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Posted on 05/28/2004 1:17:07 AM PDT by Remember_Salamis
Ted Kennedy's Jihad
By Jennifer Verner FrontPageMagazine.com | May 28, 2004
While Senator Ted Kennedy, D-MA, has always been unhinged, his performance since the beginning of the Iraq War shows that he is becoming increasingly irresponsible, irrational, and dangerous.In a ranking member of the Senate Judicial and Armed Services Committees during a time of war, this kind of behavior poses a danger to national security. Case in point, Kennedys recent remarks at the Brookings Institute: In our open society, it is essential to distinguish vigorous debate over honest differences of opinion from the repeated use of false and misleading arguments to persuade the American people. Integrity is the lifeblood of democracy. Deceit is a poison in its veins.
As his eight-term record shows, Kennedys definition of honest has not changed since his failed attempt to have his smarter friend take his Spanish final at Harvard. His father was a notorious mob associate, Nazi sympathizer and predatory womanizer who tyrannically micro-managed the lives of his children. His mother spent much of her life either at Mass or obsessively pinning notes to everything in sight. And Ted? The runt of the litter. A puckish dumpling of a boy who was never expected to make good, until fate left him the last son standing. Then, with a slip of a wheel greased by booze, all presidential hopes and expectations were washed away in the waters of Chappaquiddick. And the dark days werent over by a long shot.
The death of Mary Jo Kopechne heralded two decades of Kennedy-generated tabloid fodder. Drug overdoses, failed marriages, rape trials, baby-sitter sex scandals, all capped by the tragic death of Americas beloved John Jr.: Aeschylus and Euripides would strain to come up with a better plot.
Perhaps the realization that he would never become president freed Kennedy to speak his leftist mind. Judge Robert Bork had a taste of Kennedys venom in the 1980s. During the Supreme Court nomination process, Kennedy stated that although the judge had abandoned his most Neanderthal views, his appointment would result in an America where women would be forced into back alley abortions, blacks would sit at segregated lunch counters and rogue police would break down citizens doors.
Judge Bork is not the only jurist Kennedy has branded with knuckle-dragging status. Last fall, he re-cycled his Neanderthal slur on respected Bush appointees Priscilla Owen, Janice Rogers Brown and Carolyn Kuhl. (At least he didnt use that other N word like former Klansman Robert Byrda man Kennedy equated with the founding fathers on the Senate floor last April Fool's day. Unfortunately, the salute was no joke.)
It was also apparently not false and misleading, in Senator Kennedys mind, to delay the appointment of Judge Julia Gibbons in an alleged attempt to throw the 6th Circuit Court in the University of Michigan Affirmative Action case. Whats wrong with Elaine R. Jones, president of the NAACP and an interested party, asking her friend Senator Kennedy to keep a conservative judge off the court until the case was decided? Ted Kennedy wont say. When asked for a comment at a press conference in April, he left the room. He may not be able to evade the question for much longer; the Senate Ethics Committee has received three complaints concerning the matter.
As damaging as they are, Kennedys unethical partisan antics on the Judiciary Committee pale when compared to the palpable harm he has done to national security over the years. The only surprise in Ted Kennedy calling Iraq George W. Bushs Vietnam was that he waited as long as he did. It is one of his oldest, most worn-out rhetorical stand-bysa known crowd pleaser for the hard-line Democrat base. In 1985, when the Reagan administration requested aid for the Contras, Kennedy couldnt resist evoking the Gulf of Tonkin resolution. The Panama invasion didnt last long enough to be compared to Vietnam. Instead, the removal of Manuel Noriega represented long-term damage to our foreign policy, to our ability to work with other nations in Latin America, and our goal of achieving lasting democracy in the region. Kennedy predicted that George Bush Sr.s aggressive actions made the Sandinistas shoe-ins for the Nicaraguan election in February of 1990. He was dead wrong. As soon as the Nicaraguan people had a chance, they booted Fidel wannabe Daniel Ortega from power by a 14-point majority.
Kennedy went beyond Vietnam in the debate before the first Gulf War. According to the senator, the casualties in Southeast Asia would seem slight when compared with Desert Storm. And the liars in the Bush administration knew it beforehand. The 45,000 body bags the Pentagon has sent to the region are all the evidence we need of the high price in lives and blood we will have to pay, said Kennedy. And when the war ended in a matter of days, as predicted, he never apologized to the President for his paranoid insinuations and over-the-top fear-mongering. Instead, in typical Kennedy noblesse oblige fashion, he sponsored millions of dollars in resolutions granting extended medical benefits to reservists, child care for military personnel, deferred student loans and mental health services for military children. But forget about funding the B-2 stealth bomber, which would have given those troops the tools they needed in war; Kennedy voted to kill funding on that project.
