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Monday, December 05, 2005

Senator John Kerry Accuses Troops of Terrorism

This past Sunday (12-4-2005) on Face The Nation, Senator John Kerry accused our troops of terrorizing Iraqi civilians (transcript courtesy of CBS News):

KERRY: … And there is no reason, Bob, that young American soldiers need to be going into the homes of Iraqis in the dead of night, terrorizing kids and children, you know, women, breaking sort of the customs of the--of--the historical customs, religious customs. Whether you like it or not...
Senator Kerry then completed his thought:

KERRY: ...Iraqis should be doing that.
Let's get this straight. The man who wanted to be Commander In Chief just accused American troops of terrorizing Iraqi civilians. In essence, he called our troops "terrorists."

However, he was NOT criticizing their actions. Kerry did not think it was wrong to terrorize "kids and children, you know, women." He simply thought that Iraqi troops should "should be doing that."

This is very reminiscent of young John Kerry, the Vietnam protester, who accused American troops of war crimes during his April 29, 1971 testimony before the U.S. Senate (transcript courtesy of C-SPAN and edited for the squeamish):

"… they had personally raped, … razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan, … and generally ravaged the country side of South Vietnam … "

Sadly, Senator Kerry's remarks this past Sunday will no doubt be aired on bin Laden's favorite TV network, Al Jazeera. Kerry's reckless characterization of our troops and his apparent endorsement for tactics that terrorize Iraqi civilians will embolden more terrorist insurgents to commit true acts of terror in Iraq.

Senator Kerry has joined a growing list of “party before country” Democrats who are actively making things more dangerous for the troops they claim to support. I can't help but wonder how many American deaths – and how many Iraqi deaths – can be attributed to careless lies from Democrats seeking political victory by supporting defeat in Iraq.

Can we call them “unpatriotic” yet?


Blogger John said...

So, anybody with any sense can see that Kerry is a douche. So why not just take the douche-like things he's done and let everybody know about them? Why do you resort to displaying two lines of a speech in a deceptive light? Why try and make it into a huge deal, with a headline worthy of Weekly World News? Not to mention the fact that the lines in question contained no factual inaccuracies.

He said that Americans are going into Iraqi homes and terrorizing residents in the process of the apprehension of suspects. Since terrorize is defined as "to cause terror in", it's not an innapropriate word. I've seen footage of the soldiers rounding up subjects. The soldiers are scared, and they bust in quickly, point their guns at everybody, shout, etc. That's more than enough to fill me with terror.

Now, that being said, we have the next line: "...Iraqis should be doing that." Clearly he means that Iraqis should be detaining their own suspects. Whether he's right or wrong, you're really stretching things to assert that he "doesn't care who's terrorizing Iraqi citizens". Even if Kerry felt that way, he certainly wouldn't say it in an interview.

Really, you're just asking for trouble by twisting around a funky sounding sentence Kerry uttered, and making it seem really bad. I mean, Duh-bya screws up scores of sentences every speech. Though I have to admit, he is getting better. Has anyone else noticed that he looks down after every sentence now? I did that during my first speech in Public Speaking class and got a "C" (of course, so did Duh-bya, probably). Anyway, when he reads his speechwriters' sentences one at a time, he seems to be OK.

But I digress. G-Boy, you have some nerve accusing me of making baseless accusations. Come on, do you really believe that you are a bastion of truth? Really? God, at least I'm aware that I'm a dick. You, however, are completely clueless.

12/11/2005 10:33 PM  
Blogger John said...

er, typo: interview, not speech

12/11/2005 10:35 PM  
Blogger G-man said...

Words mean things. I believe Senator Kerry chose the word “terrorizing” very carefully.

It can, indeed, be frightening to have troops break into your home when you are sleeping. However, true terror is learning that the invaders are terrorist insurgents. To learn that they are Americans is called relief.

Kerry’s use of the word “terrorizing”, at minimum, diminishes the meaning of the word – and ultimately diminishes the actions of terrorist insurgents. The entire thought behind the statement supports the use of the word. It hardly appears to be a single word slip-up.

To say “kids and children” is a silly slip of the tongue. I’m betting most who hear Kerry’s comments in total would conclude that the word “terrorizing” was intentional.

However, if Kerry honestly used the word in error, it was a very stupid thing to do for it does give comfort to the enemy. (Either way, through errors in judgment or simple incompetence, Kerry is demonstrating that he is unfit to be Commander in Chief.)

To digress, an accusation made without providing a basis is, by definition, baseless. It is easy to make charges, but not always easy to support them with evidence. The motivation behind this blog is to provide the truth and support it with sourced facts and reasoned logic. In doing so we hope to dispel some of the many lies that have become accepted as “common knowledge”. We encourage readers to contribute to the discourse – hopefully with sourced facts and a logical argument. If readers are unable to do so and must resort to name calling, we’ll take it as an admission that the facts, the logic, and the reasoning are too allusive to articulate.

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12/12/2005 8:38 PM  

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