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    Kerry Military Records Finally Made Public

    Five months after promising on Meet Tim Russert to do so, The Boston Globe has the details.

    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.
    In April 2004, Kerry said he had already released his military records. ”I’ve shown them, they’re available for you to come and look at,” Kerry said in a television interview. But when a reporter showed up at campaign headquarters, he was told that no new records would be released. That prompted a flood of Republican criticism, and the campaign responded by gradually releasing more military records on its website. Kerry then released his ”fitness reports” — evaluations by commanding officers — on April 21, 2004.

    Two days later, the campaign allowed some reporters to view Kerry’s medical record but did not allow copies to be made and did not post that information online.

    It does make you wonder why Kerry was so obstinate about releasing his reords since they appear to match what he has said all along. It is even more puzzling when compared to the whining and complaining from Democrats who screamed for President Bush to release all his military records.

    Posted by Dave at 7:42 am
    Filed under: Election 2004 News (Recent) | Comments (7)

    7 Responses to “Kerry Military Records Finally Made Public”

    1. Go DUKE!!! says:


    2. Cory says:

      And no comments… Where, oh where, are all those posters who claimed to know that Kerry was dishonourably discharged??! No, nothing to say? My goodness, does this mean you were just talking out of an unpleasant orifice, making up scurilous accusations on the fly? How distinctly Republican of you all.

    3. Wayne says:

      If I was a Democrat, I would claim he finally convince someone from the Navy to burn the records or maybe sneak them out by stuffing them in their pants. There has been one newspaper that has look at it so far. I have a felling there something that isn’t being said. I’m willing to wait and see the facts come out. Unlike some democrats who would simply spread outlandish accusations and lies, without any consideration for the truth.

    4. McCain says:

      I wonder if it includes the part where he shot himself in the ass.

    5. AuH2ORepublican says:

      The “report” that Kerry finally allowed the Navy to release is missing over 100 pages of material that was in the file just last year! See http://polipundit.com/index.php?p=8109

    6. timactual says:

      Not distinctly republican, distinctly moronic. There is more than enough information already available without resorting to assumptions, guesses, and faulty logic. This failing is not exclusive to republicans, even on this site.

    7. timactual says:

      I do share your amusement.