December 22, 2012
By John Perazzo
When Barack Obama nominated John Kerry to be America’s next Secretary of State Friday afternoon, he called Kerry the “perfect choice” to replace Hillary Clinton. Stating that “few individuals … grasp our foreign policies as firmly as John Kerry,” Obama said the Senator will not “need a lot of on-the-job training.” He then praised Mr. Kerry’s combat service in the Vietnam War and his subsequent tenure of service in the Senate, where Kerry has been intimately involved in “every major foreign policy debate for the past 30 years.”
Notably, President Obama made no mention of what occurred after Kerry’s military service and before his political career. Perhaps this is because what Kerry did during that time would be difficult even for an adroit wordsmith like Obama to summarize with just a pithy phrase or two of adulation.
The historical record informs us that not only has John Kerry been on the wrong side of every major foreign policy issue for most of his adult life, including Iraq, Nicaragua and most recently in Syria, but he has routinely engaged in deception to conceal his folly. What’s worse, Kerry has a clear record of giving aid and comfort to America’s enemies, all the while never missing an opportunity to viciously trash our brave forces fighting against them.
With Obama’s nomination of Kerry to head the State Department, therefore, a look back at Kerry’s “service” to this country becomes more pertinent than ever:
After being discharged from the Navy in early 1970, Kerry joined Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW) and became a major figure in the so-called “peace” movement, whose hallmarks were a deep wellspring of hatred for the United States coupled with sympathy for America’s Communist enemy. In May 1970, Kerry, without government authorization, met personally with North Vietnamese and Viet Cong delegations in Paris to discuss a list of “peace” proposals enumerated by Nguyen Thi Madame Binh, the top Viet Cong delegate to the Paris Peace talks. In the aftermath of that illegal meeting, Kerry strongly advised the U.S. Senate to accept Binh’s proposals.
At that time, Kerry himself acknowledged that his visit to Paris was “on the borderline” of legality. Actually, it extended far beyond that “borderline.” A federal law known as the Uniform Code of Military Justice prescribed severe punishment (including, in some cases, the death penalty) for any person who “without proper authority, knowingly harbors or protects or gives intelligence to or communicates or corresponds with or holds any intercourse with the enemy, either directly or indirectly.”
During the ensuing months, Kerry, with increasing stridency, continued to exhort the U.S. to accept the Viet Cong peace proposals. His radical VVAW comrades went so far as to sign a “People’s Peace Treaty,” whose nine points were all extracted from a list of Viet Cong conditions for ending the war. Kerry fully supported this treaty.
On April 22, 1971, Kerry famously testified to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations that many U.S. servicemen in Vietnam had “personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown 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 ravage of war …” “We learned the meaning of free fire zones,” added Kerry. “Shooting anything that moves, and we watched while America placed a cheapness on the lives of Orientals.” Moreover, Kerry emphasized that America’s “war crimes” in Southeast Asia were “not isolated incidents but crimes committed on a day-to-day basis with the full awareness of officers at all levels of command.”
Army reports that were unearthed decades later resoundingly discredited the claims of Kerry and his fellow VVAW members, proving those claims to be essentially a pack of lies. When Kerry was running for U.S. President in 2004, the publication U.S. Veteran Dispatch noted that Kerry’s 1971 Senate testimony had “occurred while some of his fellow Vietnam veterans were known by the world to be enduring terrible suffering as prisoners of war in North Vietnamese prisons.” Similarly, retired General George S. Patton III charged that Kerry’s actions had given “aid and comfort to the enemy.” And the organization Vietnam Veterans Against John Kerry stated:
“As a national leader of VVAW, Kerry campaigned against the effort of the United States to contain the spread of Communism. He used the blood of servicemen still in the field for his own political advancement by claiming that their blood was being shed unnecessarily or in vain…. Under Kerry’s leadership, VVAW members mocked the uniform of United States soldiers by wearing tattered fatigues marked with pro-communist graffiti. They dishonored America by marching in demonstrations under the flag of the Viet Cong enemy.”
Yet today, this same John Kerry has been nominated to serve as Secretary of State for the same nation he trashed so relentlessly in the ’70s. Only in America.
