Kerry critics have been salivating recently over this Christmas in Cambodia story believing they have caught the candidate in a lie about his service in Vietnam. However, it would appear that at worst Kerry may have gotten the dates confused by a few weeks. Historian Douglas Brinkley has now confirmed Kerry’s story about clandestine missions into Cambodia that he chose to leave out of his biography on Kerry. He says only t hat they took place in January of 1969 and not around Christmas of 1968 as Kerry had remembered.
“Kerry went into Cambodian waters three or four times in January and February 1969 on clandestine missions. He had a run dropping off US Navy Seals, Green Berets and CIA guys.” The missions were not armed attacks on Cambodia, said Mr Brinkley, who did not include the clandestine missions in his wartime biography of Mr Kerry, “Tour of Duty.”
“He was a ferry master, a drop-off guy, but it was dangerous as hell. Kerry carries a hat he was given by one CIA operative. In a part of his journals which I didn’t use he writes about discussions with CIA guys he was dropping off.”
Who cares whether it was in December ‘68 or January ‘69? He wasn’t lying about going into Cambodia.
However, I doubt this will deter the rabid right from continuing to snap at Kerry’s heels as they continue to nose around for anything they can use to dishonor Kerry’s wartime heroics.
It is unfortunate that Bush refuses to denounce the slimy tactics of the misnamed Swift Boat Veterans group that has been slandering Kerry lately. In contrast, Kerry was quick to condemn
a recent ad by Move-On.org that once again raised allegations about George W. Bush’s spotty history with the National Guard in Alabama. But then I suppose Bush does have the problem of having no positive accomplishments to run on.