By October 2003, in the debate over the authorization of the use of force in Iraq, Kennedy had again gone over-the-top. Abu Nidal was listed in the Baghdad phone book, the Iraqi regime backed Palestinian jihadist organizations with millions of dollars, and Mohamed Atta was seen meeting with members of Iraqi intelligence. And what about Ansar al-Islam and Abu-Musab al-Zarqawi? Insignificant details according to Kennedy. Saddam had no links al-Qaeda. Invading Iraq would harm our efforts to hunt down Osama Bin-Laden. A unilateral rush to war would only make our allies hate us, inflame the Arab masses, and de-rail the war on terror.
According to Kennedy, a war on Saddam might also cause an unprecedented humanitarian crisis with an estimated 900,000 refugees, a pandemic and an environmental disaster as Saddam lit the oilfields on fire. Kennedy even quoted General Joseph Hoar, who warned that when urban warfare broke out in Baghdad, the U.S. could run through battalions a day at a time and that the fighting would look like the last fifteen minutes of 'Private Ryan.' Not once in the debate did Senator Kennedy, the great progressive heart of the Democratic Party, mention the continued suffering of the Iraqi people under Saddam Hussein and the corrupt Oil for Food program.
As usual, history disproved Kennedys Cassandra-like predictions. A country of 25 million has been liberated at a cost of 788 American lives. But the process of restoring civil society to a nation brutalized by thirty years of totalitarian rule has not been easy. As expected, Ted Kennedy has taken political advantage of every bump in the road. By September 2003, Kennedy was claiming that the Iraq war was a fraud made up in Texas to give Republicans a political boost. In a December speech in Austin before the Texas Civil Rights Project, Kennedy claimed that Bushs Iraq policy was enough to make the Statue of Liberty weep. Oh really, Senator? Tell it to Iraqs five million Kurds.
In January 2004 at Washingtons Mayflower hotel, flanked by the grieving parents of a soldier killed in action and a disabled veteran, Kennedy fingered the real villain in Americas unjust war against SaddamPaul Wolfowitz. Paul Wolfowitz, with his misguided ideology had been scheming to remove Saddam since President Bush Sr. decided not to invade Baghdad. According to Kennedy, the President and his senior aides began the march to war in Iraq in the earliest days of the administration, long before the terrorists struck this nation on 9/11. Should Kennedy be surprised that the Bush administration had a plan? It would have been irresponsible for any presidential administration not to be prepared. Support for regime change in Iraq had been a matter of public law since 1998.
In April, Kennedy finally played his trump card. George Bush had become Richard Nixon, and Iraq was Vietnam. It is said that truth is the first casualty of war, said Kennedy at the Brookings Institute. But this administrations dubious and devious behavior is not limited to war and peace.
It would be wishful thinking to expect Ted Kennedy to support a Republican president in war. But is it asking too much for the Senator to make sure his allegations are reality based? Americans are outraged when al-Jazeera broadcasts rabid anti-American propaganda to the Arab street. Yet, what should we expect when the grand old man of the Democratic Party is feeding them sound bites? Slinging specious, unsubstantiated charges at the Bush administration erodes American credibility, props up anti-Americanism worldwide, inflames fanatical elements in Arab world and endangers American lives. Is it just a by-product of vigorous, honest debate to Senator Kennedy when Shiite thug Muqtada Al-Sadh picks up on his empty Vietnam analogy and uses it as an excuse to slaughter American soldiers?
And it just keeps getting worse. On May 10th , even before essential hard facts were known about the homemade pornographic images from Abu-Ghraib, Senator Kennedy gave the world the following assessment: On March 19, 2004, President Bush asked: Who would prefer that Saddam's torture chambers still be open? Shamefully, we now learn that Saddam's torture chambers reopened under new management, U.S. management. It would be unfair to place any blame for the gruesome, sadistic murder of Nicholas Berg on Senator Kennedys shoulders, just as it was unfair of Senator Kennedy to deal out responsibility for the actions of few sick rogues on President Bush and Secretary Rumsfeld.
What is plain, however, is that by claiming that prison abuse results from administration policy without a shred of proof to back up the charge, Kennedy sets up a dangerous form of moral equivalency that helps to recruit terrorists and justifies the heinous, inhumane actions of al-Zarqawi in the psychotic minds of Islamofascists. Even Kennedys protégé, John Kerry, now sees a need to distance himself from his number one cheerleader. In an interview on the morning following the outrageous remarks, Kerry reassured America that he did not approve of the way Kennedy had framed the situation.
