John Kerry as our secretary of State? You can count on it.
He might be a skilled and deceitful opportunist who built a 40-year public career on manipulation and lies about American soldiers, the war in Vietnam and his puffed-up, sometimes stretched, role in it, but those facts, intentionally obfuscated by the mainstream media, will make no difference in him becoming our foreign minister.
Remember the Swift Boat Veterans for Peace? They were all men who served with Kerry in Vietnam, a couple of hundred of them, including an admiral. They nailed Kerry as a phony after Kerry tried to use his Vietnam medal-collecting experience as part of his 2004 presidential campaign. Picture former Navy Lt. Kerry at the Democrats' nominating convention in 2004, saluting the throng of delegates and saying, “John Kerry, reporting for duty.”
Kerry emerged a little bruised from the contretemps with the men who knew him best, the Swift Boaters. But thanks to a major media defense of him, it was his critics who were more successfully smeared.
Recall being awed by Kerry's choice as his vice-presidential running mate of one of the most shallow, dishonest, narcissistic, conniving tort lawyers in America — John Edwards. I made that judgment just from watching and listening to him in interviews.
This was before the world knew what a creep he really was, holding hands with an elderly heiress, a woman pushing 100 years old, to con her out of large sums of cash to hide his pregnant girlfriend from his dying wife. What a guy! What a soap opera! Do the media ever mention Edwards as an example of Kerry's executive decisions? No.
The skids for Kerry's secretary of State nomination — including the Susan Rice diversion ploy — have been greased by the Obama Gang in league with propaganda machines like The Boston Globe, who have set up Kerry to clear the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's upcoming confirmation hearing.
The hearings will be led by Kerry cheerleader Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., a man of atrophied judgment. You'll find some mirth in the news that an intern hired by Menendez to work on “immigration issues” in his Senate office was arrested in December as an illegal alien.
The man also turned out to be a registered sex offender. Immigration officials admitted to The Associated Press that they had delayed the arrest, on orders from above, until after Menendez's re-election in November.
A liberal, Menendez aligns with the radical left on “immigration issues.”
Menendez got into the Senate through appointment from the oily Jon Corzine, who had spent a record $62 million of his own money for the seat and then quit after five years and spending $38 million more of his money to become governor of New Jersey.
This is the same Jon Corzine who later, as head of M.F. Global, said he didn't know what happened to $1.8 billion in investors' money that was lost or where it had gone.
It is hard to resist the idea that America (or at least the Obama half) gets the leaders it so thoroughly deserves.
A friend forwarded me an email from a distinguished professor at a famous university whose name I'm not going to use. He seems to feel as I do about Kerry.
He said about Kerry's testimony before Congress as an anti-war protester: “His 1971 actions played a major role in persuading Congress and the American people that our soldiers in Vietnam were ‘animals' and the war had to be ended. By 1972, we were winning the war both in South Vietnam and over North Vietnam. ... By May of 1973, we could have won. By making it unlawful for the president to spend Treasury funds on combat operations on the ground or in the air or off the shores of North Vietnam, South Vietnam, Laos or Cambodia, Congress threw in the towel and guaranteed a Communist victory.”
Senate staffers (and you who are interested) should go to Google on their computers, key words are “Boston Manifesto.” It's a very detailed and reliable analysis of Kerry's statements and actions written by a large group of veterans angry with Kerry. It was prepared too late for use in the 2004 campaign but will convince you of what a bad man John Kerry is.
Richard W. Carlson, a former U.S. ambassador to the Seychelles and former director of the Voice of America, is vice chairman of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.
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