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    Fair Comment:
    No Limit to How Low Kerry Will Go in Hunt for Big Money

    Posted Feb. 2, 2004
    By Lowell Ponte
    Published: Tuesday, February 17, 2004
    Sen. John F. Kerry of Massachusetts has a long political career, distinguished by his willingness to go further left in politics and lower for money than most other American politicians would dream of going. He has been largely unnoticed outside the liberal Northeast and the approving pages of leftist magazines and newspapers.

    But now, with Kerry the victor in the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary, it's time for America to wake up and smell the Kerry. Who is this gaunt and haunted, French-looking apparition nicknamed "Ichabod" by his preppy classmates? And what could America expect from a John Kerry candidacy - or presidency?

    One of the easiest ways to embarrass Kerry in an interview, it's said, is to ask him to list the major pieces of enacted legislation he has authored in his career. There are none. As a lawmaker, Kerry is one of the least-successful senators in U.S. history.

    But early on in his Senate career Kerry, as chairman of the Foreign Relations subcommittee on Terrorism, Narcotics and International Operations, set out to conduct news-making, important hearings into drugs and the Noriega regime in Panama, Oliver North and Iran-Contra, and other topics that could attract TV cameras. One thing his chief investigator vis-ŗ-vis Manuel Noriega stumbled onto were the dictator's links to the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI), a bank connected to prominent Democratic Party figures such as Clark Clifford.

    "Why did John Kerry not confront Clark Clifford?" asked reporters James Ring Adams and Douglas Franz in their 1992 book A Full Service Bank: How BCCI Stole Billions Around the World. "One explanation lies in Kerry's own character. He tends to operate in bursts, pushing relentlessly on a subject and then seeming to lose interest in it."

    Adams and Franz continue: "Also, Kerry was learning the Washington game and beginning to think of himself as possible presidential timber down the road. That meant that certain people were not attacked, at least not until all the evidence was in.

    "By this time, Kerry had become chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee [DSCC]," they write. "Known by its shorthand DSCC, the committee was one of the key fund-raising mechanisms for the party's senators and a big step on the path to power in Washington.... Much of both the individual donations and PAC [political-action committee] money is channeled through the DSCC.... So Kerry's new job put him at the center of power and meant that he would rub shoulders with the movers and shakers who were financing the Democratic Party.

    "One of these men was David Paul, the owner of CenTrust Savings in Miami," Adams and Franz continue. "On July 20, 1988, Kerry hosted a reception honoring Paul, one of the largest contributors to the DSCC, and later the Senator used Paul's private jet to fly to a DSCC leadership meeting." Paul would turn out to be deeply involved with the machinations of BCCI. But Kerry would help bring at least some BCCI wrongdoing to light. He also would experience private attacks from several of his Democratic colleagues for doing so. From such punishments, Kerry soon learned how to play the Democratic Party's dirty "Washington game."

    Consider three of the big-money people backing Kerry's current presidential campaign. One, who since 1999 reportedly has funneled nearly $700,000 in both hard and soft money to Kerry, is Alan Solomont.

    Remember the controversy four years ago when it came to light that one of the flagship stations of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), Boston's WGBH, had been violating the privacy of its contributors and the taxpayer-supported impartiality of this PBS station by giving its confidential lists of contributor addresses, telephone numbers and other personal information to the Democratic National Committee? The partisan person who reportedly committed this outrage was WGBH board member and big-time Democratic fund-raiser Solomont, now the Daddy Warbucks of the Kerry campaign.

    A second Kerry moneybags is former Texas Lt. Gov. Ben Barnes, who during the same period ponied up more than $450,000 for the Massachusetts senator. This fat-cat lobbyist, called by Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) "the 51st Democratic senator," was so adroit as a fixer that he once cut a deal so that, after Texas enacted a state lottery, he and a partner personally would be paid 3.5 cents for every ticket sold - which added up to more than $3 million for them each year. Bill Clinton, a master at backroom money-grubbing, once reportedly told a group of Methodist ministers: "If you all will take a sinner like Barnes, you might take me."

    A third cash-and-Kerryer, who during this same period gave Kerry more than $180,000, is Hassan Nemazee. This Iranian-American investor raised a cool $250,000 for Al Gore in November 1995, and he and his family slushed another $150,000 to Democrats during the mid-1990s. Six Nemazee family members and friends (including the caretaker of his 12-acre Katonah, N.Y., estate) donated a total of $60,000 - the maximum legally allowed - to Clinton's legal-defense fund.

