Hugh Hewitt makes an interesting point today regarding John Kerry’s 1971 Senate testimony. Along with slandering his former comrades in arms, Kerry made a prediction about how many refugees might be expected if South Vietnam were overrun:

“But I think, having done what we have done to that country, we have an obligation to offer sanctuary to the perhaps 2,000, 3,000 people who might face, and obviously they would, we understand that, might face political assasination or something else.”

Of course, the numbers of Vietnamese forced out and murdered after Saigon fell were several orders of magnitude greater than “2,000, 3,000 people”, and that’s not even mentioning the vast slaughter in Cambodia. Kerry’s errant prediction was as horribly wrong as Sydney Schanberg’s idiotic, “for most, a better life,” propaganda in the New York Times as Phnom Penn was being overrun.

Hewitt notes that such statements may well have resonance in California’s Asian immigrant communities:

According to the 2000 Census, there are 1,122,528 Vietnamese Americans, 447,032 of whom live in California… [snip] I wonder how John Kerry’s antiwar record will play in Orange County, California’s Little Saigon? Or to the state’s approximately 70,000 Cambodian Americans?

Hewitt has obtained an audio tape of Kerry’s testimony, and has already played it in its entirety on his radio show. He says he plans to play it again soon…


6 Responses to “Blowback”

  1. Gary B Says:

    Has John Fonda Kerry put California in play with the amount refugees from the Vietman conflict living in the state?

  2. rosignol Says:

    Here’s to hope…

  3. wrapper Says:

    So Kerry’s prediction was not just wrong, it was horribly wrong. This is supposed to mean something? Jeez, desperate much?

  4. Jim G. Says:


    Yeah it means something. It may be a small piece, but the pieces eventually add up to a whole. Has Kerry changed so much since his 70’s activist days? Not that I can see. He still straddles the fence on almost all issues. He is a political coward. Not the type of person we need in today’s world.

    I don’t back everything Bush has done during his presidency, however the one thing you cannot call him is a coward.

  5. Pouncer Says:

    The Vietnamese refugee community is a strongly unified bloc. Drive around in Arlington Texas and see all the SOUTH Vietnamese flags over barbershops, convenience stores, cafes. See the old “Food Lion” grocery building that was converted to the biggest Catholic Cathedral in town — serving almost exclusively the Vietnames community.

    If they choose to exercise their solidarity in national politics — it won’t matter a bean at the ballot box. Texas is solidly Shrub territory anyhow. But it might be terribly embarrassing on the nightly news to have more people on-camera in one place at one time, all denouncing Kerry, than he ever predicted would leave their homes.

  6. Fred Says:

    Would we now be able to say

    “Kerry lied and people died!”

    Sure, it isn’t fair or accurate, but that hasn’t stopped anyone else from using it with regards to Bush.

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