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April 22 is a day that has historical significance in the life of John Kerry. On April 22, 1970 he was instrumental in the first Earth Day in Massachusetts. One year later on April 22, 1971, John Kerry testified before the Senate Senate Foreign Relations Committee's Fulbright Commission on the Vietnam War, it was day that he and many others across this country will never forget.

It was on that day that Kerry sat in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and asked "How do you ask a man to be the last man to die in Vietnam? How do ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?"

Saturday, April 22, 2006, now thirty-five years later, as history is repeating itself in Iraq, John Kerry is making history on the anniversary of his Senate testimony, as he takes to the podium at Boston's Faneuil Hall to ask once again "Where are the leaders of our country? Where is the leadership?"

Generals, veterans, elected officials and Gold Star mothers who ask tough questions and dare to stand and speak the truth to power, are being attacked. They all have a right to speak up as Americans, and we all have an obligation to speak out against a President who is wrong -- a policy that is wrong -- and a war in Iraq that weakens our country.

An OP/ED from Senator John Kerry that coincides with his speech at Faneuil Hall... is available here.

By sharp contrast to the Bush Administration's "stay the course" mantra no matter what the consequences are to American troops, and American credibility, John Kerry is speaking the truth to power and saying that the only responsible path forward in Iraq is an exit strategy.

Last October, John Kerry said that "we were entering a make or break six month period in Iraq." In his speech at Georgetown University, he outlined a series of steps to get our combat troops out in 2006.

Earlier this month, he followed up on his plan from October, by laying out two important deadlines (first in an OP/ED in the NY Times and then in a speech on the Senate floor) - if Iraqi leaders can't form a unity government by May 15 then they are never going to, Kerry said, and American troops must withdraw rather than fight in Iraq's escalating civil war. Kerry also said if the Iraqi's do form a government, then we need to empower the new Iraqi leaders by agreeing on a schedule to withdraw American combat forces by the end of 2006. He has consistently been tough with Iraq's elected leaders, saying "No American soldier should be sacrificed because Iraqi politicians refuse to resolve their ethnic and political differences."

John Kerry has always demonstrated the courage to speak the truth to power when the lives of American troops are in danger.

Check here for the text of Kerry's speech Saturday. C-Span is scheduled to air the speech on Sunday at 7:00 and 10:00 pm, est. Check your local C-Span listings for time in your area, I am told that the times could be changing.

Senator Kerry will also be on This Week with George Stephanopoulos Sunday morning on ABC.

The Full Text of John Kerry's Speech is here.

Originally posted to kerrygoddess on Sat Apr 22, 2006 at 12:02 AM PDT.

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  •  'How do you ask someone to die for a mistake?' (2+ / 0-)
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    frisco, vcmvo2

    Will Kerry ask that same question now? I hope so!

    Unfortunately, Democrats everywhere are still avoiding that question:

    See this post from -

    April 20, 2006 - Thursday

    There were lots of watery eyes at the capitol and among those watching the news coverage of Tuesday's ceremony granting posthumous honors to those with Hawaii links who have died in military operations Iraq and Afghanistan.

    But there was an obvious thing crying out to be said--There's something that can be done to avoid doing this again next year with a larger group of casualities. If you don't want more lives wasted, bring the troops home. If you're angry about lives lost, hold the Bush administration, its lies, and its rush to war accountable. At least one Democrat should have come forward after all the honorifics to make this point loud and clear. No one, to my knowledge, did so.

    A liberal is a conservative who's been hugged.

    by raatz on Sat Apr 22, 2006 at 12:13:41 AM PDT

    •  From what I have heard (5+ / 0-)
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      raatz, frisco, diplomatic, hhex65, AlienCode

      through my contacts - expect greatness tomorrow from the Senator.

      •  Great, I'm looking forward to it (0+ / 0-)

        Thanks for the heads up!