    In the closing days of 1998 Clinton named Nemazee his ambassador-designate to Argentina. Hillary Rodham Clinton embraced the Muslim moneyman at a January 1999 White House celebration of the Islamic holiday Eid. The Senate, however, refused to confirm the controversial nominee after a Forbes magazine investigation exposed Nemazee's questionable business dealings. The Forbes investigation also documented how, in order to get his hands on public-employee pension-fund monies allocated for minority managers, the U.S.-born Nemazee falsely had claimed to be a Hispanic of Venezuelan background and, on another occasion, an Asian-Indian.

    But Nemazee's cynical lust for money can be frightening as well as laughable. He is a founding board member of the Iranian American Political Action Committee, which seeks to create friendly and lucrative business relationships with the medieval theocratic dictatorship now ruling Iran. Iran is, of course, an "Axis of Evil" nation that seeks to acquire nuclear weapons and is on our State Department's official list of nations that support terrorism. Nemazee seeks to enrich himself by further enriching the power-mad mullahs ruling Iran.

    Such are the strange bedfellows of Kerry, these big-money payers who call his tune and pull his puppet strings today - and will continue to do so if he becomes president of the United States. But these people are clean and honest compared to the evil foreign cesspools where Kerry has gotten cash. To understand these, we need to remember Kerry's past in Vietnam.

    As both a decorated Vietnam veteran and a leader of antiwar protests in 1971, Kerry apparently fancies himself a bridge between the United States and Vietnam, between those who fought the war and those who fought against it, and between the opposed worlds of communism and capitalism.

    Seen as a friend and ally by the communist regime in Vietnam, Sen. Kerry knew that a huge lucrative prize might be within his grasp. As they are today over Iran, giant multinational corporations have been eager to sell goods and purchase resources in Vietnam. The Marxist Vietnamese dictatorship has been eager to re-enter the world marketplace, especially with its chief ally, the Soviet Union, gone. A politician who restored links between Vietnam and the United States could gain huge amounts of money in campaign contributions and other benefits.

    What stood in the way of such a profitable thaw in U.S.-Vietnam relations, Kerry knew, were the lack of human rights in Vietnam and its apparent continued holding of many American prisoners of war (POWs) and soldiers missing in action (MIAs). To make these stumbling blocks disappear, Kerry in 1991 seized the chairmanship of a new Senate Select Committee for POW/MIA Affairs.

    Kerry prevented a vote on the Vietnam Human Rights Act (HR 2833), which would have made lifting trade restrictions contingent on communist Vietnam restoring basic human rights. By stopping this measure from becoming law, Kerry protected Marxist Vietnam from pressure to free its slave society.

    Through much manipulation and arm-twisting, Kerry persuaded his now-defunct committee to vote unanimously that no POWs remained in Vietnam. And with the disappearance of this issue and the proposed human-rights legislation, Kerry gave Bill Clinton and the Democratic Party the pretext they needed to begin reopening trade that could help keep the Marxist Vietnamese dictatorship afloat. Those given first place in line for such trade opportunities, of course, were the biggest contributors to Democrats such as Kerry and Clinton.

    The year after his committee's vote to give communist Vietnam a clean bill of health, the strangest thing happened. In December 1992, Vietnam signed its first huge commercial deal worth at least $905 million to develop a deep-sea commercial port at Vung Tau to accommodate all the trade that was to come. It signed the deal with a company called Colliers International. At the time, the chief executive officer of this company was C. Stewart Forbes, who happens to be Kerry's cousin.

    When the Democratic Party decided to give Kerry a leg up toward its presidential nomination by holding its 2004 National Convention in Boston, certain big corporations rushed to pony up money for the Democratic event. One of the first of these rushing to fill Democratic coffers was Spaulding & Slye Colliers, the current corporate partnership involving Colliers International, which anted up $100,000. Money is fungible, and part of the Vietnam millions channeled to Colliers International easily can be inferred to be comingled in this $100,000 donation to the Democratic National Convention.

    This July as you watch the red, white and blue balloons fall from that Boston convention ceiling to celebrate the newly selected Democratic presidential nominee John F. Kerry, think of the red ones as being purchased and used to seduce you by communist Vietnam.

