Wait a second, bud. I remember, the years after 9/11. They were years of unparalleled American heroism, years when a country that had been brutally attacked stood up to the challenge and took the fight to its enemies, led by servicemen and women as brave and dedicated as the nation has ever produced, none of whom, to my knowledge, threw their medals over the White House fence.
Or someone else’s medals. I think that’s what Kerry actually did.
This is what Secretary of State Kerry said at the State Department Wednesday:
I think America in these recent days has seen this and we own up to it. Even yesterday with the report that came out from the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence – we hold ourselves accountable to an ugly, horrible period, and we should be proud of our ability to do that.
I assume Kerry may be lumping the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq into his analysis, since he talks about a “period” and not just the interrogation of al Qaeda terrorists.
Kerry was speaking Wednesday during the 20th anniversary commemoration of the Summit of the Americas, an exercise held every few years where the American president gathers with Latin American leaders and pretends we share so many values with their dysfunctional, inferior societies and their often corrupt, autocratic leaders.
Kerry has been apologizing for the United States his entire adult life, since he howled in outrage at the Vietnam War, in which the U.S. sought to spare Southeast Asia the nightmare of the brutal communism that descended anyway on South Vietnam and onto Cambodia, where one of the 20th century’s great genocides ensued.
He just couldn’t stop it Wednesday. The apologies kept rolling forth:
We know well here at home, as I mentioned a moment ago, that democracy is a work in progress. We know that the eyes of the world are on us, and as President Obama made clear in his address to the U.N. General Assembly, we welcome the scrutiny.
From the streets of New York City to Ferguson, Missouri, we are learning in painful, searing ways that justice and equality are not things that you can just parse out to some and deny to others.
Um, Mr. Kerry, justice was indeed parsed out in Ferguson and New York. Grand juries were constituted and decisions were made, based on evidence, not to prosecute the police officers. Now, the mobs roaming the streets of those two cities say otherwise. So – my mistake – maybe it’s mob justice Kerry is talking about.
This country has nothing to apologize for. This country is imperfect, but it is far closer to perfection than the nations Kerry is importuning with obsequious pleas for forgiveness and approval.
Just because some 20-something left-wing staffers on the Senate Intelligence Committee say roughing up some terrorists was mean and didn’t produce valuable intelligence doesn’t mean its true. I’m sure, from everything I’ve read, that the amount of vital information extracted was extensive and probably saved many lives, perhaps even those of the people who wrote this report, given obvious attractiveness of attacking the Capitol.
I would do it all again, except I might shove their feeding tubes a little further up their alimentary canals.
It was a desperate time. We had no idea what was coming next and whether the next attack would include massive doses of anthrax or radiation. We needed information, and we needed it fast.
Congress knew what what was up with these techniques. But they sure weren’t going to put a stop to them and incur the wrath of Americans once again under attack. And now, people like Kerry and Obama sit on their high horses and pronounce pompous platitudes about American values, even as they shred the Constitution that enshrines them.
But even if you think what we did was too much – and it’s a legitimate point of view – you don’t have any explaining to do to foreigners. Instead, let them thank you and your country for bearing the brunt of the war of terror for them.