Skip to comments.Smoking Gun: Kerry's Shameful National Security Record Revealed
Posted on 09/10/2004 9:25:12 AM PDT by LSUfan
In recent days CBS News revealed 30-year old documents regarding President Bush's service in the Air National Guard. Those documents now appear to be forgeries.
But what has been lost in the Bush National Guard memo affair was the release of another old document that appears to be much more relevant to the presidential election.
Powerline Blog published a 1984 press release from John Kerry's senate campaign in which Kerry's stance on defense is clear.
This press release is especially interesting because (a) Kerry is running on building a "stronger America" and (b) the Kerry campaign has denied that he opposed many of the weapon systems he has been accused of opposing but rather opposed only entire defense appropriations bills.
Those of us who have closely watched defense and national security matters for decades know beyond a doubt that John Kerry's record on national security has been nothing short of shameful, but the 1984 press release supplies hard evidence. Still, before we analyze the contents of the release, there are a few facts that were NOT included in it:
1. In his "winter soldier" testimony before the U.S. Congress, John Kerry stated unequivocably that America "could not fight communism around the world." Had John Kerry had his way, the Iron Curtain would still be standing and hundreds of millions of free people would right now live under communist oppression.
2. In the early to mid 1980s, John Kerry endorsed the nuclear freeze movement, which would have locked the Soviet arsenal in place. Had he had his way, thousands of nuclear missiles in communist hands would still be targeted at U.S. cities.
3. In 1990-91, John Kerry opposed U.S. military action in Operation Desert Storm. He favored negotiating with Saddam Hussein. Had he gotten his way, Saddam Hussein would still be in power, Kuwait would be Iraq's 19th province and Iraq would very likely be a nuclear power.
4. John Kerry repeatedly voted to gut the U.S. intelligence budget, directly leading to the shortfalls that left America vulnerable. And, after the first World Trade Center attack in 1993, Kerry failed to show up for a single Senate committee hearing on the matter. Even after 9-11, John Kerry missed 76% of the Senate Intelligence Committee hearings. When warnings started to be sounded of possible terrorist attacks in the U.S. just a few months ago, in a startling revelation, John Kerry admitted to CNN's Larry King that he just "didn't have time" for intelligence briefings that were offered to him.
5. In March of this year, at a Democratic primary debate in South Carolina, John Kerry called the terrorist threat "exaggerrated."
John Kerry has been consistently wrong on national security over and over again throughout his career--from his protests against the Vietnam War to his more recent failings in the fields of intelligence and terrorism. Yet, at the Democratic National Convention and in his campaign, John Kerry has been running away from his own past as a true McGovern-type dove. He is selling himself as a pro-national security candidate.
Fortunately, we have the 1984 press release which shows John Kerry's true colors...
In that document, candidate Kerry calls for reducing the Reagan defense buildup by some $50 billion by making cuts to specific weapons systems. Let's analyze the list of weapons that John Kerry wanted to cancel back in 1984:
MX ICBM. This modern ballistic missile served as one of the backbones of the U.S. nuclear deterrent triad during the Cold War--a strategic force that eventually played a large roll in the defeat of the Soviet Union.
B-1 Bomber. Also a major system in the nuclear triad, the B-1 went on to play a key role as a long-range, all-weather, heavy, precision bomber in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. The B-1's range and huge payload capacity were especially important given the lack of basing rights in the region for both campaigns.
Anti-Satellite System (ASAT). This system was a missile designed to be carried by an F-15 interceptor to a very high altitude and then launched into the atmosphere to shoot down enemy satellites. Unfortunately, the ASAT was indeed shelved due to budget constraints. Now we are learning more every day that Red China is working on systems to shoot down satellites and rogue nations, such as Iran and North Korea, have satellite programs. The ASAT capability would be quite useful.
Star Wars. Probably no weapon system had greater impact on the Cold War's outcome in the 1980s than Star Wars, or SDI, the Strategic Defense Initiative. It was designed to provide America with a defense against incoming ballistic missiles. Leftist opposition to the program just about killed the whole concept, but its heart kept beating ever so feintly and now we are close to deploying national missile defense. Of course, had the left not opposed the program from its outset, we would surely already have a defense against incoming ballistic missiles from countries like Iran and North Korea. As we stand now, we are completely defenseless against missile attack.
Tomahawk missile. I guess Kerry should get partial credit here. He only advocated cutting funding for the Tomahawk by 50%. That may have been very damaging though since the Tomahawk is probably the most widely used weapon against terrorists and rogue nations over the past dozen years or so. The Tomahawk played a key role in Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, as well as a few other military operations in the Balkans, Africa and the Middle East.
