John Kerry’s “gypsy period”

Part 6 of the Boston Globe profile of John Kerry jump cuts to 1986, when Kerry finds the perfect outlet for his interest and ambitions in investigating the Iran-Contra affair. He experiences financial difficulties after he divorces his wealthy first wife, pockets $21,000 in a shady real estate deal in 1986, and pursues a personal life that his present wife describes as his “gypsy period.” He continues to apply “the lessons of Vietnam” to sundry foreign policy issues: “Vietnam is a lesson. It is history to me. It can guide me, but it doesn’t run me. You have to move on and I moved on long ago. But the lessons are valuable. I love the lessons.”
The Globe caption reads: “Shortly after taking office in 1985, Kerry and Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa went on a fact-finding trip to Nicaragua, where they met with Daniel Ortega (right) and other Sandinistas. The trip was criticized when the Sandinistas cemented ties with Moscow.”


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