Monday, August 16, 2004

Kerry's magic hat

When the story was dug up that John Kerry claimed to have ferried CIA folk into Cambodia back in 1968-69, I immediately thought "Wow... something right out of Apocalypse Now." I wondered if the guy looked more like Martin Sheen or Jerry Ziesmer, the civilian in Saigon whose memorable line was "Terminate... with extreme prejudice."

I'm not the only one who's been wondering about that story. Hugh's got a couple of emails up today that express basic flaws in the Kerry camp's story. For example, who in their right mind would take a 55' swift boat up the river for a supposedly clandestine mission? (Scroll up from the link to see one from a former vet with questions about the story.)

I'd be more than happy to believe that the hat Kerry supposedly totes around in his attache was, in fact, his own during Viet Nam. But why make up a CIA guy giving it to him? Hell, why would any CIA guy give up his hat right before going into the Kampuchean jungle?

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