As reported by the Boston Herald-Reporter, in a speech in Boston Sept. 9, 2006, then-Senator John Kerry said, regarding the Bush administration, “It is immoral to treat 9/11 as a political pawn (to) excuse the invasion of Iraq. They [9/11 victims] were attacked and killed not by Saddam Hussein but by Osama bin Laden.” Cynicism – especially regarding morality – of that magnitude did not speak well for a State Secretary. Al Qaeda was not mentioned as a reason for invading Iraq in 2003, but to wipe out what the intelligence agencies of a number of nations insisted was Saddam’s WMD threat. No one has proven yet that he did not move those weapons to another country before March 2003.
Quoting the Boston Globe of March 25, 2004, “In a question-and-answer session before a Senate committee in 1971, John F. Kerry, who was a leading antiwar activist at the time, asserted that 200,000 Vietnamese per year were being ‘murdered by the United States of America’ and said he had gone to Paris and ‘talked with both delegations at the peace talks’ and met with communist representatives.” At the time, an unbelievably egotistical Kerry was a low-rank reserve naval officer committing an act of treason (defined as “the betrayal of a trust: TREACHERY”) with the enemy while Senator McCain and others were caged like dogs and tortured in the Hanoi Hilton.
This means that by the time he made that statement (his exact words, “So what I am saying is that yes, there will be some recrimination but far, far less than the 200,000 a year who are murdered by the United States of America …”). Kerry’s comrades/nation had murdered [his word] 1.6 million Vietnamese 1964-71 (or almost 4 percent of the population for 1970), mostly civilians – women, children, and old men. He’s never offered a scintilla of proof for that wacky accusation. Regarding morality, he betrayed his country in 1970 in France, lied to Congress in 1971, and spewed hatred on Sept. 9, 2006, using a monumental tragedy in a blatantly political act of disingenuousness.
In another Op-Ed piece for the New Hampshire Union Leader, Kerry said, “Iraq has made America less safe. The terrorists are not on the run. Terrorist acts tripled between 2004 and 2005. Al-Qaida has spawned a decentralized network operating in 65 countries, most of them joining since 9/11.” But Obama has recently declared that al Qaeda is all but dead. This is the guy McCain was announcing as the best thing since sliced bread.
McCain took Hagel apart because then-Senator Hagel voted against the “surge” that took place in Iraq in 2007, involving some 30,000 extra American troops sent over for that purpose. The president wannabe John Edwards called the surge the “McCain Doctrine.” McCain tried to make Hagel say he was wrong but Hagel said history would make the call. As it turns out, Hagel was right. Iraq is a killing field today, just as it was when Saddam the butcher ran the show. If anything, it is more antagonistic to this country than it was then.
Both McCain and Hagel served well in Vietnam but, while McCain dropped bombs, Hagel was a grunt, a platoon sergeant who volunteered for Vietnam when he was actually ordered to peaceful Germany in 1968. He based his Fallujah vote on whether or not that fight was worth the casualties. He had seen men blown to bits but McCain never saw any of that, just puffs of smoke on the ground. The casualties in the Fallujah fight to the coalition troops was well over 20 per day, most of them Americans simply because they fought in the largest numbers.
Huffington Post, 01 February 2013: “Incoming Secretary of State John Kerry said that President Barack Obama offered him the job one week before U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice withdrew from contention. ‘He called me, actually a week before Susan got out of the thing,’ he told The Boston Globe in an interview…’ .” Kerry’s ego (had home movies made of him running on the shore in Vienam) is so big that he wanted to make it plain he was not Obama’s second choice, even though everyone knows he was. He is delusional, as is the president. They deserve each other and McCain deserves both of them.
And so it goes.