Reason #3:Kerry Opposed a Strong National Defense

The presidential election of 2004 may be just as close as the presidential election of 2000. Once again, the outcome could be determined by a handful of votes in a single state.

Yet, the stakes in this election are enormous. While the vote margin between President Bush and Democratic candidate John Kerry may turn out to be small, the differences in where they intend to take the country are vast.

Kerry is the most liberal member of the U.S. Senate. But he has labored in this campaign–and especially at the Democratic National Convention in Boston–to hide his true beliefs and obscure his record.

In “The Case Against Kerry,” HUMAN EVENTS sets the record straight, unmasking the plain truth of what John Kerry has done in two decades in the U.S. Senate.

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Kerry Opposed a Strong National Defense

John Kerry first rose to prominence in American political life as a Vietnam veteran who in 1970-71called for an immediate U.S. withdrawal from that country in the face of a Communist insurgency.

Thirteen years later, he was first elected to the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts as a leading advocate of the nuclear freeze movement, which wanted to stop the United States from deploying intermediate-range missiles in Europe to counter Soviet intermediate-range missiles that had already been deployed in Eastern and Central Europe. Pro-nuclear freeze PACS, including the Freeze Voter Political Action Committee and National Freeze Voter ’84, later took credit for helping to elect Kerry.

In October 1985, Kerry repaid the freeze movement by serving as the keynote speaker at an international pro-nuclear freeze conference in Geneva, Switzerland, that was held just a month before President Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev held a summit in that city.

In his first Senate campaign, Kerry also backed a Massachusetts referendum calling for the U.S. to end all military aid to El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala, and to stop supporting forces trying to overthrow the Communist Sandinista dictatorship in Nicaragua.

A biography of Kerry compiled by the Boston Globe says, “Candidate Kerry said in 1984 he would have voted to cancel many of them–the B-1 bomber; B-2 stealth bomber; AH-64 Apache helicopter; Patriot missile; the F-15, F-14A, and F-14D jets; the AV-8B Harrier jet; the Aegis air-defense cruiser; and the Trident missile system. During the campaign, he also advocated reductions in many other systems, such as the M-1 Abrams tank, the Bradley Fighting Vehicle, the Tomahawk cruise missile, and the F-16 jet.” He later repudiated some of these positions (p. 196).

In the Senate, Kerry consistently opposed the Strategic Defense Initiative, President Reagan’s national missile defense program.

In sum, by opposing (1) the U.S. effort to counter the Soviet nuclear and conventional buildups; (2) the U.S. effort to counter Soviet-backed insurgencies even on the North American mainland, and (3) the U.S. effort to develop a strategic defense against a Soviet nuclear strike that would move the world beyond the strategy of Mutual Assured Destruction, Kerry stood against the policies advanced by President Reagan that led to victory in the Cold War.

Since then, Kerry has continued to be weak on national security. In recent years, he has supported an International Criminal Court that would claim jurisdiction over U.S. military personnel stationed overseas. And he famously took contradictory positions on the Iraq War, first voting to authorize the war, and then voting against an $87 billion appropriation needed to fight the war. “I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it,” said Kerry. Less than two months before voting against this bill, Kerry told NBC’s Tim Russert (8/31/03) that funding for Iraq should be increased “by whatever number of billions of dollars it takes to win.”

Disarming America
B-2 Stealth Bomber AGAINST:Voted for the Leahy Amendment to S 3114, to eliminate funding for the B-2 bomber program, Vote # 216, 9/18/92.
Limit U.S. Nuclear Testing FOR:Voted for the Hatfield Amendment to S 3114, to limit the conduct of nuclear weapons testing by the United States, Vote # 217, 9/18/92.
2002 Iraq War Resolution FOR:Voted in favor of HJ Res 114, Vote #237, 10/11/02.
$87 Billion in 2003 for Iraq and Afghanistan AGAINST:Voted against S 1689, Vote #400, 10/17/03.
Protect Troops from International Criminal Court AGAINST:Voted for the Dodd amendment to HR 3338, to allow cooperation with the international court, Vote #358, 12/7/01.
National Missile Defense AGAINST:Numerous votes, including the Harkin Amendment to S 1507, to reduce missile defense funding, Vote #171, 8/1/91; and S 2549, Vote #178, 7/13/00.
Freeze Defense Spending for 7 Years FOR:Voted for the Harkin Amendment to S Con Res 13, to freeze military spending, Vote #181, 5/24/95.
Overturn Ban on Gays in the Military FOR:Voted for the Boxer amendment to S 1298, Vote # 250, 9/9/93.
MX Missile Funding AGAINST:Voted against tabling the Levin amendment to S 1352, Vote #152, 8/1/89.
Contra Aid AGAINST:Several votes, including SJ Res 81, Vote #31, 3/18/87.
“Bully’s Show of Force”

“The FBI surveillance reports document a speech that Kerry gave in 1971….’In this talk he stated that HO CHI MINH is the GEORGE WASHINGTON of Vietnam. Ho studied the United States Constitution and wants to install the same provisions into the Government of Vietnam.'”

Unfit for Command,
by John E. O’Neill, p. 137

“[I]f it were not for the [nuclear] freeze movement, I am confident that the government of the United States would not be in Geneva today talking with its Soviet counterparts.”

–JOHN KERRY, touting the nuclear freeze movement as a spur
forcing belligerent Americans to
sue for peace with the Soviet Union,
United Press International,
Sept. 14, 1985

“At one point he likened it to ‘Boston College playing football against the Sisters of Mercy.’ Earlier, Kerry told The Cape Codder newspaper: ‘The invasion of Grenada represents the Reagan policy of substituting public relations for diplomatic relations…no substantial threat to U.S. interests existed and American lives were not endangered….

The invasion represented a bully’s show of force against a weak Third World nation. The invasion only served to heighten world tensions and further strain brittle U.S./Soviet and North/South relations.'”

–JOHN KERRY, on the Grenada invasion
The Boston Globe,
June 19, 2003

“Sen. John F. Kerry said yesterday that he will stop declaring that his first speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate highlighted his support for the Roe v. Wade decision on abortion rights, a recollection he has learned is not true….[T]he Congressional Record shows that Kerry’s first speech in the Senate, on March 19, 1985, was made in opposition to President Reagan’s push to build 21 MX missiles.”

–Boston Globe,
May 1, 2003

“What we must do is deny this program the funds that would enable this cancer on our nation’s defense to grow any further.”

–JOHN KERRY, on the
Strategic Defense Initiative,
Associated Press,
Aug. 5, 1986

“In a more practical vein, Mr. President, I submit that the old adage ‘pay now or pay later’ applies perfectly in this situation. If Saddam Hussein is permitted to go about his effort to build weapons of mass destruction and to avoid the accountability of the United Nations, we will surely reap a confrontation of greater consequence in the future. The Security Council and the United States obviously have to think seriously and soberly about the plausible scenarios that could play out if he were permitted to continue his weapons development work after shutting out U.N. inspectors.”

–JOHN KERRY, on the threat posed by Saddam Hussein,
Senate floor speech, Congressional Record,
Nov. 9, 1997

“‘There’s no question in my mind that Saddam Hussein has to be toppled one way or another, but the question is how…It’s clear that Saddam Hussein continues to be a major threat…in part because some in this country were slow-footed and didn’t have the stomach to hold Saddam accountable.”

–JOHN KERRY, on regime
change in Iraq,
The Boston Herald,
Feb. 14, 2002

“It appears that with the deadline for exile come and gone, Saddam Hussein has chosen to make military force the ultimate weapons inspections enforcement mechanism. If so, the only exit strategy is victory. This is our common mission and the world’s cause.”

–JOHN KERRY, blaming the
Iraq War on Saddam’s
The Boston Globe,
March 20, 2003

“I voted to give the President to have a legitimate threat of force for the reasons he gave: to go to the United Nations and form a coalition. This President failed. It was a failure of diplomacy. We need not only a regime change in Iraq, but also in the United States. We need a President who will respect the institutions we have built up over many years.”

–JOHN KERRY, explaining
his vote for war in Iraq,
The Manchester Union-Leader,
April 3, 2003

“[W]hat I think all of us need to focus on is the fact that the rhetoric of this war is overblown in some ways and not focused properly in others. This is not a war as we have known it. This is not a war in which there’s a front line or the troops are going out every day on patrol. This is fundamentally an intelligence operation and the law enforcement operation and a diplomatic operation.”

–JOHN KERRY, arguing
that the war on terror is a
law enforcement operation,
NBC’s “Meet The Press,”
June 23, 2002
Ten Reasons John Kerry Should Not Be President

  • Reason #1: Kerry Will Raise Taxes
  • Reason #2: Kerry Will Massively Increase Spending
  • Reason #3: Kerry Opposed a Strong National Defense
  • Reason #4: Kerry Tried to Slash U.S. Intelligence
  • Reason #5: Kerry is a Pro-Abortion Extremist
  • Reason #6: Kerry Won’t Defend Traditional Marriage
  • Reason #7: Kerry, a Radical Environmentalist, Blocks Domestic Energy Production
  • Reason #8: Kerry Would Restrict 2nd Amendment Rights
  • Reason #9: Kerry Will Pack the Court With Activist Justices
  • Reason #10: Kerry is Senator Flip Flop

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