So tell me why an article like “Bush’s flight from the guard,” published in Salon today doesn’t get the same kind of front-page hullabaloo that Kerry’s supposed protest tossing of his service ribbons (and not his medals) from Vietnam made yesterday.
Please, someone tell me why, with the mounting evidence that Bush lied about about his Guard service, and had people toss the evidence of it, the Washington Post can’t even get up the backbone to call a spade a spade and instead takes the wishy washy approach of asking if the story has legs?
Can people tell me why the people of this country were clamoring for every detail about Bill Clinton’s personal indiscretions and yet no one seems overly angered that we can’t even find out whether the president served out his term in the military or why he was grounded as a pilot?
Or why it was more important to know who helped set up rendezvous between Bill and Monica than it is for any of us to know anything about the development of the president’s energy policy and expert advice?
In today’s Post, :
“The White House is framing the case as a major test of executive power, arguing that the forced disclosure of confidential records intrudes on a president’s power to get truthful advice.”
Ok, fine. My points are kind of all over the place today. But that’s because there are so many good targets, and the stupid mainstream media doesn’t care. They seem to think there is something inconsistent in John Kerry symbolically protesting a war by throwing away an award from it, while keeping a personal memento he earned and had every right to keep, but that the president lied (I’ll say it in bigger letters) THE PRESIDENT LIED about his own military service record, is not such a big deal.
From Salon again today:
According to Lt. Col. Bill Burkett, who was a strategic planning officer for the Texas National Guard during Bush’s gubernatorial administration, James ordered a cleanup of the Bush Guard files in 1997. Burkett said he was waiting outside James’ office when he heard a speakerphone conversation between the commander of the Texas Guard and Joe Allbaugh, Bush’s chief of staff in Texas. Recounting the conversation, Burkett said he heard Allbaugh tell James to “clean up the governor’s files and remove any embarrassments in case he wants to run for reelection or something higher.”
Sigh. I want ABC, CBS and NBC news to devote the entirety of their broadcast to this tonight. But I don’t see anything on their front pages indicating that they have any intention of discussing this.
Just for the record, I’ll be working on John Kerry’s campaign at some point this year. Hell, I’m even considering taking a leave from work in the fall to do something full time for a month or two. I’m not sure in what capacity, but if there’s one thing I do believe at this point, it’s the responsibility of any citizen who values what this country stands for to do everything they can to get that putz out of the oval office.