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									The Military Career of George W. Bush                                                                                               11/27/08 9:43 PM

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                                                        "I learned some good lessons from Vietnam" March, 2002
                                        ``I've been to war. I've raised twins. If I had a choice, I'd rather go to war.''   January, 2002

                                         Military Career of our Commander in Chief
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                             On November 2, 2000, four days before the most disputed election in American history,
                             military veterans in the US Senate lashed out at candidate George W Bush for his failure
                             to explain a six-month lapse in his National Guard service. "At the least, I would have
                             been court-martialed. At the least, I would have been placed in prison," Senator Daniel
                             Inouye said.
  Bush would offer no explanation for his absence and, as he had throughout the
  campaign, refused to discuss his military service during the Vietnam War. Why
  would a man who was running for the office of Commander and Chief of the US
  Armed Forces refuse to discuss his service in the military? Why didn't the public
  and press take notice? Their attention that day was focused on something

                        That same day, while senators were asking for an explanation of Bush's National Guard
                        absence, the media and the public were watching another breaking Bush scandal: the
                        sudden revelation of a 1976 drunk driving conviction that Bush had failed to mention during
                        the campaign. As Bush spent the final days before the election explaining to America that
                        he hid the arrest to protect his daughters, the National Guard absence was swept under the
                        rug, not made into a campaign issue by Democrats.

  Both Candidates avoided making Vietnam an issue during the Presidential race of 2000. Bush
  and Al Gore, who served in Vietnam as an Army journalist, had a sort of unwritten
  understanding that their military service during the Vietnam war would not be a subject of
  campaign debate. Both had been accused of using their fathers' influence to avoid combat in
  the war. Gore's father was a senator, Bush's father was a Congressman.
                           The Washington Post reports that Bush joined the National Guard 12 days before his
                           student deferment would have expired, and that in spite of his low score on the pilot's
                           aptitude test (25, the lowest score allowed), and in spite of the waiting list that some
                           kids spent years on, Bush was sworn in as an airman the day he applied. Indeed, so
                           giddy was Bush's commander, Col. Walter B. "Buck" Staudt, that he later staged a special
                           ceremony so he could have his picture taken giving Bush the oath, instead of the captain
                           who actually had sworn Bush in. Bush spent two years learning to fly airplanes in his
                           home state of Texas.                                                                                                 Page 1 of 3
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  As the 2000 Presidential campaign moved along, angry veterans in Alabama claimed that George W Bush
  never performed any military service in that state, as stated on his campaign website. They offered a
  reward of $1000 (which rose to $3,500) to anyone who could prove that he had. No one came forth with
  any proof.
   Eight days before the election, the Boston Globe reported discrepancies between the
   Bush campaign's statements regarding his military service and what records and
   documents showed. In 1972, the Globe reported, Bush moved from Houston to Mobile,
   Alabama to work on a Senate campaign. It was at this time, the Globe found, that he
   was suspended from flight duty for not taking his annual flight physical. Furthermore,
   the Globe could find no evidence that he ever performed any drills while in Alabama, or
   any more drills after returning to Houston.

   Bush refused to answer any questions concerning the charges. His official White House biography
   states, "He served as an F-102 pilot for the Texas Air National Guard before beginning his career in the
   oil and gas business in Midland in 1975..." but gives no further details about his military service.

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