Bush's Military Records Fail to Dispel AWOL Charges

By Adam Entous

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Some of President Bush's missing Air National Guard records during the Vietnam War years, previously said to be destroyed, turned up on Friday but offered no new evidence to dispel charges by Democrats that he was absent without leave.

His whereabouts during his service as a pilot in the Texas Air National Guard in the United States during the Vietnam War have become an election-year issue. Bush's Democratic presidential challenger, John Kerry, is a decorated Vietnam War veteran.

American Voice
As every devoted conspiracy theorist can tell you, the absence of evidence is proof of a cover-up. Here's a new wrinkle: of what is it proof when concealed evidence reappears? Will more definitive evidence appear late in the campaign to foil anti-Bush critics, and leave them with egg on their faces?