OpEdNews Is My Daddy

I'm becoming a virtual mouthpiece for OpEdNews lately. First of all, they are the only site I can find to pick up on this statement by Bush's Chief of Staff Andrew Card.

White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card said yesterday that President Bush views America as a ''10-year-old child" in need of the sort of protection provided by a parent.

Right, so our years of schooling, higher education and moral enlightenment aren't enough for us to make our own decisions on what should be done with our own money? I'm not buying that, but then, you wouldn't expect me to. I'm a bit suprised that this one has apparently not been picked up by the major media markets, since it's a pretty big gaff. The Kerry guys have, understandably, already been on top of it, but it's still not sticking. There's other things afoot at OpEdNews, however. They also linked me to this story at the Boston Globe:

...reexamination of the records shows: Twice during his Guard service -- first when he joined in May 1968, and again before he transferred out of his unit in mid-1973 to attend Harvard Business School -- Bush signed documents pledging to meet training commitments or face a punitive call-up to active duty.

He didn't meet the commitments, or face the punishment, the records show. The 1973 document has been overlooked in news media accounts. The 1968 document has received scant notice.

On July 30, 1973, shortly before he moved from Houston to Cambridge, Bush signed a document that declared, ''It is my responsibility to locate and be assigned to another Reserve forces unit or mobilization augmentation position. If I fail to do so, I am subject to involuntary order to active duty for up to 24 months. . . " Under Guard regulations, Bush had 60 days to locate a new unit.

But Bush never signed up with a Boston-area unit. In 1999, Bush spokesman Dan Bartlett told the Washington Post that Bush finished his six-year commitment at a Boston area Air Force Reserve unit after he left Houston. Not so, Bartlett now concedes. ''I must have misspoke," Bartlett, who is now the White House communications director, said in a recent interview.

Misspoke you say? Indeed, it's easy to have accidentally said Bush served in Boston, when you actually meant he didn't serve at all and somehow wasn't reprimanded. The story is extensive and throrough, I hope it gets more play in the "liberal" media.

In Anthony Wade's most recent story, See Dick Cross the Line, he takes a strong look at Cheney's threatening words on tuesday and links some excellent articles about Bush. One of the articles actually points out that a picture at George H. W. Bush's Presidential Library of the Shrub posing in his Air Force uniform adorned with an award he never received. Not an impeachable offense, for sure, but it certainly seems low-down that a man who would find ways around his service would feel the need to take photos in awards meant for pilots of a higher class. There's a lot of good links in there. I got lost for probably an hour, surfing through varied stories about Texans for Truth and Gen. Tommy Franks saying John Kerry is "fit for Commander in Chief".
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