09/09/2004: The case has been made....
The President of the United States did not satisfactorily or honorably perform the duties of an officer in the Texas Air National Guard, and should have been court-martialed or otherwise disciplined for dereliction of duty (at the very least). Jo Fish at Democratic Veteran points us to an analysis of President Bush's ANG service by a retired Army colonel (.pdf; Adobe Acrobat Reader required). I'll just quote Col. Lechliter's conclusions, but the whole document is well worth reading:
The following analysis of President Bush's ("Bush") military records and the controlling legal authorities shows the follwong beyond any reasonable doubt:Reminds me of another, pithier quote (and yes, I did think of this one back when the final Supreme Court vote gave Bush the Presidency back in 2000):
[sic] missed required training and failed to take his flight physical.
- The pay records released by the White House this past winter prove Bush received unauthorized, i.e., fraudulent, payments for inactive duty training, even if he did show up for duty
- The memorandum from Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Albert C. Lloyd, who affirmed for the White House that Bush met his retention/retirement year point requirement, is an obfuscation, or outright deception, that disregarded Bush's failure to meet the statutory and regulatory fiscal year satisfactory participation requirement.
- Bush's superiors in the Texas Air National Guard failed to take required regulatory actions when Bushed
Despite seemingly laudatory comments, Bush's May 1972 officer performance report was a clear and unmistakable indication that his performance had declined from the annual 1971 report. The report was the kiss of death before he left for Alabama that year. Bush did not meet the requirements for satisfactory participation from 1972 to 1973.
When I was a boy, they told me that anyone could become President of the United States. I'm beginning to believe it.
Len on 09.09.04 @ 12:36 PM CST