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December 18, 2007

From War Criminal to All-Around Slimeball: Bob Kerrey's Tortuous Path to Sainthood

When Hillary needs to turn her campaign into a free-fire zone, who else to call upon but the Butcher of Thanh Phong, Bob Kerrey?

It's probably not something that appeals to him, but I like the fact that his name is Barack Hussein Obama, and that his father was a Muslim and that his paternal grandmother is a Muslim. There's a billion people on the planet that are Muslims, and I think that experience is a big deal.

Pressed to elaborate on his feelings toward Senator Obama, Bob Kerrey added:

Look, I think Barack Hussein Obama should be proud of the years he spent studying the Koran in the madrassas. Remember, Korans don't kill: people do. Not to mention that his Islamic upbringing gives him a fresh perspective on the 9/11 hijackers that none of us church-going, peace-loving Americans can match.

What do I think about his drug dealing past? The way I see it, his experience dealing crack in the hood, which to his credit he has not denied, just means he'll be able to deal more effectively with the pigmentation issue in America today. Do I believe President Barack Hussein will turn the White House into a nest of Muslim drug lords? No. But that's why we have campaigns: to discuss these issues and give the candidates a chance to tell us where they stand.

— Bernard Chazelle

Posted at December 18, 2007 07:14 PM

Mr. Kerrey seems like a very generous man to say such kind things about Obama. I wonder if I had dealt crack I could better deal with "the pigmentation issue," which I guess is the troubling issue of some people being black.

Posted by: StO at December 18, 2007 07:58 PM

Who sez ALL the fun has gone out of AMERICAN politics?

Posted by: Mike Meyer at December 18, 2007 08:10 PM

And just when DID Obama stop beating his wife for not wearing a burqa?

Posted by: Don Bacon at December 18, 2007 08:40 PM

Kerrey's improved his technique. He's gone from mowing down Vietnamese villagers with an M-16 to the knife placed discreetly between the ribs.

And didn't this psychpath once run for President? Give the American people their due, they didn't vote for this fucker.

Posted by: SteveB at December 18, 2007 09:05 PM

Let's not argue about who actually stabbed whom. The standard operating procedure was to dispose of people they made contact with back then. Which always made me wonder about uniformed and sanctioned assassins -- after you aptly dispose of 12-year old children sleeping in their bed -- is the geopolitical situation changed perceptibly? Is the sky that much bluer the next day?

With mad skillz like these, he seems to me overqualified for The New School.

Posted by: Ted at December 18, 2007 09:46 PM

It may just be me, but it seems hypocritical to call Bob Kerrey a butcher, and yet in other posts on this site laud Howard Zinn, who also served as bombardier in WWII. War has no innocents, so why tar those who fight it? Tar but those who launch it.

Posted by: En Ming Hee at December 19, 2007 12:51 AM

@En Ming Hee: Then Bob Kerrey's still qualifies as a butcher, because he's been a continuous supporter of the war on and occupation of Iraq.

Can't agree with your case that because war is wrong, there are no meaningful distinctions in terms of war criminality among all who fight. There are no innocents among combatants, okay; that doesn't mean some are not much more guilty than others. And the responsibility is not confined to those at the top.

Posted by: Nell at December 19, 2007 01:20 AM

Well, let's explain something please. For instance, the "guilt" or "criminality" of my uncle: drafted in 1942, landed in Italy with USArmy, fought up Italy, through France into Germany vs Wehrmacht and SS. Wounded twice etcetc.
Now--how do you measure his "guilt?" He picked up a weapon and shot at the enemy. Didn't pillage, plunder and rape, his unit never cited for any cruelty to POWs or criminal activities vs civilians.
Wars are bad. But individual "guilt" in the cause he was fighting for...? Or, say the fighting and killing of the Americans who fought against Franco, where random revenge killings were standard on both sides, how do you judge individuals from that "engagement?"
Or, do you draw some line between ground forces and those dropping bombs from the air? Be very careful there.
Anti-war is a fine stance. It can, however, be smeared carelessly and thoughtlessly on events quite different and circumstances very far from those in places we are now sending our citizens to do their "fighting."
Would you label McGovern (bomber in WWII) a war criminal for his role in hitting German industries and cities? Do you believe that every participant in every war, on both winning and losing side, is a "war criminal" merely through his/her involvement? Hang us all, then.

Posted by: donescobar at December 19, 2007 09:04 AM


Allusions soon appearing in soundbites of HRC supporters everywhere!

Posted by: bdr at December 19, 2007 10:35 AM

with friends like Bob Kerrey, who needs enemies?

Posted by: joe in oklahoma at December 19, 2007 11:40 AM

Throughout history, the only real war crime is non participation.(just ask your neghbors about those who will not fight)

Posted by: Mike Meyer at December 19, 2007 11:57 AM

This is really incredible. Worse than Rush Limbaugh.

Posted by: abb1 at December 19, 2007 02:46 PM

I think that Bob Kerrey gained a keen insight into the human condition when skull-fucked the dead on the battlefield in Vietnam. I believe that was right about the time he stopped beating his wife. Or his homosexual lover. I forget.

Posted by: Bob In Pacifica at December 19, 2007 03:53 PM

I think that Bob Kerrey gained some keen insight on the human condition and learned a life lesson when he skull-fucked the dead on the battlefields of Vietnam. That was right about the time that he stopped beating his wife, or his homosexual lover, I forget which. I'm sure that the incurable venereal diseases he picked up over there have stopped eating away at his brain stem and that anything he says nowadays verges on sentient. I just wish he'd stop robbing graves.

Posted by: Bob In Pacifica at December 19, 2007 03:58 PM

En Ming He,I don't think Howard Zinn himself would think there's a dimes worth of difference between the war crimes of him and Kerrey.The difference is Professor Zinn admits his complicity in their respective atrocities and has worked for 50 years to prevent other young men and women from repeating his and Kerrey's mistakes.

Posted by: at December 20, 2007 07:30 AM

The Eastern World
It is explodin'
Violence flares
Bullet loadin'
You're old enough to kill
But not for votin'
You don't belive in war
Boy, what's that gun you're totin'
And even the Jordan River has
Bodies floatin'----
Barry McGuire

Posted by: Mike Meyer at December 20, 2007 11:13 AM