There is more investigative journalism being done in the blogosphere this week than in the Washington Post, NY Times and USA Today combined. I’m piggy backing the work of others and compiling in a nice package of every version of John Kerry’s “Christmas in Cambodia” story I can find. I don’t need to prove he was not in Cambodia or that Nixon was not President in 1968, follow some of my links, those facts have been well established. I’m just putting the varying versions all in one place.
As he told to the Boston Herald 1979
“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 killed by our own allies in a country in which President Nixon claimed there were no American troops was very real. “
In a country where they did not belong but had time to party. hmmmm
Congressional Record 1986
“Mr. President, 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, that says to me, before we send another generation into harm’s way we have a responsibility in the U.S. Senate to go the last step, to make the best effort possible in order to avoid that kind of conflict.”
Same country, no party, firefight.
As told in his Biography
Christmas eve, 1968, turned out to be memorable….the crew headed their Swift…only miles from the Cambodian border. Because they were only an hour from that country, Kerry began reading up on Cambodian history.
hmmm One hour in a bout that does 30 MPH should be abut 30 miles right?
Entry into his own diary
A briefing with the Navy and another refueling and then away again. You have lost half the day just relaxing at Sa Doc, [60 miles from Cambodia] taking in the scene and basking in the security of your thoughts and the memories that today come steadily and quickly. Again you pull away from a pier and you start out on patrol …
Or he might have spent half the day relaxing, 60 miles away.
The Boston Globe ran a fawning story in June 2004 which read:
“The Christmas Eve truce of 1968 was three minutes old when mortar fire exploded around John Forbes Kerry and his five-man crew on a 50-foot aluminum boat near Cambodia. ”Where is the enemy?” a crewmate shouted.” …
To top it off, Kerry said, he had gone several miles inside Cambodia, which theoretically was off limits, prompting Kerry to send a sarcastic message to his superiors that he was writing from the Navy’s “most inland” unit.
Firefight in Cambodia again. -While on patrol.
Associated Press 1992
…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.
Now he’s in Cambodia bringing in CIA looking for “enemy enclaves.”
1992 States News Service
Kerry, who served in Vietnam on a gunboat in the Mekong Delta from 1968 to 1969, said he was involved in a “black mission” near Cambodia. “On Christmas Eve of 1968, I was on a gunboat in a firefight that wasn’t supposed to be taking place,” Kerry recalled. “I thought, if I’m killed here, what will my family be told?”
If it was “near” Cambodia why wasn’t he supposed to be there?
“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.”
I’d tell you about it- but then I’d have to kill you.
May 2000 U.S. News and World Reports
“Sen. John Kerry made his first forays into Cambodia during the Vietnam War as a Navy lieutenant on clandestine missions to deliver weapons to anticommunist forces.“
OH!– So now he was delivering weapons with the CIA.
Reading this you could get the impression he really was in Cambodia on a CIA mission that he could not talk about. Remember the fact he was never in Cambodia was well established, check the many links. The whole CIA thing is dubious.
This is a compilation of many sources, including some incredible work from; No Oil for Pacifists, Tom Maguire and Insta P Mine was merely presentation. (Anyone wishing to mail this link to the mainstream media, feel free, we don’t mind doing their job for them.)
If I missed any, lemme know.