…In 2009, in some of my very first hearings Chairing the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, I said, ‘[T]he parallels” to Vietnam “just really keep leaping out in so many different ways.’
That comment caused a political firestorm of sorts—but I defended it, and I’m proud of it. I published an OpEd in the Washington Post that said,
'We shouldn't delude ourselves into thinking that we are in anything but a race against time in a region suspicious of foreign footprints. The United States is not in Afghanistan to make it our 51st state.'
|—||Sen. John F. Kerry (D-MA) in a letter to PDA, a call to dialog in response to a petition with more than 25,000 signatures Blog | Progressive Democrats of America 6/22/11|