Skip to comments.John Kerry Slandered an American Hero
Posted on 12/21/2012 6:16:46 AM PST by Kaslin
During solemn hearings on the floor of the U.S. Senate investigating drugs and terrorism a swarthy Hispanic who landed on U.S. shores with the clothes on his back and was graciously put on the path to U.S. citizenship repeatedly insulted a U.S. Senator who was also a highly decorated war veteran, an Ivy League graduate and a scion of a wealthy and politically-connected American family. The smartmouthed Latino was accused of drug-running and money-laundering to finance terrorists. He was testifying under oath sneeringly and with a heavy Spanish accent-- upon a subpoena by lawmakers of the nation that had shown him unlimited generosity.
Mere minutes into the confrontation the swarthy Latinos arrogance, testy rebuttals and steely stare had reduced the lanky New England millionaire-aristocrat to nervous stuttering between shifty glances.
Just the thing to get those Teabillies and Red-State yahoos to briefly drop their guns and Bibles grab their tar, feathers, torches, pitchforks and rope, right? Then bawl for the uppity Latinos head! Right?
Just the thing to warm the hearts of Americas party of diversity, right? Just the thing to delight those enemies of the one-percenter and champion of Hispanics right?
Here was Yes we can! (Si se Puede!) with bells on! Right?
HAH! Think again. The accused Latino, you see, was Cuban-American freedom-fighter, Che Guevara captor (and Republican) Felix Rodriguez. The accuser was Senator John Kerry. The setting was the 1987 "Subcommittee on Terrorism, Narcotics, and International Operations," shortly known as The Kerry Committee which became the opening act for what shortly came to be known as the Iran-Contra Hearings.
So the reactions were exactly reversed. The liberal lynchmob (Democrats/Media) hailed the New England (inherited) millionaire and bawled for the uppity Latino refugee to be (figuratively) strung up-- and burned afterwards for good measure. Only the liberals torches and pitchforks were missing. Some background:
On the day he gained his U.S. citizenship in 1969 Felix Rodriguez celebrated the honor by volunteering for armed action in Viet-Nam. He flew over 300 helicopter combat missions in Viet-Nam, and was shot down five times. He won the coveted Intelligence Star for Valor from the CIA and nine Crosses for Gallantry from the Republic of South Vietnam. Later he battled Communists in El Salvador using a helicopter "mobile strike unit" scheme he developed in Viet-Nam. He flew over 100 combat missions in Central America, captured the FMLF's top commander and helped crush those Communist- terrorists decisively. All this was volunteer work. Earlier as a CIA operative, Rodriguez played a key role in tracking down and capturing Che Guevara in Bolivia.
Rodriguez was flying combat missions in El Salvador the summer of 1987 when his wife called to say his name was splashed all over the Miami Herald as a cocaine smuggler for the Nicaraguan Contras-- and one who reports to Vice President Bush!
"Forget it," he laughed. "Who's gonna believe such garbage?" But as always with Liberal slanders, they have a life of their own. The smear spread through the Beltway media like wildfire.
A subpoena from the Kerry Committee shortly hit the Rodriguez Miami doorstep. "Great!" whooped Felix while flying back from the Central American war. "I'll be happy to tell a Congressional Committee everything--but I insist on open hearings.
The slanders then taking Rodriguez away from the field against Communists to attempt to clear his name and honor originated at the Kerry Committee's last "closed" hearing. Here a convicted drug smuggler sentenced to 46 years in Federal prison (and who later flunked several polygraph tests) made the outrageous charges against Rodriguez and Vice President Bush. Next day they were all over the Beltway media. Rodriguez noticed that the Miami Herald mentioned, "unnamed congressional sources," for its slanders. Kerry Committee leaks anyone?
Also note the date, summer of 1987. Shortly George Bush would wage an electoral campaign against Kerry's friend and political ally, Michael Dukakis (Kerry had served as Lieutenant Governor for this famous tank commander.)
Miami area lawyers, knowing Rodriguez' honorable reputation, tripped over themselves clamoring to represent him pro-bono during the Kerry Committee hearings. "I don't want any lawyers!" Felix responded. "If I need a lawyer to help me explain why I've been defending this country for the past 27 years--then I'm in the wrong country! I want my testimony in front of the American people!"
More alarmingly (to Democrats) Rodriguez refused what weasel types call "immunity."
You can imagine Kerry's forehead furrowing and a few nervous coughs behind the hand at the news. Nothing so unnerves a big-haired, blow-dried Congressional Committee like spunk, courage, honesty, straight talk.
So naturally Kerry denied Rodriguez' request for an open hearing. If Rodriguez cleared his name, if he shot down his Committee's cockamamie accusations--by God, Kerry certainly didn't want it getting any circulation! The Kerry Committee--and The Kerry Committee alone-- using leaks to their press cronies, would decide exactly what got in the newspapers and evening news.
"Senator, my name was leaked by your Committee as being involved with drug smuggling," Rodriguez started his testimony. "I take that very seriously. It affects my family and my reputation."
Kerry furrowed his (now) famous forehead and affected a stern look "You're making serious accusations here...."
"Senator this slander was in every g*dd*mmed newspaper after your committee's last closed hearing." Rodriguez shot back, "saying I solicited drug money for the Contras. That, Senator Kerry, is a d*amned lie!"
Kerry's forehead furrowed further. He stuttered. He started rambling well off the subject, asking Rodriguez about Che Guevaras capture and why he hadn't fought harder to save his life, etc. (what this had to do with the hearings has never been explained.)
