Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Deep in the Weeds meets Who Cares

Update2: never mind. Burkett never served in the Air Force. At Texas Monthly Joe Hagan explores the Bush Texas Air National Guard tale. In 2004, this was not an important issue and it's absurdly unimportant now. Only someone who has too much time on his hands (no) or is an idiot (yes) would try to guess the name of this anonymous source.

Littwin’s Dallas lawyers recruited a local Air Force veteran to interpret the file. He was a Bush antagonist still agitated by medical issues from his service, but he was an expert in the military jargon of the time. “I was stunned at what I saw,” explained the man, who requested anonymity for fear of retribution.

I believe it is the dread Bill Burkett who later gave the alleged Killian memo to Mary Mapes and Dan Rather.

I think the phrase "agitated by medical issues from his service" almost amounts to a violation of the promise of anonymity.

Consider

Burkett has, in the past, raised his allegations about the Bush records as part of his personal struggle with the Guard over medical benefits.

For instance, in a 1998 letter to Texas state Senator Gonzalo Barrientos, Burkett complained that he had not received adequate medical care when he became seriously ill after returning from a mission to Panama.

Update: yep reading on in the Texas Monthly article (after a pause to google and post)

“I was stunned at what I saw,” explained the man, who requested anonymity for fear of retribution. “It was full of inconsistencies.” As compensation, the man asked Littwin’s lawyers if he could keep a photocopy of Bush’s record, then made an appointment to go see someone at the Dallas bureau of CBS News. That person was Mary Mapes.

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