June 5, 2006

Kerry Von Münchhausen

Hatched by Dafydd

This is a follow-up to our post Lying About Lying About Lying, in which we take on the fabled New York Times (by "fabled," I mean it doesn't really exist) and its sudden desire to charge once more into the breach, dear friends, on behalf of Sen. John "Fitzgerald" Forbes Kerry (D-Beacon Hill, 100%).

The Times article was written by the hapless Kate Zernike, who appears to have snoozed through the entire investigation of Kerry's record two years ago... though she has assiduously read the CliffsNotes version -- which was evidently written by Kerry himself (say, just like the Bronze-Star after-action report!)

Today we learned that we are not alone. A fellow name o'Thomas Lipscomb has decided to take up the smart man's burden and write a series of articles for Real Clear Politics, setting straight the Kerry military record as it stands now. The first article is up now... and it's a doozy. A snippet:

But there was plenty of evidence in the work of other news organizations that some of the charges, and the Kerry military records themselves, were worth examining seriously. I found numerous problems with Kerry's records on his website in my own reporting for the Chicago Sun-Times: a Silver Star with a V for valor listed that the Navy stated it had never awarded in the history of the US Navy, three separate medal citations with some heavy revisions in Kerry's favor signed by former Navy Secretary John Lehman who denied ever signing them, to name two.

Additionally I found by examining the message traffic with experts that when the Swift Boat Vets charged that Kerry had written the Bay Hap after action report, by which he received his bronze star and the third purple heart that was his ticket out of Vietnam, the evidence showed that it was indeed probably written by Kerry himself. Zernike seems to have totally missed this in her reporting. Zernike is content to refer to Kerry's claim that "original reports pulled from the naval archives contradict the charge that he drafted his own accounts of various incidents," none of which she cites, provides, or analyzes.

If the aptly named Lipscomb intends to comb through the entire edifice of Kerry lies, then this series of articles will be longer than Upstairs, Downstairs. For the moment, however, we shall be content if he confines himself to the lowlights:

  • Christmas in Cambodia;
  • The magic hat, given Kerry by a "CIA guy" (who on alternate Thursdays was in the Special Forces);
  • The "Boston whaler" incident (first or last Purple Heart);
  • The single dead VC, with or without loincloth (Silver-Star incident);
  • The Bay Hap Massacree (Bronze Star and another of the Purple Hearts);
  • The other other Purple Heart, which I forget just now;
  • The Mystery Lehman Signature;
  • The late discharge;
  • The filching of Tedd Peck's combat experience in command of PCF-94 before Kerry took over (following Peck's serious wounding in January, 1969);
  • And of course whether Kerry actually carried water for the Viet Cong and for North Vietnam while he was still on active duty in the United States Navy.

Here is Lipscomb's last word on Kerry (for this installment):

It is time we all got to see a picture of the famous Kerry "lucky hat," rather than another account by the latest star-struck journalist. It is time for Kerry to stop alluding to "records" and start producing them. And it is time media assigned reporters with military experience or the resources to analyze this record and see just who is lying about what.

Keep your eye skinned for future installments on Real Clear Politics.

Hatched by Dafydd on this day, June 5, 2006, at the time of 5:12 PM

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The following hissed in response by: hunter

Kerry is an older Jesse MacBeth. When Jesse got busted, he too hung in there, claiming he was what he patently was not.
By the way, did yuou know that Dan Rather washed out of the Marines before finishing boot camp, in the first few days, yet has claimed all of these eyars to have served as a Marine?
I see a pattern.

The above hissed in response by: hunter [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 6, 2006 5:43 AM

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