    Excerpted from the article "Cash-and-Kerry" on FrontPageMagazine.com, Jan. 27-28. Ponte hosts a national radio talk show on the Liberty Broadcasting network (formerly TalkAmerica) and is a former roving editor for Reader's Digest. Contact Ponte at FrontPageMagazine.com.

    http://www.insightmag.com/news/2004/...y-593432.shtml

  • #2
    Does Kerry look like a sickly Jay Leno to anyone else?
    No man is free until all men are free - John Hossack
    I agree completely with this Administrationís goal of a regime change in Iraq-John Kerry
    even if that enforcement is mostly at the hands of the United States, a right we retain even if the Security Council fails to act-John Kerry
    He may even miscalculate and slide these weapons off to terrorist groups to invite them to be a surrogate to use them against the United States. Itís the miscalculation that poses the greatest threat-John Kerry

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Confed999
      Does Kerry look like a sickly Jay Leno to anyone else?
      Haha! The Chin!

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      • #4
        More about John Kerry and Vietman:

        http://frontpagemag.com/articles/Rea...e.asp?ID=12051

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Gio
          Haha! The Chin!
          I'm not the only one! :)

          Originally posted by Leader
          More about John Kerry and Vietman:

          http://frontpagemag.com/articles/Rea...e.asp?ID=12051
          Ahhh... A Presidential candidate speaking on the side of VC and USSR flag wavers, warms the heart.
          :roll
          No man is free until all men are free - John Hossack
          I agree completely with this Administrationís goal of a regime change in Iraq-John Kerry
          even if that enforcement is mostly at the hands of the United States, a right we retain even if the Security Council fails to act-John Kerry
          He may even miscalculate and slide these weapons off to terrorist groups to invite them to be a surrogate to use them against the United States. Itís the miscalculation that poses the greatest threat-John Kerry

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Confed999
            Ahhh... A Presidential candidate speaking on the side of VC and USSR flag wavers, warms the heart.
            :roll
            It's really worse then that. He impugns Bush for leaving the Guard early to go to college, and he left the army early to pursue his political career. He says that joining the National Guard is like dodging the draft, but apparently he only dislikes things that are "like dodging the draft," and really dodging the draft, well, he doesn't care about that. (e.i. Bill Clinton) He discredits Bush's service record, yet,

            While in command of Swift Boat 44, Kerry and crew operated without prudence in a Free Fire Zone, carelessly firing at targets of opportunity racking up a number of enemy kills and some civilians. His body count included-- a woman, her baby, a 12 year-old boy, an elderly man and several South Vietnamese soldiers.
            The facts speak for themselves. John Kerry is a hypocrite.

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            • #7
              My impression he is using his military service to encourage those who wrap themselves in the flag to look away from a slightly more important aspect of Kerry's background - his somewhat not existent legislative career as a Senator which i would have thought of as more pertinant to the role of a future president.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Trooth
                which i would have thought of as more pertinant to the role of a future president.
                Both matter don't they?
                No man is free until all men are free - John Hossack
                I agree completely with this Administrationís goal of a regime change in Iraq-John Kerry
                even if that enforcement is mostly at the hands of the United States, a right we retain even if the Security Council fails to act-John Kerry
                He may even miscalculate and slide these weapons off to terrorist groups to invite them to be a surrogate to use them against the United States. Itís the miscalculation that poses the greatest threat-John Kerry

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                • #9
                  I don't see that you have to be a war hero to be a president. But i would imagine some skill and expertise with regards to drafting and passing legislation was useful.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Trooth
                    My impression he is using his military service to encourage those who wrap themselves in the flag to look away from a slightly more important aspect of Kerry's background
                    I don't believe that that is the case. Most of the people you are referring to aren't going to vote for him anyway. What he wants to do is show himself to be more capable of defending the country then President Bush. The problem I have with what Kerry is do is that he has chosen to demean Bush's service record. In doing so he has opened himself to attacks on his own record.

