Ed Driscoll

"I Never Signed Kerry's Modified Silver Star Citation"

Captain Ed, linking to a Chicago Sun-Times article notes another Navy man disputing Kerry:

Former Navy Secretary John Lehman has no idea where a Silver Star citation displayed on Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry’s campaign Web site came from, he said Friday. The citation appears over Lehman’s signature.

“It is a total mystery to me. I never saw it. I never signed it. I never approved it. And the additional language it contains was not written by me,” he said.

That’s in addition to the Swift Boat Vets, the anonymous Navy release from yesterday, and the statement by Rear Admiral Schachte.

As Captain Ed writes:

So now we have more than just a few disgruntled Viet Nam veterans disputing Kerry’s narrative and records. We’ve now added a former Secretary of the Navy, a man whose bipartisan credentials were sufficient for Congress to get him named to the 9/11 Commission in disputing Kerry’s version of events. How will the Kerry campaign react to this? Can they paint Lehman as a partisan hack after his painfully obsequious behavior towards the Democrats during the commission hearings?

Just when I think this story may lose momentum, it just grows new legs. The Torricelli option continues to beckon the Democrats the longer Kerry refuses to release all the records and put an end to all the speculation — assuming that the records haven’t already been doctored, as Lehman’s statement today seems to indicate.