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Take Responsibility, President Bush

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mythago
02-11-2004
10:11 PM ET (US)
The same can be said for educational deferments.

And has been, by anti-Clintonites who are now curiously silent on the Bush issue.
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Aaron LarsonPerson was signed in when posted
02-11-2004
11:11 AM ET (US)
The same can be said for educational deferments.

There's more controversy today on Bush's military records:
Retired National Guard Lt. Col. Bill Burkett said Tuesday that in 1997, then-Gov. Bush's chief of staff, Joe Allbaugh, told the National Guard chief to get the Bush file and make certain "there's not anything there that will embarrass the governor."

Col. Burkett said that a few days later at Camp Mabry in Austin, he saw Mr. Bush's file and documents from it discarded in a trash can. He said he recognized the documents as retirement point summaries and pay forms.

Bush aides denied any destruction of records in Mr. Bush's personnel file. "The charges are just flat-out not true," said Dan Bartlett, White House communications director.
The question seems to be shifting, at least in my mind, from whether Bush technically "completed his duties" to whether he is trying to conceal an embarrassing disciplinary record.
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mythago
02-11-2004
01:37 AM ET (US)
Interestingly, at work today we discussed that Clinton would have been fine if he'd said "Yep, I got some. Jealous? You shouldn't be. There's nothing you press folks can do to me that's worse than Hillary dishes out." And that would have been the end of it, pretty much.

I tend to get bent out of shape about the draft-dodging because it was, in large measure, a zero-sum game. When a Bush didn't go, the son of a family without money or influence got shipped off to war instead.
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Aaron LarsonPerson was signed in when posted
02-10-2004
12:39 PM ET (US)
Thirty seconds of painful admission, followed by a few weeks or months of "tut-tutting" by the press, would have been a small price for Clinton to pay to avoid impeachment.

While Bush won't be impeached for his evasions on his Guard service, this is ridiculous. Even a self-professed "conservative" pundit should be throwing up his hands and saying, "C'mon, George - it's time to come clean." As long as he is willing to be honest, after all, Bush could end this controversy with a thirty second statement.

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