Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Kerry Releases Military Records (Sort of)

Question: If John Kerry was able to keep his military records from public view during the entire '04 Presidential Campaign, how is it that this photo ever saw the light of day? If he could stop the release of his records, surely he could have stopped this.

PoliPundit is covering the release of John Kerry's military records to The Boston Globe. They have agreed to remove the Kerry SF-180 clock from their blog, but have some reservations.
I have decided to leave mine up. The Boston Globe has seen the records, I haven't.

According to The Boston Globe:

The records, which the Navy Personnel Command provided to the Globe, are mostly a duplication of what Kerry released during his 2004 campaign for president, including numerous commendations from commanding officers who later criticized Kerry’s Vietnam service.

The lack of any substantive new material about Kerry’s military career in the documents raises the question of why Kerry refused for so long to waive privacy restrictions.

I'm trying to figure out exactly what has changed. It doesn't appear to me that we have any more information today than we did yesterday. Is it because there is nothing else in the records? That may well be, but you'll forgive me if I don't take The Boston Globe's word for it. The story was written by Michael Kranish, co-author of "John F. Kerry: The Complete Biography By The Boston Globe Reporters Who Know Him Best." (Hat Tip: Michelle Malkin)

Also according to Polipundit:

Last year, here’s what the Navy had to say:

Reporting by the Washington Post’s Michael Dobbs points out that although the Kerry campaign insists that it has released Kerry’s full military records, the Post was only able to get six pages of records under its Freedom of Information Act request out of the “at least a hundred pages” a Naval Personnel Office spokesman called the “full file.”

If and when the full record becomes truly public, I will be satisfied no matter what the record shows. It would not have mattered to me whether these records were ever released had Kerry not promised to do so. This filtered release doesn't provide any additional answers, only more questions. Kerry gambled his entire Presidential Campaign on the contents of these records, so it makes no sense that the full content is no different than what had already been provided. I'm just not buying it!

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