Wednesday, August 25, 2004
Overlooking the impact of KJW
In the recent Washington Post article Michael Woods notes the following:
A review of other Swift boat after-action reports at the Naval Historical Center here reveals several that include the initials "KJW" but describe incidents at which Kerry was not present.
Note the inference there is that Kerry didn't write them because he wasn't present. However, the SwiftVets might be onto something - if KJW was indeed symbolic of Kerry in some way, or - as Swifties suggest - KJW was the person at Headquarters merely responsible for processing Kerry's action reports, accepting them at face value as true, the implications are just as easily interpreted to reveal that there are other incidents, which Kerry is well known not to have participated, for which Kerry submitted (other, falsified) reports (those could be the other infamous DOUBLE SECRET CAMBODIA missions)
FOLLOW-UP: CNS News catches relevant statements by John Kerry, under oath, in his 1971 testimony that Kerry responded, "I had direct experience with that. Senator, I had direct experience with that and I can recall often sending in the spot reports which we made after each mission; and including the GDA, gunfire damage assessments, in which we would say, maybe 15 sampans sunk or whatever it was. And I often read about my own missions in the Stars and Stripes and the very mission we had been on had been doubled in figures and tripled in figures. Kerry later added, "I also think men in the military, sir, as do men in many other things, have a tendency to report what they want to report and see what they want to see."