Why Kerry Remains Unfit for Command

It is now official. Last week, President Obama nominated John Kerry to succeed Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, saying Kerry’s “entire life has prepared him for this role.” He further contended that Kerry’s service as a Vietnam veteran taught him the “responsibility to use American power wisely, especially our military power.” That assessment may come as a shock to the thousands of Vietnam veterans whose reputations Kerry trashed in order to advance his own radical political agenda.

Remarkably, outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, unable to attend the nominating ceremony due to her continuing effort to dodge testimony regarding the Benghazi debacle, viewed that trashing as an asset. “John Kerry has been tested–in war, in government, and in diplomacy. Time and again, he has proven his mettle,” said a written statement released by Clinton. “I remember watching young Lieutenant Kerry’s testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee many years ago and thinking that I had just seen a man of uncommon courage and conscience.”

This is a particularly callous and stinging statement from Clinton. Many Americans are aware of John Kerry’s infamous abuse of his fellow soldiers during the “Winter Soldier Investigations,” when he appeared before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 1971 as a representative of Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW) and made the following statement:

They told the stories at times they 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, and the normal and very particular ravaging which is done by the applied bombing power of this country.

Kerry contended that these atrocities were committed “on a day-to-day basis with the full awareness of officers at all levels of command.”

Yet there were even more damnable parts of Kerry’s testimony that have remained largely under the radar. Like every good progressive, Kerry promoted the leftist worldview of a racist America, no better than the enemy we were fighting. “We saw that many people in this country had a one-sided idea of who was kept free by our flag, as blacks provided the highest percentage of casualties. We saw Vietnam ravaged equally by American bombs as well as by search and destroy missions, as well as by Vietcong terrorism, and yet we listened while this country tried to blame all of the havoc on the Viet Cong,” he stated. Furthermore, Kerry embraced a defeatism proven colossally wrong years later by President Ronald Reagan, claiming, “We cannot fight communism all over the world, and I think we should have learned that lesson by now.”

Kerry’s toxic legacy makes him a perfect choice for the radical Obama administration, as explained by Jerome Corsi, Harvard Ph.D. and co-author with John O’Neill of the book “Unfit For Command, Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry”:

The young John Kerry who condemned the U.S. military in his infamous 1971 testimony to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has much in common with the young Barack Obama who expressed admiration for Franz Fanon and Malcolm X when expressing in the pages of his autobiography his particular form of anti-colonial black rage against the United States of America.

Co-author John O’Neill, the former leader of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth that played an instrumental role in thwarting Kerry’s presidential bid in 2004, and driving progressives crazy in the process, was equally blunt. In an email published as part of a Wall Street Journal column by former editorial board member Seth Lipsky (written before it was clear whether Kerry would be nominated for State or Defense), O’Neill contended that Kerry “is well qualified to be the Secretary of Defense…of Cuba or Venezuela. He [is] certainly an expert on surrender and can run up a white flag with the best of them.”

Lipsky himself wonders about the hypocrisy of President Obama, who paid lip service to the need to “correct the narrative of Vietnam,” noting that thousands of American GIs were held responsible for the “misdeeds of a few,” while at the same time nominating the Senator from Massachusetts. “It is hard to think of anyone who did more to besmirch the name of the GIs who fought in Vietnam than Sen. Kerry,” says Lipsky, who also reminds us that Kerry testified “after meeting in Paris with envoys of our communist foe and then echoing in the debate here their calls for an immediate withdrawal of American forces from Vietnam.”

Most Americans are unaware that Kerry not only besmirched veterans, but our nation’s methods of conducting war as well. Another statement he made during the hearings ought to be brought up during the nomination process, especially when one considers that President Obama has made extensive use of unmanned drones to kill terrorists. “We veterans can only look with amazement on the fact that this country has been unable to see there is absolutely no difference between ground troops and a helicopter crew, and yet people have accepted a differentiation fed them by the administration,” Kerry states at the Senate hearing. “No ground troops are in Laos, so it is all right to kill Laotians by remote control.” It would be interesting to know if Kerry is against killing terrorists by “remote control” per se, or if he is merely indignant that they are not given an equal opportunity to kill our troops in return, due to America’s technological advantage.

