John Kerry, the despicably anti-American head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee who is rumored to be a candidate to replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, had the gall last night to speak of American exceptionalism as well as U.S. policy toward Israel.
On American exceptionalism:
But I say to you: This is not the time to outsource the job of commander in chief. Our opponents like to talk about ‘American exceptionalism,’ but all they do is talk. They forget that we are exceptional not because we say we are, but because we do exceptional things. We break out of the Great Depression, win two world wars, save lives fighting AIDS, pull people out of poverty, defend freedom, go to the moon - and produce exceptional people who even give their lives for civil rights and human rights.
By what right on God’s green earth does Kerry ever have the right to speak of American exceptionalism? Let’s return to 1971, when Kerry spoke to the same Foreign Relations Committee he now heads with this testimony:
Each day to facilitate the process by which the United States washes her hands of Vietnam, someone has to give up his life so that the United States doesn’t have to admit something that the entire world already knows … so that we can't say that we’ve made a mistake.
It got worse:
I would like to talk, representing all those veterans, and say that several months ago in Detroit, we had an investigation at which over 150 honorably discharged and many very highly decorated veterans testified to war crimes committed in Southeast Asia, not isolated incidents but crimes committed on a day-to-day basis with the full awareness of officers at all levels of command....
They told the stories 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 Genghis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam in addition to the normal ravage of war, and the normal and very particular ravaging which is done by the applied bombing power of this country.
Kerry still stood by those charges in 2004:
Kerry told NBC last week that his use of the word ‘atrocity’ was ‘inappropriate’ and that the language he had used ‘reflected an anger'. It was honest, but it was in anger. It was a little bit excessive. He also said he never intended to cast a negative light on the soldiers with whom he served.
Kerry, of course, was lying, and back in 1971 he wasn’t shy about bullying others to lie as well, as Steve Pitkin, a fellow veteran who testified with Kerry, later admitted:
In January of 1971, I rode in a van with John Kerry, a national leader of the VVAW, and others from Washington D.C. to Detroit to attend the Winter Soldier Investigation, a conference intended to publicize alleged American war crimes in Vietnam. Having no knowledge of such war crimes, I did not intend to speak at the event.
During the Winter Soldier Investigation, John Kerry and other leaders of that event pressured me to testify about American war crimes, despite my repeated statements that I could not honestly do so. One event leader strongly implied that I would not be provided transportation back to my home in Baltimore, Maryland, if I failed to comply. Kerry and other leaders of the event instructed me to publicly state that I had witnessed incidents of rape, brutality, atrocities and racism, knowing that such statements would necessarily be untrue.
In some parts of this country, Kerry would simply be described as a liar.
It wouldn’t go far enough. Add un-American and you’re closer.
That wasn’t enough; the presumptive State candidate weighed in on Israel, lambasting Romney while praising Obama:
Again and again, the other side has lied about where this president stands and what this president has done. But Prime Minister Netanyahu set the record straight - he said, our two countries have ‘exactly the same policy … our security cooperation is unprecedented...’ When it comes to Israel, I’ll take the word of Israel’s prime minister over Mitt Romney any day.”
Why should any lover of Israel give a damn what Kerry has to say about the Jewish state? Remember what Wikileaks revealed?
On a February trip to the Middle East, Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman John Kerry (D-MA) told Qatari leaders that the Golan Heights should be returned to Syria, that a Palestinian capital should be established in East Jerusalem as part of the Arab-Israeli peace process, and that he was ‘shocked’ by what he saw on a visit to Gaza.
Any negotiation has its limits, added Senator Kerry, and we know for the Palestinians that control of Al-Aqsa mosque and the establishment of some kind of capital for the Palestinians in East Jerusalem are not negotiable.
Kerry is right in line with Obama and the original Democratic platform that Obama approved. Jerusalem is for sale.
There is a word for the kind of liar Kerry is, but I’ll leave it to the readers to think of one.