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Saturday, July 10, 2004

Dan Bartlett AWOL ?

The AWOL Bush story just reappeared as the microfilmed records which were going to resolve the issue suddenly were accidentally destroyed in 1996 or 1997. No hint of this problem appeared before the AP FOIA lawsuit. I really don't care if Bush was AWOL in 1972 and/or 1973. I am, however, amazed by the following sentence from Ralpph Blumenthal's article in the New York Times

Dan Bartlett, the White House communications director who has said that the released records confirmed the president's fulfillment of his National Guard commitment, did not return two calls for a response.

The White House communications director did not return two calls from the New York Times clearly seeking his views on the hypothesis that the executive branch was destroying evidence to cover up the President's criminal behavior (when he was young and irresponsible)? Is he allowed to do that ? Was he having his teeth examined ?

I'm pretty sure no one who would vote for Bush after all he has done, simlutaneously cares if he was AWOL in 1972 and is willing to believe that he was AWOL because of the complete mysterious absence of any evidence of service (except for Calhoun's obvious lies). Still a White House communications director hiding from the press must be big news no ?

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