Ed Driscoll

More From Mark

Mark Steyn, that is, who’s really been on a roll, on both sides of the pond. In the Chicago Sun Times, he writes:

In his testimony to Congress in 1971, Kerry asserted a scale of routine war crimes unparalleled in American history — his ”band of brothers” (as he now calls them) ”personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads . . . razed villages in a fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan.” Almost all these claims were unsupported. Indeed, the only specific example of a U.S. war criminal that Kerry gave was himself. As he said on ”Meet The Press” in April 1971, ”Yes, I committed the same kind of atrocities as thousands of other soldiers have committed in that I took part in shootings in free fire zones. I used 50-caliber machineguns, which we were granted and ordered to use.”

Really? And when was that? On your top-secret Christmas Eve mission in Cambodia? If they’d taken him at his word, when the senator said ”I’m John Kerry reporting for duty,” the delegates at the Democratic Convention should have dived for cover.

But they didn’t. So Kerry is now the first self-confessed war criminal in the history of the Republic to be nominated for president. Normally this would be considered an electoral plus only in the more cynical banana republics. But the Democrats seemed to think they could run an anti-war anti-hero as a war hero and nobody would mind. As we now know, a lot of people — a lot of veterans — do mind, very much. They understand that, whether or not he ever mowed down civilians with his 50-caliber machinegun, Kerry is responsible for a lot of wounds closer to home.

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