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Friday, February 27, 2004

John Kerry, Soviet Dupe?

"Things are really getting harsh," Howard Kurtz notes, in citing NRO's Ion Mihai Pacepa:

To me, this assertion sounds exactly like the disinformation line that the Soviets were sowing worldwide throughout the Vietnam era. KGB priority number one at that time was to damage American power, judgment, and credibility. One of its favorite tools was the fabrication of such evidence as photographs and 'news reports' about invented American war atrocities...

As a spy chief and a general in the former Soviet satellite of Romania, I produced the very same vitriol Kerry repeated to the U.S. Congress almost word for word and planted it in leftist movements throughout Europe.

Kurtz mildly calls this "a stretch." Since this keeps coming up, I suggest anyone interested read Kerry's testimony on the atrocities, in which he clearly states that these are things that his fellow veterans had told him they had done (hat tip: Mark Schmitt). Fred Kaplan also has a good refutation of GOP criticisms of Kerry's voting record on defense issues.