He came to discuss an investigation involving "over 150 honorably discharged and many very highly decorated veterans."
They admitted committing Southeast Asian war crimes. Kerry explained.
They "personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, bl(ew) up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages (like) Genghis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam in addition to the normal ravages of war, and the normal and very particular ravaging which is done by the applied bombing power of this country."
He called Washington's claim about preserving Southeast Asian freedom "the height of criminal hypocrisy."
"We saw firsthand how money from American taxes was used for a corrupt dictatorial regime."
"We rationalized destroying villages....to save them. We saw America lose her sense of morality as she accepted very cooly a My Lai." Many other gruesome atrocities followed.
Others preceded it. It's standard policy in all US wars. Civilians are as fair game as combatants. They suffer most. Women and children aren't excluded.
"We learned the meaning of free fire zones, shooting anything that moves, and we watched while America placed a cheapness on the lives of orientals," said Kerry.
"We have come here....because we believe this body can be responsive to the will of the people (saying) we should be out of Vietnam now...."
That was then. This is now. In the 1980s, Kerry became a committed Cold Warrior. Until it dissolved in February 2011, he was prominent as a Democratic Leadership Council (DLC) member.
It's agenda was far to the right of center. Ralph Nader called it "corporatist (and) soulless." It was ideologically hardline.
Policies were anti-populist, anti-labor, anti-welfare, pro-business, and pro-imperial in pursuit of unchallenged US global dominance.
Kerry was fully on board. He remains true to its ideological principles. He's the Senate's richest member. His estimated net worth approaches $300 million. Including his wife's wealth, some believe it exceeds $1 billion. She's heir to the Heinz fortune.
Kerry's voting record reflects support for NAFTA, Big Media, welfare reform, Plan Columbia, Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF/September 2001), the USA Patriot Act, its 2006 and 2011 reauthorizations, national defense legislation, No Child Left Behind (to privatize public education), America's war on terror, military force against Iraq, Obama's war on Libya, ravaging Syria, targeting Iran, imposing tougher lawless sanctions, Israeli lawlessness, energy policies benefitting Big Oil, Obamacare, reduced food stamp funding, and freedom threatening cybersecurity legislation among other undemocratic measures.