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Tuesday, February 10, 2004

We'll Be Awaiting Your Abject Apologies

George Bush released his records of service from his tour of duty in the National Guard, and they prove indisputably that he fulfilled his obligations:

The White House, facing election-year questions about President Bush's military service, released pay records and other information Tuesday that it said supports Bush's assertion that he fulfilled his duty as a member of the Air National Guard during the Vietnam war. The material included annual retirement point summaries and pay records that the White House said show that Bush served. ...

The documents indicate that Bush received credit for nine days of active duty between May 1972 and May 1973, the period that has been cited by Democrats as evidence that Bush shirked his military responsibilities.

A memo written by retired Lt. Col. Albert Lloyd Jr, at the request of the White House, said a review of Bush's records showed that he had "satisfactory years" for the period of 1972-73 and 1973-74 "which proves that he completed his military obligation in a satisfactory manner."

And now that Terry McAuliffe, John Kerry, and Howard Dean have spent the last couple of weeks besmirching Bush's reputation and slandering him, we will all await their apology. In that they have spent the last couple of weeks equating National Guardsmen with draft dodgers, we already know they're unqualified to lead this nation, and we hope the American electorate responds accordingly.

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I actually wish the White House had just left this garbage alone. This does nothing but re-stir the hornet's nest. The press was their usual confrontational selves at the press briefing, and that snake McCauliffe has already said that the records create more questions than answers.

As Mark Steyn said, "This charge is easily rebutted, but once you start having to explain things the other guy's won."

Posted by: Chris at Feb 10, 2004 4:45:18 PM

that story goes on to say:

"Bush says he recalls showing up for drills in Alabama, but his supporters have struggled to prove it.

Bush was not paid for any service during a five-month period in 1972, from May through September, according to the records released with Bush's approval Tuesday.

He was paid for two days in October and four days in November and none in December 1972. He was not paid for February or March 1973. The records do not indicate what duty Bush performed or where he was.

Nevertheless, spokesman McClellan repeatedly held up the 13-page packet his office had released, and he declared in his televised briefing, "I think these documents show that he fulfilled his duties."

At the same time, White House officials were careful to stop short of claiming that the records proved definitively that Bush had shown up for all the Guard duties he was expected to.

Indeed, the payroll documents and annual service "point summaries" could throw new fuel onto a story the White House wants to quench this election year."

Posted by: Kathleen at Feb 10, 2004 7:17:09 PM

Oh, Kathleen, that's bullshit. The White House said in so many words that it proved Bush had completed his full requirement s (in fact, the equivalent of 3 days more than required) in each of those years. All the records show is that there was a stretch of some months in which he didn't go to the monthly weekends, but that he made them up, which is what people in the Guard do. It's the way it works. Give it up.

Posted by: Charlie at Feb 10, 2004 9:54:12 PM

I am frankly surprised that Bush chose to play their little games. I don't think Clinton did anything like this to try and prove he wasn't a draft dodger. He just let it blow over which I think should have been done.

The dems will never be satisfied...that much was evident during the press conference. If he keeps playing their games, the election may be in jeopardy.

Just run on the issues. I'm confident that will be enough to win. Especially when Kerry's voting record and his ties to hanoi Jane hit full circle.

Posted by: lj at Feb 11, 2004 12:19:13 AM

gotta' say i didn't expect that kind of response there, charlie.

if it was such bullshit, why did his administration make it worse by creating this monster themselves? the public had basically forgotten about this.

it's not too much to ask for *one person* to come forward and say they served with him - once. *ever*. when than happens, perhaps then i'll "give it up".

Posted by: Kathleen at Feb 11, 2004 8:26:00 AM

Kathleen, you mean like this article: I Served with George Bush


I'll assume you will apologize now, or are you going to keep hiding from the truth.


Posted by: at Feb 12, 2004 8:08:18 PM

To the unnamed commenter: I appreciate your visit and your comment rihgt up until that last word. Please leave the ad hominem attack at the door the next time. Kathleen may be wrong, but she's been polite and she has a name on her comments, and it's not "moron".

Posted by: Captain Ed at Feb 12, 2004 10:59:49 PM