Democrats: Bush Never in Air Force
Matt Drudge reports,
Faster than a CBS eye can blink, dogged Dems are set to take to the airwaves anew hoping to keep questions about President Bush’s National Guard duty in play, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.
“George W. Bush’s campaign literature claimed that he ‘served in the U.S. Air Force.’ The only problem? He didn’t,” slams a new DNC press release set for distribution.
“George Bush has a clear pattern of lying about his military service,” DNC Communications Director Jano Cabrera blasts in the new release. “From 1978 to the present day, George Bush has refused to tell voters the truth about his service. It’s time for the President to come clean.”
“Flyers distributed to Texas voters during Bush’s failed Congressional race say ‘he served in the U.S. Air Force and the Texas Air National Guard.’ But according to Air Force officials, Air National Guardsmen are not counted as members of the active-duty Air Force.”
Drudge has a PDF of “Memorandum of Understanding” dated 27 May 68 wherein Bush agrees to enter “active duty for training” for 120 days. I’m not sure whether this ends the technical debate, since there is some dispute as to whether “active duty for training” amounts to being “in the Air Force” as opposed to “in the Air National Guard.” It remains irrelevant, regardless, since anyone not predisposed to take everything uttered by Bush as a lie would concede that being on active status for, cumulatively, over a year for pilot training amounts to being “in the Air Force.”
Now, whether Drudge’s document is authentic is another question. I’m pretty sure they didn’t have Adobe Acrobat back in ’68. Developing. . . .
Update (1722): Michael Demmons thinks this is more evidence that Kerry is going to lose.