Webster G. Tarpley, Ph.D.
March 4, 2013
John Forbes Kerry, the current United States Secretary of State, is a blue-blooded patrician oligarch and member of the infamous Yale Skull and Bones secret society.
Kerry has already signaled that he will be more aggressive and ruthless than his predecessor, Hillary Rodham Clinton, when it comes to implementing the US program of destroying the sovereign and independent nation states of the world, and replacing them with micro states, mini states, rump states, failed states, warlords, and chaos. Accordingly, Kerry wants to increase aid to the Syrian rebels, whom his own department has branded as terrorists.
Even in a millionaire’s club like the United States Senate, Kerry stood out as the richest senator. His father, Richard Kerry, was a foreign service officer for the US State Department involved in United Nations affairs. Kerry’s paternal grandparents, the Silesian Fritz Kohn and the Budapest-born Ida Löwe were Jews from a suburb of Vienna, Austria-Hungary who came to the United States and converted to Roman Catholicism at the beginning of the 20th century, changing their name to Kerry after selecting it at random from a map of Ireland. Fritz Kohn/Kerry had a shoe business which went bankrupt during the crash of 1921, leading to his suicide. Today’s John Forbes Kerry was raised as a Roman Catholic, which he says he has remained.
John Kerry’s pedigree and the initial money for his education come from his mother, who was born Rosemary Isabel Forbes. The Forbes family had arrived in Massachusetts in the mid-18th century, much later than many of the Boston Brahmins, but Ralph Bennett Forbes soon married Margaret Perkins, a daughter of the notorious family controlling Perkins & Co., one of the selected American firms partnering with the British East India Company in shipping opium from India to China, and tea from China to Europe and North America. Thanks to this strategic marriage, the Forbes were directly allied to families like the Cabots, the Cushings, and others. Ralph Bennett Forbes worked for the Perkins syndicate as an opium-runner. His son, John Murray Forbes, was for a time one of the dominant personalities of the foreign clique controlling the Chinese emperor.
John Murray Forbes made a strategic move for the family to go legit, shifting their fortune from opium and slaves into investments in US railroads. John Murray Forbes later played a prominent role in the committee of Boston Brahmins who financed and incited John Brown to carry out murderous provocations against the slaveholding states, not with the goal of ending slavery, but rather with the goal of fomenting a civil war which would destroy the United States government.
John Murray Forbes managed the acquisition by the Perkins interests of Alexander Graham Bell’s innovations in the telephone. His son became the president of the American Bell Telephone Company in 1879. The Forbes family is also noted for having financed Ralph Waldo Emerson and his transcendentalists.
This intermarried cabal of New England opium families has historically dominated the Skull and Bones secret society at Yale University, a freemasonic death cult to which presidents like William Howard Taft, George Herbert Walker Bush, and George W. Bush have belonged. In the presidential contest of 2004, George W. Bush and his opponent, John Forbes Kerry, were both members of Skull and Bones, guaranteeing that nefarious association profound influence on the presidency no matter which party would win.
As a child, Kerry summered at the Forbes family estate in Saint-Brieuc, Brittany, France. Here he became a close friend of Brice Lalonde, his first cousin and later one of the leaders of the French radical environmentalist movement. Kerry attended the Fessenden School near Boston, and then St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire. His tuition was paid by his great aunt, Clara Winthrop. One of Kerry’s schoolmates at St. Paul’s was Robert S. Mueller III, who has implemented the fraud of the global war on terror over the past 10 years in his capacity as FBI Director. Kerry also signaled his Anglophilia by founding the John Winant Society, named after a pro-British US ambassador to London. Kerry met President John F. Kennedy and dated a half-sister of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy.
Kerry’s Skull and Bones Pedigree Is Ominous for the World
With his profile as a well-connected although not rich preppie with a strong family link to the New England opium syndicate of the 19th century, Kerry at Yale had the inside track for membership in the elitist Skull and Bones, otherwise known as the Russell Trust.
