Thursday, September 09, 2004

The 'W' is for AWOL: The Press Gets Interested Four Years Late

From today's WaPo:

"Phone call from Bush," Killian recorded in a "memo to file" dated
May 19, 1972. "Discussed options of how Bush can get out of coming to drill from
now through November."

According to "60 Minutes," Killian's personal
files show that he ordered Bush "suspended from flight status" on Aug. 1, 1972.
National Guard documents already released by the White House and the Pentagon
show that Bush was suspended from flight status on that day for "failure to
accomplish annual medical examination" but do not mention his alleged failure to
comply with National Guard and Air Force standards.

In another "memo to
file," dated Aug. 18, 1973, Killian complained that he was under pressure from
his superior, Col. Walter B. "Buck" Staudt, to "sugar coat" Bush's officer
evaluations. "I'm having trouble running interference and doing my job," he
wrote in a memo titled "CYA." "I will not rate."


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