Secretary of State John Kerry escalated his criticism of Edward Snowden, calling him a “coward” and a “traitor,” and saying that the NSA document leaker should return to the United States from Russia and “make his case.”
“Edward Snowden is a coward, he is a traitor and he has betrayed his country,” Kerry said in an interview on MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown” with Chuck Todd. “And if he wants to come home tomorrow to face the music, he can do so.”
The point in itself may have merit; we can discuss. But for fun, let’s remember some points about Kerry. The following conclusions have been either proven, or at least well-indicated as likely, by eyewitness testimony and other evidence:
- As a young man, Kerry joined the Navy (and the Swift Boats), quite possibly to avoid being drafted into a Vietnam combat role.
- Upon landing in combat anyway (as the Swift Boats were re-purposed for it), Kerry repeatedly falsified reports to exaggerate his heroism and/or cover up his personal war crimes.
- By the exaggerated/false reports, Kerry acquired Silver & Bronze Stars, plus three Purple Hearts in record short time.
- The three Purple Hearts meant an automatic ticket out of combat, that Kerry took. Some of his superiors disliked him enough that they may have gone along with the third (exaggerated) Purple Heart in order to get rid of him. Kerry’s total service in Vietnam amounted to a few months with NO serious injury.
- On his return to the U.S., Kerry made himself a media/political sensation by giving exaggerated and/or false testimony to the U.S. Congress about the conduct of U.S. forces in Vietnam. Kerry was a key force in creating the “Vietnam baby killer” myth, slandering a generation of U.S. veterans. North Vietnam torturers played tapes of Kerry’s testimony to American POW captives.
- Kerry also pointedly threw away “his” medals (they were really someone else’s; Kerry secretly kept his for future political display) in public demonstrations against the U.S.
- Reportedly, Kerry gave encouragement and information to the North Vietnam delegation when they were in delicate negotiations with the U.S.
- Kerry may have been dishonorably discharged for the above (and had the discharge upgraded later by his political influence); but we don’t know because, to this day, Kerry still has never released his military service records to the public. For the 2004 presidential campaign, Kerry released those records – to no one but a tiny handful of very-friendly reporters, who gave the rest of us sanitized accounts.
- Kerry built his political career partly around a personal story “seared, seared” into his memory, about going upriver into Cambodia while hearing President Nixon deny any U.S. presence in Cambodia. The story has been proven false. Kerry was almost certainly not sent upriver to Cambodia and, even if he somehow was, Johnson (not Nixon) was President at the time.
- When the Swift Vets and POWs for Truth rose up in 2004 to challenge Kerry’s myths about himself, he or his supporters repeatedly postured about suing for libel. But Kerry never did sue them. One likely explanation would be that Kerry couldn’t afford to sue, in that he needed to continue hiding his service records from the general public.