Documents that should have been written to explain gaps in President Bushâ€™s Texas Air National Guard service are missing from the military records released about his service in 1972 and 1973, according to regulations and outside experts.
For example, Air National Guard regulations at the time required commanders to write an investigative report for the Air Force when Bush missed his annual medical exam in 1972. The regulations also required commanders to confirm in writing that Bush received counseling after missing five months of drills.
No such records have been made public and the government told The Associated Press in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit that it has released all records it can find.
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Burkett says that in the spring of 1997, on the eve of Bush’s reelection campaign for governor, and with his spokeswoman Karen Hughes planning to write Bush’s biography, a call was placed to Maj. Gen. Daniel James, head of the Texas National Guard. According to the conversation Burkett says he overheard, Bush’s chief of staff, Joe Allbaugh, asked James to assemble Bush’s military files, so his aides, including Dan Bartlett, could go over them, and to make sure there was nothing there that would embarrass the governor. Burkett says days later he also saw pages from Bush’s military file in a garbage can.
“Activities occurred in order to, in my opinion, inappropriately build a false image of the governor’s military service,” he said.
Burkett says when the incident occurred in 1997 he discussed it several times with his friend and fellow officer George Conn. In 2002, Conn confirmed to USA Today that Burkett talked to him about the conversation he overheard regarding Bush’s file, and did so within days of its happening. This week Conn told the New York Times via e-mail, “I know LTC Bill Burkett and served with him several years ago in the Texas Army National Guard. I believe him to be honest and forthright. He calls things like he sees them.'” But in Friday’s Boston Globe, Conn, now a civilian government employee working with the U.S. Army in Germany, denied Burkett ever told him about the conversation Burkett overheard concerning Bush’s military file.
Burkett dismisses Conn’s new version of the story. “The truth hasn’t changed,” said Burkett. “The only thing that has changed is George Conn’s statement.”
But this isn’t important because John Kerry wasn’t in Cambodia for Christmas….