John Kerry

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John Kerry
68th United States Secretary of State
From: February 1, 2013 – January 20, 2017
President Barack Hussein Obama
Predecessor Hillary Clinton
Successor Rex Tillerson
U.S. Senator from Massachusetts
From: January 2, 1985 – January 30, 2013
Predecessor Paul Tsongas
Successor Mo Cowan (placeholder)
Party Democrat
Spouse(s) Julia Thorne (divorced)
Teresa Heinz
Religion Roman Catholic

John Forbes Kerry, born December 11, 1943 (age 76), was the 68th United States Secretary of State and formerly served as a U.S. Senator from Massachusetts since 1984; he was considered one of the more liberal senators.[1][2] In the 2004 Presidential election, he ran an unsuccessful bid for the presidency as the Democrat Party's nominee, losing to Republican incumbent president George W. Bush. Kerry was a former Chairman of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He became extremely wealthy through his second marriage and was spotted cruising on his luxury boat near Nantucket during the Egyptian crisis the summer of 2013, which the Obama Administration initially denied even after being shown a picture that proved it.

Kerry's military service in the Vietnam War has been tainted with his subsequent distortion of facts regarding his tour of duty which was exposed during the 2004 presidential election.

Kerry is a potential "dark horse" nominee for the Democrat Party in 2020, if none of the contenders can obtain a majority to win the nomination.

Military career

Kerry enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve in February 1966 and began active service that August as Ensign aboard the USS Gridley, a Guided Missile Frigate deployed in the Gulf of Tonkin. During his tour of duty, Kerry requested his second tour be in Vietnam, listing his preferred position as commanding a Fast Patrol Craft (PCF) or "Swift Boat." His request was granted, and on November 17, 1968, he reported to Cam Ranh Bay for a month of training.

The Swift Boats had been considered to be a safe place to be during the war, but during that time their role was changed to become more dangerous and combat oriented. During his few months of service, Kerry recommended himself for the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, and three Purple Hearts. After his third minor injury, he was permitted to request reassignment as per Navy instruction 1300.39 and felt Vietnam on April 2, 1969, less than 5 months after arriving.

Upon returning stateside, he served as personal aide to Rear Admiral Walter Schlech until March 1970 when his active duty obligation had ended. Kerry continued serving in the Naval Reserves until February 1972.

Vietnam record

Kerry's book, The New Soldier with VVAW activists flying the American flag upside down.

Marine Corps Maj. Michael E. McBride wrote in, Mr. Kerry "has always had the power to clear up any of the Swiftboater challenges; all he had to do is allow the Navy to distribute unaltered copies of his service record, medical records, and DD214. It is essential that these records come from Department of Defense, so that they cannot be tampered with by Kerry or his supporters. The DOD copies are the true copies of record and the only viable evidence for these matters." Maj. McBride, citing Mr. Kerry's long reluctance to do, so goes on to write, "it is unlikely that any credible evidence exists to refute the base charges of the Swiftboaters."

He concludes, "If any of my ex-squadron mates dumped on me like the Swift boat vets are dumping on Kerry, my records would have been available the next day ... ." [3]

Kerry also claimed on multiple occasions to have been in Cambodia during the Christmas of 1968. When his claim was shown to be very improbable, his subordinates agreed that he was incorrect, but stated he was still there at a later time—a claim that likewise is considered to be dubious.[4]

An internal memorandum for Attorney General John Mitchell from a Nixon staffer released by the National Archives in July 2007 revealed the Nixon White House had considered recruiting John Kerry. The memorandum states in part,

He was asked the direct question of how he voted in 1968. He said "if he had voted (which he did not), he would have voted for Nixon." [5]

Allegations against fellow veterans

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy with John Kerry during the so-called "Winter Soldier Investigation".

Upon returning from Vietnam, Kerry joined Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW), and became a chief spokesman for the anti-war movement.

Controversially referring to US servicemen in Vietnam before Sen. William Fulbright's Foreign Affairs Committee as having been sent "to die for the biggest mistake in history," Kerry alleged that the military had "created a monster" in the form of violence-prone American soldiers, and recounted that soldiers had personally recollected stories of having "personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads," of Vietnamese citizens and rampaging across Vietnam "[razing] villages in fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan".[6] That these acts were "not isolated incidents but crimes committed on a day-to-day basis with the full awareness of officers at all levels of command." [7]

On NBC's Meet The Press in 1971, Kerry was asked whether he had personally committed atrocities in Vietnam. He responded:

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 in that I took part in shootings in free fire zones. I conducted harassment and interdiction fire. I used 50 caliber machine guns, which we were granted and ordered to use, which were our only weapon against people. I took part in search and destroy missions, in the burning of villages. All of this is contrary to the laws of warfare, all of this is contrary to the Geneva Conventions and all of this is ordered as a matter of written established policy by the government of the United States from the top down. And I believe that the men who designed these, the men who designed the free fire zone, the men who ordered us, the men who signed off the air raid strike areas, I think these men, by the letter of the law, the same letter of the law that tried Lieutenant Calley, are war criminals."[8]

