International Man of Mystery

We know Kerry lied about being in a firefight in Cambodia on Christmas Eve in 1968. Yet so much of his political persona is built on such lies. In fact Kerry talks so much about his service in Vietnam that when parts of his stories start to unravel one begins to wonder how much ‘storytelling’ Kerry actually engages in regarding this and other issues.

Why make something like this up? Why entirely fabricate a story and use it as a partisan argument to say Nixon lied and we can't trust Reagan not to lie when his story never happened?

Remember the foreign leaders he 'met with' who told him he's got to win this thing?

Sen. John Kerry refuses to provide any information to support his assertion earlier this week that he has met with foreign leaders who beseeched him to prevail over President Bush in November's election.

The Massachusetts Democrat has made no official foreign trips since the start of last year, according to Senate records and his own published schedules. And an extensive review of Mr. Kerry's travel schedule domestically revealed only one opportunity for the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee to meet with foreign leaders here.

On Monday, Mr. Kerry told reporters in Florida that he'd met with foreign leaders who privately endorsed him.

"I've met with foreign leaders who can't go out and say this publicly," he said. "But, boy, they look at you and say: 'You've got to win this. You've got to beat this guy. We need a new policy.' Things like that."

"Things like that," sounds more like things Kerry made up, like his secret, covert, CIA trips into Cambodia during Vietnam.

There's a secret compartment in Kerry's briefcase. He carries the black attaché everywhere. Asked about it on several occasions, Kerry brushed it aside. Finally, trapped in an interview, he exhaled and clicked open his case.

"Who told you?" he demanded as he reached inside. "My friends don't know about this."

The hat was a little mildewy. The green camouflage was fading, the seams fraying.

"My good luck hat," Kerry said, happy to see it. "Given to me by a CIA guy as we went in for a special mission in Cambodia."

Kerry put on the hat, pulling the brim over his forehead. His blue button-down shirt and tie clashed with the camouflage. He pointed his finger and raised his thumb, creating an imaginary gun. He looked silly, yet suddenly his campaign message was clear: Citizen-soldier. Linking patriotism to public service. It wasn't complex after all; it was Kerry.

He smiled and aimed his finger: "Pow."

Was Kerry at the 1971 meeting of Vietnam Veterans against the War when they 'discussed' assassinating Senators? According to Kerry the answer was no. Then it was, "he had no memory of the event." Then he capitulated saying he didn't necessarily want to contradict the FBI's evidence of the fact.

Early last week, Kerry's presidential campaign spokesman David Wade told the New York Sun, "Kerry was not at the Kansas City meeting." Wade added that Kerry had resigned from the VVAW "sometime in the summer of 1971."

But following the March 18 publication of the report, in which the FBI files were used to corroborate Kerry''s attendance at the meeting, Wade reversed himself.

"If there are valid FBI surveillance reports from credible sources that place some of those disagreements in Kansas City, we accept that historical footnote in the account of his work to end the difficult and divisive war," Wade said in a statement late last week.

Kerry also retreated from an earlier comment he made in response to a question about former VVAW executive director Al Hubbard. Kerry and Hubbard appeared together on an April 18, 1971 broadcast of the news show Meet the Press to discuss their anti-war efforts.

But Hubbard, who had passed himself off as a decorated Air Force captain, was later shown to have lied about his military record. An investigation in 1971 by a CBS News reporter revealed that there were no military records showing that Hubbard had either served in Vietnam or was injured there.

Kerry's testimony about the 'war crimes' testified to by the VVAW is based on the testimony of guys like Hubbard. Lies. Just as John O'neil charged at the time. What makes this whole aspect of Kerry disconcerting is the pattern of lies, stretching the truth, flip flopping, and nuance that is Kerry.

Perhaps Democrats should give some thought to considering backing Ralph Nader as their, 'anybody but Bush' candidate.

Posted by Eric Simonson at August 13, 2004 5:21 PM