After returning from the war, he became an outspoken opponent of the Vietnam conflict. He appeared before the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs where he deemed United States war policy in Vietnam to be the cause of "war crimes." So when Lee Hsien Loong said of him, "He is an old Asia hand, knows Asia very well", Kerry may have preferred different memories of a different time.
But Kerry was on his job when he piped in, "..we have some important law enforcement and security issues that we need to discuss". The man was obviously well briefed and not about to be slipshod about the Shane Todd conundrum. Not when his mom Mary Todd had told ABC, "I know he was murdered and then they just hung him on a door." Shane's work on superconductors for IME may have been passed to China's Huawei corporation, for use in systems that could involve jamming U.S. radar. National security and China must be two important items very high up on his to-do list.
In his own recollection, Kerry said he had great discussions with former Minister Mentor Mr Lee Kuan Yew when he was in Singapore on numerous occasions. He must have been just glad his present day talks with the son had no off-handed tasteless jokes about Michael Palmer's downfall over some lady's mangoes. Last we heard, Ms Ong has changed her identity and started a new Facebook account. Guess she won't be writing a book.