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photoThe image of George W. Bush as shining warrior during the Vietnam war era has taken some hits as the war on terrorism continues, and Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry dusts off medals for his real combat service in Vietnam.

Bush is being forced to defend his military record when he was in the Texas Air National Guard amidst allegations that he went AWOL during his service, followed by intimations of a cover-up. Republicans charge it's all politics and posturing but reporters are still digging, and Americans are left to decide how much it all matters.

Click the "Listen" link to hear about the uproar over President Bush's Air National Guard service during the Vietnam war era.

Guests:

Walter Robinson, assistant managing editor, The Boston Globe

James Moore, co-author of "Bush's Brain" and author of the forthcoming book, "Bush's War for Re-Election"

Alan Hoffenblum, Republican political strategist and decorated Vietnam War veteran.

This program aired on February 12, 2004.

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