One may further wonder if Kerry knows who the real terrorists are. Despite voting to authorize the use of force in Iraq, based on several statements that Saddam Hussein was a “brutal and murderous dictator” who has “used weapons of mass destruction,” Kerry once again took an opportunity to bash American’s fighting forces on CBS’s “Face the Nation” in 2006. “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, breaking sort of the customs of the–of–the historical customs, religious customs,” he told host Bob Schieffer.

That wasn’t Kerry’s only disparagement of soldiers fighting in Iraq. During his speech at Pasadena City College, Kerry thought he was being humorous. “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,” he said. His fallback excuse was that he was bashing President Bush, not the troops.

Much of Kerry’s record would have been suppressed were it not for the efforts of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth who brought much of this information to the fore. Their efforts in exposing the Senator have been excoriated by the mainstream media, furious that the Swift Boaters were able to derail Kerry’s run for the presidency in 2004. It was the Swift Boat Vets who exposed his slandering of American GIs, and largely debunked much of his self-acclaimed heroism. They were so effective, that a 2010 investigation by Pro Publica and National Public Radio revealed that soldiers who had sustained concussions in Iraq were denied Purple Hearts because some military doctors didn’t want “anymore John Kerrys.” It was the Swift Boaters who charged Kerry with accepting Purple Hearts that were not honestly earned. Part of those charges center around the reality that despite receiving three of them, he never spent any time in a hospital.

Yet it is Kerry himself who has sown the seeds for what ought to be his ultimate disqualification for Secretary of State. In an April 18, 1971 appearance on “Meet the Press,” Kerry admitted that he committed war crimes in Vietnam. “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…All of this is contrary to the Geneva Conventions and all of this ordered as a matter of written established policy by the government of the United States from the top down.” Kerry added that those who condoned or engaged in such activities were “war criminals.”

When confronted with that statement by the late Tim Russert in 2004, Kerry claimed the word “atrocities” was “inappropriate.” When Russert pressed him on his Winter Soldier testimony, asking if many of Kerry’s stories had been “discredited,” the Senator hedged. “Actually, a lot of them have been documented,” he said. Russert asked, “So you stand by that?” Kerry replied, “A lot of those stories have been documented.” Nonetheless, Kerry has also tried to excuse his past behavior as the work of an “angry young man.”

Angry young man or not, how many documented stories constitutes “a lot,” versus the percentage of outright lies — along with Kerry’s assertion that he was a pawn of a government of “war criminals” — ought to be an integral part of any confirmation hearing. So should the ludicrous claim he made in an article he wrote for Foreign Policy magazine last September. “I grew up in a Senate and foreign-policy world where we treated as gospel the notion that–as Sen. Arthur Vandenberg famously said–’politics stops at the water’s edge,’” Kerry wrote.

That Kerry’s career of politicizing war over the course of decades reveals this to be an utter lie is indisputable. Yet even more troubling, it reveals a level of self-denial so deep, one might be forgiven for wondering how it is possible he is even being considered for Secretary of State, much less a reported shoo-in to get the job. That reality is as much a testament to the nature of something known as “Senate collegiality” which, in this case, amounts to confirming a hack willing to undercut American troops whenever it served his purposes, to a position fourth in the line of presidential succession lest the Senate chamber become a hotbed of rancor if Kerry is denied the nomination.

The Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, who officially disbanded as a political organization in 2008, might be up to the task of making the process a bit harder for Kerry and his Senate friends. John O’Neill played it close to the vest when he appeared on Fox News’s “Hannity.” “We will do the best we can, Sean. I was contacted today, I spoke with three people that won the Congressional Medal of Honor, who will do the very best we can,” he promised. “We’ve got kids–heck, I mean, we have hundreds of thousands of kids who have been engaged in combat or in the armed forces. Can you imagine them counting on John Kerry to protect their back?”

Thousands of troops already know the answer to that question. It is up to the Senate to decide whether their sacrifices and their reputations from Vietnam to the present can be kicked to the curb. When the fog of political expediency is penetrated, Kerry’s fellow senators face a simple choice: they can either demonstrate respect and loyalty for America’s fighting forces, or one of their own.

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  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    Kerry is from the same milieu of the radical left. And if one believes that such a character is fit to command the office of Sec of State (already a bastion of anti-Americanism), then so be it. And if one believes that a person who feels more comfortable with tyrants, and is capable of tearing down ones national ethos during a time of war (or beyond) is considered dishonorable, then surely he is unfit.

    NOT only that, but Kerry is as imbued with radical left designs as the wayward Commander-in-Chief, and his wife's nexus to all things revolutionary should give a clue. Through the Tides Foundation her monies are filtered to every manner of anti-American, all over the world.

