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John Kerry: The Wrong Choice on November 2nd


Patrick Hurley • 28 October 2004

On the Dick Cavett Show, June 30th, 1971, John Kerry, in his self appointed role of foreign policy sage, was asked his opinion as to what would occur if the U.S. withdrew from Southeast Asia. An action of appeasement, retreat and surrender for which he, Jane Fonda and their fellow apparatchiks, on the extreme limousine left, salivated. He expounded that there would be no bloodbath, and that, at most, five thousand might be killed.

After the U.S. withdrawal, millions died in the communist purges, which followed in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Whole ethnic groups were eliminated. There were 1.4 million refugees. Tens of thousands of Boat People died on the high seas.

Substitute “Iraq” for “Vietnam” and a horrifying scenario presents itself: Do we really want John Kerry directing the War on Terror and dictating U.S. foreign policy???

Nothing in Senator Kerry’s legislative record suggests that he has become any wiser over the intervening years. After being wrong on Vietnam in the 1970s, he was wrong on Central America in the 1980s. He wrongly opposed President Reagan’s European policies, which brought down the Iron Curtain. In the 1990s, he was wrong on Gulf War One. He was complicit in the appeasement and negligence of the Clinton years, which bequeathed us September 11th. In 2004, he is wrong on the War on Terror and wrong on the battle for Iraq, in particular. In the quest to get elected, like a true chameleon, he tries to sound like a determined hawk. But his evasiveness, elusiveness, indecisiveness and spinelessness accumulate to the wrong “plan”, at the wrong time, for the right war.

It is obviously a revelation to Kerry that war is an unpredictable business. As the eminent military tactician General Carl Von Clausewitz expounded, “War is the province of chance”. War plans go out the window once the first shot is fired. General Dwight Eisenhower recognized this fickleness, when he prepared to accept responsibility for the potential failure of D Day. In December 1944, during the Battle of the Bulge, when the Allies were temporarily pushed on the defensive, is there any doubt that Senator Kerry and his ilk would have been clamoring for a U.S. retreat from Europe???

The senator believes that the U.S is shouldering an unnecessary share of the burden in Iraq. He endeavors to persuade us that, if elected, he will magically and equitably reapportion the burden. Earth to John Kerry! In every UN, Allied or Coalition effort since December 7th 1941, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf, the Balkans, etc. the United States has shouldered 95% of the burden, both in terms of manpower and resources. Our consistent, reliable allies have always been the United Kingdom and Australia. Without America, it just does not happen. We are the only game in town!

On Saturday last, Congressman Peter King, having just returned from Iraq, told a group of Irish Americans at a Yonkers gathering that the evidence on the ground overwhelmingly indicates the U.S. is winning the war in Iraq. Shock! The media, replete as it is with Dan Rathers, ABC memos, “October surprises”, all furthering transparent partisan agendas, is not presenting a true picture. Three quarters of Iraq is taking the first steps towards democracy and prosperity in an atmosphere of relative normality.

Although all our soldiers’ lives are sacred, and one death is one death too many, the brutal, yet, welcome, reality is that at 700 combat casualties, the United States is achieving this victory at a very low price. In the face of the Senator Kerry’s whining negativity, a sense of perspective is illuminating.

In the spring of 1944, while preparing for the European invasion, seven hundred Allied troops were killed in a single training exercise on Slapton Sands, southern England. On D Day itself, the 82nd Airborne lost close to 500 men in one hour, capturing a single causeway. In the early 1990s, approximately 2000 New Yorkers, a year, were being murdered on the watch of Kerry supporter, Mayor David Dinkins. And of course, on 9/11, after eight years of Clintonian negligence, we lost 3,000 Americans in one day

An experienced background investigator will vouch that the past is the best indicator of the present. Certainly, there are alarming indicators in the senator’s history. His four-month Vietnamese combat tour is shrouded in enough doubts to raise serious negative implications about his character. These doubts could easily be resolved if he was to follow Dubya’s lead and authorize the release of all pertinent files.

When Kerry returned from Vietnam, he became a prominent member of a radical anti war group, Vietnam Veterans Against the War, a group, which seriously considered assassinating members of Congress. As a naval reserve officer, during wartime, he went to Paris and treasonably treated with the North Vietnamese enemy. In doing so, he also illegally endeavored to conduct U.S. foreign policy.

In denigrating U.S. servicemen and testifying to fabricated war crimes before Congress, Senator Kerry gave “aid and comfort” to the enemy. His words and actions were used by NVA torturers to demoralize American POWs, like Senator John McCain. They seriously undermined the war effort and increased debilitating societal divisions on the domestic front.

Those Democratic partisans, who in 2000 sought to derail Bush’s presidential bid on a twenty five year old DWI charge, would like Americans to dismiss Kerry’s treachery as a youthful peccadillo. In the name of justice, decency and honor that is impossible. To do so would cheapen the office of the presidency, and, it would be a grievous insult to all U.S. military personnel, past and present, especially those who never came home. For a nation that is in the grips of a gargantuan struggle with Islamo fascism, it would be criminally negligent and grossly irresponsible to put a whinging, indecisive, defeatist in the office of commander in chief. It would be an odious betrayal of our nation and everything for which it stands.

Patrick Hurley, is the president of the Regular Republican Club 30th Ad, in the Irish American neighborhoods of Woodside, Sunnyside and Maspeth, in the borough of Queens, New York City. He a member of the Queens County Executive of the Republican Party and is active in Irish American affairs.




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