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Wednesday, August 25, 2004

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Media finally picks up on diary entry

The Washington Times published an article today that discusses Kerry's diary entry of December 11. Predictably, the Kerry campaign has an answer that defies logic.
A Kerry campaign official, speaking on background, told The Washington Times yesterday that the "we" in the passage from Mr. Kerry's journal refers to "the crew on Kerry's first swift boat, operating as a crew" rather than Mr. Kerry himself.
"John Kerry didn't yet have his own boat or crew on December 2," according to the aide. "Other members of the crew had been in Vietnam for some time and had been shot at and Kerry knew that at the time. However, the crew had not yet been fired on while they served together on PCF 44 under Lieutenant Kerry."
And I've got some land I'll sell you.

If there's one thing that I've learned about John Kerry, it's that he wasn't thinking of other people when he made journal entries and when he told his war stories. Just look at the after action report for 13 Mar 69. He doesn't even mention the injured men on PCF-3, the rescue of the two men who fell of PFC-3, Larry Thurlow's efforts to save PCF-3 and its crew. The entire focus of the after action report is John Kerry.

Kerry's campaign can say anything they want, but that diary entry indicts Kerry as clearly as a signed affidavit.

UPDATE: Ed Morrissey reveals more of the inconsistencies in this story.