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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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To: Cincinatus' Wife
You are a gem for finding this. No surprises there!
51 posted on 03/03/2004 6:09:55 AM PST by risk
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To: Coop; William McKinley; Southack
FYI.
52 posted on 03/03/2004 6:18:12 AM PST by Howlin (Just another unrepentant Bush supporter.)
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To: onyx; rintense; MJY1288; RedBloodedAmerican; twyn1; kitkat; justshe; ladyinred; lonestar; ...
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.

I agree

53 posted on 03/03/2004 6:21:26 AM PST by Mo1 (Do you want a president who injects poison into his skull for vanity?)
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To: Liz
For the Kerry family authors...

"Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book." Ronald Reagan (1911 - )
54 posted on 03/03/2004 6:28:51 AM PST by anonymous_user (Politics is show business for ugly people.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
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.

Plucking out a trivial factoid, it turns out John Kerry's mother is indeed from France.

55 posted on 03/03/2004 6:37:26 AM PST by cyncooper ("Maybe they were hoping he'd lose the next Iraqi election")
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To: anonymous_user
"Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book." Ronald Reagan (1911 - )

......and you can steal all you want with no fear of penalties......

56 posted on 03/03/2004 6:38:46 AM PST by Liz
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Jack "The Flipper" f-ing Kerry runs off at the mouth just like his mentor Bill "The Impeached" Clinton. If nothing else beats The Flipper, his verbosity will.
57 posted on 03/03/2004 6:42:15 AM PST by hgro
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
The dad sure sounds like a classic State Department case.
58 posted on 03/03/2004 6:48:40 AM PST by sphinx
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To: Howlin
Why is it that the democrat party attracts all these disfunctional people?
59 posted on 03/03/2004 6:52:04 AM PST by McGavin999 (Evil thrives when good men do nothing!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
"While other boys were eating TV dinners in front of the tube, [John] Kerry was discussing George Kennan's doctrine of containment."

Whoa.....that's all I need to hear. It also tells me Kerry has no compassion, and no moral sense outside of the expedient.

60 posted on 03/03/2004 6:52:18 AM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: McGavin999
It sounds like all these Democrats have major issues with their DADDIES!
61 posted on 03/03/2004 6:53:04 AM PST by Howlin (Just another unrepentant Bush supporter.)
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To: Mo1
Just the thought of him winning would make one want to leave the planet!

If there was no God I would leave!

All of us who love and believe in a Creator must pray!

Kerry is one of the children of the Father of Lies!
62 posted on 03/03/2004 6:56:07 AM PST by restornu ( "Faith...is daring the soul to go beyond what the eyes refuse to see."J.R.R. Tolkien)
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To: Howlin
It sounds like all these Democrats have major issues with their DADDIES!

As opposed to President Bush 43, who clearly has a wonderfully close and loving relationship with President Bush 41. I love seeing the two of them together - they so obviously enjoy being together, whether it's to do the fun "guy stuff", or when it's a serious occasion, when the elder President Bush is there showing his unequivocal support for his son.

63 posted on 03/03/2004 7:02:31 AM PST by Inspectorette
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To: Finalapproach29er
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?

*******

Indeed, breathtaking! This election is a choice between ideologies, between freedom and slavery.

Yes Mr. Kerry, I am questioning your patriotism.

64 posted on 03/03/2004 7:04:28 AM PST by Spotsy (Bush-Cheney '04)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
His stint in the military was to make him Kennedyesque. He got right down to America bashing as soon as he could.

Agreed about his pursuit to appear Kennedyesque. But it would also appear he was against the Viet Name intervention BEFORE his decision to sign up. According to the article,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."

He's been a bit conficted it would appear. Trying to please Dad, an appeaser of Marxist regimes and communists, and trying to emulate John F. Kennedy's anti-communists stance.

Great find -CW, thanks for posting.
65 posted on 03/03/2004 7:05:26 AM PST by baseballmom
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To: Shermy; dirtboy
Important stuff ping.

