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Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Are We There Yet? Partie Deux.

(Hat tip to levi from queens)

We are getting closer to the truth on John Kerry's promise to sign SF-180 and release his military records.

I will give the Junior Senator from Massachusetts a D- for effort, but he still deserves an F for integrity. The waffle-man has actually signed and submitted, not just one copy, but at least three! Yeah, right! He has authorized the release of "a single one time copy of the complete military service record and medical record of John F. Kerry." This is great. It is exactly what we had asked for. But wait, there's a catch. It's that pesky little item in SECTION II labeled PURPOSE. Herein lies the rub: "To provide, on a one time basis, a complete copy of Senator Kerry's military record to a reporter of the {Kerry goon squad}"

The three copies are identical but for filling in the name of the particular goon squad member:
Boston Globe (Michael Kranish)
Associated Press (Glen Johnson)
Los Angeles Times (Steve Braun)

If you wish to view the three SF-180 documents, they are available (pdf) at Power Line.

Okay, for a second, let's review the promise John Kerry made to America when speaking with Tim Russert on Meet the Press (January 30, 2005):

MR. RUSSERT: Many people who’ve been criticizing you have said: Senator, if you would just do one thing and that is sign Form 180, which would allow historians and journalists complete access to all your military records. Thus far, you have gotten the records, released them through your campaign. They say you should not be the filter. Sign Form 180 and let the historians…

SEN. KERRY: I’d be happy to put the records out. We put all the records out that I had been sent by the military. Then at the last moment, they sent some more stuff, which had some things that weren’t even relevant to the record. So when we get–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. I have no problem with that.

MR. RUSSERT: Would you sign Form 180?

SEN. KERRY: But everything, Tim…

MR. RUSSERT: Would you sign Form 180?

SEN. KERRY: Yes, I will.

Now, really, Mr. Kerry; aren't you being a bit disingenuous? Or would sneaky be a better adjective? Letting these three organizations have access to your records is not releasing them. It's more like telling your mother a secret. We still know nothing and probably never will. So, no! You have not RELEASED your records! For now, the banner stays.

Is there hope? That's a definite maybe! Perhaps Mr. Kerry will loosen up? Probably not. The Globe and Times - no way! However, I have found Glen Johnson to be a pretty even handed reporter. Will he share the secrets with the rest of us? Come on, Glen, time to spread the news.

Right Wing Nut Job


  • Not to seek an argument, but why does it even matter? It seems as relevant as asking someone to tell what grade they got in kindergarten.
    I didn't get the fuss when Bush had his records questioned, I still don't get the fuss with Kerry now.

    By Anonymous Vanessa, at 9:09 AM  

  • I agree that the records are of little real consequence at this time. However the refusal to put them forth may indicate typical political stripes! They all manipulate people and appearances.

    In the end, how a person acts now counts more than what they did 20 -30 years ago. With that said - it looks like dodging now!


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:45 PM  

  • Every time John Kerry has run for any office, he has used his war record to hold himself up as a war hero and thus better than the other candidates. The 2004 Presidential Election was no different.

    The final straw for men like John O'Neill was when Kerry turned the Democratic National Convention into a celebration of his actions in Vietnam, and even had some of his war buddies there with him on the stage. Remember "I'm John Kerry and I'm reporting for duty"?

    Kerry CHOSE to make Vietnam an important issue, so O'Neill and friends demanded that he finally release his complete military records by signing SF 180. And as we can see, Kerry is still screwing around, releasing the records only to three reporters - two of them working for Kerry's hometown paper, the Boston Globe.

    Why is it still important? Because Kerry is still a Senator and because he intends to run for President again. And when he does run again, we'll once again see him telling us that he's great since he won three Purple Hearts in Vietnam.

    By Anonymous JWL, at 6:03 PM  

  • Thanks, it might sense now somewhat. :)

    By Anonymous Vanessa, at 6:44 PM  

  • Meh. That should have been "It *makes* sense now, somewhat." obviously. :)

    By Anonymous Vanessa, at 6:46 PM  

  • I wonder how long it will take befor "The People" stop allowing the politicising of the operation of our government?
    We pay them to do for us that which we cannot, run the bussiness of the country.
    How did it come around to us paying them to "Bull Shit" us?

    It will end - when?


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:50 PM  

  • Gary,
    It will end - when?

    From time to time, the tree of liberty must be watered with the blood of tyrants and patriots.
    --Thomas Jefferson

    By Blogger Right Wing Nut Job, at 10:27 PM  

  • Yeah, we could do it that way. Or.... we could get some voters to get off their asses and learn how to vote.
    The People have themselves to blame.
    I know some of us, maybe present company, do vote - but do we bitch or do we write to those we "pay" to instruct them?

    Just another thought.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:32 PM  

  • You know.... you could start a revolution from right here.
    You are connected to a lot of blogs, have the readers. Prompt them into a letter campaign. Write those we pay and tell them you feel. With enough letters they may get the message. If not someone else gets the vote next time - automatic term limits!

    PS, I mean use postage stamps, emails are too easy to delete.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:42 PM  

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