Saturday, August 28, 2004

George Bush and the Phony Ribbon

With all this recent talk about John Kerry’s military records, there’s been a tendency to forget about the military record of his opponent. Thanks to RhinosBlog, I discovered an interesting thread at the DemocraticUnderground.com on the subject of a special ribbon that George W. Bush wore for a military portrait. Take a look at this photo from Presidential Library site of George H.W. Bush:



The photo was taken sometime before his promotion to 1st Lt. in 1970. In it he's wearing an Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (AFOUA) and a Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon (SAEMR) just below his pilot wings. According to a just-completed investigation by Walt Starr, Bush's unit (the 111th Fighter Intercept Squadron 147th Fighter Intercept Group) did not receive its first AFOUA until 1975. For weeks, the media has put John Kerry's 5 medals under a microscope. Now we learn that George Bush was so ashamed of his undistinguished service record that he had himself photographed with a ribbon he never earned.

For a detailed analysis of this incident, you should go to:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=132x675299


I found that loading this particular URL, even with cable broadband, took a very long time to access. I’ve distilled the first three pages into an Acrobat file that you can download by CLICKING HERE.

Taking this particular story one step further, Cockeyed.com has chosen to discuss all the other potential medals in George Bush’s trophy cabinet. By all means, do check out this other link:

http://www.cockeyed.com/citizen/medals/medals.html


E.P. Saturday, August 28, 2004