posted on Sep, 26 2004 @ 05:27 PM
I found this article on a blog site.. pretty good stuff!
Apparently Kerry made a claim he was at the 1991 Safwan Airfield Iraqi cease-fire
March 3, 1991.
He made the claim during an 1991 interview with Bill O'Reily:
O'REILLY: Yes, that was a classic mistake. But if you arm the Kurds in the north of Iraq, you're going to alienate one of our most valuable
KERRY: I didn't say necessarily the Kurds. There are other members of the opposition. There are people who are outside the country prepared to go in.
There are others inside the country. And I believe -- I mean, I was in Safwan. I went there when the signing of the armistice took place at the end of
And I remember seeing that land, which lent itself in my judgment, considerably to the creation of almost an enclave, which I thought we should have
done then. And I think is one way to begin to approach things now, but there are other possibilities. The important thing is that Saddam Hussein and
the world knows that we think Saddam Hussein is essentially out of sync with the times. He is and has acted like a terrorist. And he is engaged in
activities that are unacceptable.
But according to this
blog, John Kerry managed to miss no Senate votes during
that week. On February 28th
Kerry voted to table an amendment during a roll-call vote. On
, Kerry again
managed to make a roll-call vote, this time voting against tabling an amendment by Senator Tom Harkin. It's not impossible for him to have been to
Iraq and back, but it seems less likely.
And to narrow the time frame even more, he attended a fundraiser for Cultural Survival, Inc. and the Rainforest Alliance in Boston on March 4th.
no link - Boston Globe Newspaper March 4, 1991
Meanwhile, Sen. John F. Kerry, an honorary committee member, breezed in and out of the black-tie gala in minutes. The subject of fashion/style
seemed an enigma to him. Kerry, wearing a business suit, stayed only long enough to accept a gift: a tin of candy called Rainforest Crunch.
Saturday night would have been March 2nd in Boston. However, since Iraq is several hours ahead of the East Coast, it would already have been Sunday,
March 3rd in Safwan. It means that Kerry would have had to jet out in his fashion-enigma outfit, take the long flight to Iraq just to be in the
country when the accord was signed, and then jet back pronto to attend the March 6th roll-call vote.
darned near impossible.
The Iraqi delegation arrived at Safwan at 11:30 AM and the meeting lasted two hours.
Baghdad is about 6000 miles ESE of Boston as the crow flies — the air route is no doubt longer. If Kerry left the soiree at 10PM Boston time, he would
have had to make the trip to Safwan in about seven (7) hours to make the signing. The "crows" would have to average better than 850 mph.
Apparently, Kerry wasn't at the signing of the cease-fire.. He was in Iraq more then 2 weeks later..
Source - Boston Globe archive dated March 17, 1991. Paul writes:
I was in Iraq during that time and remember Kerry and a group of senators visiting. However, I think the dates mentioned are incorrect. To
my knowledge (I could be wrong), Kerry wasn't at the cease-fire signing.
Here is a Boston Globe story dated March 17, 1991. I cut and pasted the whole article for you from Lexis-Nexis. If I follow this correctly, Kerry
claims that he went over on 3 March 91 and then *returned* on 15 March 91?
I'll put relevant excerpts from the article in the extended entry. It shows that Kerry did indeed visit Iraq, but according to the article, he
didn't arrive until March 16th.
Sounds like Kerry is a regular Chronic Liar to me!
Edit: Added more reference links.
[edit on 9/26/2004 by QuietSoul]