View Full Version : Kerry's record in the mid-80s (long)

05-20-2004, 06:27 AM
Wow, this guys past should make him a shoo-in for the President. First he goes to war and finds a loop hole to get out as quick as possible. Then while his fellow soldiers are still fighting, and unable to defend themselves, Kerry comes back to the US and calls them all murderers, rapists, etc. Kerry even admits to participating in war atrocities (he never mentions what they were exactly). He then goes on to become a politician (a lawyer first, I think), and tries to vote down every major weapons system we have, or had. He has a great history in voting to limit funding to all intelligence agencies, and defense issues, while at the same time voting to increase taxes. I am sure more will come out about his actions in the Senate, and this article (http://www.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2004/5/19/161842.shtml) is a good example. Kerry did his best to side with the Communists in an effort to hurt US actions.

Most of us old enough to have been reading newspapers and watching television in the mid-1980s remember when the Soviet-backed Marxist-Leninist junta “Sandinistas” were battling the anti-communist guerrilla army of “Contras” in Nicaragua.

And who could forget the overblown Iran-Contra affair, the attempt to arm the Contras through a deal to swap arms for hostages with the mullahs in Iran.

What might be hazy in the memory after 20 years, however, is the Keystone Kops, I-want-to-play-president role of the freshman senator from Massachusetts, John Forbes Kerry.

Still humming his “Give peace a chance” mantra from Vietnam days, Kerry jumped into the fray, pre-empting President Ronald Reagan, butting aside the State Department and wrecking havoc with U.S. Constitution, according to a recent timely look back at the fiasco by Michael Waller, writing for Insight on the News.

Waller poignantly reminds us that in those days before the rise of Osama bin Laden, the country’s front lines were drawn against the old Soviet Union and its dangerous inroads into the American hemisphere and elsewhere around the globe. The Evil Empire was hard at work sponsoring pro-communist guerrilla forces such as the Sandinistas.

Enter stage left, John Kerry, who saw an opportunity to make political hay.

Before his latest stab at 15 minutes of fame was over, the novice on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee had accused his own government of sponsoring terrorism, worked hand in hand with the nation’s sworn ideological enemies, damaged an FBI operation against a Colombian cocaine cartel and co-wrote a sham "peace" proposal aimed at disarming the U.S.-backed forces fighting to oust the Soviet-backed Sandinistas
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Reagan was in the middle of a delicate balancing act - seeking the release of a $14 million appropriation for the Nicaraguan resistance. On the table: an offer to limit U.S. aid to the Contras to humanitarian assistance. The quid pro quo: the Sandinistas would agree to national reconciliation and free elections.

The scene was set for Kerry to bluster into the equation like a bull in a China shop.

Teaming with Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, the pair - without portfolio - traveled to Managua to chat with Sandinista junta leader Daniel Ortega. <hr /></blockquote> [ QUOTE ]
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Barry Goldwater, R-Ariz., accused Kerry and Harkin of “transgressing” against the Constitution by holding unauthorized negotiations with a foreign leader.

A peeved Secretary of State George Shultz announced, “Those who assure us that these dire consequences are not in prospect [in Central America] are some of those who assured us of the same in Indochina before 1975. The litany of apology for communists, and condemnation for America and our friends, is beginning again.”

White House spokesman Larry Speakes rained more buckets on Kerry's parade: “The very hour the House was rejecting the aid package [to the Nicaraguan resistance], President Ortega was going to Moscow to seek funds for his Marxist regime.” Ortega had, indeed, announced a trip to the U.S.S.R. to petition for $200 million more in Soviet support. <hr /></blockquote> [ QUOTE ]
A frantic Kerry had his staff seek out anybody willing to praise his efforts. The only takers were Sens. Teddy Kennedy, D-Mass., and Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., who styled the controversial mission to Managua as a masterstroke forcing a recalcitrant Reagan to parley with the commies. <hr /></blockquote> Imagine that, Kennedy and Byrd siding with Kerry when no one else with any sort of common sense would budge.
The former prosecutor got busy in 1986, launching a full-scale “investigation” to discredit the Nicaraguan resistance and the Reagan administration. The aim: stitch together - by whatever means - an international criminal conspiracy. <hr /></blockquote> [ QUOTE ]
According to Insight's report, a British soldier of fortune, Peter Glibbery, swore that Kerry staffers bribed him to accuse Sandinista opponents of crimes, only to recant the next day. A former French soldier named Claude Chaffard claimed that Kerry staffers promised to help him with U.S. visa problems and paid him money while he cooperated.

Such wrinkles certainly did not bolster Kerry’s insistent demands to the Republican majority's staff on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to crank up full hearings on his shadowy conspiracy theories.

In desperation to keep the raked muck churning, Kerry signed a letter used in a direct-mail appeal for an outside group to raise money. That outside group was Commission on United States-Central American Relations, which was reportedly a front of International Center for Development Policy and included as members open supporters of the Sandinistas, the communist Cuban dictatorship of Fidel Castro and the communist FMLN guerrillas of El Salvador, according to commission literature.

“It was a racket that was probably illegal at the time, and certainly would be illegal now,” a former Senate staffer with firsthand knowledge of the investigation revealed to Insight. <hr /></blockquote> [ QUOTE ]
But by the summer of 1986, the Washington Times was reporting that aides to Kerry “severely damaged a federal drug investigation by interfering with a witness while pursuing allegations of drug smuggling by the Nicaraguan resistance.” <hr /></blockquote> [ QUOTE ]
Thickening the unsavory brew, the Washington Times then revealed that Kerry had concealed evidence of Sandinista drug trafficking and had deleted information from his staff report of the previous October to pin the blame on the Sandinistas’ U.S.-backed opponents.

The camera-hogging Kerry suddenly made himself scarce. He refused to speak to journalists seeking to question him.

“Sen. John Kerry is coming under increasing fire from federal law-enforcement officials,” the Associated Press reported. “The officials have said Kerry’s work was based largely on unsubstantiated allegations from informants, most of whom already have been interviewed by federal law-enforcement officials and some of whom have previously been found to be unreliable. A number of them are charged with various crimes or are in jail.”

Unrepentant, Kerry switched again to the attack mode for defense, trying to connect drug dealers to then-Vice President George H.W. Bush, who was campaigning at the time to succeed Reagan as president of the United States.

In May 1988, Bush accused Kerry of leaking unsubstantiated allegations that his office approved drugs-for-weapons deals to arm the contras. No evidence ever surfaced to confirm the claims.

Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the ranking Republican on Kerry’s subcommittee, publicly accused Kerry of abusing the subcommittee to damage Bush and to help the flagging presidential campaign of Kerry’s longtime friend, mentor and ally Michael Dukakis. McConnell charged that Kerry had given credibility to witnesses who were critical of President Reagan and Vice President Bush but failed to summon others to testify who would rebut the criticisms.

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I just wonder what else Kerry tried to do while in the Senate. I guess more will start coming out as time moves on.