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Lt. Kerry USN at Vietnam War Congressional Hearings

Secretary of State Kerry at Syrian Strike Congressional Hearings
 
Once again we are hearing testimony at Congressional Hearings on both the Senate side and the House side.  Surprise, surprise the same person is involved after 42 years - but what a different viewpoint.  At that time Kerry asked "How do we ask a man to be the last to die for a mistake?".  Perhaps Mr. Secretary of State by not repeating them - sadly we continue to do so.

For once it would be nice if when persons became Politicians they maintained there original viewpoints and when the occasion arose in their time stuck with their original beliefs and Declared Peace not continue to blow the World to pieces by Acts of War.

They would do well to remember a story told in the Middle East about a scorpion who wished to cross the Nile River.  He spotted a frog and asked him to take him across on his back.  The frog refused saying "You will sting me and I will die".  The scorpion said "No that would be foolish if I did that I could not cross the Nile".  So the frog allowed him to climb on and headed across the Nile River.  Halfway across sure enough the scorpion stung the frog who said  "Why did you do that now I will die and you will drown".  The scorpion replied "Ah but this is the Middle East".


Count D. Peter Boucher, Kt. SMOM.
International Master Mariner (Retired)

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