Know the father, know the son.

66 posted on 03/03/2004 7:10:21 AM PST by okie01 (www.ArmorforCongress.com...because Congress isn't for the morally halt and the mentally lame.)
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To: cyncooper
News of candidate’s Jewish roots adds another flavor to campaign ***NEW YORK, Feb. 4 (JTA) — First it was then-Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Next it was Gen. Wesley Clark, the supreme allied commander of NATO during the war in Kosovo. Now it’s Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry whose Jewish roots are being reported.

Kerry? The Massachusetts senator, the quintessential WASP-y looking politician with an Irish-sounding name?

Yup.

Two of Kerry’s grandparents were Jewish, it turns out.

Kerry, who is a practicing Catholic, said he has known for 15 years that his paternal grandmother was Jewish, but had unsuccessfully searched for news of his paternal grandfather’s roots.

However, a genealogist hired by the Boston Globe found that Kerry’s grandfather was born to a Jewish family in a small town in the Czech Republic.

“This is incredible stuff,” Kerry told the Globe. “I think it is more than interesting. It is a revelation.” ***

_______________________________________________

Why is he acting dumb about his grandfather?

67 posted on 03/03/2004 7:13:41 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: okie01
Thanks for the heads-up. This is truly fascinating stuff.
68 posted on 03/03/2004 7:17:05 AM PST by dirtboy (Howard, we hardly knew ye. Not that we're complaining, mind you...)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Why, indeed...

69 posted on 03/03/2004 7:18:44 AM PST by cyncooper ("Maybe they were hoping he'd lose the next Iraqi election")
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To: lambo
So CBS is outing Kerry? Now this is interesting. Morris said last night if Kerry doesn't get Hillary to be his veep he would be pulling her knives out of his back all year.

He also said (and I am sure he is right on this) that the news organizations don't have the time or money to do backround negative work - these things come from political campaigns, for which research like this is their life blood.

There is always of course, the chance that the elite at CBS see an article like this as an extreme compliment.
70 posted on 03/03/2004 7:22:25 AM PST by I still care
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To: I still care
There is always of course, the chance that the elite at CBS see an article like this as an extreme compliment.

This is where I'm scratching my head. In their eyes it has to be good.

71 posted on 03/03/2004 7:29:08 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; esther2; Azbushgal; GretchenEE; ohioWfan; rabidralph; whoever; Hila; ...
BumPing what could be the most important info we hear this whole election year.
72 posted on 03/03/2004 7:29:52 AM PST by kayak (Medals do not make a man. Morals do.)
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To: Howlin; kayak
Thanks for the alert. Excellent, and am passing it on to a number of people...
73 posted on 03/03/2004 7:30:09 AM PST by Molly Pitcher
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
"It is the specter of Western appetite that causes more fear among Africans and Asians



74 posted on 03/03/2004 7:33:58 AM PST by Lady Jag (It's in the bag)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
I found it when I googled these words - John Kerry, France.

LOL-LOL-LOL

75 posted on 03/03/2004 7:34:28 AM PST by onyx (Kerry' s a Veteran, but so were Lee Harvey Oswald, Jeffrey Dahmer, and Timothy McVeigh)
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To: SAMWolf; PhilDragoo
Bump and please excuse if this you already have been. Good background.
76 posted on 03/03/2004 7:36:07 AM PST by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul.)
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To: snippy_about_it
Thanks for the ping Snippy.
77 posted on 03/03/2004 7:38:20 AM PST by SAMWolf (I'd love to help you out. Which way did you come in?)
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To: Howlin
Thanks for the ping, Howlin.....here's something from CFR's Foreign Relations Review of this book....from 1991, I think....

"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."

78 posted on 03/03/2004 7:42:13 AM PST by goodnesswins (Dedicated to Mel Gibson - my new idol)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Bump for later.
79 posted on 03/03/2004 7:44:27 AM PST by RightWingMama
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To: Finalapproach29er
**Permitting homosexuality didn't work out very well for the Roman Empire"**

If we don't learn from history, we are doomed to repeat it.

