Fact: The President served during the Vietnam era as a fighter pilot in the National Guard.
Fact: Parts of the same unit were deployed to combat in Vietnam.
Fact: The president was presented with an honorable discharge upoon completion of his service.
Fact: Some of the records regarding his National Guard service are missing or incomplete.
Assertion: The President, because the Democrats do not have all the documentation they want and a week-end by week-ened recitation of his Guard service, is AWOL, a deserter, and in the bizarro world of Terry McAuliffe, “never served our country.”
Enter beltway flack and DNC agitprop meme-meister Josh Marshall:
Finally the Democrats start getting a sense of how this works. After various Democratic candidates and their surrogates have pressed the issue of the president’s blowing off his military service in the early 1970s, The Washington Post puts together a piece reviewing what we know about the president’s time in the Texas Air National Guard…
But the long and the short of it is that all the strong evidence points to the conclusion that the president blew off a lot of his service in the Guard, while there’s enough flimsy and self-serving evidence to believe that he might have actually been there if you really, really, really want to believe he did.
Yes- the Democrats are finally learning. The party of Lehane, Blumenthal, Clinton, Begala, Carville, doesn’t know how to create false innuendo in the media, manipulate smears, and engage in character assassination. Stop giggling.
But really, the most absurd part of the Marshall post is worth repeating- “while there’s enough flimsy and self-serving evidence to believe that he might have actually been there if you really, really, really want to believe he did.” Knaves, take note. This is how you breathlessly and arrogantly advance a lie. A lot can be learned from Mr. Marshall, indeed.
The facts, of course, are just the opposite. Rather than prove the charge, Marshall and his dimwitted and vile cronies would rather us prove the charge false. Of course, Mr. Marshall and his ilk have no such proof, but only the weak memories of one Lt. Col. and a simmering hatred for George Bush.
Although I have no proof, I hereby assert that Joshua Micah Marshall buggers young children. I have no documentation that he has done otherwise, although a lot of people claim he does not, I want to see the paperwork. Until he comes up with paperwork that he does not, in fact, bugger small tykes, the charges stand.
(Clearly I don’t think he does this, but what is good for the goose is good for the gawker.)