BLOG: Joe Kennedy’s Growing Record of Incompetence

Sean Bielat discusses how Joe Kennedy III thinks a drone attack killed Osama Bin Laden rather than Seal Team 6 and other major gaffes from the inexperienced candidate.

Joe Kennedy rarely takes chances by making unscripted comments in public. Apparently, he’s not comfortable enough with issues, and he’s afraid he’ll say something wrong if he speaks off the cuff. Unfortunately for him, in the few instances in which he has offered impromptu remarks, he has revealed surprising ignorance of world events for someone seeking federal office. While every candidate makes mistakes, Joe has accumulated quite the record of gaffes in his amazingly short career.

The worst example of Joe’s campaign blunders came when he claimed that Osama Bin Laden was killed during a drone attack. While answering a question at the debate held at Wellesley College about his views on the drone strikes in Yemen and Somalia, Joe stated:

"I am a supporter of the President’s drone initiatives. I am a supporter of certainly the strike that the President launched to, that ended up in the killing of Osama bin Laden."

Joe wants to serve in the U.S. Congress, yet has no idea of how the most wanted man in the world died? How is it possible for a candidate to not be familiar with the actions of the now-famous SEAL Team 6?

Sadly, this is only one example of Joe’s foreign his policy blunders.

1)  During a Democratic primary candidate debate on NECN’s Broadside with Jim Braude, Joe Kennedy incorrectly identified the capital of Israel as Tel Aviv. When questioned again by Braude, Joe doubled down on his answer.

2)  While participating in a live chat on Patch.com, Joe was asked to describe specific programs that he would cut to balance the federal budget. He wrote:

"…Trimming the defense budget. We are winding two wars, which will yield a peace dividend. We also have to be more disciplined in how we spend, so I'd cut projects that even the DOD says they don't want, like the Osprey fighter and the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle."

There are only two problems with that plan: a) the “Osprey fighter” does not exist and has never existed, and b) the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV) had been cut almost two years before.

3)   Joe again called publicly for the “Osprey fighter” to be eliminated during a joint editorial board meeting at the Fall River Herald News. Clearly his first mention of the non-existent “fighter” was intended. 

While an “Osprey fighter” is not in existence, I believe that my opponent was referencing the V-22 Osprey.  While it was at times a controversial program in the late-90s and early 2000s, the Marines and the Air Force have successfully used it for several years to conduct operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. In fact, a V-22 Osprey was used to carry the body of Osama Bin Laden to the aircraft carrier where he was buried at sea.

Joe’s answers clearly demonstrate why he is not only unqualified to serve in Congress. His lack of knowledge coupled with a lack of willingness to learn the issues, form a dangerous combination for someone who would vote on national security issues.  

As one of my volunteers, a Marine who wrapped up his active duty in the past month, recently said, “The military has so much invested in the Osprey that it couldn’t function if the program was cut. No one wants it cut.”

Kennedy’s suggestion to cut the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle was not exactly a bold stance either. According to a New York Times article from January 2011, the program was cut nearly two years ago.

Given that Joe Kennedy seldom takes positions on issues and, that when he does, he almost never gives specifics, it’s particularly odd that he should try to demonstrate expertise in a field that is so clearly a strength of mine and a weakness of his.

Joe Kennedy is inexperienced and unqualified. His answer on the location of the capital of Israel demonstrated his ignorance of foreign policy. The suggestion that we cut either made up programs or programs that were already eliminated only underscores how dangerous he would be if he was let loose in the halls of the Capitol Building.

America has real problems. The Fourth Congressional District needs a real leader – someone with military and national security experience and a background in the private sector.

With a growing track record of incompetence with foreign policy and now Defense spending, Joe Kennedy is clearly not qualified or ready to serve in Washington.

The people of the Fourth District should send someone with knowledge and experience in national security. They should send in a Marine.

