Skip to comments.TED KENNEDY, FREEDOM FIGHTER
Posted on 02/07/2005 2:56:35 PM PST by XHogPilot
Ted Kennedy was so excited about the first democratic elections in Iraq in more than a half century he decided to try and undermine them by giving a highly publicized defeatist rant at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies on January 27. Three days later Kennedy's office put out this wildly enthusiastic one paragraph statement saying the Senator thought the Iraqi elections were "a good first step" but "not a cure" and urging President Bush to hurry up and "look beyond" the vote.
Given that we've seen two other remarkable cases of democracy blossoming around the world in the last six months, I wondered if Senator Kennedy had greeted the historic events in Afghanistan and the Ukraine with the same passion and enthusiasm with which he handled Iraq. The answer, not surprisingly, is "yes."
On October 8 of last year, one day before Afghans went to the polls, Kennedy delivered this statement on the floor of the United States Senate:
Afghanistan still faces fundamental threats to the casting of ballots on Saturday, let alone its long-term stability and prosperity. Elections are vitally important to the process of rebuilding a free country, but they are not a panacea for the myriad problems that face the people in Afghanistan.
Sounds pretty familiar. This time, however, it looks as if Senator Kennedy didn't bother with congratulating the people of Afghanistan on their historic achievement. Kennedy's web site shows that he did find time to issue three statements that weekend (October 9-10), but praising democracy in Afghanistan wasn't among them. Nor does a Lexis-Nexis search for the month of October turn up any trace of Senator Kennedy saying a single thing (either positive or negative) about the Afghan elections. It's as if they never happened.
But surely the good Senator had something positive to say about Ukraine, right? After all, the Orange Revolution was untainted by Bush's hated militarism/imperialism/unilateralism and came off without a shot being fired. Liberals (and conservatives) everywhere praised the peaceful manner in which democracy triumphed in Ukraine.
Not Kennedy. Starting with the time of the initial, fraudulent vote in Ukraine (November 21) through the revote (December 26) through the day Yuschenko was sworn in (January 23) I can't find a single word uttered by Senator Kennedy on the matter. Nothing on Google, nothing in Lexis-Nexis. Nothing on his web site and nothing in the Congressional Record. If Kennedy has said something - anything - about the historic events in Ukraine I can't find it.
Kennedy's indifference to the spread of freedom and his belief that elections are quaint but not really important events are two more reasons the Democrats are in real and mortal danger by letting this man continue to be the face and voice of their party.
You do, however, resemble several species of insect life I've stepped on before.
I've been saying for years that Teddy doesn't know Jack...
When his liver implodes, I'm really going to miss him.
That would make him, appropriately enough, Jack Off.
I heard Sen Orrin Hatch finally got Ted into a secret rehab program and Teddy is off the booze for now. What they say really did it was a doctor told him he was dying of alcoholism. I have no idea if the rumor is true that Kennedy has stopped drinking (he looks a bit better these days) but I have no doubt that Ted is an alcoholic.
Despite my distaste and utter disgust with Kennedy, I hope he stays sober for his sake. But he has yet to make amends with all the people his alcoholism has hurt over the years (that is one of the 12 steps--to make amends to those you have harmed.)
Kennedy could start with a public apology to the Kopechne family.
Surely you can't be talking about Jack Daniels, are you?
Actually, the Ukraine events WERE tainted by Bushco. The goverment party, which had stolen the elections fair and square planned to bring in a cohort of coal miners from eastern (mostly Russian) Ukraine. The coal miners would beat up the pro-democracy demonstrators who were inhibiting the actions of the kleptocracy. If the pro democracy demonstrators were able to defend themselves from the coal miners, the kleptocracy would declare martial law, and if necessary ask Putin to send in the Russian army to restore order.
As the coal miners got on chartered buses to go to Kiev, they found a case of Vodka on each one, with a note "from friends of the coal miners". At each scheduled stop, more cases of vodka were dropped off so they would have a steady supply. By the time the caravan got to Kiev, the coal miners were not in a condition to do anything. The buses turned around and took them home. No fights, no martial law, no Russian intervention.
The Vodka was provided by the US CIA (Porter Goss) and his friends at the UK MI-6.
I bet Kennedy would be upset that the CIA was contributing to the delinquency of miners.
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A terrible, terrible man.
The factor that argues against that is that recovering alcoholics tend to change their behavior and quit being obnoxious offensive jerks, at least for a little while. If anything, he's becoming more offensive and hateful.
Hmmmm? Actually, that could explain the angry outbursts.
Oh my .. I throught a snorkel get-up was required.
Even if he's sober, he has the personality that is described in AA as a "dry drunk."
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