- Earlier this year, the White House released documents
it said proved President Bush fulfilled his National Guard service during
the Vietnam War. White House spokesman Scott McClellan at the time said
the documents "means he served" and that there was no longer
any question about whether the President actually showed up to fulfill
his duty. But according to new records released late last week, Bush did
not accumulate any flying hours at all for several months during 1972.
- According to Bloomberg news service, newly released computerized
records provide no record of Bush's whereabouts between July 1972 and September
1972 when he was supposed to be serving in the Alabama National Guard.
Earlier this month, the Pentagon said those documents had been "inadvertently
- The Associated Press is currently suing for the release
of copies of all the records, which are legally required to exist at the
Texas state archives. However, President Bush has refused to authorize
their release, forcing AP to invoke the Freedom of Information Act.
- Sources: 1. "Bush Records Show No Flight Service
During July-September '72," Bloomberg.com, 07/23/04.
aVrgPXBNkPG4&refer=us 2. "Bush Military Records Destroyed,"
CBSNEWS.com, 07/09/04. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/20
04/07/23/politics/main631547.shtml 3. "AP Sues for Access to Bush
Guard Records," SunHerald.com, 06/22/04. http://www.sunherald.com/mld/sunherald/news/breaking_news/8985661.htm