Another new category of posts: Potential Future Lies.
Documents that should have been written to explain gaps in President Bush’s Texas Air National Guard service are missing from the military records released about his service in 1972 and 1973, according to regulations and outside experts.
For example, Air National Guard regulations at the time required commanders to write an investigative report for the Air Force when Bush missed his annual medical exam in 1972. The regulations also required commanders to confirm in writing that Bush received counseling after missing five months of drills.
No such records have been made public and the government told The Associated Press in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit that it has released all records it can find.
Outside experts suggest that National Guard commanders may not have produced documentation required by their own regulations.
“One of the downfalls back then in the National Guard was that not everyone wanted to be chief of staff of the Air Force. They just wanted to fly or maintain airplanes. So the record keeping could have been better,” said retired Maj. Gen. Paul A. Weaver Jr., a former head of the Air National Guard. He said the documents may not have been kept in the first place.
Challenging the government’s declaration that no more documents exist, the AP identified five categories of records that should have been generated after Bush skipped his pilot’s physical and missed five months of training.
“Each of these actions by any member of the National Guard should have generated the creation of many documents that have yet to be produced,” AP lawyer David Schulz wrote the Justice Department Aug. 26.
White House spokeswoman Claire Buchan said there were no other documents to explain discrepancies in Bush’s files.
I’m not surprised documents may be missing; anybody who’s ever tried to get military records for a family member knows how shockingly terrible the armed forces are at simply maintaining files. I am surprised Buchan would be able to say so definitively that there are no more documents.
It seems to me there’s only one way the White House would know that for sure.