Monday, October 25, 2004

The Double Super Secret Summit

I realize that it is Politically Incorrect to ever use the words, "Kerry Lied," together. And Steely Dan pretty much monopolized the aliterative elements.

And this new story, from the Washington Times, about Kerry fibbing about being James Bond or Jason Bourne, seemed a bit trite, at first:

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. Speaking before the Council on Foreign Relations in New York in December 2003, Mr. Kerry explained that he understood the "real readiness" of the United Nations to "take this seriously" because he met "with the entire Security Council, and we spent a couple of hours talking about what they saw as the path to a united front in order to be able to deal with Saddam Hussein." 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.

Worse, Kerry has invented details of the meeting in a Boston Globe interview, to bolster the credibility of the tale:

I went up to the United Nations at the request of some friends. And I met with the entire Security Council in a room just like this at a table ike this. I spent two hours with them, ust me and the Security Council, asking them questions.... I went through that with all of them. ... I left there convinced that the U.N. was prepared to be deadly serious about this.

Senator Kerry has put forward two main themes of his candidacy:

1. "Vietnam War Hero," and
2. Kerry “Will Be More Effective With Allies” in the War on Terror.

But, troubling patterns:

Vietnam War Hero. Launched with the Steven Spielberg-produced film used that the DNC Convention, there is mounting evidence that Kerry was dishonorably discharged from the military. His record, which he will not release, was scrubbed by proceedings under Carter’s Vietnam Amnesty program. Who would utilize such a “hero” theme in fact of a dishonorable discharge? (Bush, to the contrary, has no golden military record either, but he didn’t make it his campaign centerpiece.) Borderline pathological - inventing things out of whole cloth, with meglomania assumptions that no one will ever find out.

Kerry Will Be More Effective With Allies. This late-in-the-game claim is made, despite an objectively dismal performance record on the Senate Intelligence Committee, and a whitewashed episode from the early 70’s of his secretly (as in, illegal) meeting with several governmental and military factions of our enemy, the North Vietnamese.

In the recent debate, and elsewhere, Kerry has (as a campaign device) simply manufactured a secret summit meeting with the UN Security Counsel – “the entire Security Council in a room just like this at a table like this. I spent two hours with them.., just me and the Security Council, asking them questions.”


Invented out of whole cloth, with the assumption that no one will findout.