Tuesday, November 06, 2007

John Kerry's Christmas Gift to Republicans

John Kerry says he will be ready for the Swift Boaters next time.

I can't wait. I’m like a kid at Christmas waiting to open his present as soon as Kerry runs for president to find inside which version he trots out of where he was on Christmas, 1968.


John Kerry certainly does:

I remember spending Christmas Eve of 1968 five miles across the Cambodian border being shot at by our South Vietnamese allies who were drunk and celebrating Christmas. The absurdity of almost being killed by our own allies in a country in which President Nixon [sic] claimed there were no American troops was very real.

Years later he elaborated:

I remember Christmas of 1968 sitting on a gunboat in Cambodia. 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. I have that memory which is seared -- seared -- in me.

Who was president on Christmas, 1968? Lyndon Baines Johnson, not Richard Nixon.

When was the Khmer Rouge in control of Cambodia? Not until 1973, and it didn’t even begin being significant until 1970.

To continue, in a 1992 article by the Associated Press:

But for Kerry, who spent six violent months [sic] commanding a patrol boat on the Mekong River, there's always been a ring of truth to allegations of abandoned Americans. By Christmas 1968, part of Kerry's patrol extended across the border of South Vietnam into Cambodia.

"We were told, `Just go up there and do your patrol. Everybody was over there (in Cambodia). Nobody thought twice about it," Kerry said. One of the missions, which Kerry, at the time, was ordered not to discuss, involved taking CIA operatives into Cambodia to search for enemy enclaves.

"I can remember wondering, `If you're going to go, what happens to you,"' Kerry said..

Well, Mr. Kerry, if you’re going to go, the first thing that happens is you get arrested by the United States Navy, which had the Mekong River blockaded at the Cambodia-Vietnam border.

The second thing that happens is you have your head examined for telling stories about clandestine missions on the Mekong using one of the noisiest ships in the US Navy, the notoriously loud Swift boats.

Another thing that happens is you get ratted out by your own crew members. Those who have spoken all agree that the Cambodian missions didn’t happen.

John Kerry’s own journal, in particular an entry he made on his final mission, also agrees that he never was in Cambodia. That’s bad when your own words confirm you are a liar.

That last day John Kerry wrote: "The banks of the [Rach Giang Thanh River] whistled by as we churned out mile after mile at full speed. On my left were occasional open fields that allowed us a clear view into Cambodia. At some points, the border was only fifty yards away and it then would meander out to several hundred or even as much as a thousand yards away, always making one wonder what lay on the other side."

At least now we know part of the answer. John Kerry lied about being on the other side, and nothing about his later false testimony of personal knowledge of atrocities committed by American soldiers in Vietnam would suggest he is a truth teller.

John Kerry, a Christmas gift to Republicans since he boxed and wrapped his memories in 1968.

I can’t wait to open his present again.

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