80 posted on 03/03/2004 7:47:11 AM PST by mrs tiggywinkle
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To: Howlin
Howlin, we are just getting to know Kerry, and my facts are sketchy indeed. But what I do know, I don't like:

. While my husband was on his 2nd VN tour, Kerry was undercutting the American military and for the worst of reasons....self-glorification.

. He married a rich woman, but divorced her when she had mental problems. (I don't think those who blasted Newt for divorcing his wife when she had cancer will even blink at Kerry's similiar character flaw.)

. He married up...so far up that he acceded to richer wife # 2's demand to get his first marriage annulled.

. His writings tell us he puts the UN before the US.

. He's an opportunist, with no core principles or beliefs, to guide him through life, or lead this country through even one term.

. Kerry is more like Clinton than Hillary. Like Clinton, Kerry's spent his whole life in pursuit of the presidency. He's asked: "What can I do to win, not concerned with what's best for the country."

Now through this article, I think we see the soul of Kerry. Elitist, snobbish, European wannabee. He might be patriotic, but he's not in love with America, he doesn't cherish America. Through his Father, and through his wife, Kerry's real interests and allegiances are exposed.

I've predicted all along Kerry would be the dem's nominee. The possibility he might win didn't scare me nearly as much before I read this article.

81 posted on 03/03/2004 7:47:25 AM PST by YaYa123 (@Kerry's Worst Enemy Now Is Hillary Clinton. Hillary, Not Karl Rove, Will Bring Him Down.com)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; onyx; Alamo-Girl; ALOHA RONNIE; SpookBrat; Republican Wildcat; Howlin; ...
Kerry's World: Father Knows Best


Please let me know if you want ON or OFF my General Interest ping list!. . .don't be shy.


82 posted on 03/03/2004 7:48:35 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (The Democrats believe in CHOICE. I have chosen to vote STRAIGHT TICKET GOP for years !!)
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To: kayak
Thanks for the ping, kayak.

Excellent article showing the truth of Kerry in his formative years and beyond. yech.

83 posted on 03/03/2004 7:54:20 AM PST by mrs tiggywinkle
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Kerry = Another liberal leftist communist pinko more than ready to sell his country to the highest bidder just like his cohort, Bubba Clintoon. Explains why moveon.org, an undercover agency of the Communist Party of the US, supports him.
84 posted on 03/03/2004 7:55:59 AM PST by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
"They seem not to listen to what I have to say, so I'm going to quit."

Paul O'Neill's mentor?

85 posted on 03/03/2004 8:00:54 AM PST by mass55th
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Did Kerry's Dad also teach him how to apply his lipstick?


86 posted on 03/03/2004 8:08:18 AM PST by Hillary's Lovely Legs (I got some new underwear the other day. Well, new to me.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
"Indeed, it was his fervor for Kennedy's "bear any burden" call to service that largely inspired Kerry to join the Navy."

This is pure crap. Almost 7 years had elapsed since Kennedy's inaugural speech. Kerry's reasons for joining the Navy were more self-serving than honoring Kennedy's memory. It must be that his draft number was close, and when he couldn't get an extension from the Draft Board so he could go to France, he decided to enlist in the Navy. He would get his service time over (it ended quicker than most), and he would be able to emulate JFK's military record to boot.

87 posted on 03/03/2004 8:10:51 AM PST by mass55th
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To: onyx
Kerry: The Manchurian Candidate
88 posted on 03/03/2004 8:27:44 AM PST by b9
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; Mentos
Great article, thanks, Mentos, I was thinking the same thing. Venona only covereed a short period of time, and not all Soviet spies were identified. Seriously, Kerry's father fits my 'profile' for a soviet dupe/traitor.

