In a humorously titled Op-ed piece The caveat emperor, Boston Globe columnist Joan Vennochi notes that Senator John Kerry is triangulating toward a full release of his military records. Of course with Kerry nothing is ever cut and dried…
During an interview yesterday with Boston Globe editorial writers and columnists, the former Democratic presidential nominee was asked if had signed Form SF 180, authorizing the Department of Defense to grant access to all his military records.
”I have signed it,” Kerry said. Then, he added that his staff was ”still going through it” and ”very, very shortly, you will have a chance to see it.”
The devil is usually in the details. With Kerry, it’s also in the dodges and digressions. After the interview, Kerry’s communications director, David Wade, was asked to clarify when Kerry signed SF 180 and when public access would be granted. Kerry drifted over to join the conversation, immediately raising the confusion level. He did not answer the question of when he signed the form or when the entire record will be made public.
Several e-mails later, Wade conveyed the following information: On Friday, May 20, Kerry obtained a copy of Form 180 and signed it. ”The next step is to send it to the Navy, which will happen in the next few days. The Navy will then send out the records,” e-mailed Wade. Kerry first said he would sign Form 180 when pressed by Tim Russert during a Jan. 30 appearance on ”Meet the Press.”We’ll be waiting and watching.
Update: Others are wondering. Judicial Watch has said there are approximately 100 documents in his file that they were unable to obtain without the SF 180 signed. Michelle Malkin notes that there is confusion as which documents would be covered: all, some, or only those allowed by Kerry. NZ Bear wonders a signed SF 180 allows those with knowledge of his complete service record to speak publicly.
As with all things related to John Kerry and his military service, the shortest distance between his biography and the truth seems to be a circuitous trip around several different spin cycles…