Vietnam War Hearing: John Kerry Testimony – Vietnam Veterans Against the War (1971)

Published on May 12, 2013 by The Film Archives

John Forbes Kerry (born December 11, 1943) is an American politician who is the 68th and current United States Secretary of State. He served as a United States Senator from Massachusetts from 1985 to 2013, and was chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Kerry was the presidential nominee of the Democratic Party in the 2004 Presidential Election but lost to incumbent George W. Bush.

The son of an Army Air Corps veteran, Kerry was born in Aurora, Colorado. He attended boarding school in Massachusetts and New Hampshire and went on to graduate from Yale University class of 1966, where he majored in political science and became a member of the influential Skull and Bones secret society. He enlisted in the Naval Reserve in 1966, and during 1968–1969 served an abbreviated four-month tour of duty in South Vietnam as officer-in-charge (OIC) of a Swift Boat. For that service, he was awarded combat medals that include the Silver Star, Bronze Star, and three Purple Hearts. Securing an early return to the United States, Kerry joined the Vietnam Veterans Against the War in which he served as a nationally recognized spokesman and as an outspoken opponent of the Vietnam War. He appeared before the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs where he deemed United States war policy in Vietnam to be the cause of “war crimes.”

After receiving his J.D. from Boston College Law School, Kerry worked as an Assistant District Attorney and co-founded a private firm. He served as Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts under Michael Dukakis from 1983 to 1985, where he worked on an early forerunner to the national Clean Air Act. He won a tight Democratic primary in 1984 for the U.S. Senate and was sworn in the following January. On the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he led a series of hearings from 1987 to 1989 which were a precursor to the Iran–Contra affair.

In 2002, Kerry voted to authorize the President “to use force, if necessary, to disarm Saddam Hussein”, but warned that the administration should exhaust its diplomatic avenues before launching war. Kerry based his 2004 presidential campaign on opposition to the Iraq War. He and his running mate Senator John Edwards lost the race, finishing 35 electoral votes behind the Republican ticket headed by President George W. Bush (just 19 short of the 270 required for election). Subsequently, he established the Keeping America’s Promise PAC.

Kerry became chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 2009, and in 2011 he was appointed to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. Having been nominated by President Barack Obama to succeed outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and then confirmed by the U.S. Senate by a vote of 94–3 on January 29, 2013, Kerry assumed the office on February 1, 2013.

After returning to the United States, Kerry joined the Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW). Then numbering about 20,000,[60] VVAW was considered by some (including the administration of President Richard Nixon) to be an effective, if controversial, component of the antiwar movement.[61] According to Nixon Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird, “I didn’t approve of what he did, but I understood the protesters quite well”, and he declined two requests from the Navy to court martial Reserve Lieutenant Kerry over his antiwar activity.[62]

On April 22, 1971, Kerry became the first Vietnam veteran to testify before Congress about the war, when he appeared before a Senate committee hearing on proposals relating to ending the war. He was still a member of the United States Navy Reserve, holding the rank of Lieutenant Junior Grade. Wearing green fatigues and service ribbons, he spoke for nearly two hours with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in what has been named the Fulbright Hearings, after the Chairman of the proceedings, Senator J. W. Fulbright. Kerry began with a prepared speech, in which he presented the conclusions of the Winter Soldier Investigation, and then went on to address larger policy issues.

12 thoughts on “Vietnam War Hearing: John Kerry Testimony – Vietnam Veterans Against the War (1971)

  1. They start as members of the university debating society and learn that in the debate they take either side of the argument regardless of right or wrong. They experience power on the debating floor with an audience present and so in their hubris of speaking bullshit and being rewarded they advance to politician and immense power on a national level and become full blown psychopaths. There are no exceptions in politics.

    They are entirely non productive vermin, a pest feeding on the vulnerable in society and they need culling before their self opinionated psychotic madness destroys us all.

  2. I am beginning to see certain acts and statements by future members of the ruling class as a form of “sheep dipping”. Look at everything Obama said over the brief course of his rise to power that were intended to make people believe he would be completely different than he is now. His handlers instructed him to say these things to build a certain image so that he could get elected, knowing all the while that he would do whatever TPTB told him to do once safely in office. John Kerry is the same in this regard, only more obviously so as a member of Skull & Bones, which carefully selects and grooms the next generation of elites to fan out into every significant pressure point of our society.

    1. yes and I was one of the fools who
      voted for O What’s his name
      the first time around
      Not the second time around
      Not only that.
      the fu c k you know the rest……election counting has been shown to be faked also.
      God! God, sakes…..

      1. I’m sorry rbeason. It’s okay …. we all make mistakes. But you caught yourself the second time around. And that’s a good thang! 😉 Don’t beat yourself up about it.
        . . .

      2. I, too, had early hopes that Ohbummer would be different. But when I heard that his campaign’s chief foreign policy adviser was none other than Zbignew Brzezinski, the very architect of our Middle East disaster, I knew that anything the slick candidate said about ending the Iraq or Afghanistan wars was a lie. You don’t hire the guy who designed a problem to fix it. Brzezinski did make a few statements during the campaign to make it sound like he was having second thoughts about the wars he had helped get us into, but Ohbummer’s actions after the election show that those words were just more of the sheep-dipping process.

        I think the next time we trust a come-from-nowhere candidate with our vote we will need to look much deeper into their past. In Ohbummer’s case, that would have revealed that he was a third-generation CIA asset and that would have been all we needed to know.

        1. look….
          brezeinski………who without ck in was of the Carter Adm
          Is nothing but a Damn NWO man
          even before knowing about him and connected to Obumer…there was a hard cover book published of the people Obumer took with him from chicago……..I swear it was a who’s who of the bad guys of chicago of the time….names…and so forth and why they were designated as such…
          I have forgotten the title of the book…should be easy to access that on line…I read this in my public library shortly after I voted for the imposter……………Damn….

  3. well,
    if i wasn’t so damn lazy I would have already looked up the title
    and then could have said….
    The book is not a flim flam type of work put out on a moments notice…
    If you get back to me and ask………i will vairfy my statement and find the title of the biography……..

  4. Yes, Susan, the book is _The Grand Chessboard_ , widely considered to be the blueprint for everything that has gone on in the Middle East and Central Asia since 9/11/01. This is the same author who spoke the words, “It is infinitely easier to kill a million people than to control a million people.” He is another Rockefeller protege loosed on the world, with predictably murderous results.

    1. @ Susan, et al.
      Zbignew’s daughter is Mika Brzenzinski who co-anchors the “Morning Joe” with some guy who’s name I can’t recall right now. But, the interesting thing about this is the show is sponsered by Commie-coffee Starbucks. And to add the cherry on top of the sundae, Zbignew is an open Marxist who I will not quote him here, but it doesn’t surprise me that she (a daughter of a Marxist) is on MSNBC, with that Socialist Lawrence O’donnell, and Melissa Harris Perry who was rightfully criticized for saying, “We have got to stop think our kids privately belong to us, but see that kids are a COLLECTIVE responsibility.” (paraphrased)

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