August 23, 2004
Bush's Bogus Medals
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In this picture, George W. Bush is wearing an Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (AFOUA - the ribbon on the left) and a Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon (SAEMR - the ribbon on the right).
Walt Starr is making a convincing case that Bush had no right to wear the AFOUA wing.
For the past month, the Swift Boat Vets have insisted Kerry did not legitimately earn his medals. Those assertions have all been discredited. Fairness now requires similar scrutiny to Bush's medals.
Wearing an unearned medal is certainly a "character" issue of the highest order.
In 1996, when Admiral Jeremy Boorda, Chief of US Naval Operations, was presented with evidence that he wore medals that he had not earned, he committed suicide in disgrace.
And this is not the first time a prominent Bush has been accused of unearned medals. Bush's grandfather Prescott was caught with bogus medal claims during WW I, a humiliation that drove him out of his home town of Columbus OH.
The media needs to demand the truth from Bush about his medals -- and about his still-unexplained grounding.
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