BTW, I recommend getting a copy of the Dec 1966 issue of National Geographic and keeping it handy to show anyone who brings up the "reflectors on the moon proof" malarkey. I bought a copy on eBay for a few dollars. The magazine has an article about lasers which mentions that MIT has been bouncing them off the moon for years, obviously long before the Apollo Missions supposedly went there. And, just as obviously proves that you don't need a reflector to bounce lasers off the moon in the first place.
That makes sense, yes. More indication that Clarke is just rambling. He doesn't even come across as a cohesive wise old man. He sounds like a bitter young kid with a chip on his shoulder about the "unpatriotic" and a handy comedic sarcasm to bat away any arguments against his belief.