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Different War, Same Kerry
by Robert P. Kiley
12 March 2004

With troops still in theatre and soldiers still in harm’s way, Senator Kerry, again, is attempting to undermine current United States foreign policy for his own personal agenda.


Soon after John F. Kerry, as a Navy Lieutenant (junior grade) commanding a Swift boat in Vietnam, was awarded the Silver Star, he used an obscure Navy regulation to leave Vietnam and his crew before completing his tour of duty.

After returning home, he quit the Navy early and changed the color of his politics to become a leader of Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW). Kerry wasted no time organizing opposition in the United States against the efforts of his former buddies still ducking communist bullets back in Vietnam.

Kerry participated in the so-called Winter Soldier Investigation, where his fellow protesters accused his fellow GIs of war crimes.  He not only allied with the likes of Hanoi Jane Fonda, but, before the United States Senate in 1971, Kerry went as far as to belittle the bravery of embattled troops by generalizing their every action in Vietnam as an atrocity.

No one questioned General Patton when he accused Kerry of treason in giving aid and comfort to the enemy, especially when it was revealed that North Vietnam incorporated Kerry’s exploits into its communist propaganda machine.  However, because of the prevalence of treason at the time and the monumental task of prosecuting Kerry and his proclaimed ‘revolutionaries,’ Kerry’s actions went unpunished and the associated advances of communism went unhindered.

John Kerry, the Senator, statesman and presidential candidate of today, is a far cry from Kerry, the radical, hippie-like leader of VVAW in the early 1970s.

Or is he?

Candidate Kerry has announced his own group of foreign policy experts who will travel to Iraq for a first hand analysis of the situation.  Kerry has stated that he wants an accurate account of events in Iraq, so that he can properly evaluate the current situation as it exists today.  Who exactly does Kerry think he is fooling?  Even the most casual observer realizes that Kerry intends to deploy a group of ideologues who will return home and report that the Bush foreign policy is a failure, the Iraq war was handled poorly, rebuilding Iraq has been handled poorly, and a President Kerry could have done a better job.

There is no difference between 1971 and 2004, different war, same Kerry.  With troops still in theatre and soldiers still in harm’s way, Senator Kerry, again, is attempting to undermine current United States foreign policy for his own personal agenda.  Just as the North Vietnamese combined Kerry’s propaganda with their own, rest assured that terrorists within Iraq and around the world will embrace Kerry’s words today to support their cause. 

While Kerry’s attempt to undermine the war on terror is obscene, it is far from an isolated incident.  Over the last week on the campaign trail, Kerry has repeatedly stated that foreign heads of state, “who cannot go on the record,” are praying the he wins the Presidency in November.  Interestingly enough, while foreign leaders pray for a Kerry presidency, it appears that North Korea and Iran are gambling on a Kerry victory in November as well.

After months of multilateral negotiations with North Korea, with sure and steady progress by the Bush administration, it appears that talks have stalled as the brutal communist regime of Kim Jung Il looks forward to a possible President Kerry.   With an eye toward November,  it appears that the Middle East is also very interested in the Massachusetts Senator.  Soon after Libya agreed to dismantle its program of weapons of mass destruction and nuclear development, Iran conceded and opened dialogue regarding an inspection program of its nuclear development facilities.  That is, until recently.  Apparently, Iranian leaders read American newspaper polls – and like North Korea, have decided to roll the dice on a Kerry win this fall.

I may not be the sharpest knife in the drawer, but even I become suspicious when a candidate for President of the United States is being cheered by North Korea and Iran, and unofficially supported by, say, France, Germany and Russia.

While the Kerry campaign has tried to distance itself from the images of the Vietnam War protests, it simultaneously participates in identical behavior.  This time, however, the stakes are higher.  This time, the Lieutenant (junior grade) who gave aid and comfort to the enemy is running for President of the United States.  The enemy is a different one, but the aid and comfort remains.   It’s a different war, but the same Kerry.  Beware.

Robert P. Kiley is a Chief Financial Officer for the hospitality and real estate development industry in Southeastern Massachusetts.

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