Wednesday, February 11, 2004

Now I'm Even More Confused

So, the White House has released records they claim prove that Bush was in Alabama - a dental exam dated January 6, 1973.

A copy of the dental examination done on Jan. 6, 1973, documents the president serving at Dannelly Air National Guard Base in Alabama, White House press secretary Scott McClellan said in a statement. Bush completed most of his National Guard training in Texas, but in 1972 was allowed to leave and perform his duties in Alabama so he could work on a Senate political campaign.

The White House obtained the dental record, along with other medical records it did not release, from the Air Reserve Personnel Center in Denver, Colo., McClellan said. The record was accompanied by a statement from Dr. Richard J. Tubb, the president's current physician, who stated that he read Bush's records, which covered a period from 1968 to 1973, and concurred with the doctors' assertion that Bush was "fit" for service.

Note for the media - the burning questions are why he didn't take a medical exam the previous August and why he never flew again. I have no idea what this new made up 'was he fit to serve?' question is.

But, in any case, every other timeline of Bush at that time says he returned to Houston the previous November.

Here's one.

Here's another.

The contradictions are starting to grow exponentially...

...according to the Slate timeline he started working for P.U.L.L. in Houston in January, though that could have started after January 6. His ARF records show him earning points - but not where - from Jan. 4-6 and Jan. 8-10. A lingering question is whether his work for Pull was a community service assignment for some infraction [Correction: The issue is whether Bush started working for P.U.L.L. for some reason other than the fact that he drove his car drink into the neighbor's garbage cans.]

Slate also notes the oddness of Bush earning points on Armistice day, the previous Nov. 11, when they claim Guard units never drill.