Wednesday, August 11, 2004

It actually is just like the movies!

I had this snap from LGF reader Mark R. in a post below, but it is even more relevant now:

Instapundit comes up with a Boston Herald interview with Lurch in 1979:
But what's really interesting is the context -- see the full scan here -- which is all about Kerry's Vietnam experiences as they relate to Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now. Unlike Al Gore and Love Story, Kerry doesn't claim that the movie is about him -- but he sure draws parallels. In fact, the passage that everyone has been quoting actually reads like this, when you include the prior sentence that people haven't been including:

On more than one occasion, I, like Martin Sheen in "Apocalypse Now," took my patrol boat into Cambodia

In fact, I remember spending Christmas Day of 1968 five miles across the Cambodian border being shot at by our South Vietnamese Allies who were drunk and celebrating Christmas. The absurdity of almost being killed by our own allies in a country in which President Nixon claimed there were no American troops was very real. But nowhere in "Apocalypse Now" did I sense that kind of absurdity.
So Kerry's Vietnam experience was like Apocalypse Now, only it was more so.
Bwahaha! Ole Lurchster sure had a busy 4 months. Of course, he was on a Swift Boat, not the smaller PBR in the movie that you would use to go way upstream, but that's just another pesky detail.