What’s A Few Hundred Thousand Lives To A Democrat?

John Kerry was on C-Span yesterday and laid this line of horse-hooey on viewers:

Sen. John Kerry said during a C-SPAN appearance that fears of a bloodbath after the US withdrawal from Vietnam never materialized. He says he’s met survivors of the “reeducation camps” who are thriving in modern Vietnam. An award-winning investigation by the Orange County Register concludes that at least 165,000 people perished in the camps.

As one of the comments says at Don Surber’s site, is Kerry really that stupid, or does he think that WE’RE really that stupid?

Just check out Wikipedia’s description of the aftermath:

Hundreds of thousands of South Vietnamese officials, particularly ARVN officers, were imprisoned in reeducation camps after the Communist takeover. Tens of thousands died and many fled the country after being released. Up to two million civilians left the country, and as many as half of these boat people perished at sea.


After repeated border clashes in 1978, Vietnam invaded Democratic Kampuchea (Cambodia) and ousted the Khmer Rouge. As many as two million died during the Khmer Rouge genocide.

Emphasis, mine.

So you can clearly see that millions died as a direct result of our leaving Vietnam the way we did. And that’s just what we know about.

So again, is John Kerry really that dumb? Or does he take us for a bunch of boobs? My guess? A lot of both.

The reason why Kerry wants you to believe that when we left Vietnam, it “wasn’t that bad” is so they can force the notion on the American people that we can leave Iraq and it, like Vietnam, won’t be “that bad.” Nice try at rewriting history, Senator but, like your pal Webb the other day, you fail.

(Cross-posted to Iowa Voice and Common Sense Political Thought)

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