Ted Kennedy is right. Deceit is poison in the veins of democracy. He should know. The man honored as a senior statesman at the beginning of George W. Bushs administration for his bi-partisan efforts to improve Americas educational system is now, in a time of grave national crisis, spreading a brand of partisan political poison that would shame Honey Fitzs dirtiest back-room ward heeler. His speeches have become the ravings of a man who has lost touch with the moral implications of his actions. Senator Kennedy, before you harm America any further, please get help.
The 'Rats are in sad shape.
He never does. Please Massachusetts. Please stop inflicting this pain on the rest of our country. He is an embarrassment to your state. Certainly, he can't represent the best you have. Our government was never meant to be controlled by career politicians yet he wears his tenure as a ring to be kissed by all us commoners. He is doing harm to our country. Please, make a statement during the next election. He needs to be put to pasture. It's the humane thing to do.
When Kennedy looks in the mirror he sees a pile of crap.
It's no wonder why he is so angry.
That's a great article. Thanks for posting it.
"While Senator Ted Kennedy, D-MA, has always been unhinged, his performance since the beginning of the Iraq War shows that he is becoming increasingly irresponsible, irrational, and dangerous.In a ranking member of the Senate Judicial and Armed Services Committees during a time of war, this kind of behavior poses a danger to national security. Case in point, Kennedys recent remarks at the Brookings Institute: In our open society, it is essential to distinguish vigorous debate over honest differences of opinion from the repeated use of false and misleading arguments to persuade the American people. Integrity is the lifeblood of democracy. Deceit is a poison in its veins. "
Kennedy is Hillry's mouthpiece. This guy is not bright enough to put all these words together. He is at the end of his career and this is the pay off for getting that convention in Boston.
Kennedy has a pickeled brain, and only the fact that he has the name Kennedy and no fear of being required to pay a price for exposing his insanity, pretends to be a leader of the pack.
The pace with which the global village is changing has created a paralizing "fear" within liberalville and there is the appearance that these liberals last hope is a terrorists attack carried out upon this nation as their last hope of regaining power.
Their "hate" of this nation, our Constitution, which they have at every level sought to pervert has commonality to the "hate" these terrorists have. The words and deeds of the liberal elite sound one and the same as those out of the mouths of the terrorist religious leaders.
Could it be that liberals and terrorists are relying upon the same "god" to give them their victory?
Kennedy has had sirosis of the brain for 30 years or so.
I wonder how he really feels about having to stand to the side, watching the imitation Kennedy running for the big chair...
LOL - I highlighted the same phrase. Really great!
I would like to see Bill Cosby run for either Senate seat in Massachusetts, he has a residence in Shelburne.
Expulsion is a viable option for Kennedy.
One of the evils of democracy is that some of history's worst villains will not be properly labeled as such, simply because they didn't "seize" power against the "will of the people." Kennedy is truly a wicked, monstrous, evil human being, directly and knowingly responsible for the murder of at least as many human beings as Adolf Hitler, all the while celebrating himself, and being celebrated, as a humanitarian, even by the bourgeois Bush family.
His speeches have become the ravings of a man who has lost touch with the moral implications of his actions. Senator Kennedy, before you harm America any further, please get help
This is certainly a 'for sure'. But I am not certain he has lost touch with the importane of moral implications and the harm his verbage is doing, frankly, I think he enjoys the attention and does not give a damn.
Don't think there is a moral fiber in his entire blubbery self.
Even more "sad", is that they will most likely be in charge in Nov.
Thanks to their elite campaign staff in the NY media. Which is where the majority of americans get their news.
The behavior, positions, and statements, of Kennedy,Gore, and the Kerry/UN/Soros ticket, are not known by the public.
Here is what the public "thinks", that Iraq is lost, that Saddam was innocent, that Bush and Rumsfeld ordered abuse on innocent Iraqi citizens, that the Islamic cults hate us "more", that Bush simply forgot to plan for Iraq, that 25 million Iraqis are up in arms, that OBL is being ignored, that Bush raised gas prices, that we have a recession, Bush let 9/11 happen, Bush lies, and his "jewish cabal" conspired against Saddam, Bush is worse than Nixon, Bush Sr. and Barbara are craven warmongers in Iraq for the contracts,......
With Kerry in office we will see happy Iraqis and soldiers, good economic news, and the "world" will love us again, and the hunt for OBL will suddenly get some publicity, along with the successes in Afganastan.
Mark my words, all these stories will be front and center, as under Clinton, when life was just peachy, Clinton was a laughable bad boy, and Ken Starr was the pervert.
