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Klaus 09-08-2004 04:10 AM

Mr. Bush - Missing in Action?
 
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By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF NYTimes

President Bush claims that in the fall of 1972, he fulfilled his Air National Guard duties at a base in Alabama. But Bob Mintz was there - and he is sure Mr. Bush wasn't.

Plenty of other officers have said they also don't recall that Mr. Bush ever showed up for drills at the base. What's different about Mr. Mintz is that he remembers actively looking for Mr. Bush and never finding him.

Mr. Mintz says he had heard that Mr. Bush - described as a young Texas pilot with political influence - had transferred to the base. He heard that Mr. Bush was also a bachelor, so he was looking forward to partying together. He's confident that he'd remember if Mr. Bush had shown up.

"I'm sure I would have seen him," Mr. Mintz said yesterday. "It's a small unit, and you couldn't go in or out without being seen. It was too close a space." There were only 25 to 30 pilots there, and Mr. Bush - a U.N. ambassador's son who had dated Tricia Nixon - would have been particularly memorable.

I've steered clear until now of how Mr. Bush evaded service in Vietnam because I thought other issues were more important. But if Bush supporters attack John Kerry for his conduct after he volunteered for dangerous duty in Vietnam, it's only fair to scrutinize Mr. Bush's behavior.

It's not a pretty sight. Mr. Bush was saved from active duty, and perhaps Vietnam, only after the speaker of the Texas House intervened for him because of his family's influence.

Mr. Bush signed up in May 1968 for a six-year commitment, justifying the $1 million investment in training him as a pilot. But after less than two years, Mr. Bush abruptly stopped flying, didn't show up for his physical and asked to transfer to Alabama. He never again flew a military plane.

Mr. Bush insists that after moving to Alabama in 1972, he served out his obligation at Dannelly Air National Guard Base in Montgomery (although he says he doesn't remember what he did there). The only officer there who recalls Mr. Bush was produced by the White House - he remembers Mr. Bush vividly, but at times when even Mr. Bush acknowledges he wasn't there.

In contrast, Mr. Mintz is a compelling witness. Describing himself as "a very strong military man," he served in the military from 1959 to 1984. A commercial pilot, he is now a Democrat but was a Republican for most of his life, and he is not a Bush-hater. When I asked him whether the National Guard controversy raises questions about Mr. Bush's credibility, Mr. Mintz said only, "That's up to the American people to decide."

In his first interview with a national news organization, Mr. Mintz recalled why he remembered Mr. Bush as a no-show: "Young bachelors were kind of sparse. For that reason, I was looking for someone to haul around with." Why speak out now? He said, "After a lot of soul-searching, I just feel it's my duty to stand up and do the right thing."

Another particularly credible witness is Leonard Walls, a retired Air Force colonel who was then a full-time pilot instructor at the base. "I was there pretty much every day," he said, adding: "I never saw him, and I was there continually from July 1972 to July 1974." Mr. Walls, who describes himself as nonpolitical, added, "If he had been there more than once, I would have seen him."

The sheer volume of missing documents, and missing recollections, strongly suggests to me that Mr. Bush blew off his Guard obligations. It's not fair to say Mr. Bush deserted. My sense is that he (like some others at the time) neglected his National Guard obligations, did the bare minimum to avoid serious trouble and was finally let off by commanders who considered him a headache but felt it wasn't worth the hassle to punish him.

"The record clearly and convincingly proves he did not fulfill the obligations he incurred when he enlisted in the Air National Guard," writes Gerald Lechliter, a retired Army colonel who has made the most meticulous examination I've seen of Mr. Bush's records (I've posted the full 32-page analysis here). Mr. Lechliter adds that Mr. Bush received unauthorized or fraudulent payments that breached National Guard rules, according to the documents that the White House itself released.

Does this disqualify Mr. Bush from being commander in chief? No. But it should disqualify the Bush campaign from sliming the military service of a rival who still carries shrapnel from Vietnam in his thigh.

E-mail: nicholas@nytimes.com
Links:
full 32-page analysis:
http://www.nytimes.com/packages/pdf/.../lechliter.pdf

A_Wanderer 09-08-2004 04:36 AM

Been there, done that :wink: .

