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In 1971, current Secretary of State John Kerry testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as a Vietnam veteran asking Congress to stop the war.
He famously said, “How do you ask a man to be the last man to die in Vietnam? How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?”
Today, 42 years later, Kerry will once again testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. This time however, he will be asking Congress to start a war.
Senator Rand Paul was a guest on Sunday’s episode of “Meet The Press” and appeared after an interview of Secretary Kerry. Paul began his interview by saying, “I would ask John Kerry, ‘how can you ask a man to be the first one to die for a mistake?'”
The 1971 anti-war version of John Kerry had this to say about the war in Vietnam:
“In our opinion and from our experience, there is nothing in South Vietnam which could happen that realistically threatens the United States of America. And to attempt to justify the loss of one American life in Vietnam, Cambodia or Laos by linking such loss to the preservation of freedom, which those misfits supposedly abuse, is to us the height of criminal hypocrisy, and it is that kind of hypocrisy which we feel has torn this country apart.
We found that not only was it a civil war, an effort by a people who had for years been seeking their liberation from any colonial influence whatsoever, but also we found that the Vietnamese whom we had enthusiastically molded after our own image were hard put to take up the fight against the threat we were supposedly saving them from.”
Kerry was correct when he said that the US getting involved in a Vietnamese civil war, where there was no direct threat to the United States and the people had no interest in being molded after our image, was a mistake.
Today Kerry will make the case that the US must get involved in a Syrian civil war, where there is no direct threat to the United States and the people have no interest in being molded after our image.
Not to mention that by attacking Assad’s regime they will be helping Al Qaeda take power, thereby exchanging one oppressor of the Syrian people for another.
What would the 1971 John Kerry say to 2013 John Kerry?
Said Rand Paul about the present day Kerry, “I wish he’d remember more of how awful war is.”