Actually, Rather spoke of his concern that the documents might not be real, which, yes, he takes seriously. It’s a bit late now, yeah… but he is probably really concerned about it, because if they are (and it seems they probably are) then using them was a stupid mistake. Of course, he also acknowledges something very important: that people are using the question of the origin of the documents as a distraction from the real question, which is, “Did Bush receive and accept favorable treatment while serving in the military?” The secretary who claims that she never typed the documents also noted that their contents are accurate and reflect the reality that Bush got special treatment and that officers generally knew about it.
… he also delivered a message to “our journalistic competitors,” including The Washington Post and rival networks: “Instead of asking President Bush and his staff questions about what is true and not true about the president’s military service, they ask me questions: ‘How do you know this and that about the documents?’ “
And if it was never a problem, if Bush’s time in the military was actually properly served, then it shouldn’t be so very hard to get hold of the real documents, should it? Shouldn’t it be possible for him to request that his record be publicly released to clear his name? I am not sure it’s possible, but I imagine the President asking for such a thing would probably get what he wanted.
The problem is, he can’t do that, because what’s in his folder is probably extremely embarrassing.