LET’S NOT ASSUME THE SALE JUST YET: Kerry’s plane has “John Kerry President” on its side. Despite the best efforts of the press, I don’t think it’s official yet.
And I suppose this was inevitable:
Comparing the plane to aircraft that brought U.S. troops to and ferried them home from Vietnam, Kerry called the plane his “freedom bird.”
But after Vietnam, Kerry said:
I did take part in free-fire zones, I did take part in harassment and interdiction fire, I did take part in search-and-destroy missions in which the houses of noncombatants were burned to the ground. And all of these acts, I find out later on, are contrary to the Hague and Geneva conventions and to the laws of warfare. So in that sense, anybody who took part in those, if you carry out the application of the Nuremberg Principles, is in fact guilty.
If that’s how Kerry feels, why is he naming his plane after those that transported armies of fellow war criminals to and from their destructive tasks? You’d think somebody that ashamed of his actions in Vietnam would want to play them down.
UPDATE: Rich Lowry notes that AP didn’t pick up on the missing “for” in the “John Kerry President” emblazoned on Kerry’s campaign aircraft.