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4/19/2004


Kerry’s Defense? Part 1

Ever since 1997 John Kerry has appeared to have a change of heart when it comes to military appropriations. But in the years before 1996 he was actively attempting to cut our military budget and weapons programs time and time again. Later I’ll answer to why he changed his tune but for now, lets look at his past voting record in the context of history.

In the midst of the arms race Reagan proposed building the MX ballistic missile to keep up with Soviet arms technology and began to replace our antiquated weapons systems. In November of 1982 President Reagan had this to say:

    ”If my defense proposals are passed, it will still take 5 years before we come close to the Soviet level. Yet, the modernization of our strategic and conventional forces will assure that deterrence works and peace prevails.

    Our deployed nuclear forces built before the age of microcircuits. It's not right to ask our young men and women in uniform to maintain and operate such antiques. Many have already given their lives to missile explosions and aircraft accidents caused by the old age of their equipment. We must replace and modernize our forces, and that's why I decided to proceed with the production and deployment of the new ICBM known as the MX.”

In 1984, while in the midst of the cold war, Kerry wrote a memo to Reagan calling for $45 to $53 billion to be cut from our military, the cancellation of the MX missle, the B1 bomber, as well as SDI. SDI was a bold idea of Reagan’s that would protect us from incoming nuclear missiles.

Later, in 1985, Senator Kerry introduced a “nuclear freeze” resolution that called Reagan to negotiate a “verifiable” halt to testing, production and deployment of nuclear weapons. No one in the senate at the time liked the idea except for Kerry. It died before ever reaching committee.

To this day he supports his decision against those programs.

Five years later In October of 1990 Senator Kerry voted against The B-1 bomber, the B-2 stealth bomber, the F-15, the F-16, the Patriot Missiles, the Aegis Air Defense Cruiser, the Trident Missile System for US Subs, the M-1 Abrams Tanks, the Bradley Fighting Vehicle, and the Tomahawk Cruise Missile. What makes this single vote exceptionally alarming is that it was cast a mere 2 months after Saddam invaded Kuwait. Thankfully the bill passed 79 to 16.

To be continued…

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