AH-64 Apache attack helicopter. The Apache is the most modern attack helicopter in the world. Apaches fired the first shots in Operation Desert Storm and have played key roles in Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. John Kerry wanted to cancel the Apache program.
DIVAD system. The DIVAD air defense system was designed to protect U.S. ground forces from the Soviet Mi-24 Hind attack helicopter, which was much feared and widely used by communist forces in 1984. The DIVAD was basically a radar-directed twin 40mm turret mounted on an old M-48 Patton tank chassis. The system was cancelled after performing poorly in numerous tests and experiencing cost overruns. Kerry may have actually been right about this one...pure dumb luck.
Patriot Air Defense Missile. No weapon system symbolizes John Kerry's horrible record on national defense more than the Patriot, which he sought to cancel in 1984. Seven years later, Patriots were saving lives in Desert Storm by shooting down Iraqi SCUD ballistic missiles. They repeated that role in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Today the Patriot is the most modern air defense system in the world and in use in South Korea, Japan, several parts of Europe, Israel, and other places in the Middle East. No thanks to John Kerry.
AEGIS guided missile cruiser. The AEGIS air defense system-equipped guided missile cruisers form the backbone of the U.S. fleet. They have proven instrumental in everything from air and missile defense to drug interdiction. They have also played a key role in operational evolutions in launching cruise missile attacks on rogue nations and terrorist bases.
Iowa-class Battleship Reactivations. Seldom in the history of warfare has a naval fleet gotten so much bang for the buck as the U.S. Navy got for the modernization and reactivation of the USS New Jersey, USS Iowa, USS Wisconsin and USS Missouri. For the cost of a frigate, the U.S. Navy got a magnificent capital ship able to dominate the seas and land for hundreds of miles around. These vessels played a key role in the Cold War and also in operations from Beirut in 1983-84 to Operation Desert Storm in 1991. On what basis John Kerry opposed the reactivation of the Iowa-class battleships truly pro-U.S. security people may never know.
AV-8B Harrier. The Harrier is the world's only operational V/TOL (vertical take off and landing) combat jet. It is the key player in Marine aviation and close air support and played a major role in support of our troops in Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, saving the lives of Americans on the front lines.
F-15 Eagle. The F-15 has been the world's foremost fighter aircraft since it entered service in the late 1970s. It guarded the skies as part of NORAD in the Cold War and did so again after 9-11. In between the F-15 ensured air superiority in virtually every major military operation in which the U.S. was involved.
F-14A/D Tomcat. The F-14, only now being replaced by the new F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, is the world's premier naval fighter. It was essential to the protection of the U.S. fleet during the Cold War from the mid-1970s on. F-14s twice shot down Libyan interceptors over international waters during the 1980s and later versions became outstanding all weather precision attack aircraft. In fact, for much of Operation Enduring Freedom, the F-14 provided the entire precision guided attack capability of the U.S. military as basing rights were hard to come by for land based aircraft and the F/A-18C/D Hornet lacked the range and endurance necessary to perform the mission over Afghanistan. Another great airplane that John Kerry wanted to shoot down on Capitol hill.
AIM-54 Phoenix air to air missile. This long range missile was carried exclusively by the F-14 and could bring down targets as far as 110 nautical miles away flying just above sea level or as high as 60,000 feet. Of course, since John Kerry sought to kill the F-14, it only made sense that he should seek to rid our military of its key weapon as well.
AIM-7 Sparrow air to air missile. The Sparrow was the chief radar guided air to air missile in the U.S. inventory from the 1950s until the relatively recent introduction of the AIM-120 AMRAAM. The Sparrow was the main armament of the F-15, F-16 and F-18 and the secondary armament of the F-14. One wonders what Kerry thought we would have armed our fighter aircraft with had he gotten his way and the Sparrow was cancelled?
This list shows that no area of our national defense was safe from John Kerry. He has fought equally hard on Capitol Hill against the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines over the course of his entire career. We can only shudder to think what would have happened had he won the day and all of these key weapons had been cancelled.
Next time you see a sign that says, "Kerry for a stronger America," you may want to stop and think about all these tools in the hands of our servicemen and women that would not have been procured and deployed had John Kerry gotten his way.
Unless I am mistaken, this is the very document that Zell Miller was using as an important part of his case against Kerry.
That's what it looks like. And it was here on FR months ago.
You asked about this earlier, I believe?
This is not exactly a non-partisan organization. The Annenberg Institute is very left leaning. Just check out the bios of the people.
Not exactly a source to give anyone confidence in Kerry's voting record.
Did you post that article because you believe it to be true, or as a reference point?
krom is no longer with us.
I'm afraid all the press for FR and our star Buckhead will inevitably result in folks like that thinking they can crash our party. Fat chance!
Do you think Zell's a Freeper??
Bkmrk for future too.
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