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Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Kerry's Form SF-180: 128 Days Later

The time has come to retire the counter, because he's finally given in and released his records. However, like all things that deal with Kerry, that is not all there is to this story. 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.
If there was nothing substantive there at all, then why did he take so much pain to guard it? Why didn't he release them when they might have made a difference? Is he the world's worse politician?

The Globe mentions that questions were raised, and that's because there were some pages missing from the records. 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."
What happened to those hundred pages?

Last week, the 2008 presidential hopeful sat down with Tim Russert and said that he wanted to review his full Navy file to make sure of "what is in the record and what isn't in the record" before signing Form 180. Was there some scrubbing of some sensitive information?
"I'm going to sit down with them and make sure that they are clear and I am clear as to what is in the record and what isn't in the record and we'll put it out," he told "Meet the Press" host Tim Russert.

Kerry did not explain his reference to "what isn't in the record," though questions arose late in the campaign about why he received his honorable discharge six years after leaving the service.
Ah, so it had to be sanitized. According to his statement here, he edited his records with the help of the Navy.

It'll be hard to know if we'll ever see all of Kerry's records.

Mark in Mexico says the story isn't over yet:
There is something there. There has to be. It has either been cleverly hidden or erased or expunged or redacted or camouflaged or modified beyond recognition, but it's there.
There are further comments by Michelle Malkin, and Captain Ed, who notes some additional mysteries that were not cleared up by the Globe column.

Columnist Jack Kelly says there are four possibilities. The second one is definitely worth a laugh or two.

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