Thursday, February 12, 2004

As the coverage continues to grow over the president's National Guard service record grows, what is particularly disturbing is the fact that the administration is not releasing all the records, despite the fact that the president himself, in the Russert interview, said he would release all the records. The information is coming out, it seems like, one document at a time. first the payroll recs. WhiteHouse press spokesman Scott McClellan, then says see he was paid, so he served. when thats not enough, (and it isn't nearly), next come the dental records showing he had a dental examination in Jan '73 in Alabama, so therfore he served, which still leaves unanswered questions, about a failed physical, and some pre-enlistment arrest reports, among others. this peicemeal releasing of records is what makes people go hmmmm.. why not just release everything? Every other prez candidate who served has done it, so why not this one? It's the appearance of a cover-up the, reluctance to release only bits at a time that looks bad. Myself doesn't care if he was AWOL or not just tell the truth.
Oh, and by the way just because one get an honorable discharge does not necessarily mean said person was never AWOL.
John Allen Muhammad, convicted last November for his participation in the D.C. sniper shootings, served in the Louisiana National Guard from 1978-1985, where he faced two summary courts-martial. In 1983, he was charged with striking an officer, stealing a tape measure, and going AWOL. Sentenced to seven days in the brig, he received an honorable discharge in 1985.
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