"SENATOR!" an exasperated Rodriguez finally shot back. "It's difficult for me to answer questions from a man I DO NOT RESPECT!"
Kerry gaped. A northeastern liberal Democrat he'd always been a media darling, soft-soaped and soft- balled by the media. Now some Cuban refugee had him seriously rattled. But Rodriguez didn't miss a beat --naming dates and witnesses, citing documents--he proceeded to demolish every accusation against him.
"I have nothing to hide," Rodriguez said repeatedly. "I'm not ashamed of anything I've done. I've battled communism since I was 17. I help the Contras, the Salvadoran government. I do so as a volunteer, legally and openly. And if you're sincere, senator," he finished up. "You'll put out a statement to the press about what I said here today. I insist that the American people know about my testimony!"
No such statement ever issued from Kerry's Committee. So two months later Rodriguez called a press conference in Miami to tell his side.
A full year after leaking the slanders against Rodriguez and after the treacherous, lying swine who made them failed three polygraph tests, The Kerry Committee finally saw fit to allow Rodriguez' year-long request for an open hearing. They scheduled him as the fifth witness at 5 in the afternoon when the Senate chamber was devoid of reporters and TV cameras. In the near-empty room, Kerry finally mumbled a half-hearted apology.
But as Rodriguez writes "whether by design or coincidence, allegations about me and drug smuggling and Vice President Bush kept popping up in the press right up until election day 1988." And the Miami Herald kept mentioning those "unnamed Congressional sources."
Corruption at the highest levels by the most scurilous quislings, like Kerry, are rewarded by the masters of the (global) universe. He served in Vietnam dont’cha know.
Dint he soive in VEEETNAM, too??
And grenade his own self in the ass with rice fragments?
The fact that a decadent lowlife like John Kerry will be confirmed by a majority of the United States Senate to high office reminds everyone that our national decline may be entering the terminal stages.
The depth of the corruption and the level of Demonic behavior in the Democrat Party and its supporters cannot, with any modern tools, be measured. It is without parallel in the history of the world. God will have his vengeance.
"You know, education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don't, you get stuck in Iraq." --John Kerry
"American soldiers [are] going into the homes of Iraqis in the dead of night, terrorizing kids and children, you know, women, breaking sort of the customs of the - of - the historical customs, religious customs." --John Kerry in 2005
"[American troops in Vietnam] personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, [blew] up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam in addition to...the normal and very particular ravaging which is done by the applied bombing power of this country. ... There are all kinds of atrocities and I would have to say that, yes, yes, I committed the same kind of atrocities as thousands of other soldiers have committed...." --John Kerry in his 1971 testimony before Congress
If the Senate GOP has ANY integrity, they’d stand up as one and turn their backs on Kerry the moment the vote comes up.
Someday, maybe, the GOP will grow a pair and learn how to fight.
Yeah...I know...never mind.
I have a hard time not dumping on Kerry. Kerry is a traitor but that seems to be the method of operation for this administration.
Ahhh? John F(n) Kerry. What a worthless Commie POS.
I remember those who opposed that traitorous b__tard.
Felix Rodriguez, Barry Seal, Terry Reed.
And others who before them in a previous conflict.
Bill Lair, Pop Buell, Tony Poe, Vang Pao
All those listed fought Commies like Traitor Kerry.
Strange how Kerry threw “his” medals over the fence,only to have them reappear on the wall of his Senate office.
Two points. Kerry didn’t inherit much of his wealth; he married a rich man’s shrewish widow. Second, he served in VN, I didn’t. But he served about 33 weeks shy of the typical year-long deployment. Nineteen weeks there and he managed to cut himself 3 or 4 times to get his sorry a$$ home.
John Kerry ? Oh ! You mean the Cambodia kidder !
BINGO.... we have a winner.
How I wish they would begin a proper examination of this POS. Of course, that is not going to happen...one he is a member of “the club”. Second, he is a demoncrat. Third, there is not a hair on any of the gonads of the opposition party members. I wish for a day we could raise McCarthy from the dead so he could begin an exam of this bum. He, Goldwater, Strom Thurmond aided by J Hoover and files from the house HUAC would be a good start.
Yes he did and insisted on a Purple Heart.
Today, 12/21/2012 marks 2882 days since 01/30/2005 when "Hanoi" John Kerry promised, on national TV, to sign form SF-180 and release his military records.
I recall the same thing about the Paris matter. Of course as he was a demoncrat, no follow up on that and of course the matter is now sealed.
This guy really grates on me. He has a perfect narcicist in the executive branch, none other than Barry to relate to now. Not only are they narcicists, they are anti American to boot...one because he was brought up that way, Odumbo, and the other because he was not brought up to know better.
Supposedly JFK will be nominated for Sec State this afternoon.
So who will take John F’n Kerry’s place in MA when he goes to DOS ? They only concern is Son of ***** I mean Ted Kennedy running.
Ted Kennedy’s son will inherit the “Kennedy” seat.
Taxachusetts demoncRATS are nothing if not serfs for the Kennedy Dynasty.
Can he be nominated before Hillary even resigns? Isn’t this like jumping the gun? What if Hillary does not resigns?
America elected a president who protested against America while overseas.
America elected a president who is a marxist from Kenya.
Might as well have a SOD who threw his medals over the white house fence. Then sneaked around and got a left wing president to give them back to him.
How I despise liberal politicians and all who vote for them.
That's a bold face lie you Fascist Wingnut! Kerry met with both sides, the North Vietnamese and the Viet Cong.
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