    But what else can one expect from a Radical-in-Chief, than to choose another of like-mind, as evidenced by his choice of Hagel too – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/10/07/when-authenti

    As is said in Israel, sach ha'kol, at the end of it all, the Sec of State ends up following the orders of the POTUS. As such, the Mid East is set to explode after 4 yrs of the Pyromaniac-in-Chief – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/12/07/world-war-3s-… the fires this duo will start!

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel – http://www.adinakutnicki.com/about/

    • JacksonPearson

      "Hanoi John Kerry," was yesterday, is today, and will be a scumbag tomorrow.

    • Barbbf

      If Kerry is unfit to command…he will fit right in with Obama and the rest of his rotten administration.

      • johnnywoods

        This is switching from "Tweedledee to Tweedledumb" at State. What a joke.

  • lone ranger

    As A Vietnam Special Forces Veteran, I can tell you this, I did not know kerry during my Vietnam days, but guys I knew did, And no one had anything good to sat about the future mr ketchup

    • JacksonPearson

      He's a genuine POS.

    • Steve

      Hey Ranger, As a Ist Cav crew chief in 1970 i have to wonder. Kerry spent 92 days in country. He captained a river boat. It takes (min) 30 days to get incountry and do a turn over and 15-30 days to deros. That left him 30-45 days to get 3 purple hearts (all of which he wrote up). My question is, when did he get the time to get all this experience? He didn't! He's such an f-in fraud. Did I tell you he was in Viet Nam? What a pig f-er Where is his 214?

      • Maxie

        You mean you doubt Kerry's cynically choreographed and filmed Rambo forays a few feet into the jungle where he scratched a finger and awarded himself a Purple Heart? Kerry was cynically crafting a Jack Kennedyesque 'war hero' resume to serve his planned political future and in the process disgraced himself and cheapened the real vets who truly paid the price of war. Yes he's a disgusting POS and God bless the real Swifties who outed this ChickenSlop fraud.

      • johnnywoods

        You did not know that he served in Viet Nam? Didn`t you listen when he said so? Probably lost his 214 as he packed to go testify in the Senate against all you "criminals" who really did serve:)

  • Daphne

    As I noted in Comments on today's prior article, Kerry is doing exactly what he wants to do in accordance with his own ideology.

    • kasandra

      So what? It's a bad ideology. Anyway, lots of people have an ideology. That doesn't' t mean they should be Secretary of State of the United States of America.

    • Ken

      We are a country of 300 million+ people and This President picks the lowest common denominator, a man the people of the United States Voted against being a leader, This man will speak for the American people, on the world stage. This man is a liar and has no problem practicing fraud and deceit. This is a man,the Senator of Massachusetts with all his Millions who bought a multi-million dollar Yacht and docked it in Rhode Island to avoid paying luxury taxes in his own state.This is a man who claimed he earned 3 Purple Heart medals in Viet Nam but was never hospitalized. He has lied under oath. This country can do better than John Kerry.

  • NAHALKIDES

    John Kerry – a worthy companion and fellow-traveler for Barry Hussein Soetoro.

  • Puzzled

    Would someone please explain why McCain is such a Kerry supporter? It just doesn't make sense.

    • Mary Sue

      I heard it had something to do with being a senator. The "Gentlemens' Club" in the Senate. Not sure how that pans out or what it all means. Maybe they just want to hand BO some more rope to hang himself with. Or maybe they're just Honor Before Reason idiots.

    • Jeff

      I have the same concern.

  • OldmanRick

    Visit wintersoldier.com to get the history of the real scary, marxist Kerry.

  • Ghostwriter

    It looks like John Kerry's going to be in for a real fight,a fight he might not win.

  • http://twitter.com/paulvmarks @paulvmarks

    Sadly it is not enough to list John Kerry's lies – they must be formally contradicted. For example, the Kerry claim that black people had borne the brunt of American casualties in Vietnam must be countered with what actually happened.

  • SoCalMike

    I love the way Parasite Hillary covers and defends career parasite Kerry.
    Two peas of the same pod.

  • canuck

    Kerry belongs to the Jane Fonda Wing of the Democrats…as does Obama. He is a traitor who should have been tried for his contacts with the Viet Cong in Paris.

