Sunday, October 17, 2004

More Papers on Bush's Guard Duty

More Papers on Bush's Guard Duty:

"Weeks after Texas National Guard officials signed an oath swearing they had turned over all of President Bush's military records, independent examiners have found more than two dozen pages of previously unreleased Guard documents about Mr. Bush.

The examiners, two retired Army lawyers, went through Texas files under an agreement between the Texas National Guard and The Associated Press, which sued to gain access to the papers. The 31 pages of documents include orders for high-altitude training in 1972, less than three months before Mr. Bush abruptly quit flying as a fighter pilot.

Officials from the Defense Department and Texas National Guard officials have repeatedly said they found and released all of Mr. Bush's Vietnam-era military files, only to discover more. A Texas National Guard spokesman, Lt. Col. John Stanford, defended the continuing discoveries, saying Guard officials did not find all of Mr. Bush's records because they were disorganized and in poor condition, in boxes filled with dirt and dead bugs.


Mr. Bush's Guard service has come under scrutiny in this wartime election season. Some Democrats accuse him of shirking his duties in 1972 and 1973, when he did not show up for training for as long as six months at a time. Democrats have contrasted the combat service in Vietnam of their presidential nominee, Senator John Kerry, with Mr. Bush's stateside service as an F-102A fighter pilot in Texas."

Aside from questions raised, or questions never raised, about Bush's service. There is the unasked question of why this administration does everthing it can possibly do away from scrutiny or accountability.

The News Media have failed us badly. They've allowed a continuing criminal enterprise to masquerade as the executive branch of the United States government. A crime that worsens with every soldier killed, crippled, or maimed by roadside bombs, improvised from the arms caches we refused to guard.

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/17/politics/campaign/17guard.html
con·cept: More Papers on Bush's Guard Duty