John ‘F’in Kerry, self proclaimed war hero and failed presidential candidate, now senior senator from the once great state of Massachusetts, seems prepared to once again undermine and demoralize American Troops in harm’s way as he did with those of us who served in Viet Nam, diligently seeking to turn public opinion against our war effort in Afghanistan and to demoralize Troops standing in harm’s way.
Kerry, who served a whole 4 months in Viet Nam, one month of which was in training and amassed a chest full of highly questionable medals that he claimed to throw away in protest, but somehow hang on his office wall today, traveled to Afghanistan and in the few short hours he spent there, protected by a burly armed bodyguard, has decided his scant time in Viet Nam gives him more insight into prosecuting a war than General Stanley McChrystal possesses, even though the general was hand-picked by Obama to implement Obama’s new war strategy issued this past March.
To call Kerry an idiot would be an insult to idiots.
A June 2006 Newsmax report has Kerry accusing President Bush of a ‘cut and run’ strategy in Afghanistan saying, “Cut and run while the Taliban-led insurgency is running amok across entire regions of the country. Cut and run while Osama bin Laden and his henchmen hide and plot in a lawless no-man’s land” and “The central front in the war on terror is still in Afghanistan, but this administration treats it like a sideshow. When did denying al-Qaida a terrorist stronghold in Afghanistan stop being an urgent American priority?”
In a December 2007 speech at the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies Kerry said, “Clearly, some military steps are necessary to make our crucial non-military efforts successful and sustainable. And the most obvious is providing sufficient numbers of troops to stabilize a deteriorating security situation. I’ve spoken with top military officials who have emphasized to me just how thinly stretched our troops are in southern and eastern Afghanistan. Unquestionably, if we want to clear, hold, and build—which is what you do in a counterinsurgency—we need more boots on the ground.”
“It may seem counterintuitive, but we also need more troops to make our overall counterinsurgency effort ultimately depend less on the use of military force. During the first half of 2007, while the Administration escalated troop levels in Iraq, there were four times as many air strikes in Afghanistan as there were in Iraq. That’s because, without enough troops, we were forced to rely more on air operations against the Taliban and Al Qaeda.”
In a September 9, 2008 statement decrying President Bush again, Kerry said, “The President’s announcement that by the end of this year he will be sending just one single Marine battalion to Afghanistan is woefully insufficient given the deteriorating situation there, and far short of the three additional brigades that our commanders in Afghanistan have said they urgently need. It is shocking that a President who claims to heed the advice of his military leaders would ignore their pleas to send significant additional troops to the very region where the terrorists responsible for 9/11 still roam free to plan their next attack.”
If you will recall, along with the above, throughout his dismal campaign to unseat President Bush in 2004, Kerry consistently condemned Bush for the Iraq Theater in the War on Terror, even though Kerry voted to invade Iraq, claiming Afghanistan was where we needed to build up the Troops and fight terrorists.
Now that Kerry is the senior senator from the once great state of Massachusetts and sitting as the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the same committee he lied before in 1971 as he sought to undermine the Troops in Viet Nam and cause failure there, where does Kerry stand on Afghanistan today?
Kerry, responding to General McChrystal’s assessment of Afghanistan, where in August he requested 40,000 more Troops for Afghanistan, cherry picks one portion of that same assessment and now says, it would be “irresponsible to send more troops to Afghanistan.”
Kerry says, “the U.S. should listen to the advice of Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in that country,” cherry picking a few words out of that assessment requesting additional Troops adding, “When our own, you know, commanding general tells us that a critical component of achieving our mission here is, in fact, good governance, and we’re living with a government that we know has to change and provide it, how could the president responsibly say, oh, they asked for more, sure, here they are?”
In the December 2007 comment linked to above, Kerry said of this same Afghan government, “The Karzai government—despite its limited capacity and struggles with corruption—is making a good-faith effort at democratic governance in a country whose agrarian economy, tribal affinities, and war-torn history present daunting challenges.”
Are we to believe there is no longer any “good faith effort” on the part of the Karzai government since Obama and his Democrat cartel seized complete and total dictatorial power over the country?
As Troop Morale declines and they question if their lives are being sacrificed in vain, we hear Kerry once again undermining the Troops as he did us in Viet Nam and Obama spends more time playing golf than leading a nation at war.
That is irresponsible, not backing our Troops.
Army Sgt. 1st Class Teresa R. Coble, deployed on yet another tour in Afghanistan worries that the lives sacrificed will be in vain. She and those in her unit are concerned that the public has lost sight of why we went to Afghanistan and Iraq.
Another young soldier speaking anonymously says, “What are we here to win? I have to believe that what Gen. McChrystal is doing is going to work. But who knows how long that will last before someone else decides to change the game plan again? I mean, do the people in Washington even remember we’re here?”
Sgt Coble also said, “We're not just numbers,” adding, “When people go out on the streets in America and say, ‘Bring our troops home,’ it infuriates me. Don’t go out there talking about bringing our troops home, let us decide when to come back home. We’re here because we want our children, my son, to have a safer world, and we know the risks.”
What they don’t know is whether or not they will see the reinforcements asked for nearly 3 months ago.
Both Kerry and Obama say withdrawing from Afghanistan is out of the question. But, they also are hesitant to reinforce those Troops there, leaving our Brave Troops wondering if the American public gives a damn about them.
Undermining the Troops is old hat to Kerry as we all saw from the efforts of the Swift Vets and POWS for Truth, as they exposed Kerry for the fraud, opportunist and charlatan he is. Hundreds of highly decorated and honorable Veterans and former Prisoners of War from Viet Nam, remembering Kerry’s selling out the Troops and America during Viet Nam stood up and spoke out, many having served alongside Kerry or in similar Swift Boat Units in Viet Nam.
They took the hits from the Democrat Party eagerly wishing to unseat President Bush as Kerry began his campaign of undermining Troop Morale and turning public sentiment away from the very war he voted to authorize.
In large part they showed that he was Unfit For Command.
All aging and many in declining health, some suffering still from wounds received in Viet Nam, they stood up for America, telling the truth that Kerry did not want revealed.
Tragically, the voters of the once great state of Massachusetts did not. They reelected Kerry to the Senate and now we have this traitor and usurper chairing the Senate Foreign Relations Committee instead of sitting in Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary where he belongs.
Kerry lied to the country about Viet Nam. He lied during his 2004 campaign and was completely wrong when he opposed President Bush’s Surge in Iraq, saying how it would fail.
Kerry has been wrong about nearly every matter he has ever been entrusted with. We should not trust him now.
He was Unfit in 2004 and now more than ever, he still is.
I hope the once great state of Massachusetts wakes up to this fraud soon.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Posted by Lew Waters at 10:14 PM