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February 18, 2004

Real journalism. Calpundit has the definitive roundup of what’s known and what’s speculative about GWB’s service in the Guard and the Reserves.

It’s remarkable how crazy this makes the wingnut commenters, all the way from the broad fertile plains of Calpundit to the craggy uplands of nielsenhayden.com.

UPDATE: Kevin Drum just doesn’t stop. [10:48 PM]

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Stuart ::: (view all by) ::: February 19, 2004, 02:19 AM:

Patrick,

I'm fascinated by the perverse intensity that this issue evokes from the wingnuts. It finally struck me that it echoes the dynamic of the Millerite disappointment. Miller predicted the world would end in 1844 and about a 100,000 believers sold their worldly goods and went out and waited for it to happen. When it didn't come, rather than destroying their belief, they believed more zealously.

I would expect the flag wavers and militarists to rip George to pieces for failing to fulfill his obligation to the National Guard. Instead they attack anyone who questions his fulfillment of his duty. It is beyond question that George failed to take his flight physical and in so doing violated his agreement with the National Guard. I think all else is secondary to this. Sure he was busy snorting coke and getting drunk, who cares? But in the present day he holds himself up, or his followers do, as a model of integrity while he lies to us about what he was doing thirty years ago.

If he had come clean about all of this ten years ago no one would remember it now.

Sylvia Li ::: (view all by) ::: February 19, 2004, 02:27 AM:

If he had, I suppose that would have to be called having the courage of his convictions.

Fritz ::: (view all by) ::: February 19, 2004, 09:17 AM:

You ought to get those craggy uplands looked at.

Ken Houghton ::: (view all by) ::: February 19, 2004, 04:46 PM:

The thing Calpundit--and the media--appear to have overlooked is that GWB went to HBS starting in Sept of 1973.

This was presented as the reason he was moved to "reserve."

Giving the benefit of A LOT of Doubt, you could justify skipping the June (72) physical is you assume (a) the candidate you're about to work for will win and (b) you will get a job working for him. Then he transfers again, to a unit near DC, and doesn't fly.

It seems clear that, by October at latest (i.e., slightly after the transfer to AL was actually approved), GWB--or at least his handlers--had to know his candidate would LOSE and that he would be due back in TX around December.

Instead, apply to graduate school, get drummed out of the NG, and be able to claim years later that "school required giving up his NG service."

Jon H ::: (view all by) ::: February 19, 2004, 08:23 PM:

"Giving the benefit of A LOT of Doubt, you could justify skipping the June (72) physical is you assume (a) the candidate you're about to work for will win and (b) you will get a job working for him. Then he transfers again, to a unit near DC, and doesn't fly."

Except this really isn't Bush's call. His obligation is to show up for the physical, maintain his flight status, then put in for the transfers he wants. If they're approved, great. If not, then he's SOL. The way it works for everyone else in the military.