February 03, 2004

Kerry calls on Bush to settle questions on military record

Well, here we are lost in "inside of Mobile with the
Memphis Blues again," another episode of "All of Us
in Wonderland." Secretary of Stone Calm 'Em Powell's
bratty son Michael, who has debased the FCC by forcing
a ruling in favor of further monopolization of the "US
mainstream news media," is launching an investigation
of the exposure of Janet Jackson's naked breast during
the Super Bowl half time celebration. Ricin has been
discovered in the offices of Sen. Bill Frisked (R-TN),
and yes, that's Frisked, the Senate Majority leader
whose computers have been seized in an investigation
of Republican staffers stealing confidential
electronic files from computers of Democratic Senators
and their staffs. MEANWHILE...Sen. John F. Kerry
(D-Mekong Delta) is ahead of the _resident in every
major national poll, AND the _resident's guestimate of
the initial cost for the Medifraud legislation was
off by over over one hundred thirty billion dollars,
AND the projected total for next's year federal
deficit is over five hundred twenty billion dollars,
AND five hundred plus US soldiers lives lost (and
still counting...), hundreds of billions of dollars
spent(remember, "it's your money!"), the Western
alliance fractured, our credibility lost, vital
resources siphoned off from the pursuit of Al Qaeda,
our leadership in international affairs forfeit -- and
now the _resident says, "I want to know all the
facts." Well. Mr. _resident, Hans Blix already told
you the facts. Joe Wilson and Scott Ritter already
told you the facts. The CIA already told you the
facts. But you didn't listen to them, because the
facts they shared with you did not advance the neo-con
wet dream you clung to....There was no "intelligence
breakdown," at least not at Langley or Fort Mead. "All
the _resident's men" simply fabricated what he needed
to justify this foolish military adventure...

Patrick Healy, Boston Globe: Democratic presidential front-runner
John F. Kerry, who has turned his decorated Vietnam
War service into a theme of his campaign, said
yesterday that President Bush and the US military
should settle questions -- raised recently by Kerry
allies -- about whether Bush completed his military
service requirement in the Texas Air National Guard in
the 1970s.

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Kerry calls on Bush to settle questions on military record

By Patrick Healy, Globe Staff, 2/3/2004

TUCSON -- Democratic presidential front-runner John F.
Kerry, who has turned his decorated Vietnam War
service into a theme of his campaign, said yesterday
that President Bush and the US military should settle
questions -- raised recently by Kerry allies -- about
whether Bush completed his military service
requirement in the Texas Air National Guard in the
1970s.

Before attending a campaign rally here that drew 2,000
people, on the eve of today's presidential primary in
Arizona and six other states, the Massachusetts
senator said that the matter of Bush's military
service record was ''a question that I think remains
open.'' Kerry added that he lacked ''the facts'' to
make a judgment about accusations that Bush ended his
military commitment prematurely.

''It's not up to me to talk about them or to question
them at this point,'' Kerry said of the accusations.
''I don't even know what the facts are. But I think
it's up to the president and the military to answer
those questions.''

Kerry also said he was not sure if he would exploit
Bush's military record as an issue in the fall general
election if he were to become the Democratic nominee.
''I don't know yet, I haven't made up my mind,'' Kerry
told reporters on the tarmac of the Tucson airport.

Yet two prominent Democrats with ties to Kerry --
Democratic National Committee chairman Terry McAuliffe
and former senator and Vietnam veteran Max Cleland --
have ratcheted up their attacks on Bush's military
record, with McAuliffe saying on television Sunday
that Bush had been ''AWOL'' at times during his guard
service. Cleland, speaking at a veterans' rally with
Kerry on Friday, said the nation should not have a
president ''who didn't even complete his tour
stateside in the guard.'' Kerry said yesterday he did
not ask allies to attack Bush on his military record.

At a rally yesterday morning in New Mexico -- which
also votes today -- Kerry received the endorsement of
Eliot Spitzer, the attorney general of New York and a
well-regarded opponent of white-collar crime, who flew
west to endorse Kerry at a time when the candidate has
been under attack for receiving more than $600,000 in
individual donations from lobbyists over the last 15
years.

Patrick Healy can be reached by e-mail at
phealy@globe.com.


This story ran on page A17 of the Boston Globe on
2/3/2004.
Copyright 2003 Globe Newspaper Company.


Posted by richard at February 3, 2004 11:24 AM