After graduating law school, working in a district attorney’s office, and serving a brief stint as Massachusetts’ lieutenant governor, Kerry was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1984. Just a few months later—on April 18, 1985—Kerry and fellow Democratic Senator Tom Harkin traveled to Nicaragua to meet with President Daniel Ortega, whose Communist Sandinista government had strong ties to the Soviet Union and Cuba. Through Kerry and Harkin, President Ortega offered a cease-fire agreement on the condition that the Reagan Administration stop aiding the rebel Contras who were then at war with the Sandinistas. Reagan rejected the offer as a transparent “propaganda initiative” designed to influence an upcoming House vote on a $14 million Contra-aid package, but Kerry said: “I am willing … to take the risk in the effort to put to test the good faith of the Sandinistas.” The House of Representatives ultimately voted against the Contra aid. The following day, Ortega flew to Moscow to accept a $200 million loan from the Soviets. Presumably this was one of the many “major foreign policy debates” in which, by President Obama’s reckoning, Kerry had so impressively distinguished himself.
Unchastened by the evidence of his own poor judgment, Kerry in 1986 supported a “fast for life” initiative by four U.S. military veterans protesting President Reagan’s “illegal and extraordinarily vicious wars against the poor of Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Guatemala.” Also in the 1980s, Senator Kerry hired Gareth Porter, a former fellow of the consistently pro-Soviet Institute for Policy Studies, as a legislative aide. And in 2002, Kerry sent his warm greetings to a major gathering of the Democratic Socialists of America‘s Boston chapter.
Kerry’s next opportunity to distinguish himself as a man of exceedingly poor character was furnished by the conflict in Iraq. Initially, Kerry voted to authorize the use of military force against Saddam Hussein, a position the Senator based on his firm conviction—which he publicly articulated on numerous occasions—that Saddam was aggressively seeking to develop weapons of mass destruction. During the weeks and months leading up to the March 2003 U.S. invasion, for example, Kerry made the following statements:
But as the political winds shifted, Kerry and his fellow congressional Democrats began to portray, with ever-growing frequency, the Iraq War as a foreign-policy debacle that had been launched hastily and without justifiable cause.
In 2004, for instance, Kerry charged that President Bush had not only “misled the American people” about the threat posed by Saddam, but also had “arbitrarily” decided that the “time for diplomacy is over” and “rushed our nation to war.” During a presidential debate that October, Kerry said: “Saddam Hussein didn’t attack us. Osama bin Laden attacked us. Al Qaeda attacked us.”
Not content to smear only the Commander-in-Chief, Senator Kerry also accused U.S. servicemen of “terrorizing” the Iraqi people. On December 4, 2005, he told Bob Schieffer on Face the Nation: “And there is no reason, Bob, that young American soldiers need to be going into the homes of Iraqis in the dead of night, terrorizing kids and children, you know, women …”
For John Kerry, it was 1971 all over again.
In recent years, as columnist Arnold Ahlert has so aptly written, Kerry “has been the federal government’s highest-ranking apologist for Syrian President Bashar Assad.” Indeed it was Kerry who repeatedly tried to undermine the Bush administration’s efforts to isolate the dictator. Under Obama, Kerry has pursued with renewed vigor his impulse to engage Assad. During a January 2009 visit to Damascus, for instance, the Senator listened attentively to Assad’s admonition that Washington must “move away from a policy based on dictating decisions” to Syria. Kerry, in turn, said: “Unlike the Bush administration that believed you could simply tell people what to do and walk away and wait for them to do it, we believe you have to engage in a discussion.” In April 2010, Kerry again met with Assad and called Syria “an essential player in bringing peace and stability to the region.”
Forty-thousand dead bodies later, one tries vainly to reconcile John Kerry’s track record with President Obama’s glowing description of him as the “perfect choice” for Secretary of State. One can only ponder with trepidation what dark days lay ahead for America with this hate-America veteran taking the reins at the State Department.
The short term hope is a massive fax and toll free phone operation opposing Kerry's nomination by calling the US Capitol 866-272-6622 or 877-851-6437 or 866-220-0044 flooding the switchboard and shutting the Capitol communications operation down. When the switchboard operator answers, ask to be directed to your US Senator and call again to your other Senator.
What has become apparent to me is that our elected one's who sit in Washington, DC, have not read the Constitution nor the Bill of Rights. They all need one hard week of classes on our governing documents.
John Kerry as SOS? What's next.... Howdy Doody as Secretary of Defense? 50,000 Dead and half a million OF US wounded in a war that this POS claims WE are responsible for? John Kerry has admitted his allegience and in his own words it is NOT the United States of America. Let this POS represent the idiots and the Communists who choose to live in the Socialist State of MA if that is their choice. For those who live in the meaningful FLYOVER portion of the United States... a line in the sand MUST be Drawn and Drawn NOW!!
