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Kerry Makes His Military, Medical File Available (O'Neil says it is Incomplete! GO O'Neil GO!!)
LA Times ^ | 6/8/05

Posted on 06/08/2005 7:32:28 AM PDT by areafiftyone

WASHINGTON — All through last year's presidential race, Vietnam-era critics of Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) charged that he was trying to hide something by refusing to authorize the public release of his entire military and medical file.

On Tuesday, Kerry provided access to his complete records. The long-awaited documents contained no bombshells, and his enemies still were not satisfied.

The 180-page sheaf of medal commendations, officer's fitness reports and medical entries released under federal guidelines by Kerry's Senate office provided a few new nuggets of information about his 1968 to 1969 stint as a Swift boat commander during the Vietnam War.

There was one page from a January 1969 officer evaluation that appeared to back Kerry's claims that he had been well-rated by his superiors. During the heat of the 2004 campaign, some members of a group of anti-Kerry Navy veterans suggested that the then-missing document might provide a damning assessment of his wartime role.

Kerry said in a statement Tuesday that he had provided "unprecedented access" to his military and medical records during the campaign "and now months after it ended." In releasing the file, he said, "the facts speak for themselves and as these records prove, once again the right wing is wrong."

But Kerry's reluctance to provide easy access to records that buttressed his war resume remains one of the more puzzling aspects of his campaign strategy.

Pollsters and political scientists who have studied the race said that Kerry might have left himself vulnerable by reacting too slowly to criticism by pro-Bush veterans and their insistent calls for public access to all of his records. Kerry's move to release the file now, observers said, could inoculate him from similar pressure if he decided to run again in 2008.

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


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1 posted on 06/08/2005 7:32:28 AM PDT by areafiftyone
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To: areafiftyone

Did anyone think for a second that Kerry would release his full file?


2 posted on 06/08/2005 7:32:58 AM PDT by RushCrush (Never give in! Never, never, never, never! Never yield in any way great or small.)
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To: areafiftyone
"If he made a true universal release of his records and not through selective journalists, maybe we could get to the records that would answer some of these questions," O'Neill said

John Fraud Kerry once again being supported by the MSM...

3 posted on 06/08/2005 7:35:49 AM PDT by frogjerk
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To: areafiftyone
You’ve got to admire a fellow who “sees a room full of wealthy widows as ‘a target-rich environment.’” ---Annie Coulter

******

Remember this???

Swift Geese Veterans for Truth ----- http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1255054/posts

4 posted on 06/08/2005 7:36:00 AM PDT by beyond the sea (Sounds of laughter, shades of life are ringing through my open ears exciting and inviting me)
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To: areafiftyone
last year the Navy said that there were about 100 pages of his records that were still sealed... how many pages were released this time...??? hhhmmmmm....
5 posted on 06/08/2005 7:38:06 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist )
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To: areafiftyone
If BS were concrete, John Kerry would be an Interstate Highway .......... with potholes.
6 posted on 06/08/2005 7:38:12 AM PDT by beyond the sea (Sounds of laughter, shades of life are ringing through my open ears exciting and inviting me)
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To: beyond the sea

Annie is priceless. Thank you!


7 posted on 06/08/2005 7:40:13 AM PDT by hershey
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To: RushCrush

Apparently the LA Times thinks so.


8 posted on 06/08/2005 7:41:09 AM PDT by alnick (Rice 2005: We've only just begun to see what Freedom can achieve.)
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To: areafiftyone

Kerry's Dept of Sanitization hsd been working at full capacity!!


9 posted on 06/08/2005 7:41:41 AM PDT by 26lemoncharlie ('Cuntas haereses tu sola interemisti in universo mundo!')
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To: areafiftyone
The long-awaited documents contained no bombshells, and his enemies still were not satisfied.

So now the fact Bush's academic records proves he is smarter than Kerry the long awaited documents contain no bombshells? ROTFL!! Kerry is a dunce and we, his enemies, are very, very, very satisfied because we knew Kerry was a dummy before they didn't know.

10 posted on 06/08/2005 7:42:06 AM PDT by hflynn
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To: areafiftyone

Reporting for doody!"

11 posted on 06/08/2005 7:43:12 AM PDT by EdHallick ("KAAAAAAAAAAHN!" - Capt. James T. Kirk)
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To: areafiftyone
Pollsters and political scientists who have studied the race said that Kerry might have left himself vulnerable by reacting too slowly to criticism by pro-Bush veterans and their insistent calls for public access to all of his records.

Not all of the Swifties were pro-Bush. In fact I believe Paul O'Neil said he was a Democrat. The Swifties said all along this was not about supporting President Bush but to bring Kerry's true military service history out in the open.

12 posted on 06/08/2005 7:44:59 AM PDT by sydbas
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To: hershey
I just wish she'd gain some weight........ either that or come over for dinner more often!

;-)

13 posted on 06/08/2005 7:45:13 AM PDT by beyond the sea (Sounds of laughter, shades of life are ringing through my open ears exciting and inviting me)
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To: sydbas

O'Neill said he would have voted for John Edwards [shudder].


14 posted on 06/08/2005 7:47:19 AM PDT by Coop (In memory of a true hero - Pat Tillman)
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To: RushCrush
"But David Wade, a Kerry spokesman, said that the request to Navy Personnel Command to release documents extended to all government record repositories."

This does nothing to address whether the information was either received by Kerry or if he in fact released what was sent him. This is typical left wing parsing.

15 posted on 06/08/2005 7:48:23 AM PDT by Eagles Talon IV
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To: All
Kerry's Christmas in Cambodia Explained

16 posted on 06/08/2005 7:48:23 AM PDT by areafiftyone (Politicians Are Like Diapers, Both Need To Be Changed Often And For The Same Reason!)
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To: EdHallick

EWWWWWWWWWWWWW! That is one Ugly guy!


17 posted on 06/08/2005 7:49:06 AM PDT by areafiftyone (Politicians Are Like Diapers, Both Need To Be Changed Often And For The Same Reason!)
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To: RushCrush

....Did anyone think for a second that Kerry would release his full file?
.....

"Sandy Burgler, can we take a look in your undershorts???"


18 posted on 06/08/2005 7:49:59 AM PDT by aShepard
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To: aShepard

Is the DD214 available for review? That's really the most critical document.


19 posted on 06/08/2005 7:51:34 AM PDT by MeanWestTexan
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To: Nick Danger; Chieftain

FYI


20 posted on 06/08/2005 7:51:44 AM PDT by Coop (In memory of a true hero - Pat Tillman)
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