What Is it with Senator “Why The Long Face John” Kerry? When it comes to the war on terrorism, he’s been wrong at every step along the road (well except for maybe the time he voted for funding the troops after he voted against it).When Kerry is on that road to fight terror he is usually traveling in reverse.
Part of the problem is that Kerry tends to look at terrorism as a crime rather than an act of war. In a 2004 appearance on Fox news, Kerry spoke about his book The New War: He said, “In that book, I wrote about how we needed to strengthen our ability to be able to fight international criminal crime, including terror.” In another selection of the book, which he did not cite on Fox, the senator claimed, “The damage done by international crime is rarely as specific and dramatic as that of a terrorist attack, but in fact it is greater.” Thus when he said in his book that Yassir Arafat was a role model for other terrorists, (because he has made a transformation from outlaw to statesman) it was in the context of jurisprudence, prisoners being able to be rehabilitated.
When it comes to individual terrorist groups, the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has a special place in his heart for the deadly group Hamas.
In 2006 there was a Hamas attack on an American diplomatic convoy in Gaza. Since then the rule has been, US Government personnel were to avoid the Gaza Strip because there was no way to guarantee their safety without strong coordination with the terrorist group Hamas and the terrorist enablers UNRWA. After Since Hamas took over control of Gaza and started launching missiles into Israel, there has been an unofficial halt to Congressional visits to Gaza.
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Last February Kerry broke that halt. He traveled to the Gaza Strip with Congressman Keith Ellison, and Brian Bard. Kerry stood next to Bard as he said that the visit represents a change in the United States’ attitude and approach to Gaza, under newly elected President Barack Obama.
Kerry has been a long time supporter of giving the terrorist organization Hamas legitimacy by recognizing and reaching out to them. His latest act goes way beyond the pale.
This past December the crazies from Code Pink led an anti-Israel, pro-Hamas Gaza Freedom March. Big Government is reporting that they did so, with an official endorsement of their efforts by the former Democratic Party Presidential Candidate.
Massachusetts senior U.S. Senator John Kerry provided a letter on Senate stationery that supported constituents who participated in last December’s anti-Israel, pro-Hamas Gaza Freedom March, led by President Barack Obama ally
Democrat Representative Andre Carson of Indiana’s 7th District also provided a letter of support for participants in the so-called Gaza Freedom March. Code Pink.
In the letter, Kerry wrote that his staff met with the Massachusetts delegation before they left, and his staff would be briefed about the trip upon their return.
Code Pink co-founders Jodie Evans and Medea Benjamin used Kerry’s letter at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt to pressure the Egyptian government to allow 1300 leftists passage into Gaza from Egypt. The leftists gathered in Cairo from around the world to mark the one-year anniversary of Israel’s defense against Hamas’ rocket and mortar attacks.
Abunimah wrote that he, Benjamin and Kit Kettridge met for over an hour with “three officials, including Gina Cabrera, head of US citizen services, and Gregory D. LoGerfo, First Secretary in the Office of Economic and Political Affairs. The third official, whose name I did not note, identified himself as a ‘regional security’ official.”
Benjamin and Kettridge also met with “the embassy’s Deputy Director Matthew Tuellar, in command while Ambassador Scobey was on leave,” according to Abunimah.
(Margaret Scobey is a career Foreign Service officer who was appointed ambassador to Egypt by President George W. Bush in 2008.)
…The letter was written on letterhead from Kerry’s Boston office. The name and phone number of staffer Christopher Wyman was included as a point of contact.
Wyman did not return a message left at that number seeking comment by Big Government. The Boston office declined comment, as did Tomeika Bowden, a Kerry spokeswoman on the Foreign Relations Committee.
Rep. Carson’s press office also did not return a message from Big Government seeking comment
An article about Massachusetts residents preparing to travel to Gaza with Code Pink published by a Massachusetts paper, The Reminder, quoted Medea Benjamin saying that Hamas had given Code Pink its guarantee that the terrorist group would keep the marchers safe while they were in Gaza.
The text of Kerry’s letter is below
December 23, 2009
To Whom it May Concern:
I am writing to express my strong support for members of the humanitarian delegation from Massachusetts that will be traveling to Israel and the Palestinian Territories from December 27th to January 15th. The humanitarian delegation from Massachusetts is sponsoring this visit and they plan to meet with non-governmental organizations, assess the health care system and observe human rights and trade union conditions among Israelis and Palestinians.
I respectfully request that every courtesy be given the members of the delegation during their visit. My staff has met with members of the group and is impressed with their ability, dedication and commitment to the peace process. We look forward to seeing them again upon their return and hearing about their visit.
For any questions or concerns please feel to contact Christopher Wyman in my Boston office at 617 565-8522
Thank you for cooperation in this very important matter.
John F. Kerry
Not ONCE does Kerry mention terrorism in his letter? Clearly when it comes to fightin terrorism the Senator’s Brain is out of Ketchup.