The losing side of history
by David Freddoso | Feb 22, 2004
The Cold War and the ominous threat of Communist expansion are long over. Still Americans should start thinking about communism again. Why dig up the past? Because our current enemy—loosely organized Islamic radicalism—is not nearly as serious a threat as the one Sen. John F. Kerry (D.-Mass.), pooh-poohed under questioning from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on April 22, 1971:
“I think it is bogus. Totally artificial. There is no threat. The Communists are not about to take over our McDonald Hamburger stands.”
Was it worth fighting to resist Red expansion? Kerry thought not.
“To attempt to justify the loss of one American life in Vietnam, Cambodia or Laos by linking such loss to the preservation of freedom . . . is to us the height of criminal hypocrisy.”
Several writers have addressed Kerry’s slanders against every American who served in Vietnam and his accusations of unspeakable daily war crimes committed “with the full awareness of officers at every level of command.” But Kerry’s direct statements on communism, while less potent politically, are even more interesting because they place the man squarely on the losing side of history.
Russian Soldiers in Our Streets
Former Sen. Jeremiah Denton (R.-Ala.), a Vietnam POW who suffered four years of solitary confinement in Hanoi and who later wrote When Hell Was in Session, was Kerry’s Senate colleague from 1985 to 1987. When Kerry was testifying in Washington in 1971, Denton was in his sixth year of captivity in North Vietnam.
“We barely won the Cold War,” Denton said to me last week. "If we had gone the way Kerry was voting while I was in the Senate, we would have Russian soldiers walking in our streets today.”
Laugh if you like, but this is not the exaggeration it may seem. When Kerry testified in 1971, the outcome of the Cold War was still very much in doubt. Communism was on the move not only in Southeast Asia, but also in South and Central America, in Yemen, in East and West Africa. Stateside, only a prescient few even recognized the Cold War as a war that could and must be won decisively.
John F. Kerry was obviously not one of them. In his opinion, America merely “reacted to the forces which were at work in World War II and came out of it with this paranoia about the Russians, and how the world was going to be divided up between the super powers, and the foreign policy of John Foster Dulles…a direct reaction to this so-called Communist monolith.”
Communism, Kerry told the Senate committee, was not a global threat, but one form of government among many, just like ours:
“Politically, historically, the one thing that people try to do, that society is structured on as a whole, is an attempt to satisfy their felt needs. And you can satisfy those needs with almost any kind of political structure, giving it one name or the other. In this name it is democratic; in others it is communism; in others it is benevolent dictatorship…”
Kerry went on to suggest that it was the American system that was failing to meet its people's needs, even as whole peoples faced extermination under communist regimes in Asia.
With his testimony and public witness, John F. Kerry handed global communism perhaps its greatest propaganda victory since Sputnik. Imagine this handsome young veteran officer, his chest gleaming with medals, as he cited dubious accusations from unreliable sources, implicating America as the world's greatest war criminal, and her policies as outdated “paranoia about the Russians.”
Kerry went so far as to remark, in 1971, “I think we are reacting under Cold War precepts which are no longer applicable.”
A Shameful Witness
Kerry has never repudiated his foolish showmanship of the early 1970s. He cannot repudiate it, because it got him to where he is today.
Yet this part of his history is truly shameful in a way few younger Americans even understand. After bravely and honorably serving his country in Vietnam, Kerry went on to build his political career by helping America’s most powerful enemy and its global agenda of violent expansion. And Kerry’s guilt in advancing evil is only augmented by his decorated war service, which gave undue credibility to his preposterous testimony.
There were many legitimate reasons for opposing the war in Vietnam in 1971—for wanting to cut short our involvement there and live to fight another day, especially after the war had been so badly mismanaged for so long. But as we have seen, Kerry testified in 1971 not only against the Vietnam War but also against the idea that communism was a true threat.
“Right now we are reacting with paranoia,” he said. Kerry’s words were an aid to the enemy, a siren song lulling the nation into a posture of tolerance and even accommodation toward an Evil Empire bent on the destruction of the West and the subjugation of free peoples. America’s uncertainty of purpose during the 1970s, its “malaise,” was wrought by credible and otherwise honorable men like John Kerry who lent their significant talents to apologizing for the greatest threat to security and peace the world has ever known.
If this reopening of the Cold War seems anachronistic, it is only because we elected Ronald Reagan in 1980—a man nothing like John Kerry. Reagan wanted to win the Cold War, and to that end he refused at every turn to appease the Evil Empire and suffered no provocation without a strong response.
History did not have to bless us with the relative peace we enjoy in the world today. If men like John F. Kerry had had their way, it would not have.
David Freddoso, Assistant Editor for Human Events, writes for Brainwash.
I expect we'll se a few shots of Kerry shaking hands with Daniel Ortega just to remind everyone that Kerry thought it okay to enslave Nicaruaga under the Sandinsta thugs, and fought Reagsn every step of the way when he tried to roll back the commies.
Look, I don't blame the democrats and their left wing operatives for going the route they went, what with "he stole the election/remember florida" smear and the Fahrenheit 9-11 propaganda. It works. I've been talking to lots of people who are gonna vote for Kerry, and this is all they want to talk about. Their gonna vote for Kerry simply because they think Bush stole the election and they think he was in on it with Bin Laden, or some such black helicopter nonsense. Issues? Well yeah, some of them want to discuss the issues:
I'm voting for Kerry because he's gonna protect my "right" to have an abortion.
It would be funny if it wasn't so deadly serious. Right now, Islamic maniacs are in the process of acquiring a dirty nuke to use with extreme prejudice on an American city, and a huge % of silly *sses are going to vote for Kerry because "He's pro-gay marriage". I don't even know if he is or isnt, because he says two different things on that as well as everything, but yes, you actually have people who are gonna vote for him because they are convinced that he is. It's lunacy.
His record is clear: He's been anti-military, anti-defense the entire time he's been in the Senate. He's on record stating that (I'm paraphrasing): "The US military should not be permitted to do anything without UN approval". The way he wrapped himself in the flag at the DNC was disgusting. All this latent patriotism coming out of the left; all of a sudden they acknowledge Viet Nam veterans are hero's, and not the "baby killers" that they spit on 35 years ago-
How fitting that their 'champion' in their new charade is a fraud. The whole thing just stinks to high heaven.
It's scary. I just hope their are less stupid people in Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, et al than their are in the tri-state area.
Having said that, NJ polls indicate that President Bush and Kerry are in a dead heat, and that's promising. Maybe enough "swing voters" will see that Kerry isn't the answer. He's a dangerous clown.