                    his somewhat not existent legislative career as a Senator which i would have thought of as more pertinant to the role of a future president.
                    This is a valid point. I sadly live in the state that he represents, and he has done very little for the people here. When other members of the Massachusetts delegation (house members, all of his party) were asked what John Kerry has done for Massachusetts, they couldn't name one thing.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Trooth
                      I don't see that you have to be a war hero to be a president. But i would imagine some skill and expertise with regards to drafting and passing legislation was useful.
                      You don't have to be anything in particular to run for president, but everything you are counts toward winning.
                      No man is free until all men are free - John Hossack
                      I agree completely with this Administrationís goal of a regime change in Iraq-John Kerry
                      even if that enforcement is mostly at the hands of the United States, a right we retain even if the Security Council fails to act-John Kerry
                      He may even miscalculate and slide these weapons off to terrorist groups to invite them to be a surrogate to use them against the United States. Itís the miscalculation that poses the greatest threat-John Kerry

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                      • #12
                        Re: Things You Should Know About John Kerry

                        CAMPAIGN DRAMA ROCKS DEMOCRATS: KERRY FIGHTS OFF MEDIA PROBE OF RECENT ALLEGED INFIDELITY, RIVALS PREDICT RUIN
                        **World Exclusive**
                        **Must Credit the DRUDGE REPORT**

                        A frantic behind-the-scenes drama is unfolding around Sen. John Kerry and his quest to lockup the Democratic nomination for president, the DRUDGE REPORT can reveal.

                        Intrigue surrounds a woman who recently fled the country, reportedly at the prodding of Kerry, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.

                        A serious investigation of the woman and the nature of her relationship with Sen. John Kerry has been underway at TIME magazine, ABC NEWS, the WASHINGTON POST, THE HILL and the ASSOCIATED PRESS, where the woman in question once worked.

                        MORE

                        A close friend of the woman first approached a reporter late last year claiming fantastic stories -- stories that now threaten to turn the race for the presidency on its head!

                        In an off-the-record conversation with a dozen reporters earlier this week, General Wesley Clark plainly stated: "Kerry will implode over an intern issue." [Three reporters in attendance confirm Clark made the startling comments.]

                        The Kerry commotion is why Howard Dean has turned increasingly aggressive against Kerry in recent days, and is the key reason why Dean reversed his decision to drop out of the race after Wisconsin, top campaign sources tell the DRUDGE REPORT.



                        Developing...

                        Original Story
                        No man is free until all men are free - John Hossack
                        I agree completely with this Administrationís goal of a regime change in Iraq-John Kerry
                        even if that enforcement is mostly at the hands of the United States, a right we retain even if the Security Council fails to act-John Kerry
                        He may even miscalculate and slide these weapons off to terrorist groups to invite them to be a surrogate to use them against the United States. Itís the miscalculation that poses the greatest threat-John Kerry

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Trooth
                          I don't see that you have to be a war hero to be a president. But i would imagine some skill and expertise with regards to drafting and passing legislation was useful.
                          I think in the US it matters on the surface.

                          Clinton, though, dodged the draft got elected against war heroes. Bush is no comparison to Kerry as far as military service is concerned, but may still win. In fact, there is, I believe is some controversy if indeed he did his time in the National Guard. In fact, the papers out here state that the National Guard was the escape route of rich Americans to avoid Vietnam.

                          Rather paradoxical that while the citizens admire war heroes, sometimes those who have been shifty too can get elected.


                          "Some have learnt many Tricks of sly Evasion, Instead of Truth they use Equivocation, And eke it out with mental Reservation, Which is to good Men an Abomination."

                          I don't have to attend every argument I'm invited to.

                          HAKUNA MATATA

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                          • #14
                            Behind all this is the realization that most "Heroes" in war never recieve much acclaim. Only a few are really recognized.That recognition doesn't necessarily make them better than others who served who may or may not have been recognized merely due to chance. Length and Quality of military service is an important factor however. The thing is that being acclaimed a "Hero" does not necessarily make one a good civilian leader later in life. It also does not necessarily make them representative of an individual constituent who may differ sharply in veiws. People go into politics for various reasons, many times bad ones. Ego and self intrest plays too big a role.

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                            • #15
                              I have a relative, a Marine Recon LRRP, who would have won the Distinguished Service Cross, Medal of Honor, and Silver Star if his commanders didn't have them downgraded 2 or 3 ranks to avoid drawing attention.

                              Same for all the rest of the guys in MAC-V SOG.



                              He has a Bronze Star, which in MAC-V SOG is the equivalent of a Silver Star or higher.

                              These guys were the real Vietnam war heroes. Nobody heard of their existence till years later, the US government didn't even acknowledge they existed until the 1990's.
                              "Every man has his weakness. Mine was always just cigarettes."

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