Ed Driscoll

HISTORY DOESN'T REPEAT, BUT IT

HISTORY DOESN’T REPEAT, BUT IT DOES RHYME: The Washington Times notes:

John Kerry would be the first presidential candidate to visit a war zone since the failed bid of Sen. George S. McGovern, if the presumptive Democratic nominee decides to visit Iraq on a fact-finding trip.

In September 1971, Mr. McGovern, the liberal South Dakota senator, visited South Vietnam, where he declared President Nixon’s policy a “glaring failure” and called for a complete withdrawal of U.S. forces.

Mr. Kerry, a four-term senator from Massachusetts, said this week that he is considering a trip to Iraq, although he left open the possibility that he might ask a group of congressional colleagues to conduct a fact-finding mission for him.

I suppose he could always ask Jim McDermott and David Bonior