking he makes Clinton look good. At least Clinton was a real American person.
40 posted on 03/03/2004 3:38:28 AM PST by jocon307 (The dems don't get it, the American people do.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
The Lord turned water into wine and the press tries to turn $hit to sugar.
41 posted on 03/03/2004 3:59:24 AM PST by gunnedah
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To: Mentos
A red diaper baby indeed!

The Soviet Union wasn't nearly as imperialistic as American politicians warned, Kerry argues.

I wonder what the people of Poland and other Eastern European countries would think of this statement.

42 posted on 03/03/2004 4:03:37 AM PST by Heatseeker
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
This explains the carnival mirror he saw Viet Nam through, as well...
43 posted on 03/03/2004 4:44:57 AM PST by atomicpossum (I wish I had time for a nervous breakdown.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
America's Global Role  by George Soros
44 posted on 03/03/2004 4:46:24 AM PST by windchime (Podesta about Bush: "He's got four years to try to undo all the stuff we've done." (TIME-1/22/01))
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To: Liz
You're right. Must read. It says a lot about WHO John Kerry is. Thanks for the ping.
45 posted on 03/03/2004 4:53:22 AM PST by PGalt
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Very interesting article. Seems to me that both John Kerry and his father have no sense of or appreciation for America's own history.
46 posted on 03/03/2004 5:38:19 AM PST by arasina (So there.)
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To: cyncooper; Quilla
Must-read ping!
47 posted on 03/03/2004 5:39:00 AM PST by EllaMinnow (The best days of America lie ahead GWB 2/23/04)
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To: Texasforever; Cincinatus' Wife; 1Mike; 3catsanadog; ~Vor~; ~Kim4VRWC's~; A CA Guy; ...
I agree. This is the most important article on Kerry I have seen yet and should produce thousands of FR replies. This needs as much exposure as possible.

An excellent find. Needs to be read by one and all!

48 posted on 03/03/2004 5:52:58 AM PST by Howlin (Just another unrepentant Bush supporter.)
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To: Texasforever
Ditto your #11. God help us.
49 posted on 03/03/2004 5:56:27 AM PST by Peach (The Clintons have pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: lambo; Cincinatus' Wife; Admin Moderator
It needs a wider readership

Readership? What electorate are you dreaming of? If this makes it onto NPR Sunday programming once, I'd be mighty surprised.

But what a great post!

50 posted on 03/03/2004 6:00:51 AM PST by Kenny Bunk
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