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Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Form 180 - I want to see the signature

Well, it looks like I might be able to remove the John Kerry / Form 180 line at the top of my blog.... although, maybe not.

The caveat emperor
By Joan Vennochi, Globe Columnist | May 24, 2005

AT THIS POINT it comes as no surprise. John Kerry is releasing all his military records -- but then again, he isn't.

During an interview yesterday with 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."

Six months after Kerry's loss to George W. Bush, it feels somewhat gratuitous to point out how hard it can be to get a clear, straight answer from Kerry on this and other matters. But as long as the Massachusetts senator is thinking about another presidential run, the candor gap remains on the table, because he puts it there.

My question is this... how long does it take someone to fill out, review, and send in this 2 page form?!?! I mean, if this is how long it takes him to act on this matter, how long would it have taken him to decide to take out the Taliban?

Michelle Malkin & Captain's Quarters are covering as well...

By the way, based on the following sentence, Kerry may be signing the doc, but never submit it to the military:

''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."
It appears that he's referring to the signed form, not the records... perhaps I'm reading too much into this. AS the Globe said, the devil is in the details, and the dodges & digressions.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler