Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry has waffled again, this
time on his own recollections of a supposed mission to Cambodia on Christmas
On the Senate
floor on March 27, 1986 (Congressional Record, page 6422), Sen.
remember Christmas of 1968 sitting on a gunboat in Cambodia. I remember
what is 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....
October 14, 1979, letter to the Boston Herald, Sen. Kerry wrote of his vivid memories
of his Christmas Eve spent
in Cambodia (quoted in Unfit
for Command, page 46):
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
But today, on
Fox News' "Fox and Friends," Kerry Campaign
Advisor Jeh Johnson had this to say to the show's co-host Brian Kilmeade:
Kerry has said on the record that he had a mistaken recollection earlier.
He talked about a combat situation on Christmas Eve 1968 which
at one point he said occurred in Cambodia. He has since corrected
the recorded to say it was some place on a river near Cambodia and he is
at some point subsequent to that he was in Cambodia. My understanding
is that he is not certain about that date.
KILMEADE: I think the term was he had a searing memory of spending Christmas
- back in 1986 in the senate floor in Cambodia.
JOHNSON: I believe he has corrected the record to say it was some place
near Cambodia he is not certain whether it was in Cambodia but he is certain
there was some point subsequent to that that he was in Cambodia.