I've heard this as well. Actually, if their thinking is so muddied that they were trying to pass off obvious forgeries as genuine, it wouldn't surprise me that they may have also been trying to get the public to believe that Bush was a drug addict who was trying to avoid his "drug test". Brit Hume had a former National Guard officer on yesterday who basically agreed that there were no drug tests performed (at least not routinely) in the early 70's. However, couple this allegation with Kitty Kelly's book, which was scheduled to be released only a few days later, and you can see how the Dems might be trying to create a firestorm. Fortunately, they're the ones getting burned!
The Washington Times | August 25, 2004
...Another frequent charge is that, as a member of the Texas ANG, Lt. Bush twice ignored or disobeyed lawful orders, first by refusing to report for a required physical in the year when drug testing first became part of the exam, and second by failing to report for duty at the disciplinary unit in Colorado to which he had been ordered. Well, here are the facts:
First, there is no instance of Lt. Bush disobeying lawful orders in reporting for a physical, as none would be given. Pilots are scheduled for their annual flight physicals in their birth month during that month's weekend drill assembly the only time the clinic is open. In the Reserves, it is not uncommon to miss this deadline by a month or so for a variety of reasons: The clinic is closed that month for special training; the individual is out of town on civilian business; etc. If so, the pilot is grounded temporarily until he completes the physical. Also, the formal drug testing program was not instituted by the Air Force until the 1980s and is done randomly by lot, not as a special part of a flight physical, when one easily could abstain from drug use because of its date certain. Blood work is done, but to ensure a healthy pilot, not confront a drug user...