I wonder if Douglas Brinkley will take the time to interview the “Cambodia Man” at the United States Embassy in Saigon between 1968 and 1970. He seems to have some testimony pertinent to the adjudication of John Kerry’s veracity regarding Kerry’s cross-border mission with the secret agent man who gave Kerry his favorite hat:
[C]oncerning the assertion that Mr. Kerry was shot at by the Khmer Rouge during his Christmas 1968 visit to Cambodia, it should be noted that the Khmer Rouge didn’t take the field until the Easter Offensive of 1972, when the Vietnamese forces that had attacked the Cambodians initially in March 1970 pulled out of Cambodia to attack the U.S. and Vietnamese forces in Vietnam. Only Vietnamese Communist soldiers were found on the battlefields of Cambodia in 1970-72.
The bottom line of all this is that in the 15 years of active American military involvement in Vietnam and Cambodia, between 1961 and 1975, there was ongoing attention and scrutiny paid to the border because of the political sensitivities over the neutrality of the Cambodians. While things may have happened that no one ever found out about in Saigon, the Cambodians yelled bloody murder to the world press and the ICC whenever they found Americans trespassing.
Andrew Antippas was “the Cambodia Man,” and his column in this morning’s Washington Times is “Fact and fiction.”