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Peachhead22 Donating Member (798 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-14-04 04:53 PM
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4. And I think...
Edited on Sat Feb-14-04 04:58 PM by Peachhead22
On edit: This is the sentence that I'm referring to:

"But the documents released Friday indicated Bush's transfer to the Alabama squadron wasn't approved until September 1972, months after Bush's presence as recalled by Calhoun."

That's the major point we should be keying on.

1) Not that he joined the NG to avoid 'Nam--many people did. It's no major disgrace in most minds.

2) Not that he slipped through the cracks and got an Honorable Discharge even though he slacked quite a bit--that wasn't all that unusual for the NG in that era.

3) Not that he didn't take a flight physical and subsequently was grounded--Gen. Bernie Mccafree was on CNN (or was is MSNBC) saying that wasn't all that unusual, especially if someone was being reassigned to a non-flying unit.

4) Maybe not even that he jumped ahead of some people because of his daddy--some people less partisan than us might think "Oh well, Vietnam was a disaster, he only used what advantages that were available to him". (Not that I think this way)

5) Not that he had a record when entering the NG--Rove can just say "He's a different person now, they were 'youthful indiscretions".

But no matter what, when you're assigned to a base, in the NG or regular military, you DO NOT move out of state (i.e abandon your post), then call your C.O. after the fact and "ask" for a transfer. That kind of fait accompli is called desertion, and that he got away with it, even in that lax era, and got an "Honorable Discharge" is much harder to explain away.
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