Saturday, September 18, 2004

It took long enough for someone to report it...

The charge has been out there since Unfit for Command was published months ago, and only Fox News appears to have finally found the stones to report it:
John Kerry's opposition to the Vietnam War led him to many places, including Paris, where he met with the North Vietnamese in 1970. Kerry said then, and says now, that the meeting was a part of an effort to learn more about U.S. POWs. But some question the propriety of a commissioned Naval officer meeting with the enemy at a time of war.
Of course, this blog and many others have been asking questions about this for weeks...nearly a month ago, when you get right down to it. This mere fact shows why the Blogsphere is eating the MSM's lunch...and why they are so biased.

Here's more:
John Kerry, director of the Vietnam Veterans against the War, testified before special session the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for two hours
"I have been to Paris. I have talked with both delegations at the peace talks, that is to say the Democratic Republic of Vietnam and the Provisional Revolutionary Government and of all eight of Madam Binh's points it has been stated time and time again, and was stated by Senator Vance Hartke when he returned from Paris, and it has been stated by many other officials of this Government, if the United States were to set a date for withdrawal the prisoners of war would be returned."
Kerry went to Paris and is siding with Madam Binh and her eight demands. In 1991 Kerry chaired a Senate Select Committee for POW/MIA Affairs. Lack of human rights in Vietnam and their apparent continued holding of American POWs and MIAs had stood in the way of a profitable U.S.-Vietnam relation. Kerry persuaded the committee to vote unanimously that no POWs existed in Vietnam. With the blocking of the proposed human rights legislation which had passed on the House, Kerry gave President Clinton the ability to begin reopen trade that kept the Marxist Vietnamese dictatorship afloat. 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, Senator John F. Kerry’s cousin.