If it was about releasing his military record, that wasn’t achieved.
If it was about clarifying his reserve activities upon his return from his short stint in Vietnam, that wasn’t achieved.
If it was to perhaps further obscure the truth about his service and post-Vietnam activities, mission accomplished.
It is unclear exactly what was released by the Navy late Monday to the Boston Globe. On its face it appears that aside from the Yale transcript and some commendations, little new appeared.
“I don’t know what everyone expected,” says a former Kerry campaign staffer. “We said this was the complete file months ago. The Senator pointedly requested that the grades not be included in the documents released during the campaign.”
And there lies the rub. At no point has Kerry requested a full, nonredacted release of his military record from the National Personnel Record Center, which has custody of Kerry’s complete record.
According to Steve Jones, a principal of Lyon Research, and a respected researcher, who specializes in culling data at the National Archives, the Library of Congress, and various military and museum repositories across the country, Kerry’s full file could contain a number of other documents not released on Monday, such as documents that verify his status in the Reserves up to 1978.
But redirecting media and the public away from his full file appears to have been Kerry’s plan all along, because he submitted his SF-180 to the wrong entity.
“It doesn’t make sense that he is going through the Navy,” says Jones. “Applying through the Navy gives this scenario the appearance of a personnel shuffle. Kerry said he applied to the Navy and the Boston Globe said they received his record from the Navy and that makes no sense when the relevant records are at the National Personnel Record Center, a part of the National Archives. By going through the Navy Kerry makes it appear that he is using the Navy to screen his file; he added a layer of bureaucracy when all he needed to do was sign an authorization allowing a third party to look at his record at the NPRC.”
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?