Thirty plus years ago, John Kerry gave an interview to the Harvard Crimson that I'm sure he'd like to forget.
When he approached his draft board for permission to study for a year in Paris, the draft board refused and Kerry decided to enlist in the Navy.
Immediate withdrawal from Vietnam, Kerry said, would take about seven months due to complex logistics problems. During that interval he would allow only "self-defense return of fire." "Logistic suport is now what Nixon is talking about leaving there and I don't want to see that. I don't think we should leave support troops there and I don't think we should give Vietnam any more than the foreign aid given any other one country." He does not feel there would be a massive slaughter of American, sympathizers once the United States pulled out.
Kerry said that the United Nations should have control over most of our foreign military operations. "I'm an internationalist. I'd like to see our troops dispersed through the world only at the directive of the United Nations."
On other issues, Kerry wants "to almost eliminate CIA activity. The CIA is fighting its own war in Laos and nobody seems to care." He also favors a negative income tax [giving money to people below a certain income] and keeping unemployment at a very low level, "even if it means selective economic controls."
These could be dismissed as "youthful indiscretions" if Kerry didn't believe this stuff. But based on his votes and statements since then, he's been singing this tune for 30 years. This guy should not be president in the world we now face.