Did National Guard Applaud Withdrawing From Iraq?

A dispute has broken out over whether or not attendees at the National Guard Association meeting in Puerto Rico gave an ovation to the demand from Governor Acevedo Villa for withdrawal from Iraq. John Goheen of the National Guard Association claims the AP story is inaccurate and that applause came at the conclusion of the governor’s speech which also touched on other topics. However, Goheen does admit Governor Acevedo received strong applause when he blasted Bush for trying to make it easier for a president to take control of National Guard units.

The Associated Press reported there was an ovation when the governor urged getting out of Iraq. Perhaps, Goheen is correct, but, at least he does admit attendees do not agree with some of Bush’s policies toward the National Guard.