I would be careful to not denigrate the Guard. It's fine to go after me, which I expect the other side will do. I wouldn't denigrate service to the Guard, though, and the reason I wouldn't, is because there are a lot of really fine people who served in the National Guard and who are serving in the National Guard today in Iraq.Truth be told, I'm getting rather sick of this whole Bush AWOL story. Sure, it speaks to his autonomic tendency to hide things. And sure, if all the records were known it would show him to be less than the patriot he plays on TV in a flight suit. But, really, he's done enough damage during his presidency that we don't need this issue to boot him.
What pisses me off is how, in his evasiveness, he recasts peoples questions about his military record as an attack on our armed forces of today. For instance, with the quote above in his Meet the Press moment.
Who was he talking about, by the way? Denigrating our National Guard? Maybe it was his Secretary of State, Colin Powell:
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 most damaging to the ideal that all Americans are created equal and owe equal allegiance to this country.That's from Powell's 1995 autobiography. I want to say "how did that sit with Bush when he read the line during the time he was considering to hire Powell..." But I believe he read Powell's autobiography like I believe in faeries.