I've been feeling nothing but contempt for John Kerry lately--because of his warmongering and shameless fearmongering, his weaselly responses in congressional hearings, his vile invocations of the Holocaust to sell a war of aggression, his disrespect for the United Nations and international law--to name a few gripes.
However, if my contempt for him could get even deeper, I think it just did tonight.
Here is a quote from John Kerry during his interview with Chris Hayes on MSNBC tonight:
And the answer is no, profoundly no. You know, Senator Chuck Hagel, when he was senator, Senator Chuck Hagel, now secretary of Defense, and when I was a senator, we opposed the president’s decision to go into Iraq, but we know full well how that evidence was used to persuade all of us that authority ought to be given.(Emphasis added)
John Kerry, have you heard of this great new tool called THE INTERNET? With this tool, I have the ability to look up roll call votes in the Senate. And here it is. Let's look up you and your good friend Chuck.
JOHN KERRY (D-MA): YEA
CHUCK HAGEL (R-NE): YEA
That's a strange way to show your opposition, Secretary Kerry. It's almost as though it wasn't opposition at all, but rather support. And one might even start thinking that you were telling a bald-faced lie on national television to sell your new war of aggression. Scrap the "almost" and the "might." Because that's exactly what you are doing, Secretary Kerry. You are lying. And you're not a very good liar.
Wars have consequences, Secretary Kerry. The Iraq War--which, again, you voted for--had consequences. Like the death of over 4,423 Americans. And over 31,935 Americans wounded. And the deaths of over 100,000 Iraqi civilians. Their blood is on your hands, Secretary Kerry.
And there were financial consequences, too, Secretary Kerry. Like the $2 trillion financial burden on this country placed on that war that you, yes you, voted for.
Do you know what else, Secretary Kerry? In that war that you and your good friend Chuck both supported, the United States military used something called white phosphorous in Fallujah. That's often considered a chemical weapon, Secretary Kerry. Shouldn't you have been calling for the international community to send a message to the U.S. that such use of chemical weapons would not be permitted, that no nation should act with impunity after international norms? But you didn't. How strange....
There's a common quote attributed to Napoleon Bonaparte that says, "History is a set of lies agreed upon." Secretary Kerry, you might try to rewrite history, but no one agrees with your lies.