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Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Bush and the Guard 

So apparently more documents have surfaced concerning Bush's service in the Guard. It seems he was a pretty damn good pilot and did most of what he was supposed to do. But then there's the juicy bits:

A six-month historical record of his 147th Fighter Interceptor Group, also turned over to the AP on Tuesday, shows some of the training Bush missed with his colleagues during that time.

Significantly, it showed the unit joined a "24-hour active alert mission to safeguard against surprise attack" in the southern United State beginning on Oct. 6, 1972, a time when Bush did not report for duty, according to his pay records.

Bush's lone service in October was outside Texas, presumably with an Alabama unit he had permission to train with in September, October and November 1972.

As part of the mission, the 147th kept two F-102a jets - the same Bush flew before he was grounded - on ready alert to be launched within five minutes' warning.


Now anyone with at least 2 of their 5 senses knows that the Bush campaign has opened up attacks and insinuations about past military service as an issue in this campaign, so I think this is pertinent to the debate started by the SBVT folk, who have no documentary evidence for their claims.

I find it interesting to know that Bush appears to have shirked his duty when he was supposed to be on call to defend our nation (and given the location, my family) against surprise attacks during a time of war. Whatever Kerry did or didn't do in Vietnam, he didn't shy away from his duty.

What does Orwe...er...the Bush campaign say about this?
"These documents confirm that the president served honorably in the National Guard," White House spokeswoman Claire Buchan said Tuesday night.
Hmmm...

Kristoff in the mix on this as well. Boston Globe article that is probably definitive on this stuff.

UPDATE: Kevin Drum does a good roundup of stuff on the issue.

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