Adam Kokesh: A Winter Soldier’s Quest for CongressSubmitted by LatinsforPaul on Tue, 01/05/2010 - 10:30
A Winter Soldier’s Quest for Congress
by Kelley B. Vlahos, January 05, 2010
Ex-Marine, Iraq vet, and antiwar activist Adam Kokesh is finally ready to fight The Man – from inside the system. But as he makes the rounds through the New Mexico congressional district he hopes to one day represent, he’s finding out fast that people are more apathetic about U.S. interventions abroad than ever before.
"Nobody cares about the war. It’s predictable, but it’s sad," said Kokesh in a recent interview with Antiwar.com. "We have 300,000 troops serving in harm’s way, but I hardly get asked questions about that. I hardly get any questions about foreign policy."
Still, he is hopeful. With the deployment this year of 30,000 additional troops to a clearly troubled front in Afghanistan, coupled with varying degrees of voter disappointment with President Barack Obama’s inaugural year in office, Kokesh said, "I think there is a great opening here for the antiwar cause. There is a real opportunity to bring Left and Right together around a campaign that is antiwar for the right reasons and in the right way."
Kokesh is the guy to exploit even the tiniest of openings. The 27-year-old has spent the last few years preaching rebellion and resistance, serving in his own determined and charismatic way the meteoric rise of the Ron Paul revolution, all while adopting the Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) symbol, a raised fist laced with dog tags.
With the IVAW, Kokesh helped to organize, then participated in, the 2008 Winter Soldier events, for which Iraq veterans like himself spoke openly about the horrors and injustices they said they had witnessed and/or participated in during their tours in-country. Kokesh encouraged and engaged in the kind of testimony that, in part, kept Sen. John Kerry from winning the White House in 2004. He, too, was 27 years old in 1971 when he testified before the U.S. Senate, sharing tales of alleged atrocities he and his fellow Vietnam veterans uncovered in the very first Winter Soldier investigation.
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