Kerry’s St. Paul’s and Yale background does not make him an intellectual – quite the opposite. Those institutions, as Harvard President Charles Eliot once observed, were designed among other things to serve “the stupid sons of rich men.” A review of Kerry’s career suggests that he is superficial, narcissistic, and lacking any mental depth.
One of Kerry’s roommates was fellow Skull and Bones member Harvey Bundy, who was the grandson of Harvey Hollister Bundy who had worked closely with US Secretary of War Henry Stimson during World War II. Stimson and Bundy were part of a Skull and Bones clique which included Robert Lovett and George Harrison who were responsible for many of the worst actions of the United States during World War II, including the dropping of two atomic bombs on Japan.
Harvey Hollister Bundy’s two sons, William and McGeorge, along with Averill Harriman – all Skull and Bones – were leading advocates of US military escalation in Vietnam. McGeorge Bundy was also the National Security Council Director on whose watch President Kennedy was assassinated. (Boston Globe, June 15, 2003) Super-hawk William Bundy came to Yale to deliver a warmonger speech and spent an evening talking with Kerry and his roommates. He urged them to become officers and to go to Vietnam. Skull and Bones members have committed some of the greatest crimes in American history, most recently with the two Bushes. What will Kerry add to this chronicle of infamy?
Even before he graduated from Yale in 1966, Kerry enlisted to become an officer in the United States Navy. He had asked his draft board to allow him to study in Paris for a year, but this had been rejected. There is some indication that he planned to use his military career as the basis for running for political office. Kerry first served as an ensign on board a guided-missile frigate in the waters off Vietnam. He soon volunteered to command a fast-patrol craft or swift boat, and was stationed at Cam Ranh Bay. In the course of various combat actions, Kerry was awarded three purple hearts for wounds received, plus a Bronze Star and a Silver Star.
Kerry’s military service became controversial during the 2004 campaign, when a group calling itself Swift Boat Veterans for Truth alleged that some of his decorations were undeserved. They maintained that Kerry’s three purple hearts were awarded on the basis of trifling injuries which may have had nothing to do with combat. These allegations are discussed in the book Unfit for Command by O’Neill and Corsi. All but one of Kerry’s surviving subalterns substantiated his story against these criticisms. Kerry was defended by the pro-establishment historian Douglas Brinkley, noted for his attempts to shore up the reputations of ruling class figures like James Forrestal and Dean Acheson.
In any case, three purple hearts in those days meant that Kerry could avoid combat duty, which he did. In November 1969, Kerry requested and soon received an early release from serving in the Navy because he wanted to become a candidate for Congress. According to some accounts, Kerry had expected to run as a war hero, but was taken by surprise by the massive shift in US public opinion against the Vietnam War, which had occurred after the Tet Offensive in 1968, and during the mass protests of 1969. Kerry soon acquired the profile of an opponent of the Vietnam War, as reflected in an article published in the Harvard Crimson of February 18, 1970. He failed to gain traction and dropped out of the race. But one of Kerry’s ancestors had been the Whig Speaker of the House of Representatives from 1838 to 1840, and he was determined to claim what he felt was his birthright of a political career.
Kerry Admitted to War Crimes in Vietnam
Kerry joined the Vietnam Veterans against the War, which provided him with his springboard to fame. In April 1971, Kerry became the first veteran of the Vietnam War to testify in Congress in favor of ending the conflict. He spoke before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where he was sponsored by the powerful chairman, J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. The next day, Kerry took part in a famous demonstration in which he joined thousands of other veterans in throwing their medals, ribbons, and memorabilia over a fence in front of the United States Capitol. Kerry soon became a media celebrity on the ABC network’s Dick Cavett Show and other programs. On NBC’s Meet the Press, Kerry acknowledged that he and other US personnel in Vietnam were committing atrocities and war crimes in violation of the Geneva Convention.
American history offers some examples of politicians from the wealthy, old money elite who could nevertheless transcend the prejudices and self-interest of their own background and become authentic national leaders. This escape from the stultified elite consensus often involves intense personal suffering, which forces the individual to reflect on the real meaning of life. Franklin D. Roosevelt was crippled by polio. John F. Kennedy suffered acutely from Addison’s disease. Has John Forbes Kerry ever had his character tampered by suffering?