But anyway, how ironic is this, from the John Kerry hagiography:

"During World War II [Richard Kerry] he had crisscrossed America numerous times, including long stints in Alabama, Ohio, California, and Colorado."

Sounds like Bush -- serving his country as a pilot.

89 posted on 03/03/2004 8:32:12 AM PST by Gothmog (The 2004 election won't be about what one did in the military, but on how one would use it)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
"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."

Kerry is rumor-mongering again. The same thing he did with Bush's National Guard duty. And he has the nerve to talk about the Republican Attack Machine?

90 posted on 03/03/2004 8:34:59 AM PST by mass55th
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To: Liz
Thank you for the ping.
91 posted on 03/03/2004 8:38:46 AM PST by GulliverSwift (Keep the <a href="http://www.johnkerry.com/">gigolo</a> out of the White House!)
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To: arasina
"Seems to me that both John Kerry and his father have no sense of or appreciation for America's own history. "

One has to wonder if Richard Kerry's anti-American leanings weren't based on his father's suicide. Perhaps he blamed American capitalism for the elder Kerry's depression and eventual demise. How does a boy, who's family came to this country as immigrants, get to be so anti-America? Grandpa Kerry threw off his Jewish heritage, chose an Irish last name and an Irish town to live and run a businesss in. Something is not right with this whole picture.

92 posted on 03/03/2004 9:03:26 AM PST by mass55th
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To: Spotsy
"they exaggerate their enemies' badness.

A term extensively used by the present Mr. Kerry.

93 posted on 03/03/2004 9:07:21 AM PST by mass55th
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To: Howlin
Thanks for the PING Howlin. Great article.
94 posted on 03/03/2004 9:11:36 AM PST by mass55th
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Why is he acting dumb about his grandfather?

Perhaps because his grandfather committed suicide?

This find gives a frightening insight into Kerry. Only one mention of his having a mother and that one as wife of his father...where is she now? Alive? Dead?

95 posted on 03/03/2004 9:17:44 AM PST by Carolinamom
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; onyx
Watch all of those who have criticized Mel Gibson for the opinions of his father now give John Kerry a pass in regard to the opinions of his father.
96 posted on 03/03/2004 9:29:34 AM PST by My2Cents ("Well...there you go again.")
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To: cyncooper
he traveled to France, where he took sculpture classes and met his wife.

His mother also has Boston Brahmin roots. His pedigree on both sides should be more widely known.

Kerry has first cousins in France (also politicians) and he spent childhood summers at an oceanfront 'cottage' there, belonging to family members. I wonder when we will be hearing about this in the lamestream media.

97 posted on 03/03/2004 9:32:38 AM PST by maica (World Peace starts with W)
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To: Carolinamom
SourceRosemary Forbes Kerry From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Rosemary Forbes Kerry is a daughter of James Grant Forbes, and a granddaughter of Francis Blackwell Forbes, a botanist and wealthy merchant active in merchant banking and opium dealing in the China trade during the Opium Wars. She is the mother of John Forbes Kerry, a current candidate for President of the United States.

His mother, Rosemary Forbes Kerry, who was born in Paris, France, was apparently a homemaker. The daughter of an international businessman, Rosemary grew up mostly in France, where the Forbes family still has a home on a bluff in Brittany. Rosemary and Richard met while he was visiting the French coastal town of Saint-Brieuc in 1937.

98 posted on 03/03/2004 9:36:23 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: My2Cents
Watch all of those who have criticized Mel Gibson for the opinions of his father now give John Kerry a pass in regard to the opinions of his father.

Oooooooooooh, excellent point! You are one smart fellow.

99 posted on 03/03/2004 9:37:07 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; Freee-dame; Travis McGee
Very important background!!!


Interesting that this is out when the primaries are 'over' and the candidate is chosen. I have been wondering about his father's story for months, and this exceeds my imagination regarding his outlook as an internationalist, and as an anti-anti-Communist.
100 posted on 03/03/2004 9:37:13 AM PST by maica (World Peace starts with W)
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