There can be few in this land that can be considered a Worse Choice than the current Lying Criminal Representing us all as Secretary of State. Hillary Clinton today should be in prison awaiting trial.... yet the Choice of John Kerry as a replacement for this lying witch should well be considered grounds for impeachment. John Kerry's selection as SOS can only be considered as treasonous under the crime of knowinlgly giving aid and comfort to the enemy.
By performance, Past and Current, JOHN KERRY is not our Friend and Should well be considered THE ENEMY WITHIN!! KERRY FOR SECRETARY OF STATE?? HELL NO!!!
I agree BanG, it looks bleak, but...........we have children, grandchildren, et al in this situation. I pray to God for an answer for constitutional restoration and moral government...we are far from it. As you say/imply, current government is dysfunctional and corrupt....the short term hope is a massive fax and toll free phone operation opposing Kerry's nomination to the US Capitol 866-272-6622 or 877-851-6437 or 866-220-0044 flooding the switchboard and shutting the Capitol communications operation down. When the switchboard operator answers, ask to be directed to your US Senator and call again to your other Senator.
This is the only way, short of a physical operation, to turn the "lords" of the Senate against a Kerry confirmation in my opinion.
BanG - i tetter somewhere between your sentiments and the col's passion. however, i have decided to err on the side of passion. while it is true that we may not be able to stop the confirmation, we certainly can gather the dark storm clouds over kerry's head.
not only is kerry an abomination himself, but his nomination is a direct slap at us by barry. so........ we stand and we fight and we kick up a whole lot of dirt!!!
Harry, Forget about POLITICAL CORRECTNESS. NEVER STOP SPEAKING THE TRUTH! God give us the strength!
Col. Riley, ` I unlocked my military `Vietnam briefcase, at the bottom, under some classified military records, Up-popped John Kerry and Jane Fonda, + couple others, in the folder tab was `U.S. Traitor's' ~~` I carefully compared my documents to your Treasonous Kerry... You've presented slightly more recent data that what is written in mine ** I screamed Lord the truth will set us free.!! I swear on my oath, the Above is true and correct, by the way God is my witness, the dark days that lay ahead is protection for my children..!! Oh by the way God forgives the anger and hatred we have both put in writing, It's not a sin, It's proven Facts..!! Salute
Fortunately I managed to delete my early-morning abusive rage on the Traitor Kerry. That piece of dung should have faced a Military firing squad 40 years ago. This is an appointment made by Bill Ayers, Bernadine Dohrn, Vallarie Jarrett, and Cass Sunstein. The Communists are all there.
i absolutely agree. i happened to be in DC during the May day riots in 1971, and it was a HIGHLY organized and orchestrated communist operation. they were loud and proud, and in your face about who they were. i had saved so much of the pamphlets and materials that they were handing out that day, but unfortunately lost them somewhere along the road of life.
My fellow patriots,
Go to the following websites to see a little history about John Forbes Kerry, the self proclaimed next 'JFK'.
This is the link to the dossier maintained on the traitor Kerry by the FBI. There are about 17,000 pages of it.
This last link will take you to the "War Remnants Museum" in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. It is here where Kerry's exploits are recognized by the people's democratic republic of Vietnam as one of two foreign "HEROES" who helped them win their war against the United States of America- to include pictures of him and "Hanoi Jane Fonda" gracing the walls of this house of propaganda:
If his being revered as a 'HERO' of the war against the United States by our enemies in communist Vietnam is not the epitome of the description of high treason, what the hell is??
The preponderance of data on Kerry is that he is indeed a traitor to OUR beloved United States and his nomination as secretary of state cannot stand. He should have been hanged forty years ago- except the morons in Massachusetts made him one of their senators instead. How does a dirty rotten scumbag like Kerry get elected to the US Senate or as a lieutenant governor for that matter?
I've posted the links- all of you follow and read them. I am certain that these pages will enrage most of us. Follow your conscience and wear your congressional and senate representative out over this nomination. If he gets confirmed to the position of secretary of state it will be an absolute slap in the face of every veteran who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country- including 30 of my friends and comrades in arms spread across my 23 years on active duty.
GOD, PLEASE BLESS AMERICA AGAIN....
In HIS Name,
James M. Shofner
US Army Retired (Jun 1977~Feb 2000)
James..........thank you for the history behind slimeball John Kerry........if this weasel doesn't turn your stomach against the liberal cancer in America, nothing will.......
for any of you that might be interested, we have been running a FB page, 'American Patriots Against John Kerry', and have been accumulating much of the kerry history there.
we have also been networking with a number of other veteran's pages on FB, and i must say that there is a great outcry against kerry
this is a particularly good op-ed about the kerry nomination. there are a lot of good comments and it would be good if we all could add some more!!
December 22, 2012