Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Time to Put the AWOL Claim to Rest:

The dems have resurrected the Bush was AWOL claim from the 2000 election hoping that it would gain steam and have legs. It has gained steam but it's legs are giving out. The Boston Globe this morning is reporting that Bush received credit for guard duty during the period in controversy.

The personnel records, covering Bush's Guard service between May 1972 and May 1973, constitute the first evidence that Bush appeared for any duty during the first 11 months of that 12-month period. Bush is recorded as having served the minimum number of days expected of Guard members in that 12 months of service time.

One of the documents lists nine service periods of 2 to 3 days each and records the points Bush earned toward his service retirement benefit. The other is a summary of his service in the 12 months beginning May 1972, and lists the same number of service points earned.

This is very disturbing, however:

The Globe obtained both of the documents from a political activist who says he acquired them in December 2000 from the Air Reserve Personnel Center in Colorado. The activist, Bob Fertig, is a cofounder of Democrats.com, a website that has no formal affiliation with the Democratic Party.

Geez. What is going on here? This crap needs to be stopped.

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