Speaking at Columbus Day festivities in Ohio, Presidential candidate, John Kerry, continued today to press Christopher Columbus to apologize for misleading the government of Spain, failing to consult the United Nations, and unilaterally rushing to exploration.
Kerry told reporters, "Columbus was wrong when he promised to find China on his voyage westward, and he broke that promise." Kerry continued, "The simple fact is, there was no westward route to China, and now Columbus' supporters are trying to divert attention from that fact by focusing on the discovery of the new world, which was never a part of Columbus original justification for going to sea."
Kerry continued, "I was at the Court in Madrid in '92 (it is seared, seared in me), and I spoke with the people over there, and I can tell you that Spanish leaders -- and they can't say this themselves publicly, of course, but people close to Ferdinand and Isabella told me, "we need you in there. We need somebody who knows how to get this done -- someone who can command these ships -- if we're going to keep those trade routes to the Orient from being outsourced to Halliburton and Jen-jiss [sic] Kahn."
"I know what it is to command a ship," Kerry continued, "unlike the President, I defended my country as the commander of a ship in Vietnam. When I see the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria, I'm reminded of those days in the Mekong, when I was doing my duty while the President was using his privileged position to avoid his duty. And when I came home from serving my country in Vietnam, I was the one person who understood the right way to command a ship in a way that will pass the global test.
I'm proud that, because I saw that America was wrong in Vietnam, I came home and stood up against imperialism, including Columbus' practice of cutting off heads, cutting off ears, and cutting off noses, and I called for then -- as I do now -- a more sensitive exploration, in which we work together with our allies, instead of going it alone, as Columbus -- and I daresay, as this President has done."