Every time I hear Massachusetts’ junior Senator speak, I breathe a sigh of relief that he was not elected president last fall. While doing some chores around the apartment this morning, I was watching FoxNews which was covering live his commentary on the president’s speech and heard this erstwhile Democratic presidential nominee claim that while he got home from serving in Vietnam in 1969, he didn’t start protesting the war until two years later — in 1971.
(QUICK ASIDE–Fox News covering Kerry remarks live?!?! Must not be the right-wing shills that the left claims it to be. Oh, wait a minute, it’s their clever Rovian strategy to present Democrats’ actual remarks and so reveal their absurdity.)
I wonder why it took Kerry two years to protest. I mean, in his testimony before the Senate, he claimed that the U.S. has committed war crimes in Vietnam. If he had witnessed such crimes, he owed it to the victims of these crimes — and to his nation — to speak out as soon as possible so our leaders could take action, punish those responsible and put and end to such atrocities. (As happened with Abu Ghraib, nearly four months before CBS broadcast the disgusting pictures and the crimes there became common knowledge.)
If this Democrat is ever to run for national office again, people need to ask about his delay in protesting the war. Perhaps, he (or others) already addressed it in last fall’s campaign. (If you have links to articles/commentary on this topic, please e-mail me or reference them in the comments below and I will update this post accordingly.)
Kerry’s comments today that it took him two years to protest the war merely show how even at the dawn of his political career, this man lacked a spine and put his finger to the wind before taking a political stand. In 1969, when he returned from Vietnam, he did not think opposing the war would serve his political interest. In 1971, he did.
UPDATE: I’m trying to find the text of Senator Kerry’s speech online and after checking his official Senate site (where he has not updated his linked speeches since July 21, 2003) and his pemanent campaign site, have yet to find the speech.
GP UPDATE: Let’s not forget how the Kerry weathervane twirled in circles over gay marriage during the 2004 campaign. One day he supported Massachusetts’ amendment, the next day he supported Missouri’s total ban… it all depended on where he was in this great country of ours and how the wind was blowing that day.