This has the the DNC’s fingerprints all over it:
More than six weeks ago, an opposition research staffer for the Democratic National Committee received documents purportedly written by President George W. Bush’s Texas Air National Guard squadron commander, the late Col. Jerry Killian.
The oppo researcher claimed the source was “a retired military officer.” According to a DNC staffer, the documents were seen by both senior staff members at the DNC, as well as the Kerry campaign.
“More than a couple people heard about the papers,” says the DNC staffer. “I’ve heard that they ended up with the Kerry campaign, for them to decide to how to proceed, and presumably they were handed over to 60 Minutes, which used them the other night. But I know this much. When there was discussion here, there were doubts raised about their authenticity.”
The concerns arose from the sourcing. “It wasn’t clear that our source for the documents would have had access to them. Our person couldn’t confirm from what file, from what original source they came from.”
Wanna end this and prove the documents are true. Do the following:
1.) Name the source of the documents.
2.) Name how the source got the documents.
3.) Release other documents from the same time period.
4.) Explain all the inaccuracies in military lingo and regulations.
5.) Explain the presence of a General’s name in the 1973 document when the General retireed in 1972.
6.) Explain the existence of a machine that had all the capapbilities to produce these documents in the time period. And don;t just say one existed that could do proportional fonts, one existed that could do superscript, etc. Shoe me one that could do all of these things, and then show me that it was in the Lt. Col.’s reach.
7.) Show me one office in any branch of the military who would not only write a memo accusing superiors of illegal pressure, but would sign it , distribute it, and keep it.
Good fucking luck. I must admit I am savoring the backlash that is going to occur against the DNC and CBS. However, in light ofrecent events, an argument could be made they are the same thing.
*** Update ***
Even Kevin Drum has some questions, and no one, and I repeat, NO ONE wants to believe that Bush was AWOL more desperately than Kevin.