Kevin Drum makes an interesting point about the "Bush AWOL" story versus the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth story:
This story is a perfect demonstration of the difference between the Swift Boat controversy and the National Guard controversy. Both are tales from long ago and both are related to Vietnam, but the documentary evidence in the two cases is like night and day. In the Swift Boat case, practically every new piece of documentary evidence indicates that Kerry's accusers are lying. Conversely, in the National Guard case, practically every new piece of documentary evidence provides additional confirmation that the charges against Bush are true.
Or, rephrased, the Kerry cover-up is holding! One wonders whether Mr. Drum, or his admirers, even realize that Kerry has not authorized the release of his full military record, and that no one other than Douglas Brinkley has seen Kerry war journal?
For their benefit, I will recite a bit of the Washington Post to them:
An investigation by The Washington Post into what happened that day suggests that both sides have withheld information from the public record and provided an incomplete, and sometimes inaccurate, picture of what took place [on March 13].
...The Post's research shows that both accounts contain significant flaws and factual errors.
...Although Kerry campaign officials insist that they have published Kerry's full military records on their Web site (with the exception of medical records shown briefly to reporters earlier this year), they have not permitted independent access to his original Navy records. A Freedom of Information Act request by The Post for Kerry's records produced six pages of information. A spokesman for the Navy Personnel Command, Mike McClellan, said he was not authorized to release the full file, which consists of at least a hundred pages.
I wonder if they knew that? I wonder if they care?