George W. Bush Dodge the Draft?
has been said-or not said- about George W. Bush's
service in the Air Force National Guard. With
the recent flying expedition "photo op"
of the President, I felt compelled to explore
the military records that are accessible to the
general public. What I found was a life
of privilege and favors, with many questions still
unanswered on the missing years of his military
obligations in the Air Force National Guard. A
chronology with documents on Bush's military service
in the Air Force National Guard can be located
the beginning, Bush's service with the Guard was
poor. He took the Air Force Officers Qualification
Test and scored a weak 25 percent for pilot aptitude
on the screening test. Molly Ivins (Shrub)
wrote that Bush was assigned to one of the coveted,
last two slots for the Guard in the state. This
came after he scored a dismal 2.5 on the
qualifying test, barely making the grade.
this website we find that Bush's service for the
Guard was ineffective at best, as the planes he
was trained to fly were to be phased out and obsolete
within months of his training:
Assigned to a safe plane -- the F-102 -- that
was being phased out.
As Bush has been quick to note, National Guard
members do face the chance of being called up
for active duty, though few actually did during
the Vietnam war. So what a lucky break for Bush
that he was assigned to fly the F-102 Delta Dagger,
a plane already being phased out. In fact, the
Air Force had ordered all overseas F-102 units
shut down as of June 30, 1970-- just 3 months
after Bush finished his training. Since training
is so airplane specific, Bush was guaranteed from
the beginning to be safe from combat.
campaign has even used his training on the obsolete
plane to justify his early discharge, almost a
year before his scheduled discharge, since other
F-102 pilots were also being released early. But
they can't answer the obvious question -- why
spend so much money to train a National Guardsman
for 2 years on a plane that was already being
phased out, at a time when the Guard was letting
F102 pilots leave early due to oversupply? (...)
Just didn't show up for a year -- with no punishment.
National Guard records and Bush's own supervisor's
and friends show no sign of him attending any
drills or performing any service for nearly a
year, from May 1972 until May 1973. This period
began with Bush moving to Alabama for a political
campaign. He later applied to transfer to
a base that had no work; the transfer was first
approved, then canceled. Bush did nothing for
several months; then in September he applied to
transfer to Alabama's 187th Tactical Recon group
for 3 months. This was approved, but the unit's
commander, General William Turnipseed, and
his then admnistrative officer, Kenneth Lott,
have both said that Bush never showed up. "Had
he reported in, I would have had some recall,
and I do not," said Turnipseed. "I had
been in Texas, done my flight training there.
If we had had a first lieutenant from Texas, I
would have remembered."
listing of the infamous Bush lies (unfortunately-
many of the older mainstream links are no longer
was it that Bush Jr. was MIA with his duties to
the Guard? He claimed that he had been transferred
and showed up while working on the U.S. Senate
campaign of Winton Blount in Alabama, contrary
to the commanding officer's report, as stated
in the Boston Globe:
And William Turnipseed, the retired general
who commanded the Alabama unit back then, said
in an interview last week that Bush never
appeared for duty there.(...) See
Boston Globe article.
several occasions, I have heard political talking
heads on CNN, and the like, dismiss General Turnipseed
with an insult that, "with a name like that,
this is completely fictional." I have
met people with this same last name, and albeit
at first, I was surprised that this was a surname;
but it should be noted that Turnipseed is a real
last name. This type of tactical dismissal
of a General's word is insulting both, to the
man and his service to our country in the military.
in the Boston Globe another fact is examined:
(...) Deepening the mystery, Bush was
removed from flight status in August 1972
for failing to take his annual flight physical.
Bush's campaign aides have said he did not take
the physical because he was in Alabama and his
personal physician was in Houston. But flight
physicals can be administered only by certified
Air Force flight surgeons, and some were assigned
at the time to Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery,
where Bush was living.(...)
in the article, Bush's allies defend the spotty
military record and missing documents with a comment
on the privilege of the elite's "get out
of war free" card:
(...) suggested that Bush might have lost interest
in the Guard during that year.(...) See
does one "lose interest," and fail to
fulfill their assigned military responsibilities,
without a court martial? Why was this exception
made for Bush? And what was he doing in
those absent months after the campaign in Alabama
have tried to explain these missing years in the
military. After Bush returned from Alabama,
he failed to report to Ellington Air Force Base
and complete any of the missing time due on his
service card. Instead, he got a job at an
inner city outreach program Project P.U.L.L.
