Skip to comments.Kerry Stands By His 1971 Testimony (and Says Every Document of History Shows He Told the Truth)
Posted on 10/17/2004 6:06:29 PM PDT by freespirited
Today's Des Moines Register includes an interview with John Kerry. We can't post from the Register on FR, so I'm writing this up as a vanity.
At one point the reporters ask him, "What are the main mistakes youve made during your time in public office?"
Kerry actually proposes broadening the question to include the period before he entered public office, saying "Oh, gosh. Can I include before I got in? Because that was a big mistake. I mean, how I got in was a mistake."
After digressing a bit (to take a shot at Justice Scalia), Kerry explains himself, saying:
"Im serious about the way I sort of brashly entered politics . . . The early stage, I think, left some baggage that Ive lived with for a period of time. I think that was somewhat of a mistake."
After a bit more from Kerry on recent issues, the Register asks him "Do you include your testimony to the Senate on Vietnam [as a mistake]?"
To which Kerry replies:
"No! No, that was not a mistake! That was - Im proud of standing up and fighting against the war. Im proud of the position I took. Every document of history, including the militarys own assessments, supports I told the truth at a time that it was important to tell the truth."
I think it wonderful when a liar and traitor is condemned out of his own mouth.
The Winter Soldier conference Kerry alluded to in his broad brush accusation of war crimes by US soldiers in Vietnam has been shown to be largely a hoax by people who were neither in Vietnam or not in the positions that they claimed. Also, "free fire zones" are not in and of themselves war crimes -- they just mean that the soldiers can shoot at enemy combatants without authorization, not that they can shoot indiscriminately.
How in God's name can he justify that? How does he have the arrogance to think that ANYone in our military would support a commander-in-chief who did that to American POW's?
His arrogance is only surpassed by his total immorality. What he did was SO wrong that it defies credibility.
Well, this pretty much rules out any chance the Swiftboat
Vets will stand down, not that it was ever terribly likely.
Kerry is going to have to contend permanently with the
spreading truth about his personal mythology of Vietnam,
and his subsequent betrayals.
Just something I've observed ... has this guy ever
apologized for anything? He seems to have a character
defect (one of many) that absolutely blocks it.
He just again spit on every Vietnam Vets.
I don't know the answer. What I do know is that earlier in the campaign, he had at least backed off a little from the 1971 testimony, saying he doesn't like hearing it because he concedes that his language was "over the top."
His surrogates would always trot out that admission whenever asked if Kerry was planning to apologize for what he did in 1971.
This sounds like a retraction of whatever apology was implied in the "over the top" admission. If this is some kind of campaign strategy, I can't imagine what they are thinking.
Take Heart, The petition to disqualify him from Presidential office because of his self professed war crimes; has gotten more than enough votes to be served (265,000 I think) to the Congress. He should have retracted his self-serving Congressional testimony while he had a chance, and Apologized.
Does this man ever stop contradicting himself?
How about his quote from the article:
"No, Im comfortable being endorsed by people, but Im not familiar . . . actually, the questionnaire was not filled out by me personally, so I cant tell you, but Im not - I think you have to approach those things very thoughtfully and very carefully. There are a lot of people with a lot more expertise than me who Id want to call on their advice before I start telling people what to do or not to do in that regard. "
I guess that is why he dropped all those names during the debate.
And what's with him not even knowing what his stances are and then not being willing to stand up for them???
I disagree, although we at FR have heard that so many times that many take it as established fact.
I believe that the expose you describe will take place in the future, if interest in this topic survives the election.
FR's own "Interesting Times" may have provided the central meeting place for WSI debunkers at wintersoldier.com: http://ice.he.net/~freepnet/kerry/
The only time in his life Kerry told the truth was when ........ well, I can't think of a single time he was truthful.
Will they do anything with only a few weeks until the election ?
That's the problem, If served today (as I was told); then an investigation by congress would probably ensue. I would expect that If he still wins, Edwards would fill out his term. However he might very well LOSE the Election unless he makes a VERY SINCERE AND CONVINCING (the overzealousness of youth, etc.) public retraction of his Congressional testimony about Vietnam and the Swiftboat Veterans. He's in a mess either way (of his own making).
Lots of INTEGRITY there.
Yes, he did.