Thursday, January 24, 2013

John Kerry, the man who, LIAR accused Vietnam veterans of committing war crimes

John Kerry, the man who, by the way, served in Vietnam before tossing away his medals and accusingVietnam veterans of committing war crimes, was introduced to the Senate as the nominee for Secretary of State by Hillary Clinton on Thursday.
For those who forgot, here is what he said of those who served back in 1971:
“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.”

Members of the United States Senate are surely tempted to give their insufferably arrogant colleague from Massachusetts a pass in confirmation hearings for his nomination to become the next secretary of state.
Quite apart from the tradition of senatorial courtesy practiced in the exclusive club once known as "the world's greatest deliberative body," most of them must be anxious to see John Kerry leave it.
There are, however, compelling reasons to resist this temptation and ensure that Sen. Kerry is subjected to rigorous scrutiny with respect to his past conduct, his judgment, and his policy predilections.
Conventional wisdom holds that he is certain to be confirmed. Whether that proves to be the case or not, senators have a duty to serve as the framers had in mind — as a means of ensuring quality control with respect to cabinet-level and other senior presidential appointments and with respect to the treaties that a secretary of state in particular is wont to promote.
A number of topics cry out for such scrutiny. Herewith a few of the more important. For starters, there is the question of John Kerry's integrity.
His conduct during and immediately his service in the Vietnam War — much of it compellingly documented by his former comrades-in-arms in the Swift Boat community — suggests a serious deficit in this personal quality. Senators could usefully revisit Mr. Kerry's damning indictments of the U.S. military's conduct of the war, including his depiction of its alleged "war crimes," his fraudulent Winter Soldier testimony and his treating with the North Vietnamese enemy in the midst of hostilities.
President Obama also observed that Sen. Kerry will not require "a lot of on-the-job training" because of his extensive dealings with foreign leaders, including in his role as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Among those with whom he has consorted are Syrian despot Basher Assad and Nicaragua's Sandinista revolutionaries during their conflict with the United States in the 1980s.

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