Calpundit's source that claims George Bush's military records were purged, Bill Burkett, has once again been exposed as a fraud, this time by the Houston Chronicle. First in the Boston Globe, now in this story.
I continue to be amazed that every time someone steps forward to say that they saw Bush in Alabama, Calpundit expresses doubts about their credibility. Yet he holds up Burkett as a credible source, despite the obvious flaws in his story and the Axe he has to grind. Keep up the good work, Kevin. A job at your local free Indy-Media publication surely awaits!
When it comes to the Bush is AWOL nonsense, I am very much surprised by the lack of knowledge regarding the military in general and the Guard/Reserves in particular by the media and those making the most speculative charges. I guess that is what happens when very few in general have served. This is especially true when almost no members of the media have served. Otherwise, they would see that the released records clearly show the AWOL charges to be false. What frustrates many Bush supporters like myself is that the records make relatively clear that the President fulfilled his obligation. The fact that no amount of evidence or clarification can convince those that are determined not to believe makes one want to bang one's head against the wall. This is especially true of those in the media like Lois Romano of the Washington Post. For those that are willing to be educated check out Citizen Smash, Baldilocks, Blackfive or some of the other MILBloggers. You might learn something.
Once again, I am shamelessly copping from Instapundit for this story which I had read in the past and filed away. Seems Moby suggests using internet "dirty tricks" to help defeat President Bush in the fall. Sounds like we need to send Slim Shady to pay this bald-headed fool a visit to administer a beat-down!
Thanks to Instapundit for linking to this story in the Boston Globe that completely undercuts the assertions by an accuser in the "Bush was AWOL" non-scandal. Right from the start, there has been nothing to this story other than the fevered desire by the media and democrats to see Bush damaged. Now that the story is falling apart, I would have you note that the stories supporting President Bush's assertions are notably muted versus those that made the accusations inthe first place.
This essay on media biases from The Note at abcnews.com has been out on the web for a week or so. However, I thought I would also link to it. It is a very candid admission of the mindset that most in the media have and how it affects the way news is covered.
Here are some interesting facts about the Bush was AWOL flap as well as the upcoming campaign. Yes, it represents GOP talking points but it's all true. As far as the Bush/AWOL nonsense, it has become apparent that there is no way to mollify democrats on this issue. The White House is doing the smart thing but refusing to play any more. It is simply undisprovable to them, so why bother?
Some people will keep pressing the "Bush was AWOL" nonsense until they see a picture of him in uniform, in Alabama, in 1972-73. For those that are willing to accept the truth, here is a quote by the commander of the Alabama Guard unit stationed at the base Bush attended drills at; As for Bush being AWOL, Turnipseed said, "No way. He was never assigned to our unit so he couldn't be AWOL. Like so many Guard and Reserve soldiers during the Vietnam War, they moved around and temporarily attended meetings with other units but Bush never left his original unit in Texas.” The full story is here.
The shame is that the media in general and David Gregory of NBC in particular continue to push for more and more evidence after each disclosure. He has been reduced to being Terry McAuliffe's water-bearer. Frankly, if Gregory and McAwful think the President was AWOL, they should have to provide the proof. So much for innocent until proven guilty!
Senator Kerry's strategy to fight the War on Terror consists of four Pillars.
1. "I fought in Vietnam."
2. "Bush may have been AWOL."
3. Our coalition is "illegitimate."
4. The war on terrorism is mainly an intelligence and police exercise.
In response I say:
1. Yes, he served honorably in Vietnam. What he has done since his return is questionable at best.
2. The "Bush was AWOL" nonsense is addressed in an earlier post. But how exactly does changing the subject to that make my family safer?
3. The seventeen nations that have troops on the ground certainly think the Coalition is legitimate. Anyone that thinks we must get a permission slip from the United Nations, France, Germany, Russia and Canada before we act is clearly unqualified to be the Commander in Chief.
4. The belief that the war on terror is primarily a police and intelligence exercise is the discredited, pre-911 paradigm.
In short, John Kerry will make America more vulnerable. His ideas will not ensure the safety of the American people. Until he understands that he is not ready to be our President.