John Forbes Kerry, throne-sniffer
John Kerry has now taken over as secretary of State. Mainstream newspapers and the networks labor to convince Americans that he is yet another goodfellow, a centrist Democrat and a measured, distinguished figure for our foreign ministry. All the evidence points to the contrary.
Kerry, 69, is a lifelong political careerist, a Massachusetts liberal of poor character, who, to paraphrase G.K. Chesterton, has poured righteous indignation into all the wrong things in his decades on the public stage.
Sen. Jim Inhofe told The Washington Post that his vote against Kerry was “an easy call. ... I told him I never agreed with him on anything, going all the way back to the Sandinistas,” the Nicaraguan leftists and criminals over whom Kerry publicly slobbered.
As Jay Nordlinger said in National Review back in 2004, Kerry was an important player in a group of left-wingers who were known as “Dear Commandante Democrats” because of the throne-sniffing letters they regularly sent to Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega.
In April 1985, the newly elected Sen. Kerry flew to Managua on a trip arranged by the hard-left Institute of Policy Studies (IPS).
You might not recall IPS (which exists to this day) but Kerry was thick with it in that decade. As the New Zealand Libertarian Trevor Loudon said that day, “IPS is one of the most subversive and destructive organizations in the U.S.” Loudon described the low-key group as “the Forrest Gump of socialism.”
As his plane touched upon the runway in Nicaragua, the future U.S. secretary of State, a relentless publicity hound who had taken mainstream news people with him, said to The Post, “Look at it. It reminds me so much of Vietnam. The same lushness, the tree lines.” He droned on with criticisms of the CIA and of America. “I see an enormous haughtiness in the United States trying to tell them what to do.”
“Haughtiness”? Please. This man is the epitome of the word. He has worked to give the impression of inherited money. Listen to his pompous, deceitful recorded testimony to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on April 22, 1971, available on the Internet, when he smeared the American military, using a phony Brahmin-like accent. It's pathetic.
Kerry was an insecure man from a middle-class branch of a rich, prominent family (the Forbeses of Boston) who grew up a Roman Catholic in the WASP world of that time and could never get over it.
Said Kerry, on that same plane landing in Nicaragua, “These are just poor people, no money, no food, just like in Vietnam. They are just trying to stay alive. They just want peace. They don't want their daughter getting blown away on the way to teach. Or their sons disappearing. It's just terrible. I see the same sense of great victimization. The little kids staring wide-eyed and scared. It really hits home the same way as Vietnam.”
All that from a man on a moving airplane peering through a small window who's now our secretary of State. Remarkable.
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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