Bush’s “destroyed” military records miraculously reappear

Yep, they somehow weren’t really destroyed, and they just sorta “turned up.” Only problem is, they don’t tell us a damned thing. Atrios complains in a devastating little post that once more we’re given Bush records that offer not a single shred of new information on whether the preznit performed his National Guard duties in 1972. By the end of the post, he’s visibly pissed.

And, while we’re on this story, what was the reason we didn’t get to the bottom of this 4 years ago.

Oh, and one more thing.

“I continued flying with my unit for the next several years [after completing training in June 1970]”

claimed Bush in his autobiography A Charge to Keep. That, we’ve known for years, is bullshit as he stopped flying 22 months later. Tell me again why the liberal media doesn’t care that Bush lies about his military service? Tell me again why the military doesn’t care that Bush lies about his military service?

Sorry, but the man has a point. While the “liberal media” spent days poring over whether Kerry threw medals or ribbons some 30 years ago, it can’t get itself to focus on something far more important: did our president lie about his military service? I know, I know, it’s a tired issue, it was talked about 4 years ago, it’s been brought up again and again. All true. But the question has never been answered, and it’s fundamental to the Commander in Chief’s integrity. It’s not a nitpick.

Update: Here’s the DNC’s sublime reaction to the newfound material (according to Drudge):

“The supposed discovery of these records on Friday afternoon, as reporters converge on Boston to cover the Democratic National Convention, is highly questionable. If the Bush Administration continues to search, maybe they’ll find answers to the long list of unanswered questions that remain about George W. Bush’s time in the Air National Guard. Bush’s military records seem to show up as randomly as he did for duty.”


The Discussion: 4 Comments

First you attack because the records were destroyed now you attack because they are weren’t.

The U.S. military is infamous for poor personal record keeping.

My father’s COMPLETE record of service is still missing after 35+ years-he must have had a hell of a time doctoring the photo’s in the 1960’s.

July 24, 2004 @ 3:44 am | Comment

In your father’s case, did they say the microfilm was destroyed, then when the media all point out how difficult it is to destroy microfilm, they suddenly reappear, but when they do they still don’t resolve any of the very valid and serious questions about gaping holes in his record? I’m happy they found the microfilm, but the episode only heightened my suspicions.

I was suspicious when Hillary lost the Whitewater records (I think it was Whitewater, but don’t remember) and then suddenly found them — but at least in that case the records answered the questions, they weren’t incomplete. Here the records are found but we are still at square one.

July 24, 2004 @ 10:47 am | Comment

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July 24, 2004 @ 2:27 pm | Comment

They were in Sandy Bergers’ pants.

July 25, 2004 @ 9:32 pm | Comment

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