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    I read a great book a while back called Stolen Valor.  The author made it his mission to track down service records of people who claimed to be Vietnam veterans but really weren't.  He found all sorts of people who were otherwise fine upstanding citizens, but for some reason decided to claim they'd been in the Vietnam war.  Some people just like to be part of something big, I suppose.

    I'm in Australia now, and a recent scandal was the discovery that the head of the Australian WWII POW organization had never actually been a POW during WWII.  He'd claimed to be for decades and by all accounts was a great guy and had led the organization very well.  But he'd lied about his own military record practically his whole life.

    I'm afraid it wouldn't surprise me to find out your buddy was never in the CIA or even in Vietnam, and certainly that he didn't have any of the inside information he claimed to have.  Sometimes the fantasy life is more interesting than the ordinary life of a banker.

    History will be kind to us because we will write it.

    by Sky Net on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 05:42:34 PM PST

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    •  inclined to agree on the last sentence especially (0+ / 0-)

      and that was my initial reaction. then I began to sway as I looked into it and thought about it...a little. for awhile.

      btw, I found the guy again who was the inspiration/source for Mr. X.
      name is L. Fletcher Prouty and he seems to have gone off the deep end at some point to full crankdom. Not CIA but a liason to them from the Air force. quite a distinguished career, as a Defense dept. insider. even taught at Yale at one point. a lot of credibility in his resume and a lot of what he has to say seems to make sense at some level, but some is waaaay off the deep end. unfortunately the stuff he said that seemed to make sense got more publicity than the debunking. (the former is how I'd heard of him originally and came to think he had some cred for a bit...and he seemed to corroborate my friend's story...could be where he got a lot of it...) there is a great little site that does a good job of the latter debunking. see the links at end of wiki article on him if you're interested.

      no man is completely worthless, he can always be used as a bad example.

      by srfRantz on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 06:02:22 PM PST

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