Old lies die hard, and the recent admission by Peltier’s current attorney Kuzma that the Mr. X story was a lie amounted to a quantum leap forward in the direction of the truth.
It’s kind of got me wondering though what Antoinette Nora Claypoole meant when she melodramatically labelled Kuzma and associates the Buffalo Bravado Boys? And so I took a couple of moments to look up the definition of the word bravado thinking maybe my understanding of it was incorrect.
Below are the definitions I found:
From the Free Online Dictionary-
a. Defiant or swaggering behavior: strove to prevent our courage from turning into bravado.
b. A pretense of courage; a false show of bravery.
2. A disposition toward showy defiance or false expressions of courage.
vaunted display of courage or self-confidence; swagger
a : blustering swaggering conduct
b : a pretense of bravery
: the quality or state of being foolhardy
I fail to see any swagger or bluster in having to “officially” admit a lie-I’d say it had become a necessity, was something that had become unavoidable, an attempt to turn the page and add a new coat of paint.
But there’s been a lot of lies over the years in what is referred to as the defense of Peltier -a lot of bluster and swagger on his part.
Like the way he went on about how “his people” know who the “hero” was, know who “fought hard”, how he was “laying down fire”…..a little of that bravado and “blustering swaggering conduct”. A “pretense of bravery”.
But then who can forget Peltier’s taped interview where he stumbles around saying no one was “shot, hit, hurt” where he was shooting?
An implication that he wasn’t “fighting hard” to shoot anyone, just kind of, sort of, aiming in a general direction more for show than anything else while making sure no one was “shot, hit, hurt”.
In a bonafide legitimate fight against a real threat anyone taking that course would be labelled a coward. But then what occurred at Jumping Bull wasn’t a legitimate fight, it was cold blooded murder based on Peltier’s belief the agents were coming to get him for that Wisconsin warrant and the fact that Peltier was the shooter at Jumping Bull is indisputable.
The Mr. X lie was known to be bs for years, and to admit it wasn’t bravado, amounts to more of a humbled admission with a side dish of crow to force down.
Not long ago I saw actor Peter Coyote on Democracy Now I believe it was where another reference was made to a stale moldy staple-that being the “old boots” version of why Williams and Coler were looking for Jimmy Eagle-another bs fairytale employed over the years to flesh out the myth.
I’m thinking Kuzma should lay that one to rest as well-update the script so everyone is on the same page, and hopefully avoid further embarrassment for the team- to not do so would be foolhardy.
Now I don’t think the “Buffalo Bravado Boys” are about “showy defiance”, “bluster”, or false expressions of courage and bravery, maybe Claypoole knows more than we do though, if so maybe she would be willing to share.
Maybe she would be willing to admit Mr.X and the old boots tale are both lies.