Roger L. Simon

The Wall Street Journal Scores a Perfect Ten

…and gets the gold on the floor exercises and the parallel bars today with its featured editorial on Kerry’s Vietnam Boomerang:

The irony here is that a main reason Mr. Kerry has focused so much on Vietnam is to avoid debating Iraq and the rest of his long record in the Senate. He wants Americans to believe that a four-month wartime biography is credential enough to be commander-in-chief. But a candidate who runs on biography can’t merely pick the months of his life that he likes–any more than a candidate who makes Vietnam the heart of his campaign can confine the resulting debate to his personal home video.

No, he can’t.

UPDATE: JPod with another take on “Christmas in Cambodia.” This one particularly jibes with my memory of that time.

MORE: OOPS… from Drudge (yes, I know, but so far he seems to have been relatively accurate on this story… More accurate than the NYT):

Kerry’s campaign now says is possible first Purple Heart was awarded for unintentional self-inflicted wound…

# Kerry received Purple Heart for wounds suffered on 12/2/68…

# In Kerry’s own journal written 9 days later, he writes he and his crew, quote, ‘hadn’t been shot at yet’… Developing…

MORE: Fred Kaplan’s embarrassing blather on Slate is completely decimated here and here. I have some unsolicited advice for people like Kaplan. They should think twice about what they’re writing now. It doesn’t matter if their candidate loses, but if he wins, their propaganda will not easily be forgiven. It will contribute to a truly ugly America driven by lies from quarters that claim to be “responsible.” I, for one, am being pushed further into the Bush camp by them. That is also my reaction to people who comment on here, particularly anonymously, without reference to facts. They truly hurt their own cause. I’m sure others feel that way.