Kerry & His Military Service


The Boston Globe printed an article yesterday about Kerry’s military record which tries to say all the information from his record has been released:

Senator John F. Kerry, ending at least two years of refusal, has waived privacy restrictions and authorized the release of his full military and medical records.

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. An earlier release of the full record might have helped his campaign because it contains a number of reports lauding his service. Indeed, one of the first actions of the group that came to be known as Swift Boat Veterans for Truth was to call on Kerry to sign a privacy waiver and release all of his military and medical records.

But Kerry refused, even though it turned out that the records included commendations from some of the same veterans who were criticizing him.

On May 20, Kerry signed a document called Standard Form 180, authorizing the Navy to send an ”undeleted” copy of his ”complete military service record and medical record” to the Globe. Asked why he delayed signing the form for so long, Kerry said in a written response: ”The call for me to sign a 180 form came from the same partisan operatives who were lying about my record on a daily basis on the Web and in the right-wing media. Even though the media was discrediting them, they continued to lie. I felt strongly that we shouldn’t kowtow to them and their attempts to drag their lies out.”

Sounds good huh? But wait, the article ends with this:

The file includes a previously reported reference to Kerry being treated for the wound and that he was awarded the Purple Heart, but it does not address the details of the combat that night. No after-action report for the incident has been found

Realllllyyyyyy? So do they expect us to believe that all the records were released when there is no after-action reports included of a very suspicious incident? Give me a fucking break.

Standard Form 180 has a section where the individual can decide to omit certain years of service

You wanna bet he put a checkmark in that box?

The story even gets better:

But the New York Sun last November 1 reported a different scenario:

Mr. Kerry has said, “I applied to Harvard, Boston University, and Boston College. I was extremely late. Only BC would entertain a late application.”

It is hard to see why Mr. Kerry had to file an “extremely late” application since he lost the congressional race in Lowell, Mass., the first week of November 1972 and was basically doing nothing until he entered law school the following September of 1973. A member of the Harvard Law School admissions committee recalled that the real reason Mr. Kerry was not admitted was because the committee was concerned that because Mr. Kerry had received a less than honorable discharge they were not sure he could be admitted to any state bar.

This from the American Spectator.

Then Michelle Malkin makes an astute observation:

The author of today’s Globe piece reporting the news of the release is Michael Kranish, co-author of “John F. Kerry: The Complete Biography By The Boston Globe Reporters Who Know Him Best.” (See also this curious story about Kranish and his Kerry coverage from the campaign.)

Hmmm, doesn’t seem to be anything suspicious there….sigh

Finally, Robert over at The Llama Butchers has the real reason why Kerry didn’t sign that 180…

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