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Tilting at Windmills

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February 9, 2004
By: Kevin Drum

DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE....Obviously the Washington Post's Lois Romano doesn't read Calpundit. Writing about George Bush's National Guard attendance record, she says:

The first date in the records for 1973 is May 29, when they indicate he attended drills. The records show he attended drills at least 18 times between May 29 and July 30.

....His official personnel record, obtained by The Post in 2000, does not include a summary of service for the time in Alabama [in 1972]. There is a sheet, where the name has been torn off, that includes dates for that period, but there is no way to confirm it refers to Bush because his Social Security number has been redacted.

No, no, no. The record she's talking about in the first paragraph is this one:

The record in the second paragraph is now available in pristine non-torn condition and it looks like this:

Either you accept these ARF records as evidence of attendance at National Guard Drills or you don't. If you do, then they show Bush attending drills in late 1972 and then all the way from January through July of 1973. If you don't, then they don't show anything.

My guess is the latter: they don't show much of anything related to the National Guard. Rather, they are records of something that counted as drills in the Air Reserve, although it's not clear what.

But whatever they show, both records show the same thing. Even if we're not sure exactly what that is, the mainstream media needs to at least understand what evidence is currently available and what its possible interpretations are.

POSTSCRIPT: By the way, the actual point of Romano's story is that the Defense Department is requesting Bush's payroll records from "a DOD archive in Colorado." Why is DOD doing this? And why just payroll records? Very peculiar.

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