:: Saturday, August 14, 2004 ::
Kerry's Excellent Cambodia Adventure Continued
Hugh Hewitt observes:
"Because John Kerry has been exposed as having lied often and in great detail and with great emotion about his Christmas Eve trip to Cambodia in 1968, his claims about having made other trips to Cambodia simply cannot be believed unless and until clear and convincing proof of those trips is offered.
Because it is in John Kerry's power to authorize the release of documents bearing on the truthfulness of his assertion that he has made other trips into Cambodia on dates other than Christmas Eve 1968, but because John Kerry has refused to release those documents, we have to assume those documents do not support his assertions of other trips.
Given John Kerry's shattered credibility on this matter, it is unreasonable to believe his "magic hat" tory unless and until a person who can be proven to have been a CIA man doing cross border missions in early 1969 steps forward to claim his hat."
Kerry's "Magic Hat" [>]
Update: Kathleen Parker weighs in:
"I remember what it was like to be shot at by Vietnamese and Khmer Rouge and Cambodians, and have the president of the United States telling the American people that I was not there; the troops were not in Cambodia," he told his fellow senators. "I have that memory which is seared - seared - in me."
Well, as it turns out, Kerry wasn't in Cambodia (at least not then), and the president wasn't lying (at least not then)/ Depending on whom you believe, Kerry was in a boat either five miles away or 50. In Douglas Brinkley's biography, "Tour of Duty," based in part on Kerry's diary, Kerry was at Sa Dec, 58 miles from Cambodia.
It is a story of naked ambition and grandiosity, the narrative of a self-absorbed man who always needed to be best and first, whether captain of the boat in Vietnam or winner of the debate in school. Who, when accidentally knocked off his snowboard as an adult fumed, "I don't fall down."
He's the sort of man who thinks to take a movie camera to war to document himself for uses now known to be political; who willingly exploits his heroism in ways real heroes never do; who builds a career on disgust toward a war he later characterizes as the crowning achievement in a life that seems more résumé than real.
While it may be extreme to say that Kerry "lied," as some of his comrades claim, he has created a story and an image of himself that surely are too good to be true.
:: Max 12:48 PM [+] ::