The Forgery Issue
Fonts Do Not Unmake Facts: The documents that currently have interwebbers bickering about typefaces, proportional fonts and superscript do not prove any of the above.
Nor does their being fake disprove any of the above. All they suggest is that Bush used his political influence (which was considerable even at that time) to dodge service and have the record "sugar coated" in order to hide this. That they were also
released by the White House - without challenge - following their release by CBS suggests one of two things:
1. That they somehow knew the documents were fake, but wanted to see CBS discredited on this matter.
2. That they did not inspect or challenge the documents because they considered their version of events to be entirely plausible.
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The Straight Dope - Did George W. Bush go AWOL?
Mother Jones: We were Soldiers Once? - short and sweet.
Chasing George W. Bush and the F-102 - goes into more detail and includes accounts that suggest Bush can't even fly a Cessna.
All quotes contained in this show can be verified by a simple Google search. Follow your nose:
"I've been to war. I've raised twins. I'd rather go to war." - President George W. Bush - 2002
"He served his time, and he fought." - National Chairman of the RNC, Ed Gillespie - 2004
"I'm a war president." - (War) President George W. Bush - 2004
"I was not prepared to shoot my eardrum out with a shotgun in order to get a deferment, nor was I willing to go to Canada. So I chose to better myself by learning how to fly airplanes." - President George W. Bush - 1990
"I am angry that so many of the sons of the powerful and well-placed managed to wangle slots in Reserve and National Guard units. Of the many tragedies of Vietnam, this raw class discrimination strikes me as the most damaging to the ideal that all Americans are created equal and owe equal allegiance to their country." - Secretary of State, Colin L. Powell - 1995
Awol Bush: Kerry Vs. Bush - comparison of service records of John F. Kerry and George W Bush, with links to all available public documents.
DailyKos: Bush's Medals - outline and a collection of links that shows Bush wearing ribbons he did not earn.
MakeThemAccountable.com - scroll down for links showing Republican connections to Swift Boat Veterans For The 'Truth' and more information on those ribbons.
Democrats.com: Bush's AWOL Lies: Famous Last Words! - detailed list of Bush's lies and deceptions regarding his military service record.
ToppleBush.com: Bush's Overseas Duty Deception - exposes the following Bush lie: "Had my unit been called up, I would have gone overseas."
Counterspin: Liars for Bush - breakdown of the letter from the man who claimed to have served with Bush (warning: contains jet-eating sharks).
Doonesbury.com - Feedback from the public.
Boston Globe: One-year gap in Bush's National Guard duty - In his final 18 months of military service in 1972 and 1973, Bush did not fly at all. And for much of that time, Bush was all but unaccounted for. For a full year, there is no record that he showed up for the periodic drills required of part-time guardsmen.
Greg Palast: Still Unreported - The Pay-off in Bush Air Guard Fix - Barnes appears to have made lucrative use of his knowledge of our Presidentís slithering out of the draft as a lever to protect a multi-billion dollar contract for a client. That's the information in a confidential letter buried deep in the files of the US Justice Department that fell into my hands at BBC television.
Salon.com: Ben Barnes to break silence on "60 Minutes" - The Republican campaign gets ready for shock waves, as the former Texas official who says he pulled strings to get George W. Bush into the Air National Guard finally goes public.
Guardian (UK): George W Bush's missing year - "Who was this guy who came in late and left early?" After thirty years of silence, Mary Jacoby finds out what the future President really did in 1972
BBC: Bush military records destroyed - Documents that could have decided a dispute over President George W Bush's days in the military 30 years ago have been destroyed, the Pentagon says.
Videos to Watch
OUTFOXED: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism - find out how the Bush administration has got away with so much for so long (nicely priced DVD or VHS).
George W. Bush: The Alternative Campaign Film - top-notch clip from The Daily Show (free 6Mb Quicktime file for download or in-browser viewing).
Other Flash shows by Tim Ireland
Something Funny Happened On The Way To Abu Ghraib - Is torturing terrorists OK? How about innocent women and children?
The Parting Shot - The threat of terrorism is real. The War On Terror is a lie. I made this when I was feeling very angry and defeated. But I'm back now. Obviously.
Let Down By Labour: I See Red - Sure, Blair is doofus - but spend a few moments to think about the bigger picture. Made in response to a request from the Conservatives that us interweb folks to make their campaign material for them. For free.