George Bush, This is Your Life

By Evan Derkacz, AlterNet.

Posted
September 9, 2004.

Will George Bush come clean about his youthful profligate ways?

George W. Bush’s past is finally catching up with him. Out of the morass of delays, partial truths, preemptive attacks, and doubletalk come weighty allegations from an indefatigable news service, an important public figure, advocacy organizations and a hack author – all of whom refuse to call off the search. The allegations vary in their authenticity and the depth of their political motivations, but they all add up to Bush taking heat for a past he has never had to publicly account for.



On Sept. 5, in the midst of Labor Day weekend,
The Associated Press report quietly filed an article alleging that: “Documents that should have been written to explain gaps in President Bush’s Texas Air National Guard service are missing from the military records released about his service in 1972 and 1973… For example, Air National Guard regulations at the time required commanders to write an investigative report for the Air Force when Bush missed his annual medical exam in 1972.”



Though Bush claims to have skipped the exam due to the fact that he already knew he’d be in Alabama, the record actually exposes that rationale as a lie: “Bush was required to take the physical by the end of July 1972, more than a month before he won final approval to train in Alabama.”

In response to an AP Freedom of Information Act lawsuit the government claimed that it had released all records that “it can find.” AP then issued this challenge to the government: “The AP identified five categories of records that should have been generated after Bush skipped his pilot’s physical and missed five months of training.”

And lo, three days later, still under pressure from that pesky lawsuit, new records on Bush’s service were suddenly “found”: “The Pentagon and Bush’s campaign have claimed for months that all records detailing his fighter pilot career have been made public, but defense officials said they found two dozen new records detailing his training and flight logs…”

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