Senator Kerry appears to have executed the double flip flop maneuver with double back flip. Read about it in today’s Washington Times: “Kerry to release all his military records.” You have to read past the headline to get the straight scoop here:
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry promised to post all of his military records online by today, although his campaign is withholding some relevant documentation…
The Kerry campaign emerged from its bunker yesterday to give the Associated Press 13 pages of records that already had been distributed and documented two of Mr. Kerry’s Purple Hearts, his Silver Star and his Bronze Star.
The documents include declassified reports that explain Mr. Kerry’s wounds that led to two of his Purple Hearts. They show Mr. Kerry had shrapnel wounds in his left thigh after his boat came under intense fire on Feb. 20, 1969, and he suffered shrapnel wounds in his left buttocks and bruises on his right forearm when a mine detonated close to his boat on March 13, 1969.
The documents do not include, however, a report explaining how Mr. Kerry received the wounds that led to his first Purple Heart. To back up Mr. Kerry’s injury claims leading to that award, campaign spokesman Michael Meehan showed the Associated Press at the Kerry campaign headquarters a “Sick Call Treatment Record” dated Dec. 9, 1968.
That document, which the campaign would not release or allow to be copied, said: “Shrapnel in left arm above elbow. Shrapnel removed and appl bacitracin dressing. Ret to Duty,” according to the Associated Press.
It was Mr. Kerry’s third Purple Heart that allowed him to transfer out of Vietnam to a desk job in New York. The records that will be posted on the campaign’s Web site are 150 pages of Navy records that Mr. Meehan said had been requested just last month.
The Boston Globe’s story is “Kerry to release records.”