Mr. Kerry, 1971 All of us, Today:
Each day to facilitate the process by which the United States washes her hands of
Vietnam Iraq someone has to give up his life so that the United States doesn’t have to admit something that the entire world already knows, so that we can’t say that we have made a mistake. Someone has to dies so that President Nixon Bush won’t be, and these are his words, “the first President to lose a war.” [make that ‘second’]
We are asking Americans to think about that because how do you ask a man to be the last man to dies in
Vietnam Iraq? How do ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake? But we are trying to do that, and we are doing it with thousands of rationalizations, and if you read carefully the President’s last speech to the people of this country, you can see that he says, and says clearly:
But the issue, gentlemen, the issue is
communismterrorism, and the question is whether or not we will leave that country to the communiststerrorists or whether or not we will try to give it hope to be a free people.
But the point is they are not a free people now under us. They are not a free people, and we cannot fight
communism terrorism all over the world, and I think we should have learned that lesson by now.
[Original text directly from John Kerry’s statement to the Fulbright Committee in 1971]