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Question John Kerry Long and Hard!

By Ken Blackwell · Dec. 23, 2012

Editor's Note: This column was coauthored by Bob Morrison.                                                                                                                     Sen. John Kerry has a long and dubious record in foreign policy.

In the 1970s, he testified against his fellow Vietnam War veterans before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He charged that they were violating the Geneva Conventions every day in Vietnam. Some POWs were outraged at Kerry's disloyal statements. They said they had been tortured by their Communist captors trying to force them to make such untrue statements.

Worse, Kerry went to Paris in 1971. There, he met with North Vietnamese Communists. We need to see all his notes from those meetings. Any negotiation between a private U.S. citizen and a foreign power is illegal. It violates the Logan Act of 1798. Did Kerry demand of the North Vietnamese Communists that they abide by the Geneva Convention? Or is that only a demand he made of his fellow Americans?

We do not charge Kerry with treason in the statements and actions he engaged in then. Treason consists of giving aid and comfort to the enemies of the United States. But this country has set a very high bar for conviction for treason – ever since the Burr Treason Trial of 1807. Nonetheless, we do say Kerry's actions and statements then were not those to which America's top diplomat should be linked. What was he thinking?

In the 1980s, Kerry campaigned for the Nuclear Freeze. The Soviet KGB, we now know, was a major funder and promoter of this disastrous idea. The Freezeniks believed that President Carter's promise to send Pershing and Cruise missiles to our NATO allies in Western Europe should be dishonored.

Freezeniks thought that the only thing we should do in response to aggressive Soviet placement of SS-19 and SS-20 Intermediate Range Ballistic Missiles (IRBMs) in Eastern Europe was to freeze the West into no response. By freezing in terror, we could morally pressure the Soviets into withdrawing their missiles, the naive Freezeniks argued. Harvard's Polish-born Adam Ulam famously punctured this pink balloon: “An' wot will you doo iff they dun't?”

Ulam's common sense response was followed by President Ronald Reagan. Reagan agreed with the democratically elected Socialist President of France, Francois Mitterrand, that NATO would fall apart if we failed to meet this Soviet thrust. The Cruise and Pershing Missiles went forward. And, in good time, Reagan and Mitterand's policy of peace through strength brought the greatest arms reduction treaty in history and it helped bring down the Iron Curtain.

Has John Kerry learned anything from that experience? We need to know.

Then, there is his appalling joke when President George H.W. Bush was elected. He said the Secret Service has instructions, if anything happens to President Bush – “to shoot Dan Quayle.”

He got a lot of yuks from the media on that one.

Question 1: Does Sen. Kerry think assassination of the President and Vice President is funny?

Question 2: If John Q. or Jane Q Public makes a joke about murder of the President and Vice President, they get a visit from the Secret Service; why does a United States Senator like Kerry get away with it?

For these and a host of other reasons, John Kerry should be grilled with tough questions. He has been wrong about every major foreign policy issue since 1972. Aren't his failures over four decades something his colleagues should worry about?


Robinius in Broomfield, Colorado said:

Ken, of everything you list any one would disqualify Kerry from being our government's top diplomat. This said, he is the perfect choice for the Obama regime, which has no shame.

Sunday, December 23, 2012 at 1:02 AM

BlueShadowII in Texas said:

YOU may not charge self-described war criminal. Kerry with treason, but I and millions of other veterans and our families would.

Sunday, December 23, 2012 at 7:28 AM

Nam_Vet68 in Philadelphia said:

You can't imagine how painful this is to Vietnam Veterans. I feel like Obama personally spit in my face. All we need now is Jane Fonda as Secretary of Defense to complete the cycle of insane lunatics running the Obama administration. I have despised this man since the 70's. I heard one politician on TV say he is the most qualified person for the job. If that is true we are in a lot more trouble then even I thought.

Sunday, December 23, 2012 at 8:51 AM

veritaseequitas in Fightertown, USA replied:

Bring the Swift Boaters back.

Sunday, December 23, 2012 at 9:44 AM

veritaseequitas in Fightertown, USA said:

"We do not charge Kerry with treason in the statements and actions he engaged in then. Treason consists of giving aid and comfort to the enemies of the United States. But this country has set a very high bar for conviction for treason -- ever since the Burr Treason Trial of 1807."

However, we now have Barack Obama in office. A president who conspired with the SoS and the SoD to cover up his (and their) willful negligence (I'm being nice), over Benghazi. A president who is friends with radical terrorists both from within the USA and outside of the USA. A president who divides the country racially, a president who took part in voter fraud, a president who is a liar and a fraud, and who wishes to see America destroyed, a president who will chip away at our rights until we have no more rights.
Of course he will promote a scumbag like John Kerry And Chuck Hagel too, for that matter. He was vexed over Susan Rice, so he quickly kicked her to the curb after she went out and perjured herself on national t.v. for him. Now he has chosen two more peas from the same pod.
He doesn't give a tinker's damn for any fidelity to the USA or integrity to the office of POTUS.
Barack Obama's only thought is for himself and his agenda which is his own power and the destruction of the United States as we know it.
A little thing like treason will not stop him.

Sunday, December 23, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Howard Last in Wyoming said:

Thomas Jefferson, John Jay, James Madison, James Monroe, etc. must be turning over in their graves.

Sunday, December 23, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Wayne in Hinesville, GA replied:

Howard, I think they quit turning over after Wilson, F. Roosevelt, Johnson, Carter, and Clinton held the office of President. I know they would be shocked if they could see the Marxist President we have now and the total lack of morals of the leftists.

Sunday, December 23, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Howard Last in Wyoming replied:

Old Sarge, they have been turning for 100 years, 1913 the Year of infamy. The 16th and 17th amendments and teh Creature from Jeykll Island. Oops forgot Lincoln and the Northern War of Aggression.

Sunday, December 23, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Nam_Vet68 in Philadelphia said:

Headlines: Obama Threatened speaker: I will use inaugural address, State of the Union speech to tell nation Republicans at fault.

The man knows no bounds on playing dirty!

Sunday, December 23, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Old Desert Rat in Las Vegas, NV said:

Where to begin? Nominating a traitor to represent our country is bad enough but for Obummer to say he is qualified turns my stomach. Here is Fonda's political brother spending a decent republican senator's inheritance to stay in a position of power. What a terrible chapter for history books. Evidently we cannot end this nightmare for 4 more years. May God have mercy on our country.

Sunday, December 23, 2012 at 6:03 PM

Tod the tool guy in brooklyn ny said:

John Maynard Kerry---Another leftist elitist who believes that the National Gov can tax and spend its way out of debt. Too bad they are breaking two of God's Commandments; Thou shall not COVET & Thou shall not STEAL. So what to do? LET THEM FAIL and FIGHT AGAINST GOD-Conservatives---get out of their way!!

Monday, December 24, 2012 at 6:41 AM

Wayne in Hinesville, GA said:

I find it simply mindboggling that we are going to have a traitor representing the United States around the world. They laugh at us enough as it is and this nomination will just be icing on the cake. His fellow Senators will make insane remarks about what a great American he is and how well qualified he is and totally forget his treasonous actions during the Vietnam war. How low this administration and the Senate can sink is unbelievable!

Monday, December 24, 2012 at 12:07 PM

M Rick Timms MD in Georgia replied:

Unfortunately Sarge, elections have consequences, and it looks like one of them is that we are gonna have to look at this traitor SOB on TV for a few years. It is hard to imagine how these people could screw things up anymore than they have, but I have no doubt that they will try -- on purpose -- to diminish the US influence around the world. Heaven Help us.

Merry Christmas to all my Patriot Post friends...

Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at 2:29 AM