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Realclearpolitics caught John Kerry fibbing (why is this news?) yesterday on Meet the Press. And there is an exchange with Russert on something Kerry said on Meet the Press, April 18, 1971. Russert rolls the video:

MR. KERRY (Vietnam Veterans Against the War): 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 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.

Read Kerry’s response, it is half-way down.

Discussions - 4 Comments

Dr. Schramm,

I had difficulties finding it -- you need to also click on the realclearpolitics link titled "John Kerry Yesterday on Meet the Press".

By the way, I did a search in the transcript to find "Vietnam" hoping to get to the section you reference earlier. Unfortunately, Mr. Kerry mentioned Vietnam several hundred times in the interview.

To speed up your search, use the phrase "Let me must finish" -- Mr. Kerry only uses that once!


Just imagine the headlines if Kerry were a Republican: "Kerry Admits Personally Participating in War Crimes" and "Kerry: I Committed Atrocities."

The double-standard here, the uphill battle for Republicans and free pass for Democratics, is truly amazing.

There is no statute of limitations on war crimes. This is as significant a reason for opposing a Kerry presidency as the lack of certainty of his willingness to prosecute the War on Terror.

Any--including Kerry--who believe that a President Kerry would get a pass from the European press for his self-confessed war crimes are deluding themselves. We’d just change from a constant drumbeat of how dumb Bush is to a constant drumbeat for the prosecution of Kerry.

MR. RUSSERT: You committed atrocities.

SEN. KERRY: Where did all that dark hair go, Tim?

Are you freakin’ kidding me? This guy responds to a question about whether or not he committed war crimes by making a joke? Wow, as if there weren’t enough reasons to dislike him....

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