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Bush AWOL. I’m glad to see Raw Story get its due after it had this story COLD on Bush back in early August.

The 60 Minutes piece tomorrow night at 8 pm EST which features an interview with Ben Barnes, who says he got George W. Bush into the National Guard to get out of the Vietnam draft, is apparently much deeper than previously thought. Meanwhile, The Boston Globe plans to finally report that Bush failed to meet his National Guard requirements, and was absent without leave, more than a month after Raw Story first carried the story.

The 1,500 word piece claims: Twice during his Guard service – first when he joined in May 1968, and again before he transferred out of his unit in mid-1973 to attend Harvard Business School – Bush signed documents pledging to meet training commitments or face a punitive call-up to active duty.

“He didn’t meet the commitments, or face the punishment, the records show.”

The examination of Bush’s records prove what Raw Story has said all along, that Bush should have been ordered to active duty after he repeatedly failed to show up for mandated training sessions.

But the 60 minutes piece may be even bigger. Sources tell RAW STORY that CBS has been pursuing angles of Bush’s Guard service for several months far and beyond Barnes, whose only role was getting Bush into the Guard. They will not go on the record with additional information, but say the one-hour special could be a bombshell which would devastate the Bush campaign.

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