Liberty Just in Case

A Dialogue for the September 12th World

Posted by Mark on August 24, 2004

Christmas in Cambodia: Washington Post Aug 24th

Hugh Hewitt and Glenn Reynolds were right. The Post was the first to break through. Hopefully it won’t be the last.

After his discharge, Kerry became the leader of Vietnam Veterans Against

the War (VVAW). Once, he presented to Congress the accounts by his VVAW comrades

of having “personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires . . . to

human genitals . . . razed villages in a fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan . .

. poisoned foodstocks.” Later it was shown that many of the stories on which

Kerry based this testimony were false, some told by impostors who had stolen the

identities of real GIs, but Kerry himself was not implicated in the fraud. And

his own over-the-top generalization that such “crimes [were] committed on a

day-to-day basis with the full awareness of officers at all levels of command”

could be charged up to youthfulness and the fevers of the times.

But Kerry has repeated his Cambodia tale throughout his adult life. He has claimed thatthe epiphany he had that Christmas of 1968 was about truthfulness. “One of the

things that most struck me about Vietnam was how people were lied to,” he

explained in a subsequent interview. If — as seems almost surely the case —

Kerry himself has lied about what he did in Vietnam, and has done so not merely

to spice his biography but to influence national policy, then he is surely not

the kind of man we want as our president.

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