Skip to comments.1984 debate: Shamie attacks John Kerry on Vietnam anti-war activities; likens Kerry to "Chamberlain"
Posted on 04/24/2004 10:12:57 PM PDT by nwrep
Democratic Lt. Gov. John F. Kerry and Republican Raymond Shamie, in their last debate before Tuesday's election, last night accentuated the personal acrimony and political divisions that have characterized their campaign for the US Senate.
Kerry called the CIA involvement in the mining of Nicaraguan harbors and the distribution of a manual instructing rebels in political assassination a threat to the United States' "moral credibility."
In a similar vein, Shamie described the activities of Vietnam Veterans Against the War, an antiwar group led by Kerry after he returned home a decorated veteran 15 years ago, as "helping to demoralize those still in a combat posture."
In his opening remarks at the afternoon debate, Shamie harked back to World War II, comparing his own views on national security with those of Winston Churchill and those of Kerry's with Neville Chamberlain. As prime minister of England before the war Chamberlain followed a policy of appeasement toward Adolf Hitler while Churchill urged the nation not to underestimate the threat posed by an expansionist Germany.
Charging that "the Soviets are engaged in the most relentless military buildup since Hitler," Shamie said the question facing the United States is "whether American policy will be to confront this threat with firmness or to appease it apologetically.
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