Michael Dobbs, a Washington Post reporter who has reported extensively on the Swift Boat Vets, answers readers’ questions submitted over the internet, here. Parts I found interesting:
Los Angeles, Calif.: Do you think the links between Bush and the Swift Boaters are as strong as the links between Saddam and al Queda detailed by Vice President Cheney prior to our invasion?
Michael Dobbs: That’s a provocative, and amusing, question that I think I will pass on. I looked at the substance of the charges, rather than the links between Bush and the Swift Boaters. That is the subject for a different inquiry. I was unconvinced by the evidence Cheney provided of links between Saddam and Al-Qaeda.
Uhh . . . I guess not, now that you mention it. But I don’t want to go on record saying so.
By the way, I promise that this question did not come from me, though I live in the Los Angeles area, and I have already asked that question on this blog. And there are those who call me “provocative, and amusing” (and others who call me, well, other things.)
Alexandria, Va.: Do you wonder why Senator Kerry will not allow himself to be questioned by the press about his service and awards in Vietnam? Why is that?
Where are Senator Kerry’s records and did he ever serve his obligation in the Ready Reserve upon his return to the U.S.? How could a U.S. officer, who had sworn an oath, meet with NVA and Vietcong leaders in Paris while still a member of the Ready Reserve?
Michael Dobbs: Kerry has given interviews to the press on this subject in the past, but you’re right, he doesn’t seem to have given any since the current controversy flared up again in early August. I would very much like to talk to him,but have had no luck so far in my requests for an interview. His personal records are with the Naval Personnel Command in Tennessee.
Along the same lines:
Dublin, Calif.: Seems to me that the Swift Boat Vets are mostly pushing for Senator Kerry to sign a Standard Form 180 so the navy can release all his military record.
Do you feel this is a resonable request?
Michael Dobbs: I think that Sen. Kerry should allow independent access to his military records. If this involves signing a SF 180, as it appears to do, I think that he should do this.
And so do I.
The whole thing is interesting reading.