Thursday, July 29, 2004

Kerry And Vietnam

Just reading over at Drudge Report, on Kerry's adventures in Vietnam. I use the term 'adventures', well, because a guy bringing a super-8 camera and re-doing ambushes and the like, has alterior motives or a severe case of narcism.

The official convention video introducing John Kerry tonight, directed by Steven Spielberg protégé James Moll, incorporates homemade film footage shot by Kerry in Vietnam.

“I would have used archival footage,” Moll tells the NEW YORK OBSERVER's Joe Hagan, “but it was a pleasant surprise that he had taken his own footage while in Vietnam.”

"When Army Green Beret Jim Rassman is talking about how John Kerry saved his life,” he said, “I’m using some of that footage. It shows the swift boat and various shots of the swift boat, and some firing like you see in the water. Bullets in the water.”

Entering controversy, director Moll explains how the bullets in the water were not from the actual event.

“It’s just illustrative.”

Moll mixes in the homemade Kerry film with stirring strings and a french horn soundtrack.

Moll is said to manipulate the speed of some of the film.

One moving scene shows Kerry in slow motion, in full gear, walking with his gun through the paddies.
Of course, George W. Bush using firefighters in a campaign spot on 9/11, is deemed outrageous.

Adds the Swift boat commander who took over from Kerry's command, in an upcoming book titled 'Unfit for Command', with stories of his former crew:
"Kerry would revisit ambush locations for reenacting combat scenes where he would portray the hero, catching it all on film. Kerry would take movies of himself walking around in combat gear, sometimes dressed as an infantryman walking resolutely through the terrain. He even filmed mock interviews of himself narrating his exploits. A joke circulated among Swiftees was that Kerry left Vietnam early not because he received three Purple Hearts, but because he had recorded enough film of himself to take home for his planned political campaigns."
Matt Drudge puts his hallmark 'DEVELOPING' in capitals at the end.

To me, this picture needs no further developing. Since the stories of his Vietnam past first emerged, and I learnt, I believe through National Review though I couldn't find the link anymore (YOU do a search on Kerry + Vietnam!), that he spent afternoons at home, watching his home movies from Vietnam, I thought the man simply had serious issues in dealing with his past.

Now, after learning of the events leading to his Purple Heart medals, I more and more get the impression that here's a guy that since the age of 16 wanted to become President of the United States.

A very intelligent guy, who applies for Vietnam duty, and 'covers' himself in his 'adventures', and racks up the three medals that take back to the States again, where his political instincts make him 'switch sides'.

I struggle to think that a man would be capable of thinking that far ahead. But I'm not fighting it as hard as I used to.

It's a lot more comforting to picture Kerry as a liberal tax-and-spender, who because of that needs to be denied the Presidency, though.