Roger L. Simon

Christmas in Cambodia All Over Again

Is John Kerry a sociopath? That’s an extreme statement but it would seem he at least exhibits sociopathic tendencies if the new report by Joel Mowbray in the Washington Times turns out to be correct. We all remember the Senator’s bizarre (and to date unsubstantiated) claim that he spent Christmas in Cambodia during the Vietnam War. Well, he appears to have gilded the lily once again, this time, incredibly, before our very eyes during the second presidential debate. From Mowbray:

At the second presidential debate earlier this month, Mr. Kerry said he was more attuned to international concerns on Iraq than President Bush, citing his meeting with the entire Security Council.
“This president hasn’t listened. I went to meet with the members of the Security Council in the week before we voted. I went to New York. I talked to all of them, to find out how serious they were about really holding Saddam Hussein accountable,” Mr. Kerry said of the Iraqi dictator.

Evidently, Senator Kerry while talking to millions of Americans never thought anyone would check this bold assertion. According to Mowbray:

But of the five ambassadors on the Security Council in 2002 who were reached directly for comment, four said they had never met Mr. Kerry. The four also said that no one who worked for their countries’ U.N. missions had met with Mr. Kerry either.

Now THAT is strange. Cambodia revisited indeed. The mainstream media did its best to obfuscate that previous story, the New York Times burying it at the bottom of one of its articles on the Swift Boat veterans. But I will ask those same editors and publishers if they are going to do the same thing now. Do they think it’s fine to let a man with this odd relationship with the truth serve in the White House during a time of terrorism, no matter what their “ideologies”? Time for some serious thinking and investigation. (via Power Line)

UPDATE: Don’t miss the elaborated details of this story here.

FURTHER: In some sense I regret bringing up the loaded S-word (sociopathy) with regards to the truth. I don’t know the man and I would hate it if someone played such a dime-store analysis game with me. But I am a novelist and that’s the way I think instinctively. And the obvious point remains – he has a casual relationship with the truth and has been willing to bend it for his own purposes for decades. More important – and perhaps more dangerous ulitimately – is the MSMs equally casual disregard for this obvious problem which it is their job to point out. The partisanship of the MSM in this election is more disturbing than either of the candidates on their worst days.