If John Kerry and his democratic minions are successful, Iraq will be the second emerging democratic nation that he will have sabotaged and relegated to the dust bin of despotism.
It's one of the first things that you learn as a parent. Your children will try to use their friends as cover for their own misbehavior. They'll say, "But everyone else was doing it!" And you will pull the tried and true retort out of your bag of seemingly genetically transferred retorts, "All of your friends were doing it? Would you jump off a bridge if all of your friends were doing it?"
It seems to me that this is what John Kerry is doing.
HNNJohn Kerry needs to come clean about exactly what he did so that we can determine whether it was illegal, and whether he should be punished for war crimes. If he did not commit atrocities, as he says he has, then why is he lying about it?
MR. CROSBY NOYES (Washington Evening Star): ... Do you consider that you personally as a Naval officer committed atrocities in Vietnam or crimes punishable by law in this country?
SEN. KERRY: There are all kinds of atrocities, and I would have to say that, yes, yes, I committed the same kind of atrocities as thousands of other soldiers have committed...
That was in 1971. Today he's questioning the honor and intentions of an entire administration, and the entirety of our armed forces and their mission, based on a few soldiers who have committed, admittedly, horrible abuses in Iraq. Does this pattern sound familiar?
Immediately after the Presidents interview on Arab television in which he eloquently expressed our country's regret and promised that "justice will be served" Kerry said, "The president of the United States needs to offer the world an explanation and needs to take appropriate responsibility, and if that includes apologizing for the behavior of those soldiers and (for) what happened, we ought to do that. I think the world wants to hear from the president that the United States of America regrets any kind of abuse of this kind ... because we have to show the world that we're willing to correct our mistakes." Read the President’s interview and see if you think he didn't cover all of the bases. I think it's John Kerry who needs to offer an explanation for his actions. The President, and every major government official have already denounced the abuse of prisoners.
It was John Kerry who said, more recently, that his claims about Viet Nam in 1971 "were the words of an angry young man." He asks us to leave his accusations, and admissions, in the past - but he repeats them today. The abuse of prisoners is deplorable but is not a reason to question, or end, our mission in Iraq. It is not a reason for Donald Rumsfeld to resign. It is a reason to find, and punish, a small number of people who did awful things to their fellow human beings.
Is John Kerry one of those people?