    His confirmation hearings should be placed on hold until Hillary testifies and then he should no sit before the Senate without a signed Form 190 and release of the information as to how is discharge was changed to "Honorable" under Jimmy Carter.

  • Meg

    A man who thinks our troops are dimwitted…should have been escorted out of DC back when he made those
    statements. It's another insult from that punk in the white house.

  • CYF

    Mention should be made of Kerry's behavior while a student at Yale about which he made false claims in an effort to raise money and his prestige. This issue was also raised in 2004 during his presidential run; fellow students from Yale (Dr.Schlossberg) spoke out against him for his atrocious behavior there, referring particularly to the family of Dick Pershing, a Yale student who later served as an officer in Vietnam where he lost his life. Dick is the grandson of General John Pershing. His family was appalled and shocked by Kerry's efforts to "raise' money from them by lying about his relationship with Dick.

    • Maxie

      It can't be said too ofen: Kerry's a slimy POS. A perfect fit for this lying, seditious Benghazigate administration.

  • Jeff Ludwig

    John Kerry — "haughty John Kerry" as Rush L. always refers to him — is the epitome of the self-adoring, egomaniacal, well-to-do, Harvard, leftist snob. He knows how to advance himself, how to become the center of attention, how to be perceived as smart and "reasoned." It's a sad commentary, but this bloated man of hauteur has a type of "smartness" that is more common than one would like to think. He is a type of intractable wrong-headedness and vicious self-confidence that occupies too many seats of authority in this land. He is not cast in the image of the Christian shepherd leader, or servant leader. He is more in a classic Roman mode, puffed up and filled with self-masquerading-as-dignity-and-virtue. For most people it's difficult to see the deep-rooted duplicity of his self-presentation. In a certain sense he is impressive, and this blinds people to his more fundamental duplicity.

  • http://twitter.com/megapotamus @megapotamus

    McCain, that rat-bastard, has long served as Kerry's Sword and Shield. Why is mysterious. Is it an urge to put '60s animosities behind us? That's the only explanation that doesn't involve stupidity, venality or brain damage of some sort. Among the many Fun Facts McCain has poo-pooed as Kerry's spokesmodel is Kerry's secret and illegal travel to Paris to advise the VN commies on their war strategies. Watch out, when cornered on this one he tells a well-worn lie…. "I advised BOTH sides" but you will find he means BOTH the VC and ARVN! The Swifties book remains the bible on the subject and is probably available on Amazon for pennies. Another exemplar of a Dem's brand of war hero is Max Clelland. Google up that jizz stain. He is a piece of crap.

  • "gunner"

    kerry joined the navy as an officer because he thought it would be a safe berth, he figured to do a hitch as an officer on a tin can then move to a cushy spot in a shore duty desk job. being shipped to the riverine patrol "swift boats" was a rude surprise, people were actually shooting at him, and they didn't care who he was. he had to get out of there anyway he could. he managed to collect three minor, bandaid, purple hearts for a ticket out, and landed that sweet spot at a desk in the brooklyn navy yard, with plenty of time for politics, married money and was on his way. yes, kerry, we "know who you are" and we don't want you in our government in any position of responsibility and authority.

  • http://twitter.com/megapotamus @megapotamus

    And no discussion of Kerry is complete without addressing the fact that he lives like a Persian satrap thanks to the fortune accumulated by the Heinz family which he sunk his claws into by marrying the braindead commie widow of John Heinz, a conservative of constancy not seen lately or perhaps since AuH2O. She must have been a nifty number sixty years ago. Kerry lives on a better man's lucre, a fine resume' for the position he seeks so cravenly.

  • Ted G

    I'm from Mass and I'm torn between weeping for my nation if Kerry actually gets in or cheering for his departure from Mass. In the latter case we may actually get lucky and see Scott Brown fill the vacant seat!

    IMHO If Kerry does get in we'd just be trading one traitor for another…

  • tHuNdErToNe

    One thing about it and is so quickly forgotten when discussing the Vietnam war, is that, it has been brought out as fact, that, the reason the Vietnam war was continued as long as it was, was not to win a war that was unwinnable, but, because the CIA was working on the U.S. Government's behalf in using the bodies and body bags as transportation carriers for narcotic based drugs being smuggled by the CIA back to the U.S. Where it was being used to worsen, intentionally, the narcotics use problem in America, which validated the war on drugs which was a major issue of financing through Congress, at that time and the trail of money traveled into some very well known offices in Washington.