Monday, October 25, 2004

Last December, Senator John Kerry claimed, while speaking to the Council on Foreign Relations, claimed to have 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."

As it turns out, that isn't entirely true
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.

The former ambassadors who said on the record they had never met Mr. Kerry included the representatives of Mexico, Colombia and Bulgaria. The ambassador of a fourth country gave a similar account on the condition that his country not be identified.

Ambassador Andres Franco, the permanent deputy representative from Colombia during its Security Council membership from 2001 to 2002, said, "I never heard of anything."

Although Mr. Franco was quick to note that Mr. Kerry could have met some members of the panel, he also said that "everything can be heard in the corridors."

If this was President Bush, everyone would be hurling the "L" word (liar, not liberal) at him. Let's see if this happens to Senator Kerry. I'm not holding my breath. Where is Lawrence "I hate lies" O'Donnell when you need him?

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