(1) Do you accept the conclusion of appendix 4 of the Thornburg Report that the memos in question were forged? If not, why not?
(2) As noted in the powerline article, there are a number of internal contradictions in the "Fortunate Son" story --- such as the statement that General Staudt was attempting to apply pressure to LTC Hodges more than a year after his retirement --- as well as direct testimony from people involved in the process and copies of Bush's efficiency ratings that contradict the notion that Bush received unusual preference in his enlistment, his advancement, and his eventual seperation from the service. This appears to be substantial evidence, as you requested, that Bush did not receive preferential treatment. Have you evidence to the contrary? If so, can you cite it
and is it available for examination?
If you've been following this, Kalb replied to Powerline, answering the first question in the affirmative. I then wrote, as exerpted below:
Sir --- I note that you have responded to John Hunderacker at Powerline and I apologize for saying that I would append a link in my previous email and then failing, by oversight, to do so. I'm glad to see that you did make the connection in any case. And I appreciate your answer to my question (1).
I'm still interested in the answer to question (2), ie, do you believe that Bush rceived preferential treatment in joining the TANG, and if so, what evidence can you offer for this in the face of repeated denials and other contradictory evidence.
Mr Kalb responded to me by email today, both declining to answer and refusing permission to quote him.
Of course, comments are open and I'll be happy to publish any answer or correspondence he wishes.