2004 Presidential election

Main article: United States presidential election, 2004

During his 2004 campaign for President, several groups were formed, most notably the Swift Vets and POWs for Truth,[9] to counter the charges of "war crimes" Kerry repeatedly made against Vietnam veterans (see below) and to call Kerry's military record into question, accusing him of inflicting his own wounds,[10] going to unusual lengths to obtain his Purple Hearts,[11] and attacking unarmed civilians. Swift Boat Veterans for Truth had been criticized, firstly because no member of the group served on the actual boat that Kerry commanded and secondly for perceived contradiction. As an example, Kerry's commanding officer, George Elliott, signed an affidavit for the Swift Boat veterans claiming that with the information he had now, he would not have recommended Kerry for the military honor, but later repudiated his affidavit, stating that Kerry had deserved the honor.[12] In 2006, after the election bid, he proceeded to appear on Real Time with Bill Maher, and proceeded to joke about assassinating President Bush where he said, in response to Bill Maher's comment about he could have gone to New Hampshire and killed two birds with one stone, "Or, I [Kerry] could have gone to 1600 Pennsylvania and killed the real bird with one stone.", with him being shameless enough in the joke that he posted it on his own website. As further indication of Liberal bias, this joke was ignored by the mainstream media, despite their demanding a Secret Service investigation on GOP senator Jesse Helms for a similar joke regarding then-President Bill Clinton in 1994.[13] Similarly, the joke was also largely ignored, yet, when Ted Nugent inferred during a press conference that he'd end up either "dead or in jail" if Obama asked him to serve in the military, the latter ended up sending the Secret Service to pay Nugent a visit.[14]

Violation of election laws

In 2007 the Federal Election Commission fined the Kerry campaign $1.3 million for spending more than federal rules allow during his 2004 Presidential bid. In order to receive public funds, Kerry, a former Democrat senator from Massachusetts, and his running mate, former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards, agreed to spend $74.6 million or less on their general election campaign against President Bush.[15][16] In 2009 the FEC fined a George Soros-backed group $775,000 for its unregulated spending during the 2004 election on behalf of Democrats, including Democratic Presidential candidate John F. Kerry.[17]

Iraq War

Main article: Iraqi war

Kerry voted to give President George W. Bush the authority to go to war with Iraq in 2002, although in his 2004 Presidential bid he campaigned as being opposed to the war, and later said regarding his vote to give the President that authority, "There's nothing - nothing - in my life in public service I regret more, nothing even close. We should all be willing to say: I was wrong, I should not have voted for the Iraq War Resolution." [18] Kerry's initial vote on the matter and subsequent revision on the topic caused many to label him a "flip-flopper" during his 2004 presidential bid.[19]

Comments on service in Iraq

On October 30, 2006, eight days before the 2006 elections, Kerry was a headline speaker at a campaign rally being held for unsuccessful Democrat California gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides at Pasadena City College in Pasadena, California. Speaking to an audience composed mainly of college students, Kerry said, "

You know, education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don't, you get stuck in Iraq.

After being criticized by President Bush and other leaders, in an effort to be funny Kerry stated "Let me make it crystal clear, as crystal clear as I know how. I apologize to no one for my criticism of the president and of his broken policy."

After two days, Kerry wrote an apology on his blog, claiming to be sorry if anyone 'misinterpreted his comments'.

Secretary of State

From 2013 to 2017, Kerry was the Secretary of State of the United States of America. In his office he supported the opposition in the Syrian Civil War and wanted to attack Bashar al-Assad, but Russia could persuade him.[20]

After the Egyptian military has set down elected President Mohamed Morsi, Kerry said that the army had "restored democracy".[21]

Kerry called Russia an "Authoritarian Country".[22]

On December 28, 2016, just a few weeks before the Trump Administration was to take office and a few days after the leftist Obama Administration allowed an anti-Israel resolution to pass the UN and break decades of policy, Kerry gave a major 72-minute[23] speech viciously attacking Israel and paying worthless lip-service to American "support" for the nation.[24] Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded harshly but appropriately to the Administration's blatant betrayal.[25] Other world leaders, such as United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May, also criticized Kerry.[26]

Later life

In May 2018, Kerry was caught engaging in "shadow diplomacy" with Iranian and European officials in an ultimately unsuccessful attempt to save the Iran nuclear deal that he helped negotiate in 2015, a possible violation of the Logan Act.[27]

Books by John Kerry

See also


  1. http://nationaljournal.c om/voteratings/sen/lib.htm
  5. Memo from Chotiner to Mitchell, April 26, 1971.
  6. John Kerry's Testimony before the Senate Foerein Relations Committee, April 22, 1971, Editorial Notes by Dr. Ernest Bolt, University of Richmond.
  7. Ibid.
  8. Vietnam 30 Years later: What John Kerry Said on Meet the Press, George Mason University, History News Network
  9. Swift Vets and POWs for Truth
  10. John Kerry - Unfit For Command
  11. Forging a Paper Hero: The Mystery of Kerry’s Medals
  12. [1]
  16. Agenda Document No. 07-37, Federal Election Commission, Washington, D.C., May 21, 2007.
  19. Kerry’s skewed priorities, The Washington Times, July 16, 2004.
  23. Hanchett, Ian (December 28, 2016). NBC’s Neely: Kerry Speech ‘Firing a Flare’ ‘Across Israel’ He Wanted To Give It ‘For Some Time’ But WH Blocked It. Breitbart. Retrieved December 28, 2016.
  24. Pollak, Joel B. (December 28, 2016). Kerry Attacks Israeli Government, Defends UN Resolution. Breitbart. Retrieved December 28, 2016.
  25. Key, Pam (December 28, 2016). Netanyahu: ‘I Must Express My Deep Disappointment’ With Kerry — ‘Israelis Do Not Need To Be Lectured’. Breitbart. Retrieved December 28, 2016.
  26. Pollak, Joel B. (December 29, 2016). Theresa May Criticizes Kerry for Anti-Israel Speech. Breitbart. Retrieved January 6, 2017.
  27. Multiple references: See also:

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