Let us closely examine the claims and counterclaims of this story that has suddenly appeared after Bush's miserable performance at Fort Bragg.
Former hostages who were taken prisoner by radical students and held for more than 400 days have suddenly identified the Iranian president-elect, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, as one of their captors.
retired Navy Capt. Donald Sharer: "He wasn't a very nice fellow at the time. He called us pigs and dogs. He's very hard-line, he's a guy we are not going to get along with," said Sharer in an interview with ABC's "Good Morning America" "All I can say is I remember the fellow being very cruel-like, stern, a very narrow beady-eyed character. I can't comment on what they are saying politically now. They are probably trying to cover their tracks and make the rest of the world think he was not involved."
Bill Daugherty: "When your country is being humiliated and being embarrassed, the individuals that do that really stick in your mind. You don't forget people who do things like that to you and your family and your country."
retired Army Col. Charles Scott: "As soon as I saw his picture in the paper, I knew that was the bastard," said Scott, of Jonesboro, Georgia. "The new president of Iran is a terrorist."
former Marine security guard, Kevin Hermening: "He was involved in interrogating me the day we were taken captive," Hermening was quoted as saying. He said interrogators sought the combinations for "safes and other things that were locked."
Note that Sharer begins by stating that "he's a guy we are not going to get along with." Basically Sharer is making a foreign policy statement here. If I said that Tony Blair is nasty pederast crawling with scabies and just wants to rape our young boy scouts, would this make the national news? So what is the evidence that Sharer has, just a description: "a cruel-like, stern, a very narrow beady-eyed character." This is ridiculous. It is straight out of a Fu Manchu novel.
And Bill Daugherty carries the foreign policy line farther: "when your country is being humiliated and embarrassed." Is that what he was really thinking about in solitary confinement? not about escape? not about whether or not he was about to be tortured or killed? this smacks of Rove here, pure Rove.
As for Scott: "I knew that was the bastard." Boy Cheney must have loved this line of the script!
And how is it that Hermening comes in, saying that the perp was involved on the day they were taken captive. Here is an interesting interview, done on the 25th anniversary of the first day of the hostage crisis: http://www.command-post.org/oped/2_archives/016250.html
Please read it carefully.
Harmening cites BOTH Scott and Daugherty (who has written a book on the hostage crisis)! How interesting! In other words these men have a history of speaking on this subject, and they have all suddenly come out with these statements at the same time! How interesting.
Does anyone smell "STENCH OF ROVE" written all over this.