Friday, September 10, 2004

Bush's National Guard record... So what's your point again?

Apparently 60 Minutes ran a story "exposing" Bush's reportedly dismal National Guard record. The story portrayed him as a fortunate son who was given special treatment and skipped out on his duty.

The lynch-pin of the argument revolved around documents reportedly written by Lt. Col. Jerry Killian, one of Bush's commanders in 1972 and 1973.

My first reaction is, "so what?" Nobody ever claimed Bush's guard duty qualified him for the job of Commander in Chief, and Bush did not make it the focus of any part of his campaign, as I have mentioned before. Kerry had a whole convention about his service, and little else.

To top it all off, today we find out that there's a very good chance these documents are recent forgeries according to experts on these things, and according to document experts.

Killian died in 1984. His wife is livid that 60 Minutes did not contact her to verify the authenticity of the documents, and said he wasn't one to hold on to documents.

So, beyond my first point of "so what?" -- my second point is that this smells like fishy and desparate ... and criminally dishonest ... politics from someone on the Kerry side of the line.

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