The latest thing that's being discussed in the wake of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth ad
has to do with whether Kerry was in Cambodia over Christmas in 1968. He's made this statement multiple times, including in the Congressional Record (where I've even seen the photocopied page posted):
"I remember Christmas of 1968 sitting on a gunboat in Cambodia. I remember what it was like to be shot at by the 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."
Then there was the Kerry quote from an old Boston Herald article on the same subject:
"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 being killed by our own allies in a country in which President Nixon claimed there were no American troops was very real."
Now the only problem with this is that there seems to be nobody other than Kerry who believes that he was in Cambodia at that time. But I now understand what happened!
At some time after returning from Vietnam, our
John Kerry was replaced by the John Kerry of Earth-N
, a John Kerry from a world where Nixon defeated Kennedy in 1960 and was actually finishing out his second term of office on Christmas 1968, instead of not even being President at the time.
It'll be easy to find out if this theory is correct. All the reporters need to do is to ask Kerry who was elected President after Eisenhower...