Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Bush Fell Short In National Guard Duties

Call it the other shoe dropping or the boomerang. My guess is that the mendacious swift boat ads slandering John Kerry are going to back fire in a major league way. The ads have made questions about Bush's Vietnam era non-service a very live issue.

The Boston Globe has this story.

In February, when the White House made public hundreds of pages of President Bush's military records, White House officials repeatedly insisted that the records prove that Bush fulfilled his military commitment in the Texas Air National Guard during the Vietnam War.

But Bush fell well short of meeting his military obligation, a Globe reexamination of the records shows: Twice during his Guard service -- first when he joined in May 1968, and again before he transferred out of his unit in mid-1973 to attend Harvard Business School -- Bush signed documents pledging to meet training commitments or face a punitive call-up to active duty.

He didn't meet the commitments, or face the punishment, the records show. The 1973 document has been overlooked in news media accounts. The 1968 document has received scant notice.

Read the whole story.

And af Texans for Truth has a 30 second ad featuring an Alabaman National Guard member who remember that Bush's wasn't there.

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