The answer is apparently no. Based on a quick scan of Kerry’s life, his only brush with suffering came as a result of his own reckless driving: during one Yale summer vacation in the mid-1960s, Kerry was involved in a serious accident near the family estate in Brittany. According to one account, the French police first thought he was dead. In the event, he spent many weeks in the hospital.
Kerry ran for Congress again in 1972 on a ticket headed by Senator George McGovern, but lost to a Republican. Kerry went to law school and soon became the district attorney of Lowell, Massachusetts. After setting up a successful private law firm, Kerry ran for lieutenant governor of Massachusetts on the Michael Dukakis ticket. One of his main issues was acid rain and pollution.
Kerry ran for United States Senate from Massachusetts in 1984, taking over a seat left vacant by Paul Tsongas. In the Senate, his record was that of a center-left liberal of the Kennedy machine. One of Kerry’s few significant accomplishments was the April 1986 report of his subcommittee of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which exposed drug trafficking operations by the Contras in Nicaragua. Kerry also ordered an October 1986 staff investigation denouncing the illegal gun running activities in Nicaragua of Lt. Col. Oliver North, of other figures of the Reagan National Security Council, and of the CIA. These reports contributed to blowing the lid off the Iran-Contra scandal in November 1986.
A Hollow Man of Monumental Complacency
My only meeting with Kerry came in 1992 at the Democratic National Convention in New York City. Kerry and I were both scheduled at about the same time to address a meeting of the New Hampshire state delegation in the Hotel Pennsylvania, across the street from Madison Square Garden. I offered to let him go first, but he declined. My speech was a call to the New Hampshire delegates to support a plank in the Democratic platform demanding a federal law to abolish the death penalty. This was a time when Gov. Bill Clinton was cynically presiding over the execution of poor, mentally impaired black convicts like Barry Lee Fairchild in Arkansas as a means of demonstrating his “New Democrat” centrism.
When Kerry spoke, I was struck by his massive persona of complacency, arrogance, and pride – and at the same time by his mediocre and pedestrian intellect. In the 2004 campaign favorite Republican epithet for him was “haughty,” and this is accurate. He was also ridiculed for his boring speeches; one comedian mocked him as “Al Gore without the flash and the sizzle.” When Kerry spoke to voters in Spanish, a late-night comic praised him for showing everybody he could be boring in two languages.
In 2000, Kerry was on a short list of possible vice presidential candidates to share the Democratic ticket with the environmentalist oligarch Al Gore. In October 2002, Kerry – who had voted against the first Gulf War in 1990 – voted to give George W. Bush authority to attack Iraq. When no weapons of mass distraction were found, he blamed Bush for misleading him.
Flip-Flopper Kerry Unable to Defeat the Unpopular Bush in 2004
Kerry’s 2004 failed campaign for president must stand as a monument to his mediocrity, superficiality, and lack of direction. He was a man without a core. He was unable to defeat G. W. Bush, who was becoming increasingly unpopular. The comic David Letterman quipped: “Gas prices are up, the stock market is down, Iraq is a mess and John Kerry is saying ‘How am I going to beat this guy?’”
Kerry was never able to offer a convincing rationale for why he should be president. Jon Stewart estimated that Kerry had tried to use six different messages in 18 months. It was said that Kerry’s campaign commercials concluded with the candidate saying “I’m John Kerry and I approved this message – if I have one.” His personality was perceived as wooden, along the same lines as Mitt Romney’s last year. Letterman reported: “John Kerry spent the day reading to preschoolers… and the kids said Kerry actually lacked warmth and failed to articulate a clear message.”
Kerry lacked the courage needed to call for an end to the Iraq and Afghan wars, and instead claimed that he could wage war more intelligently and more effectively than G. W. Bush. In the November 2004 election, Kerry was aware of powerful evidence that the Bush forces had stolen the vote in Ohio using rigged voting machines, but he declined to fight this blatant vote fraud.
