“But almost 34 years later, Kerry?s remarks on American military and intelligence operations vastly diverge from opinions expressed by the present-day Sen. John F. Kerry, D.-Mass., the leading candidate in the Democratic primary for president. ‘I?m an internationalist,’ Kerry told The Crimson in 1970. ‘I?d like to see our troops dispersed through the world only at the directive of the United Nations.'”
That doesn’t sound so different than Kerry today. He would turn over everything to the UN as far as he’s concerned. That’s consistent.
“Kerry said he wanted ‘to almost eliminate CIA activity. The CIA is fighting its own war in Laos and nobody seems to care.'” Well, he’s voted to cut back the CIA. I don’t think there is any inconsistency so far, do you? No, I don’t, either.
“The Kerry campaign, celebrating primary victories in Virginia and Tennessee last night, declined to comment on the senator’s?” Of course they’re not going to comment on this, talking about all these mainstream values these Democrats are falling for. I’m telling you, they don’t know who they got here. They’re going to find out. They don’t know who they’ve nominated here. “As a candidate for president, Kerry has said he supports the autonomy of the U.S. military and has never called for a scale back of CIA operations.”
Well, we got to parse this. He may never have called for it, and I don’t know about that, he’s voted for it. We’ve got the voting record. He’s voted to cut back the CIA, he’s voted to scale it back. And supporting the autonomy of the U.S. military? I don’t think so. He wanted to turn over all this Iraq business to the United Nations. He wanted to put everything in charge. He wanted the blue helmets.
“Former Secretary of Labor, Robert B. Reich defended Kerry’s 1970 statements as appropriate for their time.” But they haven’t changed, Secretary Reich. Said the secretary, “In the context of the Vietnam War those comments are completely understandable.” They are still his beliefs, Secretary Reich-h-h-h-h-h-h.
“A spokesperson for President Bush’s reelection campaign said that Kerry’s 1970 remarks signaled the senator’s weakness on defense. Spokesperson Kevin Madden said, ‘President Bush will never cede the best interests of the national security of the American people to anybody but the president of the United States, along with the Congress.’ The increasingly likely matchup between Kerry and Bush has already prompted comparisons of the senator’s record?” blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah?
“Goldhaber, ’72, whose first person profile of Kerry ran in The Crimson, February 18th of ’70 said yesterday that he recalled the candidate as an emerging outsider whose campaign focused squarely on his opposition to the Vietnam War, ‘We lived, dreamed, and breathed Vietnam,’ said Goldhaber ’72. Still, Adam Clymer, ’58, political director of the National Annenberg election survey at the University of Pennsylvania said that Kerry’s comments would likely find their way into the Bush campaign.”
Really, Adam Clymer, ’58? What is your first clue? And Reich-h-h-h-h-h-h forecasted that GOP research will extend far beyond Capitol Hill. Really? What geniuses these guys are. “Said Reich, ‘If Kerry is the nominee, Republicans will try and search back into everything he ever said on every issue.”
We’ll do that, but we’re not going to have to go any further back than the Vietnam war, the Iraq war and the war on terror. Everything he said in his voting record and the CIA, it’s all there. It juxtaposes nicely; it flows nicely and geometrically from what he said In The Harvard Crimson in 1970 to today. It flows. It’s just a matter of time.