I didn’t think there could be more of this stuff, but there is:
Reporting by the Washington Post’s Michael Dobbs points out that although the Kerry campaign insists that it has released Kerry’s full military records, the Post was only able to get six pages of records under its Freedom of Information Act request out of the “at least a hundred pages” a Naval Personnel Office spokesman called the “full file.”
What could that more than 100 pages contain? Questions have been raised about President Bush’s drill attendance in the reserves, but Bush received his honorable discharge on schedule. Kerry, who should have been discharged from the Navy about the same time — July 1, 1972 — wasn’t given the discharge he has on his campaign Web site until July 13, 1978. What delayed the discharge for six years? This raises serious questions about Kerry’s performance while in the reserves that are far more potentially damaging than those raised against Bush.
I’m getting so bored with John Kerry’s conflicting military record… or lack thereof… that I’m thinking of proposing my own Constitutional Amendment banning all politicians who begin a speech with a military salute from seeking higher office. The way things are going, it might just pass. One thing we do know – Michael Dukakis is no longer the most inept Democratic Party candidate to run for president in our lifetimes.
UPDATE: At the risk of beating the proverbially dead horse, here’s why I think Kerry is getting so little support outside the mainstream media (often motivated by self-preservation). Back in Vietnam days, most of us on the then-Left realized the war was being fought by a largely working-class army with a great percentage of people of color. Few of us wanted to attack them because we were running around fancy universities protesting while the less economically fortunate were getting blown up.
When John Kerry came back from that war, having gone over for whatever reasons, he personally accused, with little or no evidence, those same working-class soldiers of excessive numbers of atrocities. What kind of a Lefty does that? What kind of a man does that? There were dozens of other ways to oppose the Vietnam War, many of them far more substantive. But he chose the low road. Well, the Law of Karma was the operative law in those days and it has come back to haunt him.
SECOND UPDATE: I have been corrected by several commenters here on my assumptions about race and class in Vietnam. It seems I was completely wrong about race and not as right as I thought I was about class. Thanks for the update and the facts. That’s at least one mistake I won’t make again and I apologize for the inaccuracy. Still, as far as Kerry is concerned, the Law of Karma applies.