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The Kerry Missile: Senator Inaccurate and Unreliable

Thursday, 26 February 2004 12:00 AM

The Senator Kerry has a bit of a problem with missiles. It would seem that his support for any specific weapon depends greatly upon the donation status of the missile maker. Take for example the case of missile maker Parthasarathi "Bob" Majumder.

Majumder's firm, Science and Applied Technology Inc., was paid more than $150 million to design and develop a new missile that could hunt down enemy radars. The only problem with Majunder's missile was that the Pentagon kept trying to cut the program.

According to official records, Sen. John F. Kerry sent 28 letters in behalf of a San Diego defense contractor between 1996 and 1999. Kerry's letters were sent to fellow members of Congress and to the Pentagon in support of Majunder's firm and the unwanted missile.

At the same time, Majumder and his employees were donating money to Kerry. According to the Federal Election Commission, Kerry received about $25,000 from Majumder and his employees.

Curiously, Majumder pled guilty last week to illegally funneling campaign contributions to the Massachusetts senator. Court documents show that Majumder told his employees they needed to make political contributions in order for him to gain influence with members of Congress. He then reimbursed them with money from the government contracts.


Kerry's campaign said the Senator's letter writing campaign had nothing to do with the money. One of the subcontractors working on the guided missile project, Millitech Inc., was based in Northampton, Mass.

Campaign senior advisor Michael Meehan said Kerry was concerned that the military project was on hold and might jeopardize work for people in his home state.

"Kerry has made a career of going to bat for Massachusetts companies and bottlenecks they might have with the federal government. It's part of his job," said Meehan.

Millitech specializes in the design, engineering and manufacture of components and systems needed in satellite communications, radar and remote sensing. Millitech employs 80 people.

Millitech officials balked at the statement, noting that the subcontract through Majunder's firm totaled to less than one percent of their contracts. Thus, no jobs were threatened in Massachusetts.


Still, Kerry's contradiction on missiles does not stop there. The Senator Kerry has voted against Massachusetts based missile maker Raytheon on more than one occasion, costing the state many high tech jobs.

Kerry has voted against Raytheon's Patriot missile and against the Navy Aegis missile system which fires Raytheon's Standard missile. Kerry has also opposed the development of the National Missile Defense system of which Raytheon is a major contractor.

In March 2000, Senator Kerry criticized CIA Director George Tenet's testimony before Congress that the U.S. needed a missile defense system to prevent future attacks. Kerry warned that the United States must not rush to develop a defense system that would alter the world's strategic balance.

"What is defense, if it is sufficiently strong in defense, can actually become offense. And I don't think we've worked that through sufficiently and we need to," stated Kerry. Kerry continued his opposition to a missile defense in June 2000.

"Just think: We could expend billions, upset the strategic balance, initiate a new arms race, and not even get a system that withstands remarkably simple, inexpensive countermeasures," said Kerry.

Kerry's grasp of the technical nature of anti-missile systems was proven wrong by the Patriot missile system during the recent operation in Iraq, intercepting every Iraqi missile it was fired at. The national missile defense system also appears to be on track with a series of successful intercepts.


Yet, Kerry's flawed outlook on international affairs and national defense do not stop at cutting important military projects while padding donor's pockets. Kerry has been very outspoken on other important issues such as our relations with China.

In a March 2000 speech, Kerry praised the Clinton administration in its handling of relations with China. However, Kerry's praise was enough to send chills down the spine of any Chinese dissident and PLA General.

"The (Clinton) Administration has had success in dealing with China. It moved quickly to abandon the counterproductive MFN (Most Favored Nation trade) human rights linkage," stated Kerry in his speech before the Woodrow Wilson Center.

"Proponents of containment see China only as an enemy, intent on expanding its power in Asia, repressing its people and amassing sufficient power to challenge the United States as a superpower. For them, engagement is a naive approach, driven principally by economic interests.

"They believe we should link trade to human rights and have less direct interaction with China-not more -- by eliminating military and scientific contacts and further restricting technology sales. They argue that we should even ignore Chinese concerns about Taiwan's status.

"I believe their misperception of China as an enemy may create a self-fulfilling prophecy and will invite confrontation."

Of course, Kerry's support for the "engagement" strategy with China, pushing trade ahead of human rights and national security, has nothing to do with the fact that he has taken Chinese Army money.

In 1996 Senator Kerry lobbied the SEC to accept China Aerospace, the maker of nuclear tipped missiles, to be placed on the U.S. stock market. Thus, American investors could put money in Chinese Army company that builds missiles pointed at America.

Just before Kerry wrote his letter to the SEC, he met with Lt. Col. Liu Chaoying, a China Aerospace executive and full time officer of the People's Liberation Army. Johnny Chung accompanied Lt. Col. Liu to the meeting with Senator Kerry. Chung later staged a fundraiser for Kerry, and donated Chinese Army money for the Senator's re-election bid.


Of course, Kerry has had his moments of being correct. In October 1998, Kerry made his views clear on Iraq and weapons of mass destruction.

"Over the years, a consensus has developed within the international community that the production and use of weapons of mass destruction has to be halted. We and others worked hard to develop arms control regimes toward that end, but obviously Saddam Hussein's goal is to do otherwise," stated Kerry.

"Iraq and North Korea and others have made it clear that they are still trying, secretly and otherwise, to develop those weapons. I would point out also that there are experts on Iraq, those in the inspections team, those at the U.N. and elsewhere in our international community, who are very clear that Saddam Hussein's first objective is not to lift the sanctions. His first objective is to keep Iraq's weapons of mass destruction program-that will come ahead of all else," said Kerry.

"It is not simply about eliminating Saddam Hussein's capacity to threaten his neighbors. It is about eliminating Iraq's weapons of mass destruction-chemical, biological, and nuclear. Failure to achieve this goal will have a profound impact," stated Kerry.

"In recent conversations that I had with Chairman Butler, he confirmed that Saddam Hussein has only this one goal-keeping his weapons of mass destruction capability-and he further stated with clarity that Iraq is well out of compliance with U.N. resolutions requiring it to eliminate those weapons and submit to inspections and out of compliance with the agreement that he signed up to in February with Kofi Annan."

Yesterday, Kerry thought that Saddam Hussein was a threat to global peace. Today, Kerry opposes the Bush efforts in Iraq and still firmly believes that the U.S. should not have toppled Saddam's brutal and dangerous regime.


If Senator Kerry's policy was to save Massachusetts's jobs then the facts show that John Kerry has voted to eliminate thousands of aerospace workers from his state. If Kerry's policy was to support human rights then the facts show that he would rather have unrestricted trade with the brutal regime in Beijing.

If Kerry's policy were for a strong national defense then the facts show that Kerry has already opposed the wishes of the Pentagon and three Presidents.

It would seem that Senator Kerry is a loose missile, frequently missing his target with his politics du jour. Kerry changes course depending on the winds of politics, power and money. Much like the Russian Kerry missile, the Senator from Massachusetts is inaccurate, unreliable and flawed.

The Charlie Smith Show on the American Freedom Network on Friday, 2/27/4, at 11 a.m. Eastern time. Show information at http://www.amerifree.com.

The Jerry Hughes show on Friday, 2/27/4, at 3 p.m. Eastern time. Show information at http://www.cilamerica.com.


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