MrsSpringsteen 09-08-2004 04:56 AM

"Does this disqualify Mr. Bush from being commander in chief? No. But it should disqualify the Bush campaign from sliming the military service of a rival who still carries shrapnel from Vietnam in his thigh."

STING2 09-08-2004 05:04 AM

The Democrats have been attacking Bush on this since the 2000 election. They still can't prove their case and the American people have already shown they either don't care about or find the democrats slime tactics to be BS.

When an incumbent runs for re-election, whether or not to re-elect him begins and ends with what he did the past four years while he had the office. Everything prior to him being President is irrelevant and that is how the general non-democrat public looks at it.

BVS 09-08-2004 05:19 AM

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Originally posted by STING2
Everything prior to him being President is irrelevant and that is how the general non-democrat public looks at it.
That's a sad and disturbing opinion, but it's funny that it doesn't apply to Democratic presidents and alleged affairs he had prior to his running for presidency.

MrsSpringsteen 09-08-2004 05:51 AM

There's also a book out by Kitty Kelley that claims he did cocaine at Camp David while his father was President

I'm sure now they'll be bringing up Kerry's drug use-I think he has admitted to marijuana only, but I could be wrong about that of course.

sharky 09-08-2004 06:18 AM

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Originally posted by STING2
The Democrats have been attacking Bush on this since the 2000 election. They still can't prove their case and the American people have already shown they either don't care about or find the democrats slime tactics to be BS.
They still haven't been able to prove that he was there because he wasn't. There is no documentation that he ever showed up and all he has to do is release his records and he won't.

Slime tactics by the Democrats? what about those stupid Swift Boat ads? Bush never came out to flat out condemn those specific ads. He should have.

Klaus 09-08-2004 06:18 AM

STING2

It would be great if you could read the linked 32pages pdf and comment it since you have an oustanding knowledge of US military bureaucracy and habits.

I think this Colonel brings up some serious points

Gerald A. Lechliter
retired (1999) Army colonel with
active Marine enlisted service (1967-69).

Quote:

The nature of his service is an
important issue in this 2004 presidential election because it
received scant coverage in 2000 and because it strikes at the heart
of Bush's credibility.

In 2000, Bush ran on bringing back "dignity and honor to the
White House (WH)" and being a "compassionate conservative." Since
9-11, he has wrapped himself in the flag to push forward a domestic
agenda that is anything but compassionate and well to the right of
center; embarked on a perilous new national security strategy of
"preemptive war" and invaded Iraq; and even has used the uniform to.garner political support, the first for a President in my lifetime,
although there have been others who had more illustrious military
service. Bush himself brought on the renewed scrutiny of his
military record by stressing his role as Commander-in-Chief of the
U.S. armed forces, declaring himself a "wartime president," and
using the word "war" more than 30 times in the course of an
interview on "Meet the Press" that lasted less than an hour.

Headache in a Suitcase 09-08-2004 06:22 AM

i've said it before i'll say it again...

if john kerry didn't want his service in vietnam to be an issue in this election, he never would have brought it up in the first place. the second he brings it up, it becomes open for debate... especially with that little fact that a huge number of vets feel that kerry stabbed them in the back upon returning to the states.

Judah 09-08-2004 09:06 AM

The veep was worse than the prez, as we know. At least the W. was close to military/air force hardware (and got to wear a uniform).

RS chronicles Dick's history this month:

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics...region=single7

nbcrusader 09-08-2004 09:21 AM

So now the recollection of one individual who doesn't remember seeing Bush is a source of news.......

Or should we wait for the book from the NGAVFT (national guard airmen veterans for truth)......

Klaus 09-08-2004 09:25 AM

nbcrusader

no he's not the source, he just verifies what the facts suggest.
if you have the time read the 32 pages.

Judah 09-08-2004 10:09 AM

Who wants to bet this topic will not surface in the debates?

Both sides will let the slime-fest continue from arms length.

MaxFisher 09-08-2004 12:36 PM

Kerry has made his Vietnam service a major point of his campaign and therefore his actual service records should be scrutinized.

DrTeeth 09-08-2004 01:19 PM

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Originally posted by Judah
Who wants to bet this topic will not surface in the debates?

Both sides will let the slime-fest continue from arms length.

I hope it won't turn up in the debates because I'm bored stiff with it already. And I hope no more People for Truth show up, we already know they are all affiliated with either the Republican or Democratic party anyway.


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