Nothing matters and what if it did
This morning Kos asks:
Unbelievable. Why the hell didn’t he release these documents earlier?
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.
Jesus, they had additional substantive evidence that the Swift Boat Liars were full of shit and refused to release it. The incompetent way that matter was handled knows no bounds.
It wouldn’t have mattered. The Swift Boat Liars was made up of a bunch guys who served with Kerry…oh wait…no, they were actually a bunch of guys who knew this guy whose cousin had a friend whose brother once said, “I sure didn’t like that Kerry guy.” which was good enough for Fox News and hate radio. And even though his records indicate that he was a hero, this is a sampling of the responses the records would have received.
According to the Globe, the only previously undisclosed records are commendations from commanding officers. In the words of the great Peggy Lee song, “Is that all there is?” Either Kerry is the world’s worst politician, or something is missing from his file.
or professional Swift Boat Liar and Nixon lamprey John O’Neill:
We called for Kerry to execute a form which would permit anyone to examine his full and unexpulgated military records at the Navy Department and the National Personnel Records Center. Instead he executed a form permitting his hometown paper to obtain the records currently at the Navy Department. The Navy Department previously indicated its records did not include various materials. This is hardly what we called for. If he did execute a complete release of all records we could then answer questions such as (1)Did he ever receive orders to Cambodia or file any report of such a mission (whether at Christmas or otherwise); (2) What was his discharge status between 1970 and 1978 (when he received a discharge) and was it affected by his meetings in 1970 and 1971 with the North Vietnamese? (3)why did he receive much later citations for medals purportedly signed by Secretary Lehman who said he did not know of them; (4) Are there Hostile Fire and Personnel Injured by Hostile Fire Reports for Kerry’s Dec. 1968 Purple Heart (when the officer in charge of the boat Admiral Schacte, the treating Surgeon Louis Letsos, and Kerry’s Division Commander deny there was hostile fire causing a scratch) awarded three months later under unknown circumstances.
So you see, Kerry would have still had to continually recreate history and explain the actions and thoughts of others…and still they wouldn’t have been happy. It also amusing to note that things are ” missing” from Kerry’s file which makes his well-documented heroics suspicious. However when George Bush went AWOL and nobody could find evidence that he showed up for work and papers kept trickling out even after the Administration said everything had been released…well, that was different.
The lesson here: Never defend. Always attack. Kick them in the balls and when they’re down…kick them in the face.
(Added): As pointed out in comments, August agrees.