Thursday, October 07, 2004

An excellent piece by Deroy Murdock here. It gives a perspective of Kerry's "home-front" record that I hadn't considered very closely. Until now.


Blogger dymphna's double said...

That was a good essay on the link you provided. And when you express surprise about this story not being mentioned by the mainstream media, you underline what everyone complains about--and up until now, hadn't been able to change. Unless pushing the 'off' button counts as doing something--which I did just now to avoid hearing Terry Gross describe the criminal forgeries that Dan Rather tried to run with as "inauthentic documents. It's getting creepy.

M. Moore gets all that free publicity from them, but no one is willing to provide air time to the former POW's who were hurt by Kerry's perfidy. Never mind that what he did was in violation of the UCJ, it was morally wrong and Kerry knows it. Not only did Kerry provide demoralizing lectures that the Vietnamese made the POWs listen to, but his picture is in the North Vietnamese Exhibition Hall. He's in a photo with the N. Vietnamese participants in Paris during the 'peace' talks.

By any reasonable means, he could be judged a traitor. He was still a naval officer and he provided comfort and aid to the enemy. But we don't live in reasonable times--more like a Treasonable Age, by most standards.

It will be interesting to see how history judges his behavior. And ours. By the very fact of his being nominated for the highest office, we leave ourselves open to posterity's contempt.

It is significant that this will be the first election in which you can vote.

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Blogger Gryffilion said...

Indeed. I think part of the reason he's so waffle-y is that he's in such a state of moral confusion that he doesn't know what the hell to think. When you lose that integrity, that principle, that surely he must have had at some point (I would hope), you lose a large sense of self, too...

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I imagine you knew I'd drop my 2 bits in eventually--I'm vaguely curious what James had t'say--

Critical to the article, I suppose, is the nature of what Kerry himself had to say:

"They told stories that, at times, 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 Ghengis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam..."

Crucial and fundamental to that passage are the first words in the paragraph "They told stories..." Kerry, to my knowledge, never claimed to have seen all that wretched business firsthand. I feel that alot of stock was placed in that hearsay, but, in court, admissions aren't hearsay, but evidence. Further, I believe that the Congress has a right to know what is happening. The fact that Congress chose to bring Kerry to an open session is more or less their own damn fault--hardly something to criticize Kerry for.

I've always been a proponent of free speech and information--and Kerry's bringing what he believed (who doubts confessions, without solid contradictory evidence?) to be the truth to the attention of the Congress is, in my book, brave as hell.

Text from the speech taken from

So that's my two bits.

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Blogger Gryffilion said...


I believe that at several points, Kerry claimed to have taken part in the atrocities themselves. Unlike you, I'm unarmed with any relevant links at the moment, but I've read it documented in too many places to think it's just a rumor.
I wouldn't blame any Vietnam Vet who had been through the horrors of the Hanoi Hilton and who had heard Kerry's voice used as propaganda and as an information-gathering torture device for being somewhat leery of having the man in office. I also think that since Kerry has made his service in Vietnam a very prominent part of his campaign, that it should be open to very prominent scrutiny and, if necessary, criticism.

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