A new analysis of the evidence strongly supports the conclusion that John Kerry wrote the after-action report for the Bronze Star incident in which he pulled James Rassmann out of the water. If true, this demolishes the Kerry camp’s attack on Larry Thurlow based on the language of his citation, and supports Thurlow’s response that the language in the citation came from Kerry himself.
To my knowledge, Kerry has not been asked directly whether he wrote this report. I’m sure that, if asked, he would try to dodge the question. But to the extent that you think the truth of the Swifties’ claims is important — and this includes you, everyone who has expended energy calling it a “smear” — you should care whether Kerry wrote this after-action report.
Jim Lehrer will never ask this question of John Kerry. Will anyone?
UPDATE: Captain Ed has more on this.