September 19, 2004

by Reb Yudel
The president would have you believe....

The New York Times > Opinion > Presidential Qualities and Military Records (5 Letters)

According to the White House, we're supposed to ignore the fact that George W. Bush pulled strings to get into the Texas Air National Guard, more strings to transfer to Alabama (where he may or may not have reported for duty) and still more to get out early.

Instead, we should simply accept Mr. Bush's honorable discharge (and dental records) as proof that he fulfilled his service commitment.

On the other hand, we're supposed to think that the Silver Star, Bronze Star and three Purple Hearts awarded to John Kerry by the Navy are suspect and undeserved.

I'm going with the Navy on this one.

Dale A. Carlson
San Francisco, Sept. 9, 2004

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