As reported in Salon:
apparently reached his nadir around Christmas
1972. Home for the holidays, worrying his parents
by working too little and partying too much, he
got carried away at a party with his 15-year-old
brother Marvin, and drove the boy home drunk,
smashing into a neighbor's garbage cans and infuriating
his parents. His father asked to see him in the
den, and a drunk George W. burst in: "I hear
you're looking for me. You wanna go mano a mano
Bush broke the tension by announcing to his unhappy
parents that George had been accepted to Harvard
Business School. (Would that all domestic crises
on the verge of violence could be diffused so
easily!) But the angry young George insisted he
didn't plan to go to Harvard, he just wanted to
prove he could get in (no mean feat given his
solid C's at Yale).
the drunk-driving incident, his worried father
got him a job at Project PULL (the placement Hatfield
would insist was community service to expunge
his alleged cocaine bust). And Bush may be counted
among the many young people the inner-city
project saved from self-destruction.
of whether the community service at Project P.U.L.L.
was for drunk driving, or cocaine possession,
or just a job-he failed to show up for any of
his scheduled Air Force National Guard duties.
In most circumstances, that would at best, qualify
one for active duty- or at worst, a court martial.
particular document of note is this, wherein he
was grounded for failing to take the physical:
this same website, one can find a Q&A with
Lt. Col. Bill Burkett, who further explains how
and who tried to conceal the missing years:
National Guard Commanding Officer Alleges Bush
Military Records Cleansing
here, Lt. Col. Bill Burkett explains the aftermath
that he, and others, have had to deal with for
being courageous whistleblowers. The irony
is that with the media controlled by a monopoly
of the few, most in the US haven't learned of
this man's courage to come forward with this information:
do you say?
By Bill Burkett
Online Journal Contributing Writer
March 19, 2003-
I've sat in total grief for the past three years,
watching the institutions of America being spent
as if they
were lottery winnings.
don't want to say it, "But I told you so."
January of 1998 and what seems like a full lifetime
ago, I was stricken by a deadly case of meningoencephalitis.
I was returning from a short duty trip to Panama
as a team chief to inspect the hand over of Ft.
Clayton to the Panamanians. I had been 'loaned'
from the senior staff and state planning officer
of the Texas National Guard to the Department
of the Army for a series of these special projects
after angering George W. Bush by refusing to falsify
readiness information and reports; confronting
a fraudulent funding scheme which kept 'ghost'
soldiers on the books for additional funding,
and refusing to alter official personnel records
[of George W. Bush].
W. Bush and his lieutenants were mad. They ordered
that I not be accessed to emergency medical care
services, healthcare benefits I earned by my official
duty; and I was withheld from medical care for
154 days before I was withdrawn from Texas responsibility
by the Department of the Army, by order of the
White House. (...) article cont.
this article, Ari Fleischer defended Bush's service
by stating that he received an Honorable
perplexed me is that the discharge document in
which Fleischer is referring to, also stated that
Bush was assigned to Denver for Obligated Reserve
Section (ORS), while he was nearly 8 months shy
of his obligations to the Air National Guard.