Kerry was widely attacked by Republicans in 2004 as an incorrigible flip-flopper on many issues. The Republican attack machine cited Kerry’s March 16, 2004 remarks at Marshall University in West Virginia that he had voted in favor of an $87-billion supplemental appropriation to finance combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan – before he had voted to eliminate this expenditure. “I was for it before I was against it” became the Republican paraphrase of this incident, which did significant harm to the blasé Kerry. Careful observers of Kerry were able to catalog almost a dozen significant flip-flops by Kerry.
Kerry’s super-rich lifestyle has given him problems over the years. In 2004, he foolishly invited the press to photograph them while he was windsurfing, which provided film footage that the Republicans used to illustrate his habit of flip-flops – he went whichever way the wind was blowing. It was revealed in 2010 that Kerry had ordered a custom-built $7-million yacht, which he kept at Portsmouth, Rhode Island to avoid paying $437,000 in Massachusetts sales-tax.
Kerry, who served for many years on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was associated with the foreign policy of the Obama administration from 2009 on. Obama’s initial Middle East policy was heavily influenced by the 2006 Iraq Study Group, which represented an attempt by the broader foreign policy establishment of the US ruling elite to restrain the reckless aggression of the Bush-Cheney regime.
One of the recommendations of the Iraq Study Group was to carry out negotiations with Syria with a view to breaking the alliance between Damascus and Tehran. This outlook was bluntly expressed by James Baker III, a co-chair of the study group. Kerry was part of the attempt to implement this approach, undertaking a personal charm offensive of shuttle diplomacy towards President Assad of Syria and his wife in 2009 and 2010. When the NATO destabilization of Syria began in early 2011, Kerry’s contacts with Assad became acutely embarrassing to him.
“I was for Assad before I was against him” might sum up Kerry’s egregious flip flop on this topic. Kerry’s current speeches demanding the immediate ouster of Assad make a sharp contrast with his expressions of friendship from as late as 2011. In recent years, Kerry has become a more and more outspoken warmonger. In the spring of 2011, Kerry was one of the first voices in the US Congress to be raised in favor of a no-fly zone over Libya.
Kerry’s first wife was the late Julia Thorne. Jet-setter Julia Thorne was the twin sister of David Thorne, Kerry’s roommate at Yale and a fellow member of the Skull and Bones cult. The Thorne family had gotten rich on Wall Street. It appears that Julia Thorne’s inheritance was used to finance Kerry’s law degree and his initial political campaigns. By 1982, Julia was suffering from severe psychological depression and separated from Kerry.
Kerry Wants More Power for Agenda 21 Demagogue Beppe Grillo
David Thorne, Kerry’s roommate and former brother-in-law, had a career as a businessman and political consultant before becoming Obama’s appointee as US ambassador to Italy in 2009 – doubtless in exchange for big money contributions to the Obama campaign. Kerry’s well-established commitment to radical environmentalism may well be reflected in the efforts of right-wing demagogue Beppe Grillo to impose the Agenda 21 program of energy austerity on Italy, in effect destroying the country. In a meeting last week with Italian politicians at Villa Taverna, the residence of the American ambassador to Italy, Kerry stressed that the State Department considered the dangerous crackpot Grillo as a “credible interlocutor.”
Kerry’s second wife is Maria Teresa Thierstein Simões-Ferrara Heinz, whom he married in 1995. Teresa was born in the east African nation of Mozambique, at that time a part of the Portuguese colonial empire. Her parents were both members of the Portuguese colonial elite during the fascist regime of dictator Antonio Salazar, who ruled from 1932 until 1968. Portuguese colonialism was especially racist and oppressive towards black Africans. Teresa’s father was a medical doctor specializing in tropical diseases. Her mother, who was born Irene Thierstein, came from one of the colony’s wealthiest British families.
Teresa became fabulously rich through her February 1966 marriage to Henry John Heinz III, an heir to the H. J. Heinz Company fortune, based on ketchup, mustard, pickles, and other food products. Heinz was a former Republican member of the House of Representatives from the Pittsburgh area who served in the US Senate from 1976 until his April 1991 death in the crash of a helicopter with a small plane. Teresa was left as the chairwoman of the $1.3-billion Heinz Endowments and the Heinz Family Philanthropies, where she supervises the disbursement of grants to various oligarchical causes. One of her favorite causes is naturally radical environmentalism. Senator Heinz introduced Teresa to Kerry on Earth Day, 1990. She serves on the board of the Environmental Defense Fund. In 1992, she was a delegate to the Rio Earth Summit representing nongovernmental organizations. This means that Teresa Heinz Kerry was present at the creation of Agenda 21, currently at a vital prong of the US-UK offensive against the nation state, as seen with Beppe Grillo.
Teresa, who was a registered Republican until 2003, was notoriously abrasive during the 2004 campaign. She told a Pennsylvania newspaper that “only an idiot” would refuse to support Kerry’s healthcare policies. “The common man doesn’t look at me as some rich witch,” she assured the public. Teresa also clashed with a writer for the Pittsburg Tribune-Review, owned by the reactionary blueblood Richard Mellon Scaife. “Shove it,” said Teresa, accusing the paper of misquoting her. On the one hand, Teresa may lack the necessary qualifications to join in her husband’s diplomacy. On the other hand, she may be the perfect choice for a “getting to know you” session with Beppe Grillo.
Kerry and Teresa: Life Styles of the Rich and Famous
As the haughty Kerry showed during his presidential campaign, the couple is totally out of touch with the real problems of ordinary Americans, to say nothing of populations in the developing countries. Kerry’s personal fortune, including a number of Forbes family trusts, gives him assets worth between $230 million and $320 million. This already makes Kerry wealthier than that infamous plutocrat, 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
According to Forbes magazine (no known relation to Kerry), Teresa’s personal net worth is estimated at about $750 million, although the Los Angeles Times pointed out that guesses about her wealth have ranged from a mere $165 million to as much as $3.2 billion. If the latter figure is correct, then Teresa would have been able to buy Mitt Romney a dozen times over. Her botox bill alone is said to be beyond the reach of most American working families. In 2004, it was reported that Kerry paid $1,000 to get his hair cut. Kerry also showed his class prejudice by warning disadvantaged students to study hard and get good grades, or else they would have to join the US military and get stuck in Iraq. Kerry has recently asserted that Americans have the right to be stupid – which he obviously thinks they are, if only for not making him president. Kerry and Teresa are typical of the powerful Lear Jet Liberal faction of the Democratic Party.
In 2004, Kerry was widely satirized for marrying for money. Conan O’Brien reported that, when Kerry needed $80 million for his campaign, he had two ways to raise the money: he could either appeal to Democratic donors, or else go through his wife’s purse. Jay Leno joked: “Senator John Kerry released his plan today to eliminate the deficit. He said all we have to do is to find a really rich country like Switzerland and marry it.”
Kerry and Teresa have a $7-million townhouse on Boston’s Beacon Hill, a $9-million seaside estate on the island of Nantucket, a $5-million ski chalet in Idaho, a $4-million estate in Fox Chapel, Pennsylvania (near Pittsburgh), and a $5-million residence in Georgetown, close to Kerry’s new office at the State Department in Foggy Bottom.
Kerry’s Reckless Love of Danger
One more aspect of Kerry’s character deserves mention: from time to time he has recklessly exposed himself and others to needless danger. In a 1967 incident, Kerry almost got Thorne and himself killed when he tried to fly a small plane under the span of the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge. Kerry flew the plane into a flock of seagulls, and he and Thorne were lucky to get out alive. We have already recalled his reckless driving and automobile crash in France. Some say he was gung-ho in Vietnam.
Do these incidents belong to Kerry’s youth, or is this dangerous impulse still with him? If Kerry is still drawn to danger, he has now for the first time in his life acquired a position that might allow his advice to influence high-level decisions in favor of lunatic military adventures.
During her time as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton contributed much to the destruction of Libya and helped launch the attack on Syria. Kerry seems determined to outdo her, seeking to complete the destruction of Syria and to place Italy on the road to ruin. And after that? Let the world beware of John Forbes Kerry of Skull and Bones.