And don't forget Republicans will be racist, bigots, homophobes, starving children, and denying health care to the elderly.
This story was written a week after 9/11, when the elite NY media took off their American flag pins.
Mary Jo Kopechne would have turned 64 this year.
How did you come to that conclusion?
And just as I hit the "post" button, abortions in this country springs to mind...was he instrumental in getting pro-Roe judges on the court before Jan 22, 1973?
Yup, that about sums it up.
But this: "Then, with a slip of a wheel greased by booze, all presidential hopes and expectations were washed away in the waters of Chappaquiddick" takes my breath away!
The column really jarred me in another way. Coming so soon after Gore's latest MoveOn speech, I couldn't help but compare the two men, how similiar they have become. Bellicose, outta control, rage filled, and not at our enemies, not at terrorists. Charles Krauthammer joked that Gore must have forgotten to take his lithium, but watching these two over the hill politicians isn't funny. They are spewing hate.
Give me a break. If the NY media was so all powerful, we never would have had Nixon as President, or Reagan, or Bush I and now Bush II. The media can sway and influence public opinion, but only so far.
For Kerry to win in November, the American people must be convinced that appeasement is the best way to respond to the threat against the United States.
While the elite in New York, and Los Angeles may think that, and because of their megaphone the "main stream media" may make it appear that American's think it, it is not true.
The vast majority of the American people understand, if not on a conscious level, subconsciously, that this is a war of survival. Appeasement will only get more American killed.
I would be astonished if the Senate Ethics Committee actually sanctioned Kennedy. Senate Republicans talk a lot but rarely act to reign in corruption.
I pray your correct, but I believe their power has grown for the last decade.
They are more dangerous now, and even more so because the public actually pays more attention to news since 9/11.
I know that even Rush disagrees with me, but he is being either delibrately up beat, or he is just too close to see the truth. Even the serious and intellectual "right-wing" press is more concerned with their reputations at their elite NY and DC parties.
Old Joe Kennedy lobotomized the wrong kid. He should have lobotomized Ted instead of Rosemary.
"Old Joe Kennedy lobotomized the wrong kid. He should have lobotomized Ted instead of Rosemary."
Not sure there was enough there to "lobotomize".
"I would like to see Bill Cosby run for either Senate seat in Massachusetts, he has a residence in Shelburne."
Just what we need, another liberal. And one who blamed the entire white race for the death of his son. Or maybe it was his wife who blamed the white race. One of them did.
"Not sure there was enough there to 'lobotomize'."
Yeah, but he would have been locked away for life at some mental health facility in Wisconsin, and America would not have had to suffer his presence.
Readership in newspapers, and magazines are going down. Viewership of the network news is going down. Outlets like talk radio, and the internet, has now made it impossible for the left to tell a lie, and not get caught.
I am ashamed to admit that I actually believed what I read in newspapers and magazines until the mid 1970s when what I was reading did not fit with what I knew to be true. At the time, I thought I was alone, in these beliefs, but now I know I wasn't.
Take heart, we are at the turning point, the storm is overhead, and if we can hang on for a little while longer, it will pass, taking the Democratic party with it.
One of the things that has given me hope is knowing that after 50 years of Communism, religion is still alive and well in Eastern Europe. The socialist can suppress people and opinions, but they can not change what is in our hearts.
We are living that Chinese curse, "May you live in interesting times."
Hence the reason for Dean being run out of town, so to speak. Can't have the moderate making Teddy or Hill or Kerry seem, uh, rabid or extreme.
The 'Rats are in sad shape.
Yep. And desparate. But still convincing the sheeple to follow them - out of fear and rhetoric if nothing else. Convince them that everyone else (Republicans and the rest) is evil and out to make their lives miserable.
I doubt that his vote much mattered to those appointments. But he switched his position on abortion as soon as the Supreme Court provided the convenient excuse that abortion was "legal."
"Yeah, but he would have been locked away for life at some mental health facility in Wisconsin, and America would not have had to suffer his presence."
Actually his most recent comments are highly encouraging. He seems like a "born-again conservative".
This is such a GREAT read!!! I'm bumping so the week-enders don't miss it.
"George W. Bushs Vietnam ... Quagmire ... Saddam's torture chambers reopened under new management, U.S. management" ... Bush bad ... Democrats good ... blah, blah, blah ....
You put it perfectly!
You sending this to Kennedy, providing his address, and suggesting others do the same, is a stroke of genius. Almost as brilliant as the superb article itself...which I hope will be read by even more people after this "ping".
Kennedy is disgusting. Just the Mary Jo case alone should have kept him from winning a Senate seat.