Wednesday, August 25, 2004

One More Cambodia Question



I admit, I'm not very interested in whether Kerry went to Cambodia, but I am interested in teasing Kerry about it. With that in mind, the question the LRAM should be asking is:

Did Kerry raise his Cambodia service in 1971, and if not, why not?

Specifically, as powerlineblog pointed out, Nixon famously promised that the US didn't have troops in Cambodia on November 12, 1971.

Now, in November 1971, Kerry was still a war protestor. For example, on November 14, 1971, Kerry appeared on Firing Line with William F. Buckley "to debate the issue of war crimes and other aspects of America's involvement in Southeast Asia."

So, in 1971, when Nixon was telling the country that the US was not in Cambodia, and Kerry was running around debating "America's involvement in Southeast Asia," did Kerry mention that he had personally run several missions into Cambodia?

I don't know, but I see three possibilities.

1) Kerry did actually tell his Cambodia story in 1971, but it hasn't made it onto anything I can Google.

2) Kerry didn't tell his story then, because he didn't want to reveal secret missions.

3) Kerry didn't tell his story then because it wasn't true, and wouldn't be "seared - seared" into his memory for several years.

Take your pick