They say you can tell much about the character of a man by the friends he keeps. Likewise, you can get a strong sense of the political character of a candidate by those who promote and endorse him.
Most know of John Kerry's secret visits to Paris to meet with North Vietnamese and Viet Cong representatives in an attempt to end the war and ensure a Communist victory. Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap, the North Vietnamese general, praised Kerry as a friend of the Vietnamese. ...
Other international friends of Kerry include the International Workers of the World, with this: "John Kerry visited New Hampshire to renew our spirit and thank us for our efforts." The Maoist International Movement stated, "A Kerry presidency is more likely to help our class see its global unity, strength and interests." The Democratic Socialists of America opined, "defeat of Kerry would be a defeat of the mainstream left." The national chairman of the Communist Party of the United States stated, "A victory by Kerry and the broad democratic movement that supports him would ... create a much more favorable political terrain on which the people's movement could struggle for its agenda ... ."
Kerry has spoken of the foreign leaders who support him. Two of them not to be overlooked are Kim Jong Il of North Korea, and Cuba's Fidel Castro.
And what of the terrorists? One Iraqi insurgent leader indicated that the upsurge in violence was directed at the defeat of George Bush. ... Who do you think the terrorists want elected - and why?
Recently, 121 retired admirals and generals praised President Bush for his efforts to bring down terrorism and condemned Kerry for efforts to undermine both our troops and the war on terror. If endorsements mean anything, consider them as you enter the voting booth Tuesday.
Mike Miller, Aiken, S.C.
(Editor's note: The writer is a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel.)