In reading "The New Soldier", by John Kerry, I just can't believe that Kerry has not addressed how terribly wrong that his anti-war activities were. His lack of an apology leads me to a couple of possible conclusions: 1) He is not sorry; or 2) He hopes that no one (or at least not enough people to matter) will notice what he did. Both unfortunately lead me to the conclusion that Lynne Cheney reached after the third debate. And, yes, dear Leftists, I do think it is unfortunate that our politics have come to this, and that the best the Democrats can nominate is a man who unapologetically betrayed his Viet Nam comrades and now shamelessly uses his Viet Nam service to court voters. If Viet Nam service wasn't honorable in 1971, then why is it honorable to Kerry now? Using one's military service as a cheap billboard for personal advancement is bad enough; doing so while endangering and in fact hurting other valiant Americans and their families is reprehensible.
So, given Kerry's repeated statements of how "proud" he is of his anti-war activities, and the fact that he has not renounced "The New Soldier", I can only assume that he stands by what he wrote. Today, we see in his book that Kerry and his anti-war allies saw the war and the American military -- and by extension the country itself -- as essentially racist:
Army PFC Bill Perry -- "The whole American policy is nothing but what you might call cultural imperialism. It's like a very clever form of racism. They've always been in to trying to honkify white people as much as possible. Trying to make you whiter than white. Just taking their whole decadent culture, their whole cold-weather culture, their whole fear culture, their whole money culture, and push their fear, push this hate, push this mistrust, among all of us. It's this kind of thing some of us have felt all of our lives."
Army Corp. Evan Haney -- "I'm a Seminole Indian. If you took the Vietnamese War as it is, and compared it to the Indian Wars a hundred years ago, it would be the same thing. All the massacres were the same. Nowadays they use chemical warfare; back then they put smallpox in the blankets and gave them to the Indians. You could just go right on down the line and name all the similarities. ..."
Lest you think, Kerry might have seen it differently, here is what he told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in his infamous April 1971 testimony:
"... An American Indian friend of mine who lives in the Indian Nation of Alcatraz put it to me very succintly. He told me how as a boy on an Indian reservation he had watched television and he used to cheer the cowboys when they came in a shot the Indians, and then suddenly one day he stopped in Vietnam nad said, 'My God, I am doing to these people the very same thing that was done to my people.' And he stopped. And that is what we are trying to say, that we think this thing has to end."There you have it, in John Kerry's own words. While American troops were fighting and dying on the battlefield in Southeast Asia and enduring torture at the hands of the Communist North Vietnamese, Kerry was pontificating and lecturing America -- in front of the world -- about the evils of its military and indeed of the nation itself.
It is our duty to hold him to account.
Thus, we press on ...