Well, it seems that the Blogosphere is all atwitter over the possiblity that the documents that CBS News got from Georgie Bush's commanding officer might be forged. Now, CBS News claims that they checked the docs out thoroughly with forgery experts and that they're authentic. Lambert, over at Corrente, has a good rundown on the hoohah, with links. The most notable thing about these memos is how little they add. Now we know that Georgie got into trouble for not taking his physical. Before, it was just obvious.
Some observations. Why do I seem to be the only one around who remembers the late 1960s and early 1970s?
Now some speculation:
- CBS News is utterly, flamingly, incompetent.
- CBS News is the victim of a very elaborate hoax to discredit them in general and Dan Rather in particular.
- CBS News is under the control of Karl Rove, to the extent that he can force them to do this, in order to have a Great Debunking later.
I'm no fan of CBS or Rove, but, bluntly, CBS isn't that bad and Rove isn't that good.
Tentative conclusion: genuine, until I see some info from people who know what they're talking about. Blogosphere “experts” can bring up interesting points, but I want to see something from people who you'd want to call as expert witnesses.
LATER — Coupla more things might need explaining. Sorry if I'm stating the obvious.
- Cover your arse. Also occasionally seen as CYAWP (cover your arse with paper) Utterly necessary for survival in any bureucracy. If your arse isn't covered, you'll get blamed for everything.
- Memo to File
- Just like it says; a memo whose only destination is your file cabinet. This has a number of uses:
- To document an idea that you can't act on right now.
- To CYA. “I told them this wouldn't work. Here's the stuff they wouldn't listen to.”
- To vent frustration. Since you're the only one that sees it, you can say things you wouldn't want to say officially or in person.