Recently, a group of President Bush supporters began airing a television commercial in battleground states that bashes John Kerry's military record through completely unfounded mudslinging. In the ad, veterans claimed to have served under Kerry (when in fact they had not) and made outrageous claims that Kerry had faked his injuries and betrayed his troops while in Vietnam. Even Sen. John McCain, a Bush supporter, called the ad "dishonest and dishonorable," and urged Bush to condemn it. Bush has refused to make any comment about this ugly lie propagated by a small group of his allies.
Though Bush is content to let his opponent be slandered by his below-the-belt supporters, he has failed to answer questions pertaining to his own, non-combatant military service in the National Guard. According to reports in the Washington Post and Boston Globe, Bush received preferential treatment as a governor's son in the National Guard, and for a period of time spanning 1972-73, there is no evidence that shows that Bush even reported for duty. Despite a lawsuit filed by the Associated Press against the Pentagon to force the release of his full military records, and a promise made on NBC's Meet the Press, Bush refuses to release his records. Disclosing these documents would be simple and legal. What is he hiding?