How did Bush get out of fulfilling his duties
with the Guard for the scheduled assignments,
absent for his required physicals, and yet, still
received an honorable discharge from the National
Guard? How did the ORS assignment fulfill the
missing time Bush was due to serve?
most logical explanation I could find was that
there was a disciplinary action required for record,
but that Bush was due to attend Harvard, so he
was assigned to the Obligated Reserve Section
(ORS), which in effect, means Bush was on a wait
list to be called up to active duty, based upon
his specialty training and the necessities of
war. This, in turn, would also fulfill his
obligations to the Guard by transferring him to
the Reserve wait list, so he was officially able
to be "honorably discharged" of his
obligations to the National Guard. Well,
most would not have this special treatment, but
afterall, Bush was due to attend Harvard Business
School. Surely, that was merit enough to
give Bush this easy out.
discharge (ORS) document, signed by Rufus G. Maritn
here. In the "Reason And Authority For Discharge"
field, it is stated that "Officer is transferred
to ARPC (ORS) 3800 York St. Denver, Colorado
80205 effective 2 October 1973":
here's the text explaining what qualifies one
for the ORS in Denver:
j. "I have been [illegible] this [date?]
regarding the provisions of DOD Directive 1215.1[5?],
[23?] February, 19[67?], I understand that I
may be ordered to active duty for a period not
to exceed 24 months for unsatisfactory participation
presently defined in Chapter 4[1?], AFM 35-3.
Further, I understand that if I am unable to
satisfactorily participate in the ANG, and have
an unfulfilled military service obligation,
that I may be discharged from the State ANG
and assigned to the Obligated Reserve Section
(ORS), Airforce Reserve, Denver Colorado, and
subject to active duty for a period not to exceed
a [total] of 24 months, considering all previous
active duty considering all previous active
[duty?]and [active? ][duty? ][illegible] tours.
k. "However, I also understand that the
provisions for invoking the 45 day tour for
a member who has a satisfactory attendance record
but has failed to advance in specialty training
will remain in effect. (Paragraph 42.7a AFM
35.3). Witnessed by Willie J. Hooper (Capt.,
Asst Admin. Officer ) and Signed by George Walker
document (signed by George W. Bush) that indicates
if he fails to complete assignments satisfactorily,
he will be assigned to ORS duty:
decided to contact the Air Reserve Personnel Center
(ARPC) in Denver.
The Air Reserve Personnel Center serves as the
processing center for calling up the Reserves
to active duty & general personnel management
for the Air Force. Thus, if you are assigned
to the ARPC/Obligated Reserve Section (ORS), this
in actuality, means you are assigned to this office-not
for service on the Base in Denver, but for processing
of the paperwork for the ORS.
ARPC explained exactly what being assigned to
ORS means. ORS means that you are placed
higher up on the list of those to be called into
active duty, but that does not mean that you will
be called to duty. The other criteria for
calling up an enlistee is also based upon the
"AFSIC"- or as they clarified, your
specialty training. This was a near-guarantee
that Bush would not be called to active duty,
as the planes he was trained to fly had been phased
an enlistee will remain on the ORS list for the
remaining balance of their time due in service.
On Oct. 1, 1973, when Bush was discharged of his
duties at Ellington Air Force Base in Texas, he
was nearly 8 months short with his obligations
to the the National Guard.
asked the ARPC how one gets assigned to this list.
They explained that this is done at the discretion
of the National Guard. I then, asked them
if one were going to attend college and they had
a balance of time remaining to serve, would this
be the policy of how to fulfill the term while
discharged from the regular duties of a Guard?
They explained again, that this is most likely
at the discretion of the National Guard's Commanding
Officer, and that they did not know the exact
policy in 1973.
should also be noted that in 1970, Melvin B. Laird,
who was then Secretary of Defense, proclaimed
a "Total Force" policy whereby the armed
forces would put greater reliance on their National
Guard and Reserve units. It wasn't until August
1973, the Total Force Policy was enacted by the
new Secretary of Defense, James Schlessinger.
This policy, in its purest form, was designed
to integrate active and reserve forces in the
most cost effective manner possible. Bush Jr.
was officially discharged from the Guard, close
to one month after this new policy was enacted-
on October 1, 1973- to be then placed on the ORS
wait list. He must have been grateful to
the "dumb luck" of being trained to
fly an obsolete plane, thus avoiding any possibility
of serving a tour of duty in Vietnam.
reviewing George W. Bush's military records,
one has to wonder who truly flew the staged plane
flight with Bush Jr ...which naturally leads us
all to wonder WHO IS TRULY RUNNING THIS COUNTRY??
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