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News On Kerry's Naval Discharge  | e-mail post

The NY Sun today reports on Kerry's discharge from the military being "other than honorable," and that's not good news any way you slice it. There's more in the article, but this passage gives a pretty good sense of the issue:
With the only discharge document cited by Mr. Kerry issued in 1978, three years after the last date it should have been issued, the absence of a certificate from 1975 leaves only two possibilities. Either Mr. Kerry received an "other than honorable" certificate that has been removed in a review purging it from his records, or even worse, he received no certificate at all. In both cases there would have been a loss of all of Mr. Kerry's medals and the suspension of all benefits of service.

Certainly something was wrong as early as 1973 when Mr. Kerry was applying to law school.

Mr. Kerry has said, "I applied to Harvard, Boston University, and Boston College. I was extremely late. Only BC would entertain a late application."

It is hard to see why Mr. Kerry had to file an "extremely late" application since he lost the congressional race in Lowell, Mass., the first week of November 1972 and was basically doing nothing until he entered law school the following September of 1973.A member of the Harvard Law School admissions committee recalled that the real reason Mr. Kerry was not admitted was because the committee was concerned that because Mr. Kerry had received a less than honorable discharge they were not sure he could be admitted to any state bar.

The fact that Mr. Kerry had cancelled his candidacy for a Congressional seat in 1970 in favor of Father Robert Drinan cannot have hurt Mr. Kerry's admission to Boston College. The Reverend Robert Drinan's previous position was dean of the Boston College Law School.
While I don't think distinguished military service is any sort of requisite for ascending to the Presidency, I think the most troubling aspects of this have been the denials by the Kerry campaign. As we all learned from Watergate, it's not the crime, it's the coverup. This is just not the kind of thing the country should tolerate in a prospective commander-in-chief.

Hat tip to Powerline, as this is hardly getting reported on the newssites, that I can see.

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