Wednesday, February 11, 2004

Fact-checking Kerry: It has begun. 

Thanks to Charles Johnson for this item, and this one too.

In the first item, Kerry is quoted thusly: "“I’m an internationalist,” Kerry told The [Harvard] Crimson in 1970. “I’d like to see our troops dispersed through the world only at the directive of the United Nations.”

Now, whatever Sen. Kerry told a student newspaper 34 years ago might not reflect on his present qualifications to be President, but in Kerry's case, there's not a whole lot of evidence that he's changed his philosophy over the years. Someone who would give (or even consider giving) the likes of the UN or France or Russia a veto over what the United States does to protect its national security will never get my vote.

The second item quotes the entire text of an e-mail that the Kerry campaign sent to the Iranian Mehr news agency, among others, which states that Kerry intends to repair the damage done by the Bush Admninstration to our international relationships. The campaign claims that it sent the message to a mailing list, and that someone at the Mehr agency was on that list. All a clerical error -- nothing to see here, move along ....

One question I have is, why is Senator Kerry sending this kind of stuff to non-citizens? The e-mail by its text appears to target expat Americans, but what's the point of sending it to anyone who is not a citizen? Isn't it illegal for foreign interests to contribute to a Presidential campaign. Does he want foreign interests to apply pressure on citizens they have relationships with (perhaps, e.g., as employer) to contribute to his campaign, or to vote for him? It stinks, and should be investigated.

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