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R. Hood November 04, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Todd....I over heard Patches offering the following advise to JoKe. If you fine yourself in trouble, and you will, (running in to jersey barriers outside the Capital Bldg or being stopped by airport security or having a drug problem) just offer up the good ole Kennedy line "Don't you know who I am". Also, don't forget I was called joke long before you!... Oh how our Founding Fathers must be throwing up in their graves!
todd November 04, 2012 at 10:28 PM
And to think, Someone like Liz Warren could get elected... Wow. Are we in the land of fruits and nuts? California.... At least the rest of the country has a clue. How fast the country is headed toward the same fate as Greece.... They are our only hope.....
Frank DelVecchio November 04, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Another Bielat robocall - mean spirited and lowbrow. Complains about Kennedy not answering questions, sticking to scripts - thought he was talking about Romney. This guy is not only going to lose, he’s burning bridges here.
Gretchen Robinson November 04, 2012 at 11:58 PM
she said, if elected, "I will work my heart out for you." With Brown we'd get a Republican who wants to hide the fact he's a Republican. See his recent ads. No thanks, I don't want a Republican when the whole party has gone so far to the extreme right. Maybe when the Republican party regains is sanity and acts responsibly. Their irrational beliefs and positions have to be faced.
Richard W. Lunt November 05, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Scott Brown is the most bipartisan Senator in Washington.
todd November 05, 2012 at 12:52 AM
Just what I thought. Closed MINDED. Will not give anyone a chance. Will only ever vote for a dem. Not surprised. I
Gretchen Robinson November 05, 2012 at 01:38 AM
you believe it as an article faith, apparently. The Globe said that way early in Brown's tenure in the Senate. You will notice that the Boston Globe endorsed Elizabeth Warren. She is the best candidate by far. She has character and will devote herself to doing the job, unlike Brown whose grandstanding and traveling the country to raise money and be seen as the Republican's great new hope. He's not.
Anonymous November 05, 2012 at 03:27 AM
Boston Globe endorsed Elizabeth Warren? What a shocking news! And who cares about their endorsement? They also endorsed Martha Coackley. But people have their own brains.
Anonymous November 05, 2012 at 03:30 AM
But yes, it's an uphill battle for a Republican in Massachusetts. Because people here will vote for a dog as long as it wears a "D" on the neck.
Frank DelVecchio November 05, 2012 at 03:35 AM
What a sad, pathetic screed by a desperate candidate. I’m glad Mr. Bielat is venting his spleen in the Patch - that’s clearly the best use of his time in the waning hours of a campaign.
Gretchen Robinson November 05, 2012 at 03:42 AM
Anonymous, Lots of people listen to and heed the Boston Globe endorsement. Brown ran a sleazy campaign especially when he attacked Elizabeth Warren for her statements on being part native American. That was just scurrilous and indicates his race to the bottom campaigning. Martha Coakley would have made a great Senator but she continues to do excellent work as Attorney General of Massachusetts. I think your two comments bookends. You say "people have their own brains" and in your next breath, "people here will vote for a dog as long as it wears a "d" on its collar." Seems like a major inconsistency in your statements.... People vote Democratic because at least we're sane, we're reality-based. Republicans have run an extremist view on so many issues. There are 15 Repub. candidates for the Senate who want to outlaw birth control and abortion, including forcing a girl or woman impregnated by rape to continue the pregnancy. Remember the "legitimate rape" comment?
paul November 05, 2012 at 05:00 AM
Richard Lunt, did you get that fact from his add? Is that what Scott told you? Do you believe everything the right tells you in TV commercials? You're in a cult!
todd November 05, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Boston globe. Wow. Like msnbc . Anything with a D will get endorsed.p "lean forward"... They don't even try to hide they're bias. Sane? I think not. Look at this wacky state. How many dems in jail or should be? Too many to count. One party rule. Sure way to corruption.
Darren Major November 05, 2012 at 08:00 PM
I have to agree - Joe Kennedy, I feel, based on his efforts knows exactly what he has to do to do good for the 4th district - It's going to need someone who spent his time reaching out to a diverse district - listening and understanding - Bielat already proved the district wasn't a priority when he left after losing....so why would we just accept his "interest" because he came back on an opportunity....voting GOP out of hate or reflex isn't intelligent - Joe will be the better congressman and i am proud to already have voted for him! (and Obama, and Warren, and Heroux too)
Ken Tenglin November 05, 2012 at 08:26 PM
@Gretchen, Martha Coakley is an excellent attorney general? People vote Republican because they care about run away spending and overgrown government. We are very sane and care deeply about trying to clean up from the mess you people make at all levels of government. Since when did having a cell phone become a right and a necessity? Socialized medicine is going to ruin the best health care system in the world! Stop drinking the Koolaid, turn off CNN and MSNBC and pull your head out of the sand. The last thing we need is more Czars and cabinet posts, we need real leadership. Vote for change!
todd November 05, 2012 at 09:03 PM
"Sane" .. "Insane" more like it. Let's keep trying the samething over and over "hoping" for a different result. Sounds like voting democrat to me.....Medi-scare, attack the successful.. and Scare the elderly......
todd November 05, 2012 at 09:20 PM
todd November 05, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Gretchen, I can't believe I am saying this. I agree with you. Marsha is a GREAT AG. That is as far as it goes.
Richard W. Lunt November 06, 2012 at 02:05 AM
Gretchen, Once again, you're spreading lies about Senator Brown. he's not grandstanding on any issue, he devotes his time at his job as a U.S.Senator and he's one of the most bipartisan U.S Senators in Washington. He reads the bills, asks the right questions, and does the research before voting on legislation. Senator Brown is a problem solver, that's what he is, and for Scott Brown, it doesn't matter what political party a person is from, it matters that parties be put aside in order to find solutions that will bring a healthy economy with good paying jobs back to Americans.
Gretchen Robinson November 06, 2012 at 02:20 AM
I'm an elder and I am not scared. Obama will protect Medicare as we know it. "attack the successful'??? All I see is people like Curt Schilling getting loans to start a video game company and then defaulting. Poor man had to cash in his gold coins to pay off some debts. Meanwhile the State of RI is out millions. I'm sorry for RI but am glad we have a governor who was against it. Gov. Chafee in RI was against it, but he got outvoted.
Gretchen Robinson November 06, 2012 at 02:27 AM
Such bitterness, such venom. Go ahead blame and shame everyone else. Maybe, just maybe Republicans will take just one moment to look in the mirror and realize that the mad desire for power is empty and their bullying of immigrants, women, Blacks, Gays as a campaign tactic. If you want to talk about leadership, maybe we'll do that. I think Obama is a real leader and Romney is not. He catered to the billionaires all along the way in the campaign. He kissed the rings of the Bishops and Evangelicals. He kissed the butts of anyone who demanded it, (Donald Trump, anyone? the Koch brothers, Adelson, etc. etc.).
Ken B. November 06, 2012 at 02:32 AM
Elizabeth Warren will simply be another Harry Reid lapdog, and vote with the demos 100% of the time. That's the same Harry Reid who has intentionally prevented the Senate from passing a budget for over 3 years. Scott Brown has already proven that he does not vote the party line, period.
Ken B. November 06, 2012 at 02:37 AM
That's a serious problem if all you see is Curt Schilling !!! Are you blinded to Solyndra, Evergreen Solar, Fisker Auto and the rest of Obama's "pick the green industry loser" ventures with money borrowed from China, or do you simply choose to ignore them ?
Gretchen Robinson November 06, 2012 at 02:48 AM
the Republicans have refused to pass any progressive legislation... Harry Reid is the boy with his finger in the dike holding back the onslaught of extremism that the political and religious right promote ad nauseam. Imagine 6 years of Elizabeth Warren. My idea of heaven. An advocate for equal pay for women. A defender of the middle class and a protector of consumers. A woman who will 'work (her) heart out for' us. She will protect Medicare and the Affordable Healthcare Act. She's someone who can work well with Obama and Kerry to overcome Republican intransigence. This intransigence has held the average American and business interests back for far too long. As you Rethugs sow, so shall you reap.
Ken B. November 06, 2012 at 03:46 AM
"Rethug" ?? Not an uncommon means of address coming from a liberal nutjob. "Progressive" = liberal democrat.....that surprises you ? I already have one useless fraud of a senator who lives at Louisburg Square on Bacon Hill, who "is fighting for me, and don't need another who "will work her (bleeding liberal) heart out for" me. My wallet and my family cannot afford it.
Gretchen Robinson November 06, 2012 at 03:54 AM
what kind of car do you drive? or pickup? how old? how often do you go out to dinner? I bet you are richer by far than most in the US and certainly your you are wealthy beyond the means of most of the world. QUIT-YER--BELLY-ACHING. No one laid a glove on you Tea Party types. What would you do if you really had to face adversity. You over entitled, self satisfied, self-aggrandizing types make me sick. Follow me around for a day.
RuKiddingMe November 06, 2012 at 11:54 AM
BLOG: Sean Beilat's Growing Record of Incompetence!! He didn't learn the first time. He didn't learn the second time. You will count Sean's votes on one hand !!
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Ken B. November 11, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Nicely done Gretch, the "class warfare" demo talking point response ! How did you like Fauxcahontas' press conference with Pee-Wee Patrick ? Definitely not ready for prime time. She couldn't get out of there fast enough.....she was running late for the leash fitting that Harry Reid orders for his lapdogs. Follow you around for a day ? No thanks....There's more to life than trips to the fridge and sitting on the couch and changing the channels from daytime talk shows back and forth with PMSDNC.


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