        A liberal is a conservative who's been hugged.

        by raatz on Sat Apr 22, 2006 at 12:30:27 AM PDT

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      •  Thanks for posting this! (2+ / 0-)
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        diplomatic, ybruti

        I just read the Op-Ed pages of today's Globe and thought Kerry's piece was fabulous.  Also, there was an excellent diamond-in-the-rough LTE on the pages regarding Iran.

        I get that the author of the LTE was willing to go so far as to grant that ShrubCo™ really did believe the WMD lie about Saddam, but the rest of the letter is pure, simple poetry...

        A MAN reaches into his pocket for a wallet.  A cop thinks, "It's a gun!" and shoots him.  That's Iraq.

        A man reaches into his pocket for a wallet.  A cop thinks, "It's a wallet!  He could buy a gun with that!" and shoots him.  That's Iran.

        DANIEL P. B. SMITH, Norwood

        "In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock." --Thomas Jefferson

        by frisco on Sat Apr 22, 2006 at 06:21:20 AM PDT

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    •  The 70s fighting John Kerry was the one we needed (2+ / 0-)
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      mint julep, ybruti

      in 2004. But Shrum & Co. were adamant that he had to avoid taking clear stands on issues because otherwise he'd "alienate swing voters." Same with Gore. Being an environmentalist would alienate swing voters. His consultants were right about alienating voters, but the ones alienated were on the left instead of the center.

      If your name was George Walker instead of George Walker Bush, your candidacy would be a joke.

      by dole4pineapple on Sat Apr 22, 2006 at 12:33:16 AM PDT

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      •  Hey... (1+ / 0-)
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        are you EVER going to move on from 2004?

        I read your diary on the "campaign error" and I wrote in it but you never wrote back.  So I will ask it here:  If Kerry had said, "I listened to the consultants and that was a mistake, " or " the 87 billion comment killed me", would you then move forward into 2006?  Moreover, I believe that the question was a liser any way around for Kerry, and if he had answered in either way you wished, it would have been grist for the opposition mill, and powerful grist at that.

        But my question remains:  is there ANYTHING that Kerry could say that you would be satisfied with, and if so, what is it?  Because I think you are quickly approching the mindless bitching and whining club.  I know you are not a troll, so let's be constructive here.

    •  Tuesday's ceremony granting posthumous honors (0+ / 0-)

      Here's a working link to the (simultaneously moving and upsetting) story referenced above:

      A liberal is a conservative who's been hugged.

      by raatz on Sat Apr 22, 2006 at 12:39:21 AM PDT

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  •  Sent a thank you to Sen. Kennedy this morning. (1+ / 0-)
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    I can't be at Faneuil Hall this morning - soccer-dad duties and all that... - but I sent a "thank you and imploring call to action" letter to the Good Senator instead:

    Senator Kerry,
    Thank you so much for your excellent Opinion piece in today's Boston Globe and godspeed for a fantastic turn-out in Faneuil Hall later this morning.

    This is the time for the leaders of the Democratic Party to do just that, LEAD.

    Many of your compatriots seem to be docile and cowering in the face of corruption and fright-based politics of the administration and the corrupt Republican leadership.  They seem to feel it's best to simply stand-by and allow the Republicans to unravel, but this nation needs someone to give it HOPE; to give it a MISSION; to be a POSITIVE AGENT FOR CHANGE.

    I believe it is up to people like yourself, Governor Dean, Vice President Gore, Governor Warner, and Senators Kennedy & Feingold to LEAD the Democratic party out of doldroms and provide just that sort of mission for America.  Please FIGHT THE FIGHT.  I leave you with two quotes:

    First from President Lincoln: “Neither let us be slandered from our duty by false accusations against us, nor frightened from it by menaces of destruction to the Government nor of dungeons to ourselves.  Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith, let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.”

    And finally, from Prime Minister Churchill: “Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never — in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.”

    Godspeed, Senator.


    "In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock." --Thomas Jefferson

    by frisco on Sat Apr 22, 2006 at 06:43:33 AM PDT

  •  Link to full text of speech (1+ / 0-)
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    At the bottom of original post above!

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