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By John Kerry

ISBN-10: 0143034987

ISBN-13: 9780143034988

ISBN-10: 0786544090

ISBN-13: 9780786544097

John Kerry has had a awesome existence and is likely one of the most dear public servants in the United States this day, having come to the leading edge of nationwide attention as a veteran talking out opposed to the Vietnam struggle simply after he again from front traces. he's the most strong leaders of the Democratic celebration and-with a fierce landmark presidential crusade looming prior to the 2004 election-could sooner or later turn into the main strong guy on the earth. As an intruder between insiders within the U.S. Senate, John Kerry hasn't ever been afraid to conflict the political institution and struggle the fights that desire struggling with. Now, in a decision to provider, Kerry officially introduces himself to the kingdom. In a publication wealthy with autobiographical information that specify the reviews in the back of the guidelines, Kerry bargains his imaginative and prescient for the USA.

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He was legal adviser to the American mission in Berlin in the mid-1950s, spent time at the NATO War College, and was political secretary to our embassy in Norway for four years before retiring from the foreign service in 1962, when I had already started college. One assignment that he had in Washington that made an especially strong impression on me was when he was briefly detailed to the staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. It was with a sense of continuing a family tradition that I appeared before that same committee in 1971 after my service in Vietnam, testifying on behalf of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War.

But serving in Vietnam did confirm my belief that the war itself was a colossal mistake—not because there was anything ignoble about opposing the expansion of communism in Southeast Asia but because we had intervened in a civil war to fight for a corrupt and undemocratic regime in Saigon. The lesson I learned from Vietnam is that you quickly get into trouble if you let foreign policy or national security policy get too far adrift from our values as a country and as a people. We knew whom we were fighting against during those patrols on the Mekong Delta but did not really know what we were fighting for.

Those who seek to lead have a duty to offer not only a clear 36 A Ca l l to S e rv i c e vision of how we can make Americans safer but also how we can make America itself more trusted and respected in the world. That’s definitely true of all of us who are asking the American people to replace President Bush. One of the reasons I’m running for president is to oppose a Democratic trend—sadly reminiscent of a similar movement in the 1970s and 1980s—to concede international and security issues to the opposition party and constantly try to focus campaigns on domestic issues.

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