Jeremy Scahill: John Kerry: the Warchurian CandidateSubmitted by Alliance With None on Fri, 07/05/2013 - 23:52
SUBSTITUTE ROMNEY FOR KERRY, PAUL FOR KUCINICH, AND OBAMA FOR BUSH AND THIS PIECE SOUNDS EERILY FAMILIAR.
On the closing night of the Democratic National Convention in Boston, John Kerry took to the podium, raised his hand in a military salute and declared, "I’m John Kerry, and I’m reporting for duty."
There couldn’t have been a more fitting end to the convention and the official launching of Kerry’s bid for the White House. Since September 11 and the start of George W. Bush’s "war on terror," Kerry has consistently reported for duty. In fact, Kerry has served as one of Bush’s top legislative foot soldiers.
During the DNC in Boston, former President Bill Clinton extolled Kerry’s virtues, firing up the house with a rhetorical riff about how John Kerry has always said "Send me!" when asked by Uncle Sam to do his duty, from his service in Vietnam to the his career in the Senate. Kerry, the crowd was told, has always said…dramatic pause…(everyone in unison now) "Seeeend Meee!"
Let’s pick up where Clinton left off. When President Bush asked Senators to vote for the USA Patriot Act, John Kerry said, "Send Me!" When he asked for a blank check to attack Afghanistan, John Kerry said, "Send Me!" When Bush looked for senators to make fraudulent claims about Iraq possessing weapons of mass destruction, Kerry said, "Send Me!" When the president looked for Senate approval to invade Iraq, Kerry said, "Send Me!" When Bush sought more support for Israel